House Budget Season Kicks Off
Press Release from House Majority Leader (R) Bryan Cutler
The House returns Monday for the only full session week in February, but the work surrounding the state budget will officially get underway. On Tuesday Governor Wolf will address a joint session of the House and Senate. Republican leaders will hold a press conference in the minutes following the address on the balcony outside the Lt. Governor’s office.
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, February 3, 2020
Professional Licensure, 10:30 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol
- HB 1566 (Rep. William Kortz, D-Allegheny): Would allow permitting licensing boards to provide advisory opinions to permitted licensed professionals.
- HB 1947 (Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne): Would modernize the process by which graduates of international medical schools become licensed in Pennsylvania.
- HB 2101 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Would modernize exemptions and registration requirements for engineers, land surveyors and geologists in Pennsylvania.
- SB 67 (Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair/Franklin/Fulton/
Huntingdon): Would have Pennsylvania adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) in order to increase public access to psychological services by allowing for tele-psychological practice across state lines as well as temporary in-person services.
State Government, Call of the Chair, 60 East Wing
- HB 978 (Rep. David Hickernell, R-Lancaster/Dauphin): Would amend Right-to-Know-Law to require Social Security numbers be redacted by agencies before being made public.
- HB 1995 (Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon): Would establish a bipartisan commission to analyze past and projected economic conditions.
- HR 661 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Would designate March 2020 as “Greek-American Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania.
On Monday, session will begin at 1 p.m.
Votes on Second Consideration:
- HB 122 (Rep. William Kortz, D-Allegheny): Would require disclosure of interior mold in home inspection reports.
- HB 406 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks/Lancaster): Would require municipalities to host publicly noticed meetings when considering selling or leasing a sewer or water system.
- HB 1541 (Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks): Would create the “Air Medal Plate” to be issued by PennDOT.
- HB 1584 (Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming/Union): Would remove the current statutory restriction that bars Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) of the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) from being included in Act 111 for the purpose of seeking collective bargaining.
- HB 1715 (Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would create the Navy and Marine Corps Medal plate to be issued by PennDOT.
- HB 1912 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Would eliminate the fee for a death certificate for coroners in the performance of their official duties for unclaimed bodies.
- HB 2046 (Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Philadelphia): Would delay implementation of a change to the grade spans and age levels covered by special education certification until after Dec. 31, 2022.
- HB 2082 (Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair): Would increase the monthly pension amounts for both the blind and paralyzed/amputee veterans pension programs.
- HR 101 (Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Allegheny): Would urge Congress to retain certain consumer protections, if the ACA is ruled unconstitutional.
- HR 605 (Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry/Cumberland): Would recognize Feb. 22-29, 2020, as FFA Week in Pennsylvania.
- HR 633 (Rep. Michael Puskaric, R-Allegheny/Washington): Would designate March 2020, as “Amyloidosis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
- HR 654 (Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh): Would designate Feb. 25, 2020, as “World Spay Day” in Pennsylvania.
- HR 655 (Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny): Would designate Feb. 2, 2020, as “Rheumatoid Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.
- HR 671 (Rep. Steven Malagari, D-Montgomery): Would designate January 2020 as “Thyroid Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
Votes on Third Consideration:
- HB 1316 (Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland): Would amend the Constitution to establish limitations on the spending of Commonwealth funds.
- HB 1536 (Rep. Brett Miller, R-Lancaster): Would create new penalties, including driver’s license suspensions, for careless driving and reckless driving resulting in the death, serious bodily injury, or bodily injury of a vulnerable highway user.
- HB 1710 (Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery): Would establish U.S. Semi-quincentennial license plates.
- HB 1711 (Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery): Would establish heritage license plates.
- HB 1712 (Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery): Would establish corporate logo fleet license plates.
- HB 1755 (Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster): Would require the State Conservation Commission to submit annual reports to the General Assembly.
- HB 2018 (Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne): Would authorize the transfer of land at the Plymouth Readiness Center within Plymouth Borough.
- SB 790 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Cameron/Clearfield/Clinton/
Elk/Jefferson/Mckean/Potter/ Tioga): Would create the “Conventional Oil and Gas Wells Act” for the regulation of conventional oil and gas wells.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Human Services, 8:30 a.m., 205 Ryan Office Building
- HR 543 (Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny): Would recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
- HR 701 (Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder): Would designate Feb. 11, 2020, as PA 211 day in Pennsylvania.
- Additionally, there will be an informational meeting on mental health funding.
Urban Affairs, 9 a.m., G-50 Irvis Office Building
- SB 352 (Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair/Franklin/Fulton/
Huntingdon): Would establish a tax exemption program for real estate developers in order to encourage mixed use redevelopment of blighted and abandoned properties.
On Tuesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.
Votes on Second Consideration:
- HB 188 (Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware): Would direct the attorney general to create a Landowner Bill of Rights in which the rights of property owners in cases of eminent domain are condensed into one document for easy access and public consumption.
- HB 437 (Rep. Joshua Kail, R-Beaver/Washington): Would update domestic relations law as it relates to contempt powers of the court in custody cases.
- HB 1569 (Rep. Mary Issacson, D-Philadelphia): Would require that when the City of Philadelphia reassess property values the city must reduce its tax rate, if necessary, so the total amount of taxes levied for that year does not exceed the total amount it levied on all properties in the year preceding the reassessment.
- HB 1769 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Would amend the Charitable Gift Annuity Exemption Act to define “de-risking annuity contract.”
- HB 1895 (Rep. David Rowe, R-Union/Snyder): Would amend Mental Health Procedures Act to protect rights of persons in treatment to be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- HB 1984 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin): Would amend the Adoption Act so victims of rape can terminate parental rights of the rapist without having to re-marry.
- HB 2200 (Rep. Valerie Gaydos, R-Allegheny): Would allow small business owners to join together to offer health insurance benefits to employees.
- HR 119 (Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware): Would recognize emotional abuse of children and its deleterious effect on all individuals in this Commonwealth.
- HR 641 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Would designate Jan. 23, 2020, as “Maternal Health Awareness Day.”
- HR 642 (Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh): Would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study to determine ways in which we could better connect survivors of sexual assault and rape to mental health services.
- HR 645 (Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia): Would recognize the month of January 2020 as “National Mentoring Month.”
- HR 653 (Rep. Martin Causer, R-Mckean/Cameron/Potter): Would designate the week of March 16-22, 2020, as “Maple Producers Week” in Pennsylvania.
- HR 682 (Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Philadelphia/Delaware): Would designate January 2020 as “Cervical Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
- HR 683 (Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Philadelphia/Delaware): Would designate Jan. 26, 2020, as “Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.
Votes on Third Consideration:
- HB 122 (Kortz)
- HB 406 (Cox)
- HB 1541 (Farry)
- HB 1584 (Everett)
- HB 1715 (Mihalek)
- HB 1912 (Zimmerman)
- HB 2046 (Murt)
- HB 2082 (Gregory)
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Environmental Resources and Energy, 9 a.m., 205 Ryan Office Building
- Public hearing on Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and HB 2025.
Finance, 9:30 a.m., 60 East Wing
- HB 1647 (Rep. Joe Emrick, R-Northampton): Would eliminate property tax penalty in first year of ownership if bill not supplied to new owners.
- HB 2233 (Rep. Keith Griener, R-Lancaster): Would allow political subdivisions and volunteer emergency services to enter into written agreements for sharing tax-exempt motor fuel.
- HB 2258 (Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne): Makes technical changes to 1986 tax reform code.
- HB 2259 (Rep. David Rowe, R-Union/Snyder): Would repeal 1935 law on individual net income tax, which has already been ruled invalid by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
- HR 649 (Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks): Would recognize Jan. 27-31, 2020, as “Tax Identify Theft Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania.
Tourism and Recreational Development, 10 a.m., B-31 Main Capitol
- Informational meeting on DCED’s state tourism marketing and promotional activities.
On Wednesday, session will begin at 11 a.m.
Votes on Second Consideration and Third Consideration are TBA.
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