SB 67, PN 60 (J. Ward) – The legislation authorizes Pennsylvania to enter into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Licensure Compact (PSYPACT). A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 906, PN 1327 (Yudichak) – This bill would provide for a moratorium on the closure of State centers and establish the Task Force on the Closure of State Centers to evaluate and provide recommendations for State centers before they could be closed. A vote of 40-9 was recorded.
HB 947, PN 2176 (Schweyer) – The bill amends the Liquor Code to create consistency in operating hours between breweries and distilleries. Senator Corman offered amendment A03888 which add sections on limiting the number of retail licenses in each county and another on establishing that licenses under this article are not assignable and regulating license transfers. The amendment was approved by a voice vote and the bill went over in its order.
HB 1410, PN 2161 (Stephens) – Amends the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act (Act 238 of 2004) to create a Military Installation Remediation Program and the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Remediation Program. A vote of 42-7 was recorded.
SB 60, PN 941 (Phillips-Hill) – Increases penalties for human trafficking. Senator Phillips-Hill offered amendment A03754 which does the following:
- creates an offense for engaging in a sex act or performance with another individual with reckless disregard for whether the individual is a victim of human trafficking. Graded as an F-3 if the victim is an adult and F-1 if the victim is a child.
- Changes the fines for a violation of section 3013 (Patronizing a victim of sexual servitude) Currently the fine is $500. Would be $1000-maximum allowable fine under Section 1101. ($15,000 or $25,000). Would be $5000 to $25,000 for a second offense. Would be $10,000-$50,000 for a third or subsequent offense or if the victim is a minor.
- Provides for disposition of fines to the Sexually Exploited Children Fund and the Human Trafficking Restrict Account. (50% each).
- Provides for the disposition of forfeited assets for violations of Human Trafficking statutes to the Human Trafficking Restricted Account.
- Makes technical corrections.
The amendment was agreed to by a voice vote and the bill was re-referred to the Appropriations committee.
HB 1547, PN 2819 (Pyle) – Designates a highway interchange in Manor Township, Armstrong County, as the “Senator Donald C. White Interchange” and makes other road designations. Senator K. Ward offered amendment A03847 which makes technical corrections and provides for the Virgil Voorhees Memorial Bridge designation. The amendment was agreed to by a voice vote and the bill went over in its order.
SB 146, PN 1160 (Brooks) – This legislation amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), providing for online training for volunteer and career firefighters. Senate concurred in House amendments. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 147, PN 1354 (Laughlin) – The bill amends Title 34 (game), allowing for hunting on Sundays and increases the penalties for trespassing while hunting. Senate concurred in House amendments. A vote of 38-11 was recorded.
SB 456, PN 1266 (Bartolotta) – This bill would allow for the expansion of multibranch training schools and provide for student records and school closures. Senate concurred in House amendments. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
HB 17, PN 1851 (Ryan) – This bill creates a 10-year window for the Department of Revenue (DOR) to assess and collect state assessed taxes. There is currently no time limit placed on these collections. Federal statute places a 10-year collection window on assessed taxes. Senator Scarnati offered A03921 which adds a section providing for tax exclusions and amends Section 3003.22 to provide for Administrative Bank Attachment for Accounts of Obligators to the Commonwealth. The amendment was agreed to by a voice vote and the bill was recommitted to the Appropriations committee.