Weekly Wrap-Up in the #PAHouse week of oct. 28, 2019

Bills passed in the PA House during the week of Oct. 28, 2019

Bills awaiting the governor’s signature:

• SB 694 (Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union): Would allow for horizontal drilling on leased units with unconventional gas wells. Vote 197-1.

• SB 421 (Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton): Would amend the Election Code to eliminate the straight party voting option along with establishing mail-in voting and other election modernization measures. Vote 138-61.

Bills heading to the Senate for consideration:

• HB 1448 (Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster): Would add a ballot referendum to expand the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) to include paid (career) fire departments. Vote 195-0.

• HB 1758 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would exempt volunteer fire and ambulance companies from the vehicle accident report fee. Vote 195-0.

• HB 1834 (Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence): Would reauthorize the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. Vote 195-0.

• HB 1838 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Mckean/Cameron/Potter): Would increase the funding for and enhance the use of the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund (EMSOF). Vote 195-0.

• HB 1869 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter): Would provide Basic Life Support (BLS) staffing waivers for certain counties. Vote 195-0.

• HB 1617 (Rep. Craig Staats, R-Bucks): Would allow old hotel liquor licenses to be converted to a restaurant liquor license for a fee. Vote 183-16.

• HB 1886 (Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny): Would allow a club liquor license to remain in safekeeping for up to two years, and subsequent years for an additional fee. Vote 199-0.

• HB 21 (Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin): Would establish licensure of home inspectors. Vote 176-22.

• HB 190 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Would set the minimum threshold for vehicles with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) headlights/taillights to pass an annual safety inspection. Vote 198-0.

• HB 1315 (Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland): Would require the inclusion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) certifications on a student’s high school transcript. Vote 198-0.

• HB 1459 (Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh): Would create a mental wellness and stress management program for first responders, including 911 dispatchers and coroners. Vote 198-0.

• HB 1825 (Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Lycoming): Would extend the calibration testing cycle for non-radar speed timing devices and allow the certificate of accuracy to completed electronically. Vote 198-0.

• HB 1896 (Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery): Would authorize the release of a use restriction and reversionary interest affecting land in East Vincent Township, Chester County. Vote 198-0.

• SB 147 (Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie): Would allow for limited expansion of Sunday hunting, and increased penalties for trespass while hunting. Vote 144-54.

• SB 456 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Would amend the Private Licensed School Act to clarify that a “multibranch training school” can be in a different county than the primary licensed school. Vote 198-0.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to voting session on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.