SB 234, PN 1443 (Blake) – Senate Bill 234 creates the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) in Pennsylvania. The state program authorizes local governments to spur economic development by making it possible for commercial and industrial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. A vote of 42-8 was recorded.
HB 359, PN 2922 (English) – This legislation amends Title 34 (Game) by expanding the wildlife covered under the mistaken kill provisions of the law. Additionally, the legislation provides for limits on the penalties for hunters who, in good-faith, report Game Code Violations. Furthermore, the legislation permits game enforcement officers to wear body cameras during the performance of their duties. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.
SB 611, PN 1432 (DiSanto) – Amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to increase forfeiture provisions, including those who are convicted of state or federal offenses classified as felonies or punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding five years. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.
SB 799, PN 1258 (Alloway) – The legislation creates “the Pennsylvania Clean Water Procurement Program Act” to set forth a mandatory statewide program for the purchase of “verified TMDL nutrient credits” through a competitive bidding process. Senator Killion offered amendment A05637, which implements language from Senator Killion’s SB 705 into the bill. The amendment was approved, 46-4, and the bill went over in its order as amended.
SB 898, PN 1200 (Brooks) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow municipalities and local authorities to exempt vehicles used for road maintenance or construction from size, weight, and load restrictions on highways and bridges. Senator Brooks offered amendment A05654, which was largely technical in nature but, unlike current language, does not exempt vehicles operated by persons under contract with municipalities or local authorities for construction (only for road maintenance). The amendment was agreed to via voice vote and the bill went over in its order as amended.
SB 1015, PN 1408 (Martin) – This legislation amends the Vehicle Code to permit police officers who are members of municipal Special Emergency Response Teams to use visual and audible signals on personal vehicles while responding to emergency situations. A vote of 50-0 was recorded.
SR 32, PN 383 (Farnese) – A Resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to study the use and effects of youth courts in the education and juvenile justice systems. The resolution was adopted via voice vote.