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PMHA Legislative Review                             June 2017

                                                                                                       

 

Harrisburg Happenings Compliments of Milliron & Goodman:

Both the House and Senate will return to session on June 5.  With the new fiscal year quickly approaching, the focus right now is on the state budget and how to fill a growing $3 billion projected shortfall.

The governor in February proposed a $32.3 billion budget that included a new tax on Marcellus shale natural gas production, an expansion of the sales tax on computer services and commercial storage, the merger of four agencies into a new Department of Health and Human Services and a merger of state prisons with the Board of Probation and Parole. The House in April passed a $31.5 billion budget counter-offer. The trimmed down, no-new tax House GOP plan is $246 M less than the current budget and $815 M less than Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal.

The $31.5 billion figure sets the floor for budget negotiations and needs about $790 million in new revenue to balance. The Senate is now working on its version of the budget. Revenue options being discussed include further liquor reforms, gambling expansion and reforms, special fund transfers, tax credit reductions and across the board administrative cuts, including cuts to the operating budgets of the legislature.

Pennsylvania’s fiscal year ends June 30. Between now and then, lawmakers are scheduled to be in session for 15 days.

With Democratic Governor Wolf running for reelection in 2018 and a stronger Republican majority in the state legislature this year, we expect intense negotiations.

Speaking of 2018 elections, State House Rep. Christiana (R-Beaver) has thrown his hat into the ring for U.S. Senate. He joins a growing number of Republicans seeking to take on Pennsylvania’s incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator, Bob Casey, in 2018. State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) and Berwick borough councilman Andrew Shecktor are also seeking the GOP nomination for the seat.

Pennsylvania Primary Re-cap

On May 16, 2017, voters across the Keystone State headed to the ballot box for Primary Day in Pennsylvania to choose candidates for a variety of county and local offices. Statewide, voters picked candidates to fill seats on the three appellate courts: Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court. Pennsylvania legislators are not up for reelection this year. All 203 state House members and half of the state Senate (25 seats) will be on the ballot in 2018 along with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

Below is a summary of some of the noteworthy unofficial election results in this year’s judicial and municipal primaries. 

Judicial Primary Election Results

Democratic state Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington) is another step closer to moving from the legislative to the judicial branch of government. Neuman won the Democratic nomination to become a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Washington County. With all precincts reporting, Neuman appears to have won both party nominations, essentially making him the shoo-in for open seat on the bench. Neuman garnered 38.7 percent of the votes cast on the Democratic ballot and 30.2 percent on the GOP ballot. Neuman has represented the 48th Legislative District since 2011 and currently serves on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Environmental Resources & Energy, and Labor & Industry committees. With the southwestern part of the state trending Republican, all eyes will be on his vacant seat if he is successful this fall. Last November, Donald Trump won Washington County with over 60 percent of the vote and while Democrats swept all three state row offices (attorney general, auditor general, and treasurer), they did not win Washington County.

Supreme Court

The primary races for an opening on the state Supreme Court were uncontested. Sallie Mundy, a Tioga County Republican who is serving on the court after being appointed to fill a vacancy in 2016 is the Republican nominee. Dwayne Woodruff, a judge on the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court and a former Pittsburgh Steelers player, is the nominee on the Democratic side.

The Supreme Court is the state’s highest court. The Supreme Court has a discretionary docket, meaning that the Court may choose which cases it accepts, with the exception of mandatory death penalty appeals, and certain appeals from the original jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Court. The Supreme Court decides what laws stand in Pennsylvania and what don’t. Recent rulings impacted gay marriage, voter ID and the local share tax that casino’s pay. The court also oversees the redrawing of political boundaries known as redistricting.

Superior Court

In the primaries for Superior Court, five candidates competed for four spots in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. On the Democratic side, the four nominations went to: Debbie Kunselman, a judge on the Beaver County Common Pleas Court; Maria McLaughlin, a judge Philadelphia Common Pleas Court; Geoffrey Moulton of Montgomery County, who is serving on the Superior Court after being appointed in 2016; and Carolyn Nichols, a judge on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Among the Republicans, the four spots on the November ticket went to: Emil Giordano, a judge on the Northampton Common Pleas Court; Wade Alan Kagarise, a judge on the Blair County Common Pleas Court; Mary Murray, a district judge in Allegheny County; and Craig Stedman, district attorney of Lancaster County.

The Superior Court is often the final arbiter of legal disputes. The court is responsible for appeals in criminal and most civil cases from the Courts of Common Pleas (trial courts).

Commonwealth Court

In the crowded Democratic primary for Commonwealth Court, Ellen Ceisler, a judge on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, and Irene McLaughlin Clark, a former judge on the Pittsburgh Municipal Court, secured the Democratic nominations on the ballot in November. They will face the two Republican candidates, who were unopposed: Christine Fizzano Cannon, a judge on the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, and Paul Lalley, an attorney from Allegheny County.

There were four other Democrats in the primary for Commonwealth Court, including state Rep. Bryan Barbin of Cambria County.

The Commonwealth Court is unique to Pennsylvania. It is primarily responsible for matters involving state and local governments and regulatory agencies. It also acts as a trial court when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth.

Municipal Primary Election Results

Democratic Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto easily defeated his biggest political adversary on City Council and a clergyman to earn his party's nomination. With 100 percent of the city's precincts reporting, Peduto collected 68.9 percent of the votes cast, compared with 17.5 percent for the Rev. John C. Welch, 56, of Homewood and 13.2 for City Councilwoman Darlene Harris, 64, of Spring Hill.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse survived a serious challenge and won the Democratic nomination for mayor. Papenfuse earned 2,663 votes, compared to 2,048 for former City Council President Gloria Martin-Roberts. Former Police Officer Jennie Jenkins came in third with 506 votes. There were no Republican candidates in the heavily Democratic city. However, all three candidates mounted write-in campaigns for the GOP primary, which means we could see another match-up in the general election.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski won the Democratic nomination for a fourth term. He defeated Charlie Thiel, an Allentown School Board member and former security company executive, and Ray O'Connell, president of City Council and former school board member. Pawlowski had 27 percent of the vote. O'Connell had 22 percent and Thiel 24 percent. Pawlowski in November will face developer Nat Hyman (68%), who clinched the Republican nomination for mayor over Luiz Garcia (32%), an Allentown police detective.

Danene Sorace beat two fellow Democrats for a chance to become Lancaster's next mayor. With 2,010 votes, Sorace defeated businessman Norman Bristol Colon (1,012) and Meals on Wheels Director Kevin Ressler (1,256) to secure the Democratic Party's nomination. Sorace currently serves on the Lancaster City Council. She’ll face Republican Cindy Stewart and Independent Tony Dastra in November's general election. Stewart ran unopposed in yesterday’s primary election.

York Mayor Kim Bracey narrowly won the Democratic primary with 1,443 votes over city council president Michael Helfrich's 1,127 -- a margin of just 316 votes. Helfrich believes that with write-in votes for him from some Republican voters, he will have enough to secure a place on the November ballot as a GOP candidate. There was no Republican on the primary ballot for mayor.

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz lost his bid for reelection in a major upset to Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart. With 98.99% of the precincts reporting, Rhynhart received 78,178 votes compared to Butkovitz’s 54,780 votes. Rhynhart is a former aide to Mayor Kenney and touted herself as the new blood needed in an office run by a political insider. Butkovitz, a longtime ward leader and former state representative, has held the post as Philadelphia's fiscal watchdog for 12 years. Rhynhart will face Republican Michael Tomlinson, who was unopposed in his primary, in the November general election.

Ballot Referendums

A majority of residents in a Cumberland County borough approved a referendum question on the primary election ballot that will allow Camp Hill to be a 100 percent "wet" town. Giant Food Stores led the push for the referendum question along with a grassroots group, the Camp Hill Liquor Reform Group. Voters in the small communities of North Towanda Township and Sylvania in Bradford County also rejected staying “dry” and approved the granting of liquor licenses to businesses.

Advocacy

Due to the start of a new session and a lot of new faces in Pennsylvania’s legislature, we are updating our membership data, identifying members who have relationships with our state and congressional legislators.  If you do not have a current relationship with your legislator but would like to develop one let us know and we will help.

If you would like a copy of our Industry Action Network form email (mary@pmha.org) or call the association office (717-774-3440).  This information is important when working on legislative initiatives.  You may also be called upon to attend fundraisers or deliver PMH PAC contributions.  Personal contact at the grassroots level is vital to a strong government relations program.  Please take a moment and let PMHA know who you know in the state or federal legislature.

2017 PA Legislative Schedule

2017 SENATE SESSION SCHEDULE

June                       5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

 

2017 HOUSE SESSION SCHEDULE

June                       5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

 

Acts:

ACT 3-2017 (SB 133) Pennsylvania REAL ID Compliance Act, will allow Pennsylvania to offer residents an optional REAL ID-compliant driver license or state identification card, which can be used to access airports, and federal facilities.

PMHA is monitoring the following legislation….


 


HB 38/PN 45 (Saccone/R-Allegheny) Amends PA Human Relations Act to include the exercise of self-defense rights as a protected practice.

Status:  State Government

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 130/PN 95 (Ortitay/ R-Allegheny) Amends the Tax Reform Code decreasing the annual rate of tax on corporate net income for taxable years 2016 through 2021 to 4.99 percent.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 137/PN 101 (Moul/R-Adams) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in taxation and assessments general provisions, adding that "owner" includes a tenant who possesses and resides under a life lease and is contractually responsible for making all necessary real estate tax payments.

Status:  Local Government

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 162/PN 126 (Maloney/R-Berks) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in Uniform Construction Code, adding language allowing the Department of Labor and Industry to contract with the ICC to establish and publish code manuals that contain the standards of the Uniform Construction Code. The department shall require in any such contract that the standards be made available on the department's website.

Status:  3/13/17 – Passed House 196-0

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 176/PN 139 (Pickett/R-Bradford) Amends the PA Construction Code Act, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions and for application. Defines "farmer." Excludes from the act structures used for the direct, seasonal sale of agricultural, horticultural and food products which are open on at least one side, operated by a farmer whose products make up not less than 50 percent of the commodities being sold, is not located on the farmer's property, is temporary in nature, and has an area of less than 1,000 square feet.

Status:  5/24/17 – Tabled in House

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 177/PN 341, 140 (Pickett/R-Bradford) Amends the PA Construction Code Act adding "a structure utilized to process maple sap" as an agricultural building. One amendment was adopted that exempts structures less than 1,000 square feet utilized to process maple sap.  

Status:  3/20/17 Passed House 196-0, Senate Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 180/PN 729 (Goodman/D-Schuylkill) Provides for a Made In PA Program, for duties and authority of DCED, for application process and costs; establishing the Made in PA Fund; and providing for civil penalties, for injunctive relief and for rules and regulations.

Status:  Commerce

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 266/PN 225 (Harper/R-Montgomery) 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.

Status:  4/5/17 Passed House 190-1, Senate Labor and Industry

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 284/PN 270 (Baker/R-Bradford) Amends the Underground Utility Line Protection Law removing the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Industry and transferring it to the Public Utility Commission; further providing for definitions; requiring submission of reports of alleged violations; requiring facility owners to maintain records of abandoned lines, to participate in the One Call System's Member Mapping Solutions, and to notify a facility owner that an excavator has identified an unmarked or incorrectly marked facility and of the owner's responsibilities; further providing for the One Call System, other parties, designers, excavators and project owners and for penalties; adding that an excavator, designer or operator who proposes to commence excavation or demolition work and requests information from the One Call System shall pay to the One Call System an annual fee; requiring designers to request line and facility information; requiring excavators to renotify the One Call System of an unmarked or incorrectly marked facility in certain instances and to make a locate request to the One Call System prior to excavation or demolition work and to pay the applicable fee; establishing a Damage Prevention Committee in the commission to review and take action on alleged violations; establishing the Underground Utility Line Protection Fund to receive penalties and assessments; and extending the expiration of the act through 2022.

Status:  Consumer Affairs

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 294/PN 288 (Costa/D-Allegheny) 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.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  Oppose

                                               

HB 298/PN 292 (Delozier/R-Cumberland) 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.

Status:  3/20/17 Passed House 195-1, Senate Labor and Industry

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 352/PN 362 (Culver/R-Northumberland) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure), in limitation of time, providing for ten year limitation, for mesne profits and for reimbursement and further providing for twenty-one year limitation. The bill states title to real property may be acquired after no less than 10 years of actual, continuous, exclusive, visible, notorious, distinct and hostile possession of the real property.

Status:  5/9/17 Passed House 167-28, Senate Judiciary

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 409/PN 1235, 416 (Evankovich/R-Allegheny)  Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in preliminary provisions, 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 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.

Status:  4/25/17 Passed House 110-82, Senate Labor and Industry

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 416/PN 422  (Murt/R-Montgomery) Amends the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act further providing for findings and declaration of policy and for right to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation; and providing for therapy dogs and public transportation and unlawful discriminatory practices. Declares it to be the public policy of this Commonwealth to safeguard the rights of all individuals with disabilities, owners or handlers of therapy dogs and persons licensed to train therapy dogs to use all forms of public transportation regardless of the use of accompanying therapy dogs because of disabilities of the users or because the users are handlers or trainers of therapy dogs.

Status:  State Government

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 417/PN 423 (Godshall/R-Montgomery)  Amends Title 27 (Environmental Resources), in conservation and natural resources, adding a chapter providing water well construction standards.

Status:  Consumer Affairs

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 432/PN 448 (Brown/R-Monroe) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in general provisions relating to condominiums, cooperatives and planned communities, providing for complaints filed with Bureau of Consumer Protection. The Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General shall investigate or mediate a complaint filed with the bureau by a person who is a unit owner against the association in which the person is a member.

Status:  Urban Affairs

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 460/PN 481 (DeLuca/D-Allegheny) Amends the Taxpayer Relief Act, in State funds formula, further providing for certification and calculation of minimum and maximum modifiers and for Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund, providing for senior citizen tax relief and further providing for State property tax reduction allocation. The bill freezes all school property taxes on the primary residences of Pennsylvania senior citizens at the rate in effect during the year they turn 65.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 471/PN 491 (DeLuca/D-Allegheny) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in neighborhood blight reclamation and revitalization, further providing for the definition of "owner" by adding mortgage lenders.

Status:  Urban Affairs

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 473/PN 493 (DeLuca/D-Allegheny) Amends Title 7 (Banks and Banking), in mortgage loan business restrictions and requirements, further providing for general requirements by requiring licensees to ensure that font size on all reverse mortgage contracts and disclosures is no smaller than 24-point.

Status:  Commerce

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 509/PN 534 (McClinton/D-Delaware) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) adding language providing an employer may not inquire about or consider the following when determining an individual's suitability for employment: a case with a final disposition that is not a conviction; a juvenile case resulting in an adjudication of delinquency; a conviction of a summary offense; or a case that was expunged or pardoned. When determining an individual's suitability for employment, if the individual has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the employer must consider the nature of the crime; the time that has passed since the offense or completion of sentence; and the type of employment sought or currently held. Further provides for notice, final considerations, the powers and duties of the Department of Labor and Industry, administrative penalties, civil penalties, and applicability.

Status:  Judiciary

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 514/PN 538 (Bullock/D-Philadelphia)  Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act adding a new section providing a landlord may not inquire or require disclosure of the following from applicants or potential tenants or their household members: an arrest not leading to conviction; participation in or completion of a diversion or deferral of judgment program; a conviction that has been judicially dismissed, expunged, voided or invalidated; a conviction or any other determination or adjudication in the juvenile justice system; a conviction that is more than seven years old; or information pertaining to an offense other than a felony or misdemeanor, such as a summary offense. Provides a person who violates this new section shall be subject to a penalty not greater than $250.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 530/PN 556 (Warren/D-Bucks) The Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force Act establishes the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force to review and analyze the law, procedures, practices, processes and rules relating to the administration of flood insurance; to hold public hearings for the taking of testimony and the requesting of documents; to administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses appearing before the task force; to accept and review written comments from individuals and organizations; and to make a final report to the Governor, the Senate and the House of Representatives which shall include recommendations regarding potential programs that provide premium discounts, potential programs that create incentives for local governments to undertake or continue flood mitigation efforts, and the implementation of necessary changes in State statutes and practices, policies and procedures relating to the administration of flood insurance.

Status:  House Appropriations

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 539/PN 565 (Thomas/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Assessors Certification Act repealing provisions specifying that the act does not apply to counties of the first class (Philadelphia) and adding that an assessor who is employed by a county of the first class on the effective date shall have three years to become certified under the act.

Status:  4/4/17 – Passed House 196-1, Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 571/PN 611 (Davis/D-Bucks) Act imposing a duty on municipalities to provide notification to property owners of changes to special flood hazard area maps of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Specifies type of notification required.

Status:  Local Government

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 573/PN 612 (Davis/D-Bucks) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in seller disclosures, requiring the disclosure form to disclose the presence of rights-of-way, easements or access limitations that affect the use of the property.

Status:  Local Government

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 595/PN 627 (Brown/R-Monroe) Amends Title 68 (Real & Personal Property), as follows: in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in management of the condominium, providing for alternative dispute resolution in condominiums and for complaints filed with Bureau of Consumer Protection; in protection of purchasers, further providing for effect of violations on rights of action; in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in management of cooperatives, providing for alternative dispute resolution in cooperatives and for complaints filed with Bureau of Consumer Protection; in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in management of planned community, providing for alternative dispute resolution in planned communities and for complaints filed with Bureau of Consumer Protection; and in protection of purchasers, further providing for effect of violations on rights of action.

Status:  4/19/17 Passed House 186-0, Senate 1st Consideration

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 596/PN 628 (Harper/R-Montgomery) Amends Title 27 (Environmental Resources) providing for the adoption of National Groundwater Association standards. Provides for water well construction standards; decommissioning of abandoned wells; water well completion reports; and inspections. Also provides for the powers and duties of the Environmental Quality Board and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under this new chapter and for penalties for violations of this new chapter.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 653/PN 692 (Masser/R-Columbia) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in real property, providing for real estate foreclosure of vacant and abandoned property and for sheriff's commission and credit or attorney fees. The bill states that after a creditor gives notice to an obligor of a delinquency or other default with respect to an obligation secured by a mortgage or initiates a foreclosure action or action for possession or to quiet title, a mortgaged property for which the notice is given or proceedings are initiated shall be certified as vacant and abandoned if it meets requirements established in the bill. The stated intent is to limit the use of the expedited foreclosure process to vacant and abandoned properties.

Status:  5/9/17 Passed House 195-0, Senate Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 668/PN 712 (Schlossberg/D-Lehigh) Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act adding an article providing for lead-based paint and related hazardous conditions and imposing a penalty. A lessor or agent shall inspect a residential dwelling, offered by the lessor or agent for lease, rent or sublease for occupation, for the presence of lead-based paint and hazardous conditions as outlined. The bill provides extensively for disclosures. Fines collected for penalties shall be credited to the

Department of Health for the operation and maintenance of the Lead and Healthy Homes Program.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 670/PN 716 (Taylor/R-Philadelphia) The Fire Sprinkler Contractors Licensing Act provides for licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and inspectors; and imposing duties on the Department of Labor and Industry. Provisions regarding refusal, suspension or revocation of license are effective immediately and the remainder is effective upon the effective date of the regulations promulgated by the department or on July 1, 2017, whichever is sooner.

Status:  Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 695/PN 746 (Matzie/D-Allegheny) Act providing for certain non-natural earthquake insurance coverage; conferring powers and imposing duties on the Insurance Department; and providing for enforcement and penalties.

Status:  Insurance

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 701/PN 751 (Donatucci/D-Delaware) Act providing for paid sick leave for certain employees, for duties of the Department of Labor and Industry and for enforcement; and imposing a civil penalty.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 702/PN 752 (Murt/R-Montgomery) Amends Title 27 (Environmental Resources), in disposal fee, further providing for disposal fee for municipal waste landfills and for deposit of disposal fee; repealing provisions relating to allocation for Environmental Stewardship Fund; and establishing the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Waiting List Account. The bill adds an additional $3 disposal fee for all solid waste disposed of at the municipal waste landfill to be deposited into the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Waiting List Account, and allows the account to be used to fund services for individuals on the waiting list.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 737/PN 803 (Longietti/D-Mercer) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in size, weight and load, further providing for restrictions on use of highways and bridges by requiring the department to publish by January 1, 2018, a revised schedule of bonding amounts based on increased or decreased maintenance costs and at least every three years thereafter. Additionally, the legislation requires department regulations to be updated by January 1, 2018, to reflect a rebuttable presumption in favor of the municipality and against the over-posted-weight permittee for damage sustained to posted highways used by such permittee.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 780/PN 1263,862 (Mackenzie/R-Berks) Amends Title 7 (Banks and Banking) adding language providing for the licensure and regulation of mortgage servicers by the Department of Banking and Securities. Further provides for definitions, license requirements, application for license, for licensing fees and for requirements and providing for the promulgation of regulations to effectively incorporate federal regulations by requiring the Department of Banking and Securities to adopt existing federal regulations.

Status:  4/24/17Passed House 184-7, Senate Banking and Insurance

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 783/PN 858 (Nesbit/R-Mercer) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in certificate of title and security interests, further providing for transfer of ownership of vehicles used for human habitation by exempting homes which have not been previously titled in Pennsylvania from the tax certification requirement.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 787/PN 866 (Christiana/R-Beaver) Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution prohibiting the taxation of real property. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 830/PN 1086 (Donatucci/D-Delaware) Amends the Equal Pay Law further providing for definitions, for collection of unpaid wages and for penalties. The bill extends time limitations for action pursuant to the law from two to three years and increases penalties for any employer who willfully and knowingly violates the act from between $50 and $200 to between $2,500 and 5,000.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 861/PN 967 (Grove/R-York) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) adding a new section prohibiting any municipality from regulating employer policies or practices or enforcing any mandate regarding employer policies or practices. This prohibition shall not apply to a mandate enacted by a municipality affecting an employee or class of employees of the municipality itself. Provides for effect; relief; reasonable expenses; and definitions.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 863/PN 969 (Rothman/R-Cumberland) Amends the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act, in definitions, further providing for definitions; in qualifications and applications for licenses and registration certificates, further providing for qualifications for license; in duties of licensees, further providing for comparative market analysis disclosure and providing extensively for broker price opinion; and making related repeals. Applicants for a license shall complete 75 (increased from 60) hours in real estate instruction. Further, an applicant shall be a high school graduate or equivalent. Any fees charged for a comparative market analysis shall be paid to the broker. A broker price opinion must contain a conspicuously displayed statement and be prepared in accordance with the bill.

Status:  Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 876/PN 979 (Lawrence/R-Chester) Amends the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act changing the name to the REAL ID Act. Also adds language allowing the Department of Transportation, upon request, to issue a voluntary travel ID to an eligible applicant who meets the criteria necessary for issuance of the voluntary travel ID. Further provides no individual may be compelled by the Commonwealth to apply for a voluntary travel ID nor shall the Commonwealth exclusively mandate a voluntary travel ID for any reason. Also allows the department to use funding provided by the federal government for implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 and to charge a fee as determined by the department for a voluntary travel ID. Requires the department to submit an annual report to the General Assembly providing details on the costs incurred by the department under the act.

Status:  State Government

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 878/PN 981 (James/R-Butler) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act providing an exemption for a floor assembly approved by a Pennsylvania-licensed professional engineer demonstrating equivalent fire performance.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 883/PN 992 (Taylor/R-Philadelphia) The Electrical Contractor, Electrician and Apprentice Electrician Licensure Act provides for the licensure of electrical contractors, electricians and apprentice electricians; establishing the State Board of Electrical Licensure; provides for powers and duties of the board; establishes fees, fines and penalties; and makes an appropriation of $85,000 from the Professional Licensure Augmentation Account to the Department of State for the payment of costs associated with processing licenses and renewing licenses, for the operation of the board and for other costs associated with this act. The appropriation shall be repaid by the board within three years of the beginning of issuance of licenses by the board.

Status:  Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 889/PN 997 (Murt/R-Montgomery) The Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act requires an employer to provide up to six weeks of the same leave to an eligible employee to which the eligible employee is entitled under the Family and Medical Leave Act with respect to a spouse, son, daughter or parent, but only for the eligible employee's sibling, grandparent or grandchild, provided the sibling, grandparent or grandchild has no living spouse, child over 17 years of age or parent under 65 years of age.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 891/PN 998 (Murt/R-Montgomery) The Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act provides for family and medical leave for eligible employees. Certain employers shall provide up to 12 weeks of leave to an eligible employee to which the eligible employee is entitled under the Family Medical Leave Act with respect to a spouse, son, daughter or parent, but only for the eligible employee's sibling, grandparent or grandchild if the sibling, grandparent or grandchild does not have a living spouse, child over 17 years of age or parent under 65 years of age and has a certified terminal illness.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 900/PN 986 (Dean/D-Montgomery) Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act providing that a tenant of a residential unit who has a disability or is a senior citizen and is either awaiting admission and subsequently moves to another individual's residence for the express purpose of receiving care from a home health care agency or an older adult daily living center for a period of no less than six months may terminate a lease prior to the date provided in the lease by providing the landlord with specified information. Specifies facilities appropriate for care and clarifies that a care plan must be in place.

Status:  Urban Affairs

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 926/PN 1079 (Warren/D-Bucks) Amends the Tax Reform Code creating commuter and commerce toll tax credits for qualified taxpayers.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 931/PN 1087 (Donatucci/D-Delaware) Amends the Equal Pay Law further providing for definitions and for wage rates by prohibiting seniority considerations based on pregnancy or parental leave and placing restrictions on consideration of geographic location, education, training or experience, and travel; providing for additional violations by prohibiting an employer to require an employe to refrain from inquiring about, discussing or disclosing information about the employe's own wages, including benefits or other compensation, or about any other employe's wages; establishing the Equal Pay Commission to investigate, analyze and study the factors, causes and impact of pay disparity based on gender; and further providing for collection of unpaid wages and for penalties.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 953/PN 1112 (Gabler/R-Clearfield) Amends Titles 74 (Transportation) & 75 (Vehicles) eliminating statutory authority to toll Interstate Route 80.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 958/PN 1117 (Davis/D-Bucks) Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act providing for tenants' right to disclosure by requiring a landlord to disclose to all tenants a certified copy of a foreclosure notice. For fixed-term tenancy, notice shall be required 60 days prior to termination specified in the notice of foreclosure. For month-to-month and week-to-week tenancies, notice shall be required at least 30 days before the termination specified in the notice of foreclosure.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 953/PN 1528 (Sturla/D-Lancaster) Amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) adding a chapter

providing for municipal patrol services, imposing a fee for service on municipalities for municipal patrol services provided by the

Pennsylvania State Police and providing for State Police patrol services agreements, for allocation of funds, for fees for intermunicipal police response and for penalties. The total annual fee shall be equal to the appropriation to the State Police from the Motor License Fund during fiscal year 2016-2017 less the appropriation to the State Police from the Motor License Fund beginning during the calendar year during which the services are provided. The fee shall be assessed a portion of the total annual fee on a per capita basis, except that a municipality that receives State Police part-time patrol services shall pay a fee of one-third per capita of the rate assessed to municipalities that receive State Police full-time patrol services.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 961/PN 1119 (Davis/D-Bucks) Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act, in recovery of rent by assumpsit and distress, providing for notice of foreclosure by adding that if a judgment of foreclosure is entered against a landlord, the landlord shall immediately notify all tenants in writing. In no event shall the property be sold less than ninety days after notice to the tenants.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1001/PN 1161 (Helm/R-Dauphin) The Home Inspector Licensing Act regulates home inspectors; provides for funds, for licensure, for disciplinary action, for remedies and for penalties; and repeals provisions relating to home inspections.  Includes language to require training to include manufactured and modular housing.

Status:  Professional Licensure

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 1007/PN 1166 (Heffley/R-Carbon) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, in adoption and enforcement by municipalities, providing applicants the option of using an alternative third party agency if they are in a municipality that only has one third party agency.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 1032/PN 1198 (Moul/R-Adams) Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act, in tenement buildings and multiple dwelling premises, providing for utility service foreign load by adding that a landlord and tenant may agree, in a lease or by separate written agreement, at the same time a lease agreement is entered into, that the tenant will be responsible for payment of amounts related to foreign load on a utility account in the tenant's name in exchange for consideration.

Status:  Consumer Affairs

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 1059/PN 1352 (Sturla/D-Lancaster) The Optional Sales Tax for School Property Tax Relief and County and Municipal Assistance Act authorizes counties to impose sales, use and occupancy taxes; provides for the levying, assessment and collection of taxes and for the powers and duties of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Revenue and the State Treasurer; and establishes the County Sales, Use and Occupancy Tax Fund. The bill provides counties with the power to levy a one percent sales tax, with 60 percent directed to school districts for a dollar for dollar reduction in school property taxes, allocated based on average membership of a school district, 40 percent directed to municipalities to be used towards pension obligations and core services, and any funding not claimed by municipalities directed back to the county to be used for core services.

Status:  Local Government

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1076/PN 1354 (Caltagirone/D-Berks) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in land banks, further providing for legislative findings and purpose, for powers and for disposition of property and providing for exemption from realty transfer tax by establishing that a transfer of real property to or from a land bank shall be exempt from both the State and local realty transfer tax.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1077/PN 1275 (Caltagirone/D-Berks) Amends Tax Reform Code relating to the neighborhood assistance tax credit by expanding the credit to include homeless housing assistance. Requires the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, to promulgate guidelines for the approval or disapproval of applications for tax credits by business firms that provide homeless housing assistance.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 1118/PN 1323 (Sims/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Taxpayer Relief Act, in senior citizen’s property tax and rent rebate assistance, further providing for property tax and rent rebate by establishing rent rebate amounts in lieu of property taxes for rent due and payable during calendar year 2017 in the amount of $650 for household income $0-8,000 and $400 for $8,001-20,000.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 1121/PN 1326 (Kulik/D-Allegheny) Amends Title 64 (Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations), in Commonwealth Financing Authority, further providing for indebtedness by establishing indebtedness incurred by the Authority under subsection (a) shall not, in aggregate, exceed $500,000,000 for the program established in section 1559 (relating to Blight Demolition Bond Issuance Program); and establishing the Blight Demolition Bond Issuance Program to provide grants, to be awarded on a competitive basis and funded by the issuance of bonds, to combat the problem of neighborhood blight by demolishing blighted properties. The bill also lays out the application and approval process for grants to municipalities. No more than 5 percent of the funds made available for the program may be awarded to a particular municipality.

Status:  Urban Affairs

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1122/PN 1327 (O’Brien/D-Philadelphia) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in

neighborhood blight reclamation and revitalization, establishing a grant program for municipalities to establish code enforcement programs and hire code enforcement personnel, providing for powers and duties of the Department of Community and Economic Development and for imposition of a $1 fee on each construction building or permit and establishing the Municipal Property Maintenance Code Assistance Fund. The bill provides funding for individual municipalities, two or more municipalities, councils of governments, or a multi-municipal code enforcement entity for the purpose of municipal property maintenance code enforcement within counties or regions in order to prevent and eradicate blighted property conditions for a maximum of three consecutive years and establishes a competitive award process for grants. A municipality shall provide its own funds or in-kind contributions equal to the amount of the grant provided, and shall dedicate and expend those funds for the purpose for which the grant was issued. Also requires a report to the urban affairs standing committees on implementation and finances.

Status:  Urban Affairs

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1179/PN 1401 (Sims/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Tax Reform Code establishing an Energy Star rated product manufacturing tax credit for a taxpayer that manufactures Energy Star rated products. The credit shall be amount equal to 20 percent of the total amount of all capital, operation, and maintenance costs paid for manufacturing Energy Star related products in the taxable year to be applied against the taxpayer's qualified tax liability.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

HB 1213/PN 1486,1696, 1486 (Kampf/R-Chester) Eliminates the practice now used by some school districts to file spot appeals of the property tax assessments of individual properties.

Status:  5/23/17 Reverted to original printer’s number

Position:  Support

                                               

HB 1223/PN 1451 (Dawkins/D-Philadelphia) The First Home Grants for Grads Program Act establishes the First Home Grants for Grads Program for the purpose of providing grants or other financial assistance or down payment assistance to residents who have received an associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctoral or other postgraduate degree to be used for the purchase a first home; and imposes powers and duties on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

 HB 1243/PN 1487 (Sims/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Equal Pay Law further providing for definitions of "wages," "comparable work," and "working conditions", for wage rates by further clarifying permissible wage differential basis; and for collection of unpaid wages by establishing additional required liability amounts. The Attorney General may also bring an action to collect unpaid wages on behalf of one or more employees, as well as damages, equitable relief and attorney fees and costs. Also extends the time period action must be brought to three years for willful violations.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1284/PN 1561 (Peifer/R-Pike) The Pennsylvania Business Permitting Portal Act provides for the Pennsylvania Business Permitting Portal within the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing the Pennsylvania Business Permitting Portal Advisory Board. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) shall establish the Pennsylvania Business Permitting Portal to provide a single online access point to aid existing and potential business owners in completing the necessary permit applications associated with establishing and operating a business in this Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Business Permitting Portal Advisory Board is established in the department to advise the department on ways to ensure that the permitting portal system is operated in an effective and user-friendly manner for existing and potential business owners.

Status:  Commerce

Position:  No Position

                                               

HB 1428/PN1796 (Tallman/R-Adams) Amends title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) providing for the offense of misrepresentation as service animals. A person who violates commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1000.

Status:  Judiciary

Position:  Support

                                               

HR 76/PN 427 (Miller/D-Allegheny) Concurrent Resolution declaring that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is opposed to the enactment and enforcement of a State law, under a Federal mandate, that requires the suspension or revocation, or the delay of issuance or reinstatement, of the driver's license of an individual convicted of a violation of the Controlled Substances Act or another drug offense; urging the Governor to submit a written certification stating the Governor's opposition to the State law along with this resolution to the United States Secretary of Transportation; and accordingly preventing the United States Secretary of Transportation from withholding a specified percentage of Federal transportation apportionments under 23 U.S.C. 159.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  No Position

                                               

HR 262/PN 1472 (Bullock/D-Philadelphia) Resolution recognizing the month of April 2017 as "Fair Housing Month" in Pennsylvania.

Status:  4/25/17 – Adopted 192-0

Position:  No Position

                                               

 HR 288/PN 1575 (Kauffman/R-Franklin) Resolution designating the month of May 2017 as "Building Safety Month" in Pennsylvania.

Status:  Noncontroversial

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 38 /PN 19 (Hutchinson/R-Butler) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in licensing of drivers, further providing for driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked and for chemical testing to determine amount of alcohol or controlled substance; in commercial drivers, further providing for implied consent requirements for commercial motor vehicle drivers; in miscellaneous provisions, further providing for reports by emergency room personnel; in driving after imbibing alcohol or utilizing drugs, further providing for driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance, for grading and for penalties; and, in powers of Department of Transportation and local authorities, further providing for enforcement agreements. The bill provides for testing of saliva and establishes penalties.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 41 /PN 22 (Williams/D-Delaware) Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in taxation and finance, authorizing the legislature to permit a city of the first class (Philadelphia) to impose taxes for the benefit of the city of the first class on real estate used for business purposes at a tax rate that exceeds the tax rate applicable to other real estate, with certain stipulations. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No position

                                               

SB 45/PN 26 (Williams/D-Delaware) The Veterans' Homeownership Assistance Act establishes the Veterans' Homeownership Assistance Program to award financial assistance to qualified veteran applicants who are first-time homebuyers in the form of grants, no-interest forgivable loans, or deferred loans. The act provides for the application and review process as well as guidelines for the program. The act appropriates $2.5 million from the General Fund to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for the period of July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, no more than $250,000 of which may be used for administrative costs.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 50/PN 31 (Greenleaf/R-Bucks) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in seller disclosures, requiring the real estate seller disclosure form to disclose the property's location in a flood zone or wetlands area and the property's flood history including the frequency and the extent of flooding.

Status:  3/27/17 Laid on the Table

Position:  Oppose

                                               

SB 51/PN 32 (Greenleaf/R-Bucks) Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act requiring the disclosure of flood history to lessees of residential real property.

Status:  1/31/17 Laid on Table

Position:  Oppose

                                               

SB 82/PN 61 (Greenleaf/R-Bucks) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in residential real property, repealing provisions relating to home inspections; providing for home inspections; establishing the Pennsylvania Board of Home Inspectors; providing for licensure of home inspectors and for disciplinary proceedings by the Pennsylvania Board of Home Inspectors; and making an appropriation of $85,000 from the Professional Licensure Augmentation Account to the Department of State for the payment of costs associated with processing licenses and renewing licenses, for the operation of the Pennsylvania Board of Home Inspectors and for other costs associated with the implementation of 68 Pa.C.S. Ch. 75A. The bill repeals the current chapter on home inspections and replaces it with a new chapter on home inspections. The Pennsylvania Board of Home Inspectors shall promulgate regulations and the provisions requiring the licensure of home inspectors shall not apply until publication that the regulations are in effect.

Status:  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Position:  Must include language requiring training if inspecting mfg and modular homes

                                               

SB 92/PN 261 (Greenleaf/R-Bucks) Amends Act 261, proving all residents of a manufactured housing community the ability to seek binding arbitration if they contend the lot rent increase to be excessive. 

Status:  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Position:  Opposed/ Rent Control

                                               

SB 97/PN 72 (Greenleaf/R-Bucks) Amends the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law requiring manufacturers to disclose a product's estimated lifespan.

Status:  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 128/PN 163, 90 (Eichelberger/R-Blair) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) adding a new section stipulating that a municipality may not: (1) enact or administer a mandate requiring an employer to provide an employee or class of employees with vacation or other forms of leave from employment, paid or unpaid, that is not required by Federal or State law; or (2) require an employer to compensate an employee for any vacation or other forms of leave for which Federal or State law does not require the employee to be compensated. Further provides this new section may not be construed to invalidate a mandate enacted by a municipality prior to January 1, 2015. The new section shall apply retroactively to January 1, 2015.

Status:  5/8/17 Senate Calendar

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 138/PN 92 (Yaw/R-Bradford) Amends the Oil and Gas Lease Act defining "lessee," "lessor," and "joint venture"; further providing for payment information to interest owners by requiring a unique property identification; provides for accumulation of proceeds from production by adding that proceeds shall be paid within 60 days, but proceeds from oil and gas may be remitted quarterly for accumulation of proceeds totaling less than $100; further provides for conflicts; adds language providing for joint ventures; and provides for a lessor to inspect the records of a lessee. The bill outlines the procedure for inspections for records and provides for confidentiality and for frequency.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 139/PN 93 (Yaw/R-Bradford) The Natural Gas Lease Anti-Retaliation Act provides protection for a lessor of natural gas rights who reports a violation or suspected violation of a contractual agreement and for remedies and penalties. No lessee may retaliate by ceasing development or production or take other reprisals against a lessor because the lessor takes a good faith action. The bill provides for remedies and enforcement.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 140/PN 94 (Yaw/R-Bradford) The Natural Gas Consumer Access Act requires each natural gas distribution utility to submit a plan to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) within two years after a franchise territory is awarded that includes data on the service area. The commission will review the plan and implement periodic reviews of the distribution system. At the request of the natural gas distribution utility, the PUC shall maintain confidentiality of specific information deemed to be proprietary. Natural gas distribution utilities will also provide residential, commercial and industrial customers with customer contribution criteria for extension and expansion, as well as notifications of its distribution system extension and expansion plan and customer contribution criteria once a year. The bill provides for supplemental filing requirements, provisions related to customer contributions, and for definitions.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 141/PN 118 (Yaw/R-Bradford) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas) providing for lease extended by production by adding that any portion of land subject to a lease, which is combined with other lands or leases to form a unit, shall be subject to operations and production on and in the unit. The operations and production shall continue a lease in force and effect during or after the primary term according to the lease provisions only as to that portion of the leased land which is included in the unit. Any land covered by a lease and not included in the unit shall not be subject to operations or production on or in the unit. The lease may be kept in force in any manner provided in the lease agreement for leased land not included in an agreement. The bill provides for applicability and definitions.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 142/PN 119 (Yaw/R-Bradford) Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas), in unconventional oil and gas conservation, consolidating the Oil and Gas Conservation Law with modifications relating to definitions, standard unit order, process, administration, standard of review, hearings and appeals, establishment of units, integration of various interests, lease extension and scope, providing for gas and hazardous liquids pipelines; and repealing the Oil and Gas Conservation Law. The bill adds a chapter providing for Unconventional Oil and Gas Conservation, entitled the Unconventional Oil and Gas Unit Conservation and Integration Act. The chapter seeks to promote the development of unconventional oil and gas resources in accordance with the best principles and practices of oil and gas conservation while reasonably protecting the correlative rights of the person affected and to provide for the protection of the environment.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 159/PN 132 (Tartaglione/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act further providing for procedures for registration as a contractor by requiring a registrant to provide proof of workers' compensation coverage in compliance with the Workers' Compensation Act.

Status:  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 164/PN 137 (Tartaglione/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Tax Reform Code, in corporate net income tax, further providing for the definition of "taxable income," for imposition of tax, for reports and payment of tax and for consolidated reports; and, in general provisions, further providing for underpayment of estimated tax. The goal of the legislation is to close the "Delaware Loophole."

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 207/PN 195 (Hughes/D-Montgomery) The Healthy Employee and Healthy Workplace Act provides for mandatory statewide employer-paid sick leave for employees for diagnosis, treatment, care, counseling, and emergencies and provides for civil penalties and remedies for violations.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 213/PN 197 (Leach/D-Delaware) The Regulate Marijuana Act provides for personal use of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 and for lawful operation of marijuana-related facilities. Further provides for the powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) under the proposed act. Requires the PLCB to adopt regulations necessary for the implementation of the act no later than July 1, 2018 and provides the regulations may not prohibit the operation of a marijuana establishment, either expressly or through a regulation that makes the operation unreasonably impracticable. Also provides for what shall be included in the regulations. Further adds provisions relating to individual privacy; locality; ordnance or regulation by a locality; and employers, minors and control of policy. Requires the General Assembly to enact an excise tax upon marijuana sold or otherwise transferred by a marijuana cultivation facility to a marijuana product manufacturing facility or to a retail marijuana store.

Status:  Law and Justice

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 231/PN 214 (Boscola/D-Lehigh) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) adding that offenders subject to registration due to a conviction for an offense wherein the victim was a minor may not reside within 1,000 feet of the real property on which is located any public, private or parochial school, licensed preschool program, certified day-care center, registered family day-care home, public playground recreation center or playground. No such person shall establish a residence, maintain a residence or other living accommodation within 500 feet of any point at which transportation is provided to students of any public, private or parochial school except that provided by a fixed-route public transportation service. Lastly, no such person who is subject to any order of parole, probation or supervision may be placed by any governmental authority in any residential setting that does not comply with the provisions of this section. These new requirements shall not require the offender to sell or otherwise dispose of any real estate, home or other real property or to cancel any lease of real property that was acquired or entered prior to the effective date of the legislation.

Status:  Judiciary

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 235/PN 217 (Leach/D-Delaware) Amends the Pennsylvania Human Relation Act further providing for findings and declaration of policy, for right to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, for definitions and for unlawful discriminatory practices. The bill adds marital status and familial status to the scope of the act.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 242/PN 223 (Baker/R-Luzern) Amends the Underground Utility Line Protection Law further providing extensively for definitions, for duties of facility owners, for duties of the One Call System, for duties of excavators, for duties of designers, for duties of project owners and for penalties; providing for enforcement, for underground utility line protection fund and for compliance; and further providing for One Call System authority and for expiration. Among the many changes, facility owners shall maintain existing records of main lines abandoned on or after the effective date and to mark, locate or identify the main lines if possible, based upon the existing records. A damage prevention committee is established to review reports of violations, issue warnings and determinations and require persons to attend damage prevention educational programs.

Status:  5/24/17 Removed from Table

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 269/PN 874, 755, 256 (Baker/R-Luzern) 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.

Note:  Includes technical amendment to fix the modular seat on the RAC.

Status:  5/24/17 Passed Senate 40-10, House Labor and Industry

Position:  Support

                                               

SB 296/PN 291 (Fontana/D-Allegheny) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in seller disclosures, requiring that the disclosure form include a statement regarding lead paint in homes built before 1978 and a statement regarding lead contamination in drinking water.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 297/PN 299, 292 (Tomlinson/R-Bucks) Amends the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act further providing for definitions, for registration of contractors, for home improvement fraud and for prohibited acts. The bill authorizes the bureau to refuse to register a person or suspend or revoke a registration issued to a person in certain circumstances. The bill provides for appeals of such decisions. Home improvement fraud would include entering into a home improvement agreement without first registering with the bureau as provided for under this act.

Status:  4/25/17 Laid on Table

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 332/PN 330 (Yaw/R-Lycoming) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in miscellaneous provisions relating to operation of vehicles, providing for protection of children from second-hand smoke in vehicles by prohibiting individuals from smoking in a vehicle that is transporting a child under 12 years of age; and imposing a penalty of a summary offense with a $100 fine for a first offense and a summary offense with a $250 fine for any subsequent offenses.

Status:  4/25/17 1st Consideration

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 339/PN 337 (Browne/R-Lehigh) Amends the Housing Finance Agency Law, in the agency, further providing for agency membership by removing the Secretary of Community Affairs and Secretary of Commerce and adding the Secretary of Community and Economic Development, Secretary of Banking and Securities, and Insurance Commissioner; and making an editorial change.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 347/PN 375 (Browne/R-Lehigh) Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution further providing for exemptions and special provisions by increasing the limit to exclusions authorized from one half of the median of the assessed value of all homestead properties within a local taxing jurisdiction to 100 percent. Constitutional amendments require approval in two consecutive legislative sessions and then approval by the voters through a referendum.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 354/PN 710, 348 (Tomlinson/R-Bucks) Strengthens licensee reporting requirements to the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs’ 29 licensing boards and licensee suspensions, by providing each licensing board and commission with authority identical to that provided to the Medical Boards since 1985. Each board would have the ability to automatically suspend a licensee, under circumstances determined by the respective licensing board, to be an “immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”

Status:  5/8/17 Passed Senate 47-0, House Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 356/PN 350 (Tomlinson/R-Bucks) The Senior Citizens Property Tax Freeze Act provides definitions and sets the age for eligibility at 65 or older. Any person who meets the age requirements shall be eligible for a property tax freeze and shall not be liable for paying any increases in taxes. Application procedure for the tax freeze is provided and the freeze shall continue until the property is transferred, upon which time the property tax rate shall be made current. The increase upon transfer applies unless the property is transferred to a surviving spouse within six months of death and so long as the surviving spouse is at least 62 years of age. The Department of Revenue shall reimburse local authorities for the tax difference. The act shall be retroactive to tax years beginning January 1, 2016, and thereafter and take effect immediately.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 372/PN 363 (Brooks/R-Crawford) Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act excluding from the act patio covers, decks that are no more than 30 inches above grade at any point and attached or accessory to a residential building, and accessory structures that are attached to a residential building that cover an entranceway and no more than one story high and not more than 200 square feet.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 376/PN 366 (Costa/D-Allegheny) Amends the Second-Class County Code further providing for tax relief and use of disbursements by modifying the property ownership requirement to make an individual eligible for the county program if the person was the owner occupier of a primary residence in the county for a period of at least twenty years, moved for a period of time and then resumed status as an owner occupier of a primary residence in the county for not less than two years.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 377/PN 367 (Costa/D-Allegheny) Amends the Taxpayer Relief Act to prohibit a landlord and tenant from entering into a lease or agreement to assign or pay any portion of any rebate, to which a tenant may be entitled, to the landlord or to the landlord's assignee or representative. The bill provides for penalties, enforcement by the Attorney General, and definitions.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 384/PN 384 (Farnese/D-Philadelphia) Amends the Assessors Certification Act repealing provisions relating to non-applicability for first class counties (Philadelphia); and providing for assessors in counties of the first class by granting them three years from the effective date of the section to become certified.

Status:  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 417/PN 412 (Rafferty/R-Berks) Exempts owners of house trailers and mobile homes from paying real estate tax.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 434/PN 473 (Argall/R-Schuylkill) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary) adding sections providing title to real property may be acquired after no less than ten years of actual, continuous, exclusive, visible, distinct and hostile possession of real property under certain situations and circumstances. Further provides for mesne profits and for reimbursement.

Status:  5/24/17 2nd Consideration

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 463/PN 456 (Blake/D-Lackawanna) Amends the Tax Reform Code, in corporate net income tax, further providing for definitions, for imposition of tax, for reports and payment of tax and for consolidated reports; providing for mandatory combined reporting; and, in general provisions, further providing for underpayment of estimated tax. The bill gradually reduces the Corporate Net Income Tax over a five-year period from its current 9.99 percent, to 6.99 percent, and provides for a phased closing of the so called "Delaware Loophole" by implementing mandatory combined reporting.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 470/PN 463 (Blake/D-Lackawanna) Amends the Housing Finance Agency Law, in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Program, further providing for definitions and for fund. The governing body of a county may, by ordinance, increase fees charged by the recorder of deeds for recording any documents except: (1) In counties of the second, second class A, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth class, deeds and mortgages; and (2) In counties of the first class, deeds, mortgages and related mortgage documents that are or may be subject to 53 Pa.C.S. Ch. 60 Subch. C (relating to affordable housing programs and funding in cities of first class). The additional fees shall not exceed 100 percent of the amounts charged under the Second Class County Recorder of Deeds Fee Law or the Recorder of Deeds Fee Law. The additional fees levied by a governing body of a county of the first class shall not exceed 100 percent of the amounts charged by a city or county of the first class for recording documents other than deeds, mortgages and other related mortgage documents. At least 75 percent of the money collected shall be deposited into the fund and a county may retain up to 25 percent for local affordable housing efforts.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 471/PN 467 (Blake/D-Lackawanna) Amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property), in real property, adding a chapter providing for real estate foreclosure of vacant and abandoned property and for sheriff's commission and credit or attorney fees.

Status:  Banking and Insurance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 478/PN 477 (Bartolotta/R-Beaver) 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.

Status:  Health and Human Services

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 479/PN 468 (Dinniman/D-Chester) The Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act requires an employer to provide up to six weeks of the same leave to an eligible employee to which the eligible employee is entitled under the Family and Medical Leave Act with respect to a spouse, son, daughter or parent, but only for the eligible employee's sibling, grandparent or grandchild, provided the sibling, grandparent or grandchild has no living spouse, child over 17 years of age or parent under 65 years of age.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 505/PN 501 (Brooks/R-Crawford) Amends the Tax Reform Code decreasing the corporate net income tax incrementally to 6.99 percent by January 1, 2023.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 513/PN 524 (Mensch/R-Berks) Amends the Tax Reform Code, in personal income tax, reducing the tax rate on residents and non-residents from of three and seven hundredths percent for taxable years ending December 31, 2017, to two and ninety-nine hundredths percent for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017; and freezing certain funds for programs.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 514/PN 525 (Mensch/R-Berks) Amends the Tax Reform Code incrementally decreasing the Corporate Net Income tax to 4.99 percent by January 1, 2020.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 515/PN 526 (Mensch/R-Berks) Amends the Tax Reform Code, in corporate net income tax, setting the net loss deduction as the forty-four percent of taxable income in tax years beginning January 1, 2017.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 516/PN 527 (Mensch/R-Berks) Amends the Tax Reform Code establishing a career development tax credit for an employee who is employed by a Pennsylvania taxpayer, enrolled in an employer-operated training program certified by the Department of Labor and Industry, and averages at least 30 hours of work per week at the time training begins and for a period of 12 months after it is completed. The credit shall be in the amount of 25% of the taxpayer's total qualified training expense for the taxable year. Applicable to tax years 2015 onward and effective immediately.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 586/PN 661 (Argall/R-Schuylkill) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in consolidated county assessment, further providing for appeals by taxing districts and providing for standards of redress in appeals. The bill provides that a taxing district may not appeal the assessment of property based on the: purchase or sale of the property; purchase or sale of a partial or total interest in the entity holding legal title to the property; financing or refinancing of the property; or certain investments in the property. The bill outlines circumstances when a taxing district does has the right to appeal an assessment and outlines standards of redress in appeals.

Status:  Urban Affairs and Housing

Position:  Support

                                               

SB 587/PN 662 (Baker/R-Luzern) The Statutory Construction of Wage and Hour Laws Act provides for statutory construction of Pennsylvania wage and hour laws. The following apply: (1) The Minimum Wage Act of 1968, shall be construed in pari materia with 29 U.S.C. Ch. 9 (relating to portal-to-portal pay) and sections 7 and 13 and the other provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (52 Stat. 1060, 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.), including regulations in effect on or after the effective date; and (2) The minimum cash wage for tipped employees shall be $2.83 per hour. If the minimum cash wage for tipped employees set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act is increased above this rate, the rate shall be increased by the same amounts and effective the same date as the increases under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The bill provides for construction, inconsistent repeals, and abrogates regulations.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 589/PN 887, 756, 667 (Langerholc/R-Bedford) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in fees, further providing for annual hauling permits; and, in size, weight and load, further providing for maximum gross weight of vehicles and for conditions of permits and security for damages and providing for permit for movement of freight via natural gas vehicles. A vehicle operated by an engine fueled primarily by compressed or liquefied natural gas may exceed the gross vehicle weight limits imposed under this section by an amount, not to exceed a maximum of 2,000 pounds, that is equal to the difference between the weight of the vehicle attributable to the natural gas tank and fueling system carried by the vehicle and the weight of a comparable diesel tank and fueling system. The annual fee for movement of freight via natural gas vehicles, as provided for in section 4979.7 (relating to permit for movement of freight via natural gas vehicles) shall be $500. An annual permit may be issued authorizing the movement on specified highways of freight as allowed by law by a vehicle powered by natural gas, be it compressed or liquefied, which exceeds the maximum vehicle gross weight specified in section 4941 (relating to maximum gross weight of vehicles). The weight of any vehicle permitted under this section may not exceed 82,000 pounds overall gross weight and 21,000 pounds on any steering axle. Eliminates the annual permit and the annual fee for the movement of commercial vehicles powered by natural gas.

Status:  5/25/17 2nd Consideration w/amendments

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 602/PN 679 (Rafferty/R-Berks) The Fair Employment Act prohibits employment of illegal aliens and requires affidavit that the business entity does not employ such aliens; requires participation in the Basic Pilot Program as a condition for Commonwealth contracts or grants exceeding $10,000; prohibits business tax deductions for certain compensation to unauthorized aliens; requires suspension of licenses, registrations and certificates of incorporation under similar circumstances; and authorizes a private cause of action.

Status:  Labor and Industry

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 603/PN 680 (Rafferty/R-Berks) The Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Act provides for remediation of real property contaminated by methamphetamine production, for decontamination guidelines to be developed by Department of Health and for restitution; prohibiting certain activity relating to certain property; providing for enforcement; establishing immunity for real estate professionals under certain circumstances; and authorizing fees. The bill requires the owner or lessor of real property to disclose that the property was used as a location to manufacture methamphetamine and provides rules and guidelines related to reporting, restitution, removal and remediation.

Status:  Health and Human Services

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 613/PN 750 (Browne/R-Lehigh) Amends the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act further providing for the title of the act, for findings and declaration of policy, for right to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, for definitions, for unlawful discriminatory practices and for prohibition of certain real estate practices; providing for protection of religious exercise; and further providing for powers and duties of commission, for educational program and for construction and exclusiveness of remedy. The bill adds protections for sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to the scope. The act shall not prohibit an employer from requiring an employee, during the employee’s hours at work, to adhere to reasonable dress or grooming standards not prohibited by other provisions of Federal, State or local law, provided that the employer permits an employee to adhere to the dress or grooming standards that are consistent with the employe's gender identity or expression.

Status:  State Government

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 615/PN 689 (White/R-Armstrong) Amends the Taxpayer Relief Act, in taxation by school districts, repealing definitions and further providing for adoption of preliminary budget proposals, for information to school districts, for property tax limits on reassessment and for public referendum requirements for increasing certain taxes. The stated intent is to require any future real estate tax increases levied by school districts to be ratified by voter referendum.

Status:  Finance

Position:  No Position

                                               

SB 724/PN 858 (Rafferty/R-Berks) Updates the committee structure and responsibilities of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.  PMHA will have a specific seat representing the oversized load industry.

Status:  Transportation

Position:  Support

                                               

SR 33/PN 481 (Yudichak/D-Carbon) Resolution establishing a two-member Senate task force on lead exposure and the hazards of lead poisoning. Provides the President pro tempore shall appoint one member and the Minority Leader shall appoint one member. Directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to the task force and provides for its membership. Requires the commission, working with the advisory committee to conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of laws, regulations, policies and procedures of the Commonwealth and other states regarding an assessment of lead exposure as a public health concern. Further provides for the content of review and analysis. Also, requires the commission to issue a report of the task force's findings and recommendations to the Senate within 18 months of the adoption of the resolution.

Status:  Environmental Resources and Energy

Position:  No Position

                                               

SR 78/PN 721 (Tomlinson/R-Bucks) Resolution designating the month of April 2017 as "Pennsylvania 8-1-1 Safe Digging Month."

Status:  4/18/17 Adopted

Position:  No Position

                                               

SR 101/PN 772 (Ward/R-Westmoreland) Resolution recognizing the month of May 2017 as "Building Safety Month" in Pennsylvania and encouraging residents to participate in "Building Safety Month" activities.

Status:  4/26/17 Adopted

Position:  No Position