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Community, Economic & Recreational Development 2021-2022

The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 on improving Pennsylvania’s innovation economy – invent Penn State:


The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee met on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 to consider the following bill and amendment:

SB 881 (Langerholc) – An Act amending Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for Safe Exchange Zone Program.

            Amendment No. A01770 – This amendment is technical in nature and largely provides for clarifications on the responsibilities of local governments.

Both the Bill and the Amendment passed unanimously.

The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee met on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to consider the following bills and amendments:

SB 635 – Amends Title 12 to expand the existing Pennsylvania Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (“C-PACE”) to include multifamily housing, and expands eligible upgrades to include indoor air quality (e.g. COVID-19 mitigation) and resiliency improvements.

Amendment No. A02437 – This amendment clarifies several definitions and adds certain requirements for actions related to assessments on affected properties.

SB 830 – Amends Title 64 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (Public Authorities and Quasi Public Corporations), establishing the Veteran-owned Business Loan Guarantee Program within the Commonwealth Financing Authority (“Authority”).

Amendment No. A02441 – Technical amendment clarifying language related to the transfer of funds form Second Stage Loan Program.

Both Amendments were adopted unanimously, both bills were reported unanimously.

 

The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee met on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to consider the following bill:

SB 706 (Sen Robinson) – An Act providing for advanced manufacturing facilities and infrastructures through business partnerships with State-related institutions; establishing the Max Manufacturing Initiative Fund and Max Manufacturing Venture Loan Fund; and imposing powers and duties on the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Amendment No. A02272 – Technical amendment that adds definition of “facility;” renames the loan program as the “Max Manufacturing Endeavor Loan Fund;” removes “in-kind contributions” as a matching fund option; clarifies that the grant process shall be competitive; and eliminates the requirement for the Department of Community and Economic Development to provide technical assistance.

The amendment and bill were both passed unanimously.


The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee met on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to consider the below legislation:

SB 594 (Sen J. Ward) – Amends the Fiscal Code by creating the Nonprofit Economic Emergency Delivery Grants Program (NEEDS), providing for appropriations for COVID-19 response.

Amendment No. A01651 – Redefines “current fiscal year;” provides that funding goes directly to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA); increases time period from 30 to 90 days for the CFA to develop program guidelines and an official grant application; removes the requirement for program guidelines to be published in the PA Bulletin, as well as a notification when funds are exhausted.

The Amendment and Bill were both Adopted Unanimously.


The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a a public hearing Monday, June 14, 2021 on the sustainability of gaming in Pennsylvania


The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a a public hearing Monday, June 7, 2021 on skill game regulation with the Gaming Control Board


The Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee met on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 and reported the following

SB 154 PN 133 – This bill amends the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47) by creating the Distressed Municipalities Recovery Fund. It also Directs 1/18th of the Johnstown Flood Tax to this fund.

Reported as Committed by a vote of 9-5

 


Senator Amanda Cappelletti

Senator Amanda Cappelletti

Committee Chair