Budget Season Inspires Extra Session Days

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 This week the House will be in session through Thursday, June 20. One day longer than traditional session weeks. House and Senate Appropriation committees along with leadership and the governor’s administration continue to discuss priorities and work toward a final budget. House Republicans remain committed to growing the rainy day fund, successfully funding our legislative priorities this session, and ensuring any increase in education funding is noticed in the classrooms.


Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.


The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for votes scheduled in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these votes can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “House Business” tab.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:


Transportation, 9:45 a.m., 205 Ryan Office Building

  • HB 1609 (Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware): Would increase voluntary donation amounts to the Veterans’ Trust Fund.
  • HB 631 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland): Would define “electric low-speed scooters” and apply our best-in-class laws governing pedalcycles (bicycles) and pedalcycles with Electric Assist (electric bicycles) to low-speed scooters.

Judiciary, 10 a.m., 140 Main Capitol

  • SB 500 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming): Would create a County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee.
  • SB 501 (Sen. Tom Killion, R-Chester/Delaware): Would update the process for paroling people who receive a short sentence and would revise sentencing laws and the direction that the General Assembly gives to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.
  • SB 502 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington): Would update crime victims act providing improved information and compensation to crime victims and allow counties to retain supervision fees they collect.

Education, 11:30 a.m., G-50 Irvis Office Building

  • HB 796 (Rep. Jared Soloman, D-Philadelphia): Would create grant program for apprenticeship programs.
  • SB 440 (Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York): Would create three-year pilot program that provides Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs) to school entities.

Consumer Affairs, 12 p.m., 205 Ryan Office Building

  • HB 1400 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Would provide for the uniform, efficient and predictable regulation of small wireless antennas.


On Monday, session will begin at 1 p.m.


Votes on Second Consideration:

  • HB 1032 (Rep. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler): Would amend the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act to add certified PA evaluators to the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers.
  • HB 1033 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Would amend the Assessors Certification Act to provide for the qualifications, training and certification of revaluation company personnel.
  • HB 1034 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Would amend the Consolidated County Assessment Law to further facilitate the existing statutory requirement that building permit information be submitted to the county assessment office.
  • HB 1035 (Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester): Would authorize political subdivisions and authorities to enter into contracts for services when two consecutive advertisements fail to induce bids.
  • HB 1036 (Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams): Would amend the process by which a small borough, having a population of 3,000 residents or fewer, may seek to reduce the size of its borough council from seven members to either five members or three members.
  • HB 1379 (Rep. Jim Rigby, R-Cambria/Somerset): Would repeal a 1935 law, which places restrictions to when polo can be played on Sundays.
  • HB 1405 (Rep. John Hershey, R-Juniata/Franklin/Mifflin): Would repeal a 1935 law, which places restrictions to when tennis can be played on Sundays.
  • HB 1410 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Would amend the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act to create a Military Installation Remediation Program.
  • HB 1615 (Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny): Would amend public school code and definitions of educational tax credits.
  • SB 338 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Bedford/Cambria/Clearfield): Would increase the maximum allowable width for certain farm equipment.
  • SB 478 (Rep. Elder Vogel Jr., R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence): Would provide a personal income tax credit for landowners who lease or sell their land, buildings and equipment to beginning farmers.

Votes on Third Consideration:

  • HB 716 (Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks): Would amend the Administrative Code to create the Joint Agency Task Force on Misclassification within the Department of Labor and Industry.
  • HB 1170 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Would prohibit the employment of unauthorized employees in the construction industry.
  • HB 855 (Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana): Would require the secretary of the Budget to project revenue shortfalls for the fiscal year starting in December and to put amounts in budgetary reserve equal to any shortfall to balance the budget.
  • HB 920 (Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York): Would update budget procedures related to unspent appropriations and how these amounts are dealt with at the close of a fiscal year.
  • HB 921 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Would require the administration to issue quarterly reports on the amounts committed and awarded from special funds that provide grants and subsidies.
  • HB 922 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland): Would require the administration to supply additional information as part of governor’s proposed budget.
  • HB 923 (Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike): Would require the governor to explain the reasons for a state supplemental appropriation request and to make
  • HB 1514 (Rep. John Hershey, R-Juniata/Franklin/Mifflin): Would revise and re-establish the existing Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program into the PA Farm-to-School Program, to provide grants for improving childhood nutrition while increasing exposure to agriculture for children in Pre-K through fifth grade.
  • HB 1516 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean/Cameron/Potter): Would create the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account and allocate funding to the Department of Agriculture to facilitate a quick response to agricultural disasters.
  • HB 1517 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Would provide the State Conservation Commission with the authority to prioritize projects and provide technical assistance and funding through a mix of grants, low-interest loans and tax credits.
  • HB 1523 (Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon): Would establish the Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center within the Department of Agriculture to serve as a resource to help every farmer create a business plan, transition plan or succession plan.
  • HB 1526 (Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Huntingdon/Centre/Mifflin): Would re-establish a low-interest loan program administered by the State Conservation Commission in conjunction with lending institutions for the implementation of agricultural and conservation best management practices.
  • SB 190 (Sen. Patrick Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland): Would authorize the conveyance of land in Somerset Township, Somerset County.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:


Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 9 a.m., 60 East Wing

  • HR 222 (Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster): Would urge the United States Federal Food and Drug Administration to establish a clear standard for milk labeling.
  • HR 402 (Rep. James Struzzi, R-Indiana): Would recognize the value and healthy properties of whole milk, and the importance they play in our children’s growth.

Finance, 9:30 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol

  • HB 241 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Would provide for REAP tax credit to be applied to a spouse when a joint income tax return is filed.
  • HB 1168 (Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks): Would update how Department of Revenue can classify “traffic signals” for tax exemption status.
  • HB 1478 (Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Philadelphia): Would make Fiscal Code updates regarding fraternal and agricultural organizations.

Commerce, 10 a.m., 205 Ryan Office Building

  • HB 1104 (Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne): Would require the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to establish a registry for abandoned manufacturing sites across the Commonwealth.
  • HB 1105 (Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland): Would incentivize businesses to remediate Commonwealth lands that pose a current or future risk to the health and safety of our residents.

State Government, Call of the Chair, 60 East Wing

  • HB 163 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Would amends the Procurement Code to repeal the Separations Act and specify various means of completing construction contracts on public works.
  • HB 1069 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Lawrence/Beaver/Butler): Would require the posting of agendas by state agencies prior to public meetings wherein official business is conducted.
  • HB 1316 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Would amend the Constitution to establish limitations on the spending of Commonwealth funds.
  • SB 130 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Would authorize the release of agricultural land use restrictions on a parcel of land in the Borough of Danville and the Township of Mahoning, Montour County.
  • SB 701 (Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh): Would allow for land conveyance for former Allentown State Hospital grounds.


On Tuesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.


Votes on Second Consideration:

  • HB 301 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Would increase the penalty for the illegal use of body-gripping traps outside of a watercourse, waterway, marsh, pond or dam.
  • HB 1188 (Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Mercer/Crawford/Erie/Lawrence): Would remove restrictions on night-vision optics for hunting.
  • HB 1222 (Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin): Would consolidate the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act and the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act.
  • HB 1276 (Rep. Dave Hickernell, R-Lancaster): Would create a tuition and mandatory fees waiver program for youth who are or were in foster care.
  • HB 1520 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington): Would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors.
  • HB 1590 (Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter): Would create the Dairy Investment Program within the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
  • SB 585 (Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre/Juniana/Huntingdon/Mifflin): Would establish the Dairy Future Commission in the Agriculture Code.
  • HB 1522 (Rep. Torren Ecker, R-Adams/Cumberland): Would amend the Child Labor Act to eliminate the requirement that Junior Firefighters complete Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wildfire training before they can engage in firefighting activities.
  • HB 1538 (Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia): Would amend the Prisons and Parole Code to require that sex offenders must wait three years from the date of the current application to reapply for parole.
  • HB 1614 (Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin): Would provide law enforcement and attorney general the authority to participate in local, state or federal task forces.
  • SB 399 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Bedford/Cambria/Clearfield): Would expand the current list of rights for survivors of sexual assault and address anonymous submissions of sexual assault evidence and submissions for which jurisdiction is unknown.
  • SB 469 (Sen. Daniel Laughlin, R-Erie): Would allow out-of-court statements from crime victims with intellectual disabilities or autism under certain circumstances.
  • SB 479 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna): Would expand the list of offenses in which the courts may admit into evidence an out-of-court statement by a child victim or witness.

Votes on Third Consideration:

  • HB 1032 (James)
  • HB 1033 (Moul)
  • HB 1034 (Everett)
  • HB 1035 (Sappey)
  • HB 1036 (Moul)
  • HB 1379 (Rigby)
  • HB 1405 (Hershey)
  • HB 1410 (Stephens)
  • HB 1615 (Turzai)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:


Environmental Resources and Energy and Local Government, 9 a.m., G-50 Irvis Office Building

  • Joint public hearing to hear testimony from local government associations on the regulatory compliance and costs associated with storm water management.

Human Services, 9 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol 

  • Public hearing on “Understanding Suboxone/Buprenorphine.”

Children and Youth, 9:30 a.m., 60 East Wing

  • Informational meeting on state implementation of the Federal Family First Prevention Services.

Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, 9:30 a.m., 8E-B, East Wing

  • Meeting to release two reports. DEP’s Water Permit Programs and Standardized Testing in Public Schools.

Professional Licensure, 10 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol

  • SB 698 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Would allow a physician to appoint a designee to assist with the input of information relating to written agreements into the Department of State’s new online PALS licensing system as it relates to the medical practice act.
  • SB 699 (Sen. John Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder): Would allow a physician to appoint a designee to assist with the input of information relating to written agreements into the Department of State’s new online PALS licensing system as it relates to the Osteopathic Medical Act.


On Wednesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.


Votes on Second Consideration:

  • HB 427 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Provides that health plans covering treatments for Stage IV, metastatic cancers would be prohibited from excluding or limiting drugs for patients if the drugs are FDA approved and consistent with best practices for Stage IV, metastatic cancer treatment.
  • HB 792 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks): Would make changes to vehicle parking regulations when parking in a curbside bike lane.
  • HB 1479 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Wayne/Susquehanna): Would designate a bridge on a portion of S.R. 3041 in Wayne County as the PFC Raymond P. Schwesinger Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 1510 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks): Would designate a portion of S.R. 183 in Berks County as the Trooper Wayne C. Ebert Memorial Highway.
  • HB 1574 (Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana): Would designate the highway interchange of U.S. Route 422 with S.R. 66 in Armstrong County as the Senator Donald C. White Interchange.
  • HB 1609 (Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware): Would increase voluntary donation amounts to the Veterans’ Trust Fund.
  • SB 117 (Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Bedord/Cambria/Clearfield): Would designate a portion of S.R. 3016 over Solomon Run in Cambria County as the Seaman Apprentice Kenneth D. Scaife Memorial Bridge.
  • HB 956 (Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Would amend the State Lottery Law to reduce the statutorily mandated rate of return.
  • HB 985 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Clarifies which types of audits the Department of the Auditor General shall conduct, and what professional qualifications each department employee shall possess in order to work on these various types of audits.
  • HB 1423 (Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would amend the Public School Code to require a public school entity to establish at least one threat assessment team to enhance school safety.
  • HB 994 (Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Lancaster): Would allow school districts to use a public health dental hygiene practitioner to fulfill the requirements of the Public School Code relating to dental screenings and dental hygiene.
  • HB 1185 (Rep. Steven Mentzer, R-Lancaster): Would provide needed consistency across existing law and increase penalties for harmful, reckless behavior on Pennsylvania waterways.
  • HB 1557 (Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk): Would amend the Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act (Act 318 of 1968) to address temporary cessation.

Votes on Third Consideration:

  • HB 301 (Mullery)
  • HB 1188 (Wentling)
  • HB 1222 (Lewis)
  • HB 1276 (Hickernell)
  • HB 1520 (Snyder)
  • HB 1522 (Ecker)
  • HB 1538 (White)
  • HB 1590 (Owlett)
  • HB 1614 (Kauffman)
  • SB 399 (Langerholc)
  • SB 469 (Laughlin)
  • SB 479 (Baker)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Committee Meetings/Hearings:


Committee Meetings and Agendas TBA



On Thursday, session will begin at 11 a.m.


Votes on Second Consideration and Third Consideration are TBA.