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  • LEGISLATIVE NEWS
    Bill Status Report
    03-24-2017 - 17:06:56


     1 - High Priority 

    HB 18 (1) Mackenzie, Ryan
    Amends the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, further providing for prescription drugs and the treatment of work-related injuries; and, in procedure, further providing for peer review.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 463) Amends the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, requiring the Department of Labor and Industry to select a prescription drug formulary for resolving issues related to drugs prescribed for or related to the treatment of work-related injuries, and establishes a process to continually update and enforce such a formulary. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO1278 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0463 
    Bill History: 02-13-17 H Filed
    02-14-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Labor and Industry
    02-15-17 H Discussed during public hearing House Labor and Industry

    HB 418 (1) Gabler, Matt
    Act providing for transparency in public employment collective bargaining.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 434) The Public Employment Collective Bargaining Act requires public employers to provide notice to the public prior to accepting a proposed collective bargaining agreement as a contract including: (1) A statement of the terms of the proposed collective bargaining agreement and (2) An estimate of the costs to the public employer associated with the proposed collective bargaining agreement. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1075 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 768 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0434 
    Bill History: 02-08-17 H Filed
    02-10-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Labor and Industry

    HB 779 (1) McGinnis, John
    Amends Title 71 (State Government), providing for a unified retirement system for employees of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions and other employers.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 855) Amends Title 71 (State Government), providing for a unified retirement system for employees of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions and other employers. The unified contribution pension plan allows employees to participate in and to provide retirement income security through a system of defined contributions authorized by the Internal Revenue Service, permitting the employees to obtain the advantages inherent in the plans relative to the income tax treatment of the contributions and disbursements under defined contribution plans. All new state and school employees shall join the newly created, defined contribution pension system. SERS and PSERS would be closed to new members. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO1326 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0855 
    Bill History: 03-08-17 H Filed
    03-09-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Government

    HCO 59 (1) Roae, Brad
    Increases the Fire Company, Emergency Services Grant Program from the current $25 million in funding to $50 million in funding.
    Position: Amend-Support
    Bill History: 12-01-16 H Filed

    HCO 908 (1) Davis, Tina
    Creates the Emergency Workers Mental Health Commission under PEMA to support emergency workers.
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Bill History: 01-20-17 H Filed

    HCO1048 (1) Barrar, Stephen
    Requires emergency medical services agencies be reimbursed for services provided even if transport to a hospital does not take place.
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Bill History: 01-26-17 H Filed

    HCO1135 (1) Bizzarro, Ryan
    Directs the Department of Health to promulgate regulations for the certification and practice of community paramedicine providers and requires insurance coverage and medical reimbursement for services.
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Bill History: 01-31-17 H Filed

    HCO1211 (1) White, Martina
    Allows all of the organizations under PennDot's Special Organization Plate Program to create their own motorcycle license, with a portion of the fee earmarked towards their special charitable association.
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Bill History: 02-06-17 H Filed

    HCO1333 (1) McGinnis, John
    Addresses the pension expenses left unpaid over the past 15 years, and which have accumulated to over $70 billion (and nearly $150 billion if we properly discounted the plans' liabilities at the state's cost of debt).
    Companions: HB 778 (M)
    Bill History: 02-14-17 H Filed
    03-09-17 H Superseded by - see HB 778

    SB 70 (1) Greenleaf, Stewart
    Amends the Police Officer, Firefighter, Correction Employee and National Guard Member Child Beneficiary Act, extending benefits to certain surviving spouses; & for Postsecondary Educational Grant Program, for report & retroactivity.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 51) Amends the Police Officer, Firefighter, Correction Employee and National Guard Member Child Beneficiary Act extending benefits to surviving spouses of emergency medical services personnel, state parole agents, county probation and parole officers, sheriffs, and deputy sheriffs. The act is retroactive to January 1, 2017, and the benefit provided shall be available to qualified surviving spouses of police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, correction employees, state parole agents, county probation and parole officers, sheriffs, and deputy sheriffs and National Guard members of Pennsylvania killed in the performance of their duties since that date. No community college, state-owned or state-related institution shall reimburse qualified surviving spouses for tuition and fees or room and board charges paid between January 1, 2017, and the effective date. Effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 146 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0051 
    Bill History: 01-12-17 S Filed
    01-12-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

    SB 154 (1) Tartaglione, Christine
    Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law in contributions by employers and employees, further providing for contributions by employees and for Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 128) Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law, in contributions by employers and employees, further providing for contributions by employees and for Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund by adding that for calendar year 2017, the amount determined under this clause may not exceed $57,500,000. Money in the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund hsall be prioritized for projects including technological upgrades to the delivery system for unemployment compensation benefits and to reimburse the Auditor General for a required audit. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 34 (Related)
    SB 250 (Related)
    SCO 144 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0128 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Labor and Industry

    SB 166 (1) Eichelberger, John
    Act providing for protection of paychecks of certain workers and for the collection of political contributions.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 271) The Protection of Public Employee Wages Act provides for protection of paychecks of certain workers and for the collection of political contributions. The bill states that a public employer may not deduct from the wages of a public employee money or funds to be used for political contributions, except as required by a valid collective bargaining agreement entered into between a public employer and a representative of its employees prior to the effective date. Provisions regarding the protection of public employee wages are effective in 60 days and the remainder is effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 139) SB 166 - (PN 139) The Protection of Public Employee Wages Act provides for protection of paychecks of certain workers and for the collection of political contributions. The bill states that a public employer may not deduct from the wages of a public employee money or funds to be used for political contributions, except as required by a valid collective bargaining agreement entered into between a public employer and a representative of its employees prior to the effective date. Provisions regarding the protection of public employee wages are effective in 60 days and the remainder is effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 418 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0139  P0271 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Government
    01-25-17 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m., Room 461 Main Ca...Senate State Government
    01-24-17 S Meeting cancelled for 01/25/17 Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Meeting set for 12:30 p.m., Room 8E-A East ...Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Voted favorably from committee as amended Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Reported as amended Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S First consideration
    02-01-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    02-01-17 S Second consideration
    02-01-17 S Rereferred to Senate Appropriations
    02-06-17 S Meeting set for Off the Floor, Rules Commit...Senate Appropriations
    02-06-17 S Reported as committed from Senate Appropriations
    02-08-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    02-08-17 S 1nzKQYiCej4 (00:00:16)
    02-08-17 S Third consideration
    02-08-17 S Final Passage (Vote: Y: 28/N: 22)
    02-13-17 H Received in the House and referred to House State Government
    02-23-17 H Discussed during budget hearing - Treasury ...House Appropriations

    SB 167 (1) Wagner, Scott
    Joint Resolution proposing integrated amendments to the Constitution of Pennsylvania prohibiting the Executive Department and school districts from making payroll collections of dues, fees and political contributions.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 272) Joint Resolution proposing integrated amendments to the Constitution of Pennsylvania prohibiting the Executive Department and school districts from using its payroll system to deduct from the wages of a public employee money or funds to be used for political contributions. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum. (Prior Printer Number: 144) SB 167 - (PN 144) Joint Resolution proposing integrated amendments to the Constitution of Pennsylvania prohibiting the Executive Department and school districts from making payroll collections of dues, fees and political contributions. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.
    Companions: SB 500 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SCO 264 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0144  P0272 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Government
    01-25-17 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m., Room 461 Main Ca...Senate State Government
    01-24-17 S Meeting cancelled for 01/25/17 Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Meeting set for 12:30 p.m., Room 8E-A East ...Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Voted favorably from committee as amended Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Reported as amended Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S First consideration
    02-01-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    02-01-17 S Second consideration
    02-01-17 S Rereferred to Senate Appropriations
    02-06-17 S Meeting set for Off the Floor, Rules Commit...Senate Appropriations
    02-06-17 S Reported as committed from Senate Appropriations
    03-27-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar

    SB 311 (1) Eichelberger, John
    Amends the Policemen & Firemen Collective Bargaining Act providing for right to collectively bargain, for duty to exert reasonable efforts, for commencement of bargaining, for board of arbitration, for notice, etc.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 325) Amends the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act further providing for right to collectively bargain, for duty to exert reasonable efforts, for commencement of collective bargaining, for board of arbitration, for notice, for powers and procedures, for determination of board of arbitration, for costs and expenses, for applicability, for severability, for repeals and for effective date; and making editorial changes. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SCO 336 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0325 
    Bill History: 02-15-17 S Filed
    02-15-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Local Government

    SB 331 (1) Boscola, Lisa
    Act establishing the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program; providing for powers and duties of the State Fire Commissioner; and prescribing penalties.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 329) The Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program Act establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program in the Office of the State Fire Commissioner; provides for powers and duties of the State Fire Commissioner; and prescribes penalties. Effective in 30 days.
    Companions: SCO 211 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0329 
    Bill History: 02-15-17 S Filed
    02-15-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    SB 503 (1) Aument, Ryan
    Amends Title 65 (Public Officers), in open meetings, further providing for executive sessions.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 500) Amends Title 65 (Public Officers) eliminating the exemption of collective bargaining from the Sunshine Act. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SB 643 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HB 560 (Related)
    SCO 557 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0500 
    Bill History: 03-10-17 S Filed
    03-10-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Government

    SCO 675 (1) Eichelberger, John
    Provides a comprehensive approach to municipal pension relief and new options (for newly hired employees) to municipalities with distressed pension plans.
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Bill History: 02-24-17 S Filed

    SR 6 (1) Vulakovich, Randy
    Concurrent resolution establishing bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to emergency services in this Commonwealth and develop and promote legislation in furtherance of its recommendations.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 160) Concurrent Resolution establishing a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in this Commonwealth and develop and promote legislation in furtherance of its recommendations. Further provides for the commission members and allows for designees for each of the members of the commission. Also provides that four of the seven fire or emergency members shall be selected by the Senate President Pro Tempore and three shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House. (Prior Printer Number: 149) SR 6 - (PN 160) Concurrent Resolution establishing a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in this Commonwealth and develop and promote legislation in furtherance of its recommendations. Further provides for the commission members. (Prior Printer Number: 149) SR 6 - (PN 149) Concurrent Resolution establishing a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in this Commonwealth and develop and promote legislation in furtherance of its recommendations.
    Companions: SCO 520 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0149  P0160  P0569 
    Bill History: 01-23-17 S Filed
    01-23-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    01-23-17 S Press conference held by Sens. Vulakovich, Costa, Barrar,
    Sainato
    01-25-17 S Meeting set for 10:15 a.m., Room 461 Main C...Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    01-25-17 S Voted favorably from committee as amended Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    01-25-17 S Reported as amended Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    01-31-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    01-31-17 S S7Bs7Tmt6ZY (00:06:28)
    01-31-17 S Adopted (Vote: Y: 48/N: 0)
    02-01-17 H Received in the House and referred to House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    03-07-17 H Discussed during joint informational meeting House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    03-14-17 H Meeting set for 9:15 a.m., 60 East Wing House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    03-13-17 H Meeting cancelled for 03/14/17 House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    03-22-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room B31 Mai...House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    03-22-17 H Voted favorably from committee as amended House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    03-22-17 H Reported as amended House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    04-03-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-23-17 H Discussed during joint informational meeting Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

     2 - Medium Priority 

    HB 90 (2) Zimmerman, David
    Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in assault, further providing for ethnic intimidation.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 73) Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses) to add emergency medical services providers as protected classes under ethnic and identity intimidation. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 76 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0073 
    Bill History: 01-11-17 H Filed
    01-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

    HB 158 (2) Burns, Frank
    Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of ethnic intimidation.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 122) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of ethnic intimidation by adding employment as a law officer to the scope. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 2261 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 92 (M)
    Position: Amend-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0122 
    Bill History: 01-19-17 H Filed
    01-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

    HB 218 (2) Saylor, Stanley
    Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive, Legislative & Judicial Departments, the public debt & the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 162) The General Appropriation Act of 2017 provides from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive and Judicial Departments, the State Government Support Agencies and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, the public debt and the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for certain institutions and organizations, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017; to provide appropriations from the State Lottery Fund, the Tobacco Settlement Fund, the Aviation Restricted Account, the Hazardous Material Response Fund, The State Stores Fund, the Milk Marketing Fund, the Home Investment Trust Fund, the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, the Tuition Account Guaranteed Savings Program Fund, the Banking Fund, the Firearm Records Check Fund, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Fund, the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, the Home Improvement Account, the Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act Enforcement Fund, the Commonwealth Financing Authority Debt Service Restricted Revenue Account, the Insurance Regulation and Oversight Fund, the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development Restricted Receipt Account, the Justice Reinvestment Fund and the Multimodal Transportation Fund to the Executive Department; to provide appropriations from the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account to the Judicial Department for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018; to provide appropriations from the Motor License Fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for the proper operation of several departments of the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania State Police authorized to spend Motor License Fund money; to provide for the appropriation of Federal funds to the Executive Department of the Commonwealth and for the payment of bills remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. The bill is effective immediately and retroactive to July 1, 2017, if enacted after that date.
    Printer Number(s): P0162 
    Bill History: 01-23-17 H Filed
    01-24-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 140, Ma...House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H Reported as committed from House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H First consideration
    03-13-17 H Laid on the table
    03-20-17 H Set on the Tabled Calendar
    03-20-17 H Removed from the table
    03-20-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-20-17 H 1nsXwdxDs98 (00:12:59)
    03-20-17 H Second consideration
    03-20-17 H Over in House
    03-20-17 H Rereferred to House Appropriations

    HB 240 (2) Tallman, Will
    Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in local taxes, further providing for limitations on rates of specific taxes and for restricted use.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 262) Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in local taxes, further providing for limitations on rates of specific taxes and for restricted use by increasing the per capita tax from $10 to $15 with 30 percent, or any funds for a per capita tax higher than $10, of the tax designated for fire and emergency medical services. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 161 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 193 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0262 
    Bill History: 01-26-17 H Filed
    02-01-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Local Government

    HB 302 (2) Topper, Jesse
    Amends Title 51 (Military Affairs), in professional and occupational licenses, further providing for retention of licenses and certifications of persons entering military service.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 302) Amends Title 51 (Military Affairs), in professional and occupational licenses, further providing for retention of licenses and certifications of persons entering military service adding that a person licensed or certified by the Department of Health to practice any profession or to work at any trade or occupation shall not thereby forfeit his or her current license or registration and shall be exempt from any continuing educational requirements or in-service training requirements. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 855 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0302 
    Bill History: 02-02-17 H Filed
    02-03-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 339 (2) DeLuca, Anthony
    Act providing for the protection of patients & medical personnel from health care facility retaliation, for prohibitions; for rebuttable presumptions; for evidence; for penalties; for restitution; for peer review & for exemption.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 358) The Protection of Patients and Medical Personnel from Health Care Facility Retaliation Act provides for the protection of patients and medical personnel from health care facility retaliation, for prohibitions, for rebuttable presumptions, for discriminatory treatment, for evidence, for civil penalties and remedies, for criminal penalty, for restitution and damages, for injunctive relief, for peer review activity and for exemption. The bill prohibits a health care facility from discriminating or retaliating against a patient or medical personnel because the patient or medical personnel has done either of the following: (1) Presented a grievance, complaint or report to the facility, to an entity or agency responsible for accrediting or evaluating the facility, to the medical staff of the facility or to another governmental entity; or (2) Initiated, participated or cooperated in an investigation or administrative proceeding related to the quality of care, services or conditions at the facility that is carried out by an entity or agency responsible for accrediting or evaluating the facility or its medical staff or governmental entity. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 441 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0358 
    Bill History: 02-06-17 H Filed
    02-06-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health

    HB 386 (2) Neilson, Ed
    Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for CPR instruction and providing for procedures regarding response to cardiac arrest; for AED & for availability and specifications.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 389) Amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, further providing for CPR instruction and providing for procedures regarding response to cardiac arrest and for donations for use related to CPR and automated external defibrillator instruction; and, in school health services, repealing provisions relating to automatic external defibrillators and providing for availability and specifications of automated external defibrillators. The bill requires instruction in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be made available annually to employees and volunteers also provides for the placement of devices and trained personnel. Charter schools or cyber charter schools are added to the scope. Additionally, school entity, nonpublic school and private school shall develop safety procedures to follow in responding to a medical emergency involving cardiac arrest. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 366 (M)
    Position: Amend-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0389 
    Bill History: 02-07-17 H Filed
    02-07-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Education

    HB 392 (2) Dunbar, George
    Amends Title 4 (Amusements) providing for fantasy contests; for legislative intent & for defs.; for PGCB; for slot machine license; for testing & standards; for local share assessment; for interactive gaming; for prohibited acts & repeals.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 404) Amends Title 4 (Amusements) providing for fantasy contests; in general provisions, further providing for legislative intent and for definitions; in Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, further providing for Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board established, for general and specific powers, for licensed gaming entity application appeals from board, for board minutes and records, for regulatory authority of board, for slot machine license fee, for reports of board and for diversity goals of board; in licensees, further providing for Category 3 slot machine license, for slot machine license application, for supplier licenses and for manufacturer licenses, providing for nongaming service provider, further providing for slot machine testing and certification standards and for license renewals and providing for slot machine license operation fee; in table games, further providing for other financial transactions, for table game device and associated equipment testing and certification standards and for local share assessment; providing for interactive gaming; in revenues, further providing for establishment of State Gaming Fund and net slot machine revenue distribution; in administration and enforcement, further providing for responsibility and authority of the Department of Revenue, for compulsive and problem gambling program, for financial and employment interests, for political influence, for regulation requiring exclusion or ejection of certain persons, for repeat offenders excludable from licensed gaming facility, for list of persons self excluded from gaming activities, for investigations and enforcement and for prohibited acts and penalties; in miscellaneous provisions, further providing for appropriations; and making a related repeal.
    Companions: HCO1143 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0404 
    Bill History: 02-07-17 H Filed
    02-08-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Gaming Oversight
    03-07-17 H Discussed during joint public hearing House Gaming Oversight

    HB 506 (2) Bullock, Donna
    Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) providing for the inspection and regulation of mobile food vehicles in cities of the first class that use propane or other combustible fuel.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 532) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) adding a new part and chapter providing for the inspection and regulation of mobile food vehicles in Philadelphia that use propane or other combustible fuel by the city agency or department responsible for issuing licenses or permits for the operation of mobile food vehicles. Further provides for safety requirements and for enforcement and penalties. Also allows the city to adopt, administer and enforce regulations necessary to carry out this new chapter. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1489 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO1074 (M)
    Position: Amend-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0532 
    Bill History: 02-14-17 H Filed
    02-15-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs

    HB 560 (2) Saccone, Rick
    Amends Title 65 (Public Officers), in open meetings, further providing for executive sessions.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 585) Amends Title 65 (Public Officers), in open meetings, further providing that executive sessions may be held for information, strategy and negotiation sessions related to the negotiation or arbitration of a collective bargaining agreement or, in the absence of a collective bargaining unit, related to labor relations and arbitration. This does not apply to negotiation sessions related to collective bargaining agreements between an employee organization and employer as defined in the Public School Code. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 2271 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 303 (M)
    SB 503 (Related)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0585 
    Bill History: 02-17-17 H Filed
    02-21-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Government

    HB 592 (2) Dush, Cris
    Act providing for notice and disclosure of proposed collective bargaining agreements and related documents and for open records.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 638) The Public Employer Collective Bargaining Transparency Act requires a public employer to provide notice prior to signing a proposed collective bargaining agreement that includes the terms of the proposed agreement and the estimate costs to the public employer associated with the proposed agreement. Further provides for the posting of the proposed agreement; and internet access to the approved agreement. Effective in 30 days.
    Companions: HCO1082 (M)
    SB 168 (Related)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0638 
    Bill History: 02-22-17 H Filed
    02-24-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Government

    HB 623 (2) Murt, Thomas
    Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law, further providing for disability benefits.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 660) Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law to include campus police officers employed by a state-owned or related university or college and requires any payments made on account of such officers to be made from their respective institution. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 207 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0660 
    Bill History: 02-23-17 H Filed
    02-24-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Labor and Industry

    HB 781 (2) Nesbit, Tedd
    Amends Title 42 (Judiciary) extensively revising statutory arbitration; and making editorial changes.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 856) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure), extensively revising statutory arbitration; and making editorial changes. The revised statutory arbitration subchapter's stated general intent is to give parties the opportunity to shape the arbitration process to their own needs, while generally providing a default mechanism if the parties do not have a specific agreement on a particular issue, and protect arbitrators from unwarranted legislation. Effective January 1, 2018.
    Companions: HCO1274 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0856 
    Bill History: 03-08-17 H Filed
    03-09-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

    HCO 59 (1) Roae, Brad
    Increases the Fire Company, Emergency Services Grant Program from the current $25 million in funding to $50 million in funding.
    Bill History: 12-01-16 H Filed

    HCO1140 (2) Cutler, Bryan
    Codifies a PA Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form may be used by individuals wishing to designate end of life wishes and discontinue the use of OOH-DNR orders.
    Bill History: 02-01-17 H Filed

    HCO1363 (2) Davis, Tina
    Designates September 2017 as Code Green: First Responder Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Bill History: 02-16-17 H Filed

    HCO1402 (2) Harkins, Patrick
    Directs the Secretary of the Commonwealth to place a binding referendum on the ballot at the next election.
    Position: Support
    Bill History: 02-22-17 H Filed

    HCO1472 (2) Davis, Tina
    Creates the Code Green Month Designation Act which would declare each September as "Code Green: First Responder Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month" in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    Position: Support
    Bill History: 03-01-17 H Filed

    SB 83 (2) Greenleaf, Stewart
    Amends Title 75, in accidents & accident reports, further establishing a duty to stop vehicles at accident scenes, providing an exception from the duty for emergency vehicles and prescribing a penalty.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 62) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in accidents and accident reports, further establishing a duty to stop vehicles at accident scenes, providing an exception from the duty for emergency vehicles and prescribing a penalty. Emergency vehicles are exempted from the requirement that the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident immediately stop at the scene, and rule for emergency vehicle drivers is established. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SB 136 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SCO 122 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0062 
    Bill History: 01-13-17 S Filed
    01-13-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation

    SB 119 (2) Hughes, Vincent
    Amends Titles 18 (Crimes & Offenses) & 42 (Judiciary), in falsification & intimidation, further providing for false alarms to agencies of public safety; & providing for sentences for offenses involving false alarms to agencies.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 102) Amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure), in falsification and intimidation, further providing for false alarms to agencies of public safety; and, in sentencing, providing for sentencing for offenses involving false alarms to agencies of public safety. Title 18 is amended by redefining the offense of false alarms to agencies of public safety as knowingly and intentionally making or causing to be made a false report of a crime or medical or other emergency to a police officer, state or local law enforcement agency, firefighter, fire company, emergency medical services agency, emergency medical services provider, 911 system operator or a governmental employee or contractor or an employee of a contractor who is authorized to receive a report of a crime or medical or other emergency. The court may order a person convicted of the offense to pay to the state or local unit of government the costs of responding to the false report. Provides the costs related to the prosecution of the offense can be collected in the adjudication of a delinquency. The bill also specifies how juvenile offenders shall be treated. Title 42 is amended to include provisions outlining sentencing for offenses involving false alarms to agencies of public safety. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SCO 46 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0102 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Judiciary

    SB 168 (2) Stefano, Patrick
    Act providing for notice and disclosure of proposed collective bargaining agreements and related documents and for open records.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 140) The Public Employer Collective Bargaining Transparency Act provides for notice and disclosure of proposed collective bargaining agreements and related documents and for open records. Effective in 30 days.
    Companions: HB 592 (Related)
    SCO 290 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0140 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Government

    SB 228 (2) Eichelberger, John
    Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, further providing for causes for suspension and for persons to be suspended.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 211) Amends the Public School Code further providing for causes for suspension and persons to be suspended by adding that professional employes can be suspended for economic reasons that require a reduction in professional employes. Suspension shall be based upon educational program needs, the professional employe's certifications or performance evaluations of employes within the affected program areas. Reinstatement shall be on the basis of qualification to teach a particular subject or grade level or to hold a particular position, followed next by seniority. No collective bargaining agreement for professional employes may include provisions prohibiting suspension of professional employes for economic reasons. Effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 314 (M)
    Position: Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0211 
    Bill History: 01-26-17 S Filed
    01-26-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
    01-31-17 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m., Room 8E-A, East...Senate Education
    01-31-17 S Passed over in committee Senate Education

    SB 229 (2) Eichelberger, John
    Amends the Public School Code further providing for payment of salaries in cases of sickness, injury or death, repealing provisions, & further providing for Distinguished Educators Program.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 212) Amends the Public School Code, in professional employees, further providing for payment of salaries in cases of sickness, injury or death, for alternative payment plan, for persons entitled to leaves of absence, for salary while on leave and for Distinguished Educators Program. Several sections providing for sick and sabbatical leave are repealed and the bill states "Whenever the boards of school directors of two or more school districts may establish any joint elementary public school, high school or department, or whenever two or more school districts shall merge or form a union school district or administrative unit in accordance with the provisions of sections 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296 and 297 of this act, the professional or temporary professional employes employed by the several boards of school directors establishing such joint school or department or merged or union school district or administrative unit shall be entitled to the sick leave accumulated in the individual school districts subsequently establishing such joint school or department or merged or union school district or administrative unit." Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SCO 312 (M)
    Position: Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0212 
    Bill History: 01-26-17 S Filed
    01-26-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
    01-31-17 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m., Room 8E-A, East...Senate Education
    01-31-17 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Education
    01-31-17 S Reported as committed from Senate Education
    01-31-17 S First consideration
    03-27-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar

    SB 288 (2) Rafferty, John
    Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in rules of the road in general, further providing for duty of driver in emergency response areas.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 274) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in rules of the road in general, further providing for duty of driver in emergency response areas by increasing penalties for a violation of what is colloquially known as the Steer Clear Law. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SCO 367 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0274 
    Bill History: 01-31-17 S Filed
    01-31-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation
    02-08-17 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m., Room 8E-B, East ...Senate Transportation
    02-08-17 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Transportation
    02-08-17 S Reported as committed from Senate Transportation
    02-08-17 S First consideration
    03-22-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    03-22-17 S Second consideration
    03-27-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar

    SB 410 (2) Rafferty, John
    Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, providing for the offense of hate crimes against law enforcement officers and first responders.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 406) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, establishing the offense of hate crimes against law enforcement officers and first responders. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SB 1383 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SCO 371 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0406 
    Bill History: 02-27-17 S Filed
    02-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Judiciary

    SB 494 (2) Stefano, Patrick
    Amends the Public School Code, in collective bargaining, further providing for definitions and prohibiting full-time union leave.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 494) Amends the Public School Code, in collective bargaining, prohibiting full-time union leave. Effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 99 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0494 
    Bill History: 03-10-17 S Filed
    03-10-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
    03-29-17 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m., Room 8E-A, East ...Senate Education

    SCO 557 (2) Aument, Ryan
    Promotes transparency in the collective bargaining process by allowing public access to collective bargaining negotiations.
    Companions: SB 503 (M)
    Position: Monitor-Opposed
    Bill History: 01-27-17 S Filed
    03-13-17 S Superseded by - see SB 503

     3 - Low Priority 

    HB 17 (3) Hahn, Marcia
    Amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act further providing for confidentiality of records and for consent of minor.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 398) Amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to allow a parent or legal guardian to give consent over the objection of the minor for medical care or counseling related to diagnosis or treatment of substance abuse. Also allows parents access to their minor child's patient record to the extent it is permissible under federal or state law. Requires a facility to notify a parent or legal guardian when a minor revokes the consent to treatment or consent to share information. Effective in 60 days. (Past Printer Number: 33) HB 17 - (PN 33) Amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to allow a parent or legal guardian to give consent for a minor for treatment or drug testing, notwithstanding a minor's refusal. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 2359 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 19 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0033  P0398 
    Bill History: 01-05-17 H Filed
    01-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health
    01-24-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room G-50, I...House Healthld
    01-24-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Health
    01-25-17 H Reported as committed from House Health
    01-25-17 H First consideration
    01-25-17 H Laid on the table
    02-06-17 H Removed from the table
    02-07-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    02-07-17 H 8GdnF7gwL00 (00:20:06)
    02-07-17 H 2 Floor amendment(s) adopted
    02-07-17 H Second consideration
    02-07-17 H Over in House
    02-07-17 H Rereferred to House Appropriations
    02-08-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 140 Mai...House Appropriations
    02-08-17 H Reported as committed from House Appropriations
    02-08-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    02-08-17 H AUYpvgEbJCY (01:33:39)
    02-08-17 H House Reed motion to proceed to vote on HB 17 fdocs/billinfo/bill_votes.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=00017" target="Email">(Vote: Y:189/N: 10)
    02-08-17 H Third consideration
    02-08-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:199/N: 0)
    02-15-17 S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Health and Human Services

    HB 23 (3) Mackenzie, Ryan
    Amends the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act further providing for short title, for definitions, for recognition of centers, for emergency medical services and for biennial report.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 151) Amends the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act renaming the act the Stroke System of Care Act and providing for definitions, for recognition of centers, for emergency medical services and for biennial report. The bill adds to the scope recognition of hospitals as a comprehensive stroke center, primary stroke center or acute stroke-ready hospital. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 2350 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 602 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0151 
    Bill History: 01-24-17 H Filed
    01-24-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health
    01-24-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room G-50, I...House Healthld
    01-24-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Health
    01-25-17 H Reported as committed from House Health
    01-25-17 H First consideration
    01-25-17 H Laid on the table
    01-25-17 H Removed from the table
    02-06-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    02-06-17 H Second consideration
    02-06-17 H Rereferred to House Appropriations
    02-07-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 140 Mai...House Appropriations
    02-07-17 H Reported as committed from House Appropriations
    02-07-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    02-07-17 H 8GdnF7gwL00 (00:32:27)
    02-07-17 H Third consideration
    02-07-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:200/N: 0)
    02-15-17 S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Health and Human Services
    03-20-17 S Press conference held

    HB 48 (3) Burns, Frank
    Act establishing a recruitment scholarship program for volunteer fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads; providing for duties of the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency; & making an appropriation.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 53) The Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship Act would establish a recruitment scholarship program for volunteer fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Provides for eligibility requirements, scholarship amounts and duties of PHEAA. Appropriates $2 million to PHEAA for fiscal year 2017 for the purposes of the act. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 98 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0053 
    Bill History: 01-06-17 H Filed
    01-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 122 (3) Kaufer, Aaron
    Amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act establishing the Project Lazarus Commission.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 351) Amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act establishing the Project Lazarus Commission, which shall review and make recommendations related to a best practice model for a comprehensive, community-based effort to consolidate overdose prevention efforts for counties in this Commonwealth. Effective immediately.
    Companions: HB 115 (Related)
    HB 116 (Related)
    HB 117 (Related)
    HB 118 (Related)
    HB 119 (Related)
    HB 120 (Related)
    HB 121 (Related)
    HB 123 (Related)
    HB 124 (Related)
    HCO 772 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0351 
    Bill History: 02-06-17 H Filed
    02-06-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Human Services

    HB 126 (3) Baker, Matt
    Act providing for the use of epinephrine auto-injectors by certain entities and organizations; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Department of Health.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 92) The Epinephrine Auto-Injector Entity Act provides for the use and stock of epinephrine auto-injectors by recreation camps, colleges and universities, day-care facilities, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, places of employment, and sports arenas. Requires completed training by employees of eligible institutions before administration and provides Good Samaritan protections. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1351 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 144 (M)
    SB 478 (Identical)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0092 
    Bill History: 01-18-17 H Filed
    01-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health
    02-08-17 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m., Room G-50, Irvis...House Healthg
    02-08-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Health
    02-08-17 H Reported as committed from House Health
    02-08-17 H First consideration
    02-08-17 H Laid on the table
    03-20-17 H Set on the Tabled Calendar
    03-20-17 H Removed from the table
    03-21-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-21-17 H Second consideration
    03-21-17 H Rereferred to House Appropriations
    03-22-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 140, Ma...House Appropriations
    03-22-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Appropriations
    03-22-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-22-17 H Reported as committed from House Appropriations
    03-22-17 H lPJLWH2neJ8 (00:42:24)
    03-22-17 H Third consideration
    03-22-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:191/N: 0)

    HB 178 (3) Day, Gary
    Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, further providing for fire and emergency evacuation drills.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 141) Amends the Public School Code, in terms and courses of study, requiring school entities to conduct one school security drill within 90 days of commencement of the year each school year in each school building. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 456 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0141 
    Bill History: 01-23-17 H Filed
    01-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Education
    02-06-17 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m., Room G50, Irvis...House Education
    02-06-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Education
    02-06-17 H Reported as committed from House Education
    02-06-17 H First consideration
    02-06-17 H Laid on the table
    02-07-17 H Set on the Tabled Calendar
    02-07-17 H Removed from the table
    02-08-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    02-08-17 H Second consideration
    02-08-17 H Rereferred to House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 140, Ma...House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-13-17 H Reported as committed from House Appropriations
    03-13-17 H RMAE9bmZ_es (00:10:51)
    03-13-17 H Third consideration
    03-13-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:187/N: 0)
    03-20-17 S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Education

    HB 183 (3) Dush, Cris
    Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in emergency management services, providing for emergency response payment.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 153) Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in emergency management services, adding a chapter providing for emergency response payment. The bill states a person involved in an emergency that necessitates an official dispatch of a fire company shall be liable for the actual and reasonable response costs incurred by the fire company for services rendered unless the person has: (1) paid a tax which funds at least part of the fire company's services to the municipality in which the fire company is located; or (2) paid a subscription to the fire company. The bill provides for procedure, reimbursement, penalties, and reports. Effective in 180 days.
    Companions: HCO 811 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0153 
    Bill History: 01-23-17 H Filed
    01-24-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 241 (3) Tallman, Will
    Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in volunteer firefighters, repealing provisions relating to special fire police and providing for police officers.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 205) Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in volunteer firefighters, repealing provisions relating to special fire police and adding a new chapter providing for fire police officers. Effective immediately.
    Companions: HCO 393 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0205 
    Bill History: 01-26-17 H Filed
    01-31-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 266 (3) Harper, Kate
    Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; and, in adoption and enforcement by municipalities, further providing for administration and enforcement.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 225) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in preliminary provisions, deleting references to the appeal boards being established in accordance with the "1999 BOCA code" and replacing the reference with a requirement that such boards be established pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor and Industry. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 93 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 751 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0225  P1057 
    Bill History: 01-27-17 H Filed
    01-31-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Local Government
    03-15-17 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan O...House Local Government
    03-13-17 H Meeting cancelled for 03/15/17 House Local Government
    03-22-17 H Meeting set for 10:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan ...House Local Government
    03-22-17 H Reported as amended House Local Government
    03-22-17 H First consideration
    03-22-17 H Laid on the table
    04-03-17 H Set on the Tabled Calendar

    HB 294 (3) Costa, Dom
    Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in adoption and enforcement by municipalities, providing for fire protection services fee.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 288) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in adoption and enforcement by municipalities, authorizing municipalities administering and enforcing the act to assess a fee of not more than $30 for fire protection services on each occupancy permit issued. The bill provides for exemptions and for use of the fee. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 676 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0288 
    Bill History: 02-01-17 H Filed
    02-02-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Labor and Industry

    HB 298 (3) Delozier, Sheryl
    Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in training and certification of inspectors, further providing for training of inspectors.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 292) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in training and certification of inspectors, further providing for training of inspectors. The bill states that the department may by regulation establish a separate trainee classification for each certification category. The trainee classification shall be considered optional for all individuals seeking certification under this act. An applicant for trainee classification shall secure the sponsorship of an individual certified in each category for which the trainee seeks certification. A trainee classification is nonrenewable and shall be limited. Individuals with trainee classifications may perform all the duties of a certified individual while under the supervision of a sponsor. The department may establish fees and applications and registration procedures to establish the trainee classification system. Individuals with trainee classifications shall be listed on the department's website. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 920 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0292 
    Bill History: 02-01-17 H Filed
    02-02-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Labor and Industry
    02-06-17 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m., Room 60, East W...House Labor and Industry
    02-06-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Labor and Industry
    02-06-17 H Reported as committed from House Labor and Industry
    02-06-17 H First consideration
    02-06-17 H Laid on the table
    02-08-17 H Set on the Tabled Calendar
    02-08-17 H Removed from the table
    03-13-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-13-17 H Second consideration
    03-13-17 H Rereferred to House Appropriations
    03-20-17 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 140 Mai...House Appropriations
    03-20-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Appropriations
    03-20-17 H Set on the House Calendar
    03-20-17 H Reported as committed from House Appropriations
    03-20-17 H 1nsXwdxDs98 (00:59:07)
    03-20-17 H Third consideration
    03-20-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:195/N: 1)

    HB 315 (3) Costa, Dom
    Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in emergency medical services system, providing for dismissal upon conviction of certain offense.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 315) Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in emergency medical services system, providing for dismissal from employment for emergency medical technicians or emergency medical technician paramedics if convicted of an offense under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act or similar offense from another state. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 96 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HB 312 (Related)
    HB 313 (Related)
    HB 314 (Related)
    HB 317 (Related)
    HCO 745 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0315 
    Bill History: 02-02-17 H Filed
    02-03-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 400 (3) Causer, Martin
    Amends Titles 35 (Health & Safety) & 75 (Vehicles), in EMS system, further providing for support of EMS; in general provisions, further providing for EMS costs; further providing for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 412) Amends Titles 35 (Health and Safety) and 75 (Vehicles), in emergency medical services system, further providing for support of emergency medical services; in general provisions, further providing for EMS costs; and, in driving after imbibing alcohol or utilizing drugs, further providing for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. Title 35 is amended to stipulate that, of the 75 percent of the money from the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund be disbursed by the department, 30 percent of funds must be allocated to specifically provide training to underserved rural areas and not less than ten percent shall be provided to EMS agencies to assist with medical equipment purchases for ambulances. In Title 75, various assessments that are deposited in the Emergency Medical Services Fund are doubled. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1796 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 894 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0412 
    Bill History: 02-08-17 H Filed
    02-08-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
    02-22-17 H Discussed during public hearing House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 428 (3) Donatucci, Maria
    Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 444) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, adding to the offense of aggravated assault any other elected or appointed official or employee of the Commonwealth or any of its agencies, authorities, boards, commissions, councils, departments and offices or of any county, school district or municipal authority, board or commission while acting in the scope of his employment or other service or because of his employment or other service with the Commonwealth or any of its agencies, authorities, boards, commissions, councils, departments and offices or of any county, school district or municipal authority, board or commission. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 295 (Related)
    HB 646 (Related)
    HB 766 (Related)
    HCO 889 (M)
    SB 165 (Related)
    SB 445 (Related)
    Printer Number(s): P0444 
    Bill History: 02-08-17 H Filed
    02-10-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

    HB 430 (3) Brown, Rosemary
    Amends the CPA Law establishing a continuing education pilot program for certified public accountants assisting volunteer firefighter organizations.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 446) Amends the CPA Law establishing a continuing education pilot program for certified public accountants assisting volunteer firefighter organizations. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1860 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 883 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0446 
    Bill History: 02-08-17 H Filed
    02-10-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Professional Licensure

    HB 458 (3) DeLuca, Anthony
    Act providing for the termination of law enforcement officers upon testing positive for a controlled substance.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 479) The Law Enforcement Officer Drug Screening Act requires a law enforcement officer who tests positive for a controlled substance to be terminated from his or her employment. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HCO 715 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0479 
    Bill History: 02-10-17 H Filed
    02-14-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

    HB 497 (3) Davis, Tina
    Amends Title 4 (Amusements), in revenues, further providing for establishment of State Gaming Fund and net slot machine revenue distribution.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 521) Amends Title 4 (Amusements), in revenues, further providing for establishment of State Gaming Fund and net slot machine revenue distribution by providing for grants for fire and emergency services. The new provisions are applicable to a volunteer fire company or emergency medical service provider that is classified as a nonprofit organization, is seeking a grant for fire services or emergency medical services from the county in which the volunteer fire company or emergency medical service provider is located, and is otherwise eligible under law to receive a grant from the county for fire services or emergency medical services. A volunteer fire company or emergency medical service provider may apply for a grant: (1) through the municipal grant program by submitting an application to the municipality in which the volunteer fire company or emergency medical service provider is located for consideration by the county; or (2) directly to the county, under a process developed by the county. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 2416 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 958 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0521 
    Bill History: 02-14-17 H Filed
    02-14-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Gaming Oversight

    HB 501 (3) Davis, Tina
    Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in Commonwealth services, further providing for assistance to volunteer fire companies, ambulance service and rescue squads.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 525) Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in Commonwealth services, further providing for assistance to volunteer fire companies, ambulance service and rescue squads by increasing maximum amounts to $500,000. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1922 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO1152 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0525 
    Bill History: 02-14-17 H Filed
    02-14-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HB 646 (3) Ward, Judith
    Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 689) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault by adding all health care practitioners as a protected class. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 295 (Related)
    HB 428 (Related)
    HCO1277 (M)
    SB 165 (Related)
    SB 445 (Related)
    Printer Number(s): P0689 
    Bill History: 02-27-17 H Filed
    02-28-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

    HB 760 (3) Maloney, David
    Act designating September 27 of each year as "First Responders Day".
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 861) The First Responders Day Act designates September 27 of each year as "First Responders Day". The governor is required to annually issue a proclamation calling on all public schools and educational institutions to observe "First Responders Day" and to conduct exercises recognizing the contributions and remembering the sacrifices that first responders have made. "First Responder Day" may not be a paid holiday or a day that school districts close. Effective immediately.
    Companions: HB 1912 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HCO 13 (M)
    HCO1501 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0861 
    Bill History: 03-07-17 H Filed
    03-10-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.

    HCO1102 (3) Deasy, Daniel
    Offers a $500 state income tax credit to volunteer firefighters, volunteer emergency medical technicians/paramedics, and volunteer members of ambulance services and rescue squads.
    Position: Neutral
    Bill History: 01-30-17 H Filed

    HCO1279 (3) Keller, Fred
    Protects sensitive personal information of Commonwealth employees by amending Section 705 of the Public Employee Relations Act.
    Bill History: 02-09-17 H Filed

    HCO1365 (3) Tallman, Will
    Creates the Strike Free Education Act, which repeals the current collective bargaining article, Article XI-A, in the Public School Code and creates a new article to address the collective bargaining process.
    Companions: HB 920 (M)
    Position: Opposed
    Bill History: 02-16-17 H Filed
    03-22-17 H Superseded by - see HB 920

    SB 71 (3) Greenleaf, Stewart
    Act establishing a tuition credit program for certain members of volunteer fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads and their dependent children and spouses.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 52) The Volunteer Emergency Service Tuition Credit Program Act authorizes a person who is an active member of a volunteer fire company, volunteer ambulance service, or volunteer rescue squad in good standing and the dependent children and spouse of such volunteer to enroll in postsecondary courses on a tuition-credit basis in a community college. A volunteer and the volunteer's dependent children and spouse would be eligible to receive tuition credit in the aggregate amount of $600 per year, not to exceed an aggregate maximum of $2,400 over a four-year service period. In order to receive a tuition credit, the volunteer would agree to serve as a member of a volunteer fire company, volunteer ambulance service, or volunteer rescue squad for a minimum of four years and sign an agreement with the volunteer organization pledging four years of service in exchange for the tuition credit. Effective in 30 days
    Companions: SB 26 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SCO 146 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0052 
    Bill History: 01-12-17 S Filed
    01-12-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

    SB 72 (3) Greenleaf, Stewart
    Act establishing the Volunteer Emergency Service Personnel Educational Assistance and Loan Forgiveness Program; and prescribing powers and duties of the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 53) The Volunteer Emergency Service Personnel Educational Assistance and Loan Forgiveness Act creates the Educational Assistance and Loan Forgiveness Program to provide grants to receive payments by PHEAA for debt incurred as a result of student loans entered into for the purpose of pursuing programs of education. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be: (1) a qualified resident of Pennsylvania; (2) an active member of a volunteer fire company, emergency service team or rescue team for a period of at least one year in Pennsylvania; (3) enrolled as a student in an approved program of education at an approved institution of higher learning; and (4) provide the approved institution of higher learning with a sworn or official statement of fact by the state fire commissioner, or president or commissioner of a volunteer fire department of which the applicant is a volunteer, attesting that the applicant is a member in good standing of the volunteer fire company, emergency service team or rescue team. Grants for part-time students would not exceed one-half the tuition of the part-time course of study in which the part-time student applicant is enrolled and grants for full-time students would not exceed $3,700 per academic year or the actual amount of the applicant's tuition for the academic year. For each year that an applicant is a member of a volunteer fire company, emergency service team or rescue team, PHEAA may forgive a proportional part of the applicant's loan so that the loan may be entirely forgiven over a maximum period of five years in which the applicant is attending an approved institution of higher learning. No more than $2,000 would be forgiven in any year. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SB 27 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SCO 146 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0053 
    Bill History: 01-12-17 S Filed
    01-12-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

    SB 160 (3) Tartaglione, Christine
    Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) in general provisions, further providing for definitions.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 133) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in general provisions, adding that "emergency vehicle" includes vehicle owned and operated by the Salvation Army and used for emergency disaster services. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SB 262 (Related)
    SCO 131 (M)
    Position: Support
    Printer Number(s): P0133 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation

    SB 169 (3) Laughlin, Daniel (F)
    Amends Title 65 (Public Officers), in lobbying disclosure, further providing for registration, for reporting, for prohibited activities and for registration fees, fund established, system and regulations.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 145) Amends Title 65 (Public Officers), in lobbying disclosure, further providing for registration, for reporting and for registration fees, fund established, system and regulations. The bill requires lobbyists to register electronically using the computerized filing system developed by the department. The department shall post all filings on its website within seven days of receipt of the filing. Portions are effective January 1, 2018, and the remainder is effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 427 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0145  P0554 
    Bill History: 01-20-17 S Filed
    01-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Government
    01-25-17 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m., Room 461 Main Ca...Senate State Government
    01-24-17 S Meeting cancelled for 01/25/17 Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Meeting set for 12:30 p.m., Room 8E-A East ...Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S Reported as committed from Senate State Government
    01-31-17 S First consideration
    02-01-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    02-01-17 S Second consideration
    03-21-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    03-21-17 S h147IDSdDjs (00:02:09)
    03-21-17 S 1 Floor amendment(s) adopted
    03-21-17 S Over in Senate
    03-22-17 S Set on the Senate Calendar
    03-22-17 S 7f3JuvCRuyc (00:12:23)
    03-22-17 S Third consideration
    03-22-17 S Final Passage (Vote: Y: 47/N: 0)
    03-23-17 H Received in the House and referred to House State Government

    SB 249 (3) Ward, Kim
    Amends the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Act further providing for emergency vehicles.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 242) Amends the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Act further providing for emergency vehicles by waiving fees for a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for a legitimate law enforcement function and a vehicle carrying or escorting a firefighter, ambulance service or rescue squad member, law enforcement officer or armed service member killed in the line of duty. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SCO 269 (M)
    Position: Amend-Support
    Printer Number(s): P0242 
    Bill History: 01-27-17 S Filed
    01-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation

    SB 262 (3) Baker, Lisa
    Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in general provisions, further providing for definitions.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 244) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in general provisions, adding that "emergency vehicle" includes a privately owned vehicle used in answering an emergency call when used by a local emergency coordinator. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: SB 160 (Related)
    SCO 153 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0244 
    Bill History: 01-30-17 S Filed
    01-30-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation

    SB 269 (3) Baker, Lisa
    Amends the PA Construction Code Act, further providing for definitions and for Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council and providing for review of updated sections and adoption of updated sections into UCC.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 256) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions, adding that the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council shall also gather information from construction trades and consumer representatives; repealing provisions providing for review; reconstituting the membership of the council and providing for removal of members; requiring members to participate in person, via teleconference, or via video conference; establishing technical advisory committees; providing for review of updated sections and adoption of updated sections into Uniform Construction Code; in Uniform Construction Code, further providing for revised or successor codes; in adoption and enforcement by municipalities, further providing for administration and enforcement; in training and certification of inspectors, further providing for education and training programs; and, in exemptions, applicability and penalties, further providing for applicability to certain buildings. Additionally, the fee collected shall be allocated as follows: 40 percent in the Municipal Code Official Training Account, 40 percent in the Construction Contractor Training Account, and 20 percent in the Review and Advisory Council Administration Account to be used by the Department of Labor and Industry. Provisions regarding uncertified buildings over which the department does not have jurisdiction are effective in 60 days and the remainder is effective immediately.
    Companions: HB 409 (Related)
    SCO 346 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0256 
    Bill History: 01-31-17 S Filed
    01-31-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Labor and Industry

    SB 413 (3) Rafferty, John
    Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for exemptions and special provisions relating to taxation.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 409) Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for exemptions and special provisions relating to taxation by adding that any person who is a citizen and resident of this Commonwealth and volunteers and serves at least 100 hours annually for at least two years consecutively as a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician shall be exempt from the payment of 15 percent of any real property taxes imposed by a political subdivision upon the residence occupied by that person. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.
    Companions: SB 478 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SB 407 (Related)
    SCO 400 (M)
    Position: Neutral
    Printer Number(s): P0409 
    Bill History: 02-27-17 S Filed
    02-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance

    SB 420 (3) Argall, David
    Amends Title 24 (Education), establishing the Public School Employees' Benefit Board and providing for its powers and duties; requiring a school employee health benefits evaluation; providing for a health benefits program.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 443) Amends Title 24 (Education), establishing the Public School Employees' Benefit Board and providing for its powers and duties; requiring a school employee health benefits evaluation; providing for a health benefits program for public school employees; and establishing the Public School Employees' Benefit Trust Fund. The intent is to consolidate school district health care. Effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 309 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0443 
    Bill History: 02-28-17 S Filed
    02-28-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

    SB 445 (3) White, Donald
    Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 436) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, adding to the offense of aggravated assault a health care practitioner in a health care facility. Effective in 60 days.
    Companions: HB 1219 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    SB 1355 (Refiled from 15R Session)
    HB 295 (Related)
    HB 428 (Related)
    HB 646 (Related)
    SB 165 (Related)
    SCO 384 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0436 
    Bill History: 02-27-17 S Filed
    02-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Judiciary

    SB 465 (3) Blake, John
    Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions, for PIAA, for open-records officer, for access, for extension of time, for appeals, for civil penalty, for agencies, & for relation to other laws.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 458) Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; in requirements and prohibitions, providing for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association; in access, further providing for open-records officer, for requests and for retention of records and providing for inmate access; in procedure, further providing for access, for requests, for written requests, for production of certain records and for exceptions for public records; in agency response, further providing for general rule and for extension of time; in appeal of agency determination, further providing for filing of appeal and for appeals officers; in judicial review, further providing for Commonwealth agencies, legislative agencies and judicial agencies, for civil penalty, for fee limitations and for Office of Open Records; and, in miscellaneous provisions, further providing for relation to other laws. Effective July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later.
    Companions: SB 466 (Related)
    SCO 307 (M)
    Printer Number(s): P0458 
    Bill History: 03-01-17 S Filed
    03-01-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Government

    SB 473 (3) Regan, Mike (F)
    Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; for relief from charges; for ineligibility for compensation; & providing for applicability.
     
    PLS Summary: (PN 476) Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law providing a claimant who voluntarily leaves employment shall only be found eligible for benefits if the claimant can demonstrate he or she left such employment due to a cause of necessitous and compelling nature attributable to his or her employment. Provides exceptions for instances of domestic violence and military transfers. Also adds language enumerating specific actions committed by claimants which shall constitute "willful misconduct." These changes shall apply to initial claims file on or after January 1, 2018. Effective immediately.
    Companions: SCO 619 (M)
    Position: Opposed
    Printer Number(s): P0476 
    Bill History: 03-02-17 S Filed
    03-02-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Labor and Industry

    SCO 624 (3) Yaw, Gene
    Amends Title 20 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to update and revise Pennsylvania Law to include the codification of Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.
    Bill History: 02-09-17 S Filed

    SCO 629 (3) Martin, Scott (F)
    Directs the PA Department of Human Services to issue a Request for Proposal for a Total Population Quality Health Initiative that infuses Evidence Based Medicine into every Members' health decision.
    Bill History: 02-13-17 S Filed


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