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Finance 2021-2022

The Senate Finance Committee met on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, and took action as follows:

Reported as Amended:

SB 279 (Stefano) – This legislation will amend the Tax Reform Code to exempt firefighters from the sales and use tax when purchasing protective equipment and accessory communications equipment while using their personal funds.  Sen. Hutchinson offered amendment A00947 which expanded the legislation to include purchases made by fire police. The amendment was adopted, unanimously. The bill was reported out as amended, unanimously.

SB 568 (Argall) – This bill amends the Tax Reform Code to provide for the sales tax exemption of traffic signals to include all component parts of a traffic signal, foundation, pole and mast arms.  Sen. Argall offered amendment A00967 which created a definition of a traffic signal within the Tax Reform Code. The amendment was adopted by a vote of 10-1. The bill was reported out as amended by a vote of 10-1.

The Senate Finance Committee met on Monday, April 19, 2021, and took action as follows:

Reported as Amended:

HB 766 (Greiner) – This bill amends the corporate net income tax deadline and provides emergency state and local income tax authority to the Department of Revenue and the Department of Community and Economic Development. Sen. Browne offered Amendment A00697 which would provide permanent authority to DCED to deal with local taxation to allow them to extend the income tax due date to coincide with the Federal income tax filing deadline. The amendment was unanimously adopted. The bill was unanimously reported out as amended. 

SB 463 (Hutchinson) –This bill creates an exemption on equipment used in the construction and operation of computer data centers. Sen. Hutchinson offered Amendment A00740 which makes technical corrections to the bill. The amendment was unanimously adopted. The bill was approved by a vote of 8-3.

Reported as Committed:

SB 454 (Brooks) – This bill creates an annual $500 state tax credit for volunteer firefighters.  The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 562 (Scavello) – This bill creates the Airport Land Development Zone tax credit program which provides a $2,100 tax credit to employers per full-time job created. The bill was reported out by a vote of 7-4.

The Senate Finance Committee met on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, and took action as follows:

Reported as Committed:

HB 230 (Ryan): This bill amends the Administrative Code to require the Independent Fiscal Office, upon request, to prepare a revenue estimate using dynamic scoring for any proposed legislation with a potential fiscal impact of more than $50 million. The bill was reported out by a vote of 7-4.

SB 74 (Martin): This bill amends the Tax Reform Code to provide for a pediatric cancer research tax credit. The credit would be capped at $10 million annually and expire after 10 years. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 286 (Bartolotta): This bill amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit the growth of state government spending. The bill was reported out by a vote of 7-4.

SB 325 (K. Ward): This bill amends the Tax Reform Code to provide a sales tax exemption for multi-purpose agriculture vehicles used for farming. These vehicles are currently tax exempt, but this legislation clarifies the applicable farming uses of these vehicles. The bill was reported out unanimously.

SB 343 (Mastriano): This bill amends the Tax Reform Code to further exempt Cervidae livestock operations from the Sales and Use Tax, specifically to exclude Cervidae, swine and exotic animals raised for entertainment hunts from taxation. The bill was reported out by a vote of 7-4.

Senator Wayne Fontana

Senator Wayne Fontana

Committee Chair