Thursday, December 10, 2015

SB 442, PN 1449 (Folmer) – This bill creates the Taxpayer-Funded Advertising Transparency Act to require Commonwealth agencies that pay for advertisements to include the statement: “Paid for with Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.”  By a vote of 50-0, the Senate concurred in amendments placed in the bill by the House of Representatives.

HB 777, PN 877 (Grove) – House Bill 777 provides that those enrolled in PACE and PACENET will remain eligible if their income limit is exceeded due to the recent Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (“COLA”). The bill extends this Social Security COLA moratorium through December 31, 2017.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 941, PN 2649 (Regan) – This bill amends the Administrative Code to make the Citizens Advisory Council an independent advisory council administratively housed within the Department of Environmental Protection; extend the Public Utility Commission (PUC) temporary order authorizing transportation network companies (TNCs) in this Commonwealth; and adds Article XVIII-D to replace and modernize the Race Horse Industry Reform Act.  A vote of 48-2 was recorded.

SB 952, PN 1176 (Dinniman) – This bill authorizes the Department of Generals Services to convey a portion of land located in Lower Oxford Township, Chester County.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

SB 1064, PN 1402 (Boscola) – The bill transfers roads between Hanover Township, Lehigh County, and the Department of Transportation.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1327, PN 2650 (Peifer) – House Bill 1327 amends the Fiscal Code to provide for budget implantation language.  A vote of 48-2 was recorded.

HB 1603, PN 2651 (Watson) – This bill amends the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (“UIFSA”) to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with uniform laws regarding interstate and international jurisdiction of family support orders.  A vote of 50-0 was recorded.

HB 1690, PN 2653 (Turzai) – This bill amends the Liquor Code to: codify the Liquor Control Board’s allowance of beer sales at gas stations; shorten the amount of time that a liquor license can be held in safe-keeping (from three years to two); expand private wine sales to R and H licenses; allow casinos to sell or serve alcohol 24 hours a day/7 days a week; provide the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) with semi-flexible pricing and further modernize the state store system; provide for direct wine shipment to consumers; ban powdered alcohol; and establish a  Commission to study reforms of the state store system.  A vote of 29-21 was recorded.

HB 530, PN 2658 (Reese) – This bill makes extensive changes to the Public School Code concerning charter schools.  The bill includes the negotiated budgetary language for the Public School Code.  A vote of 41-9 was recorded.