HB 104, PN 3818 (Godshall) – Requires municipal authorities to publicly discuss at a meeting the public benefit of an acquisition, sale, or lease of facilities prior to the transaction. Also requires annual financial reports to be posted on the Internet. Provides for Auditor General audits of third class county water treatment and distribution authorities. Senator Ward offered amendment A09466, which was technical in nature. The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.
HB 149, PN 113 (Knowles) – The bill amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) to prohibit the use of a device to record, transmit or broadcast a photograph, video, motion picture or audio of a proceeding or person within a courtroom or hearing room without the approval of the judge or presiding officer or as permitted by the rules of court. Senator Costa offered amendment A09822, which makes several technical changes to the bill. The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.
SB 689, PN 847 (Eichelberger) – This legislation amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act (No. 98 of 1990) by providing for the appointment of two Certified Pennsylvania Evaluators (CPEs) to serve on the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 899, PN 1906 (Mensch) – This bill updates the Older Adult Protective Services Act (OAPSA) and codifies it into a new Chapter 69 (Older Adult Protective Services) within Title 23 (Domestic Relations). The bill updates the existing automatic employment bans ruled unconstitutional by Commonwealth v. Peake and includes a waiver request process to comply with the ruling. It provides new prevention measures for financial exploitation of older adults. It also cleans/clarifies existing statutory provisions. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 1006, PN 1694 (Eichelberger) – This bill amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law (CCAL) to further ensure building permit requirements are being met and to provide for the reporting of substantial improvements to property. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 1157, PN 1819 (Vulakovich) – The legislation amends the Fiscal Code to authorize the Office of the Auditor General to conduct an audit regarding the implementation of a statewide radio network for law enforcement and emergency responders in the commonwealth. Senator Vulakovich offered amendment A07782, which makes a technical change to the bill to limit how much is spent on the audit. The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.
HB 1233, PN 3188 (Murt) – This legislation amends the Mental Health Procedures Act. It establishes a new standard for assisted, outpatient mental health treatment. Senator Corman offered amendment A10381, which makes technical changes and details assisted outpatient treatment implementation by the state. The Senate agreed to the amendment via voice. The bill was agreed to as amended, moving it up on the calendar. The bill was then re-referred to Appropriations.
HB 1511, PN 4149 (Quinn) – Amends Act 2 of 1971 (Tax Reform Code) to update and clarify the collection of the hotel occupancy tax from online travel companies. Senator Hughes offered amendment A10371, which requires the booking agent to collect and remit the county hotel tax and remit it in accordance with local ordinance. The Senate agreed to the amendment via voice. The bill was agreed to as amended, moving it up on the calendar.
SR 418, PN 1993 (Brooks) – SR 418 urges the US Congress and the US Department of Agriculture to include fresh milk as an eligible product in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The Senate adopted the resolution via voice vote.
SR 421, PN 2019 (Street) – SR 421 urges the US Congress to pass the 2018 Farm Bill and calls upon the PA Department of Agriculture to conduct a study of industrial hemp research pilot programs in order to draft statutory and regulatory language so PA and its farmers can begin hemp production in 2019. The Senate adopted the resolution via voice vote.
SB 748, PN 2095 (Argall) – This bill creates the Public Safety Facilities Act requiring advanced notice and a hearing prior to the closure of a state police station or a state prison. The Senate concurred in amendments made by the House by a vote of 49-0.
SB 888, PN 1998 (Rafferty) – The bill amends Title 75 (Vehicles) further providing for additional parking regulations. The Senate concurred in amendments made by the House by a vote of 49-0.
SB 1005, PN 2026 (Eichelberger) – This bill updates and consolidates the County Code and amends counties of the second class A into the County Code. The Senate concurred in amendments made by the House by a vote of 49-0.
SB 1090, PN 1825 (Corman) – Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to create the offenses of hazing, aggravated hazing, institutional hazing, and organizational hazing. The Senate concurred in amendments made by the House by a vote of 49-0.
SB 1095, PN 1994 (McGarrigle) – This bill would allow high school students to become eligible for graduation, if it is dependent upon proficiency on the Keystone Exams, and it would provide for testing exemptions. The Senate concurred in amendments made by the House by a vote of 49-0.
SB 1172, PN 2094 (Vulakovich) – This legislation clarifies Act 133 of 2006 know and the Price Gouging Statute, which takes effect upon the issuance of emergency declarations by the Governor or municipal officials pursuant to Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. The Senate concurred in amendments made by the House by a vote of 42-7.
HB 99, PN 424 (Zimmerman) – This bill allows boroughs to waive competitive bidding processes in cases of emergency. Senator Reschenthaler offered amendment A10370, which requires borough council to state the emergency and nature of procurement in a resolution during a public meeting (applicable to instances in which the mitigation or a real or potential emergency involves a clear and present danger to residents). The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.
HB 1885, PN 3167 (Ryan) – Amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) to authorize the Register of Wills to require a personal representative of an estate to post additional security. Senator Corman offered amendment A10357, which provides additional information that is required for a waiver to the posting of additional security by the personal representative by the Register of Wills. The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.