HB 168 PN 132 (Saccone): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to prohibit the fraudulent representation of military service or military decorations to obtain money, property, or other benefits. The bill was approved 49-0.
SB 180 PN 923 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 20 (Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code) to update and revise the law relating to organ and tissue donations. The bill was approved 43-6.
HB 217 PN 1502 (Yaw): This bill amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to change the grading of the offense of Endangering the Welfare of Children. The bill was approved 49-0.
SB 446 PN 913 (McGarrigle): The legislation amends Title 68 (Real and Personal Property) to create Chapter 57 which would license drug and alcohol recovery houses. Senator McGarrigle offered Amendment A02055, which would reinstate language in the bill that was removed by a previous amendment and move the legislation to amend The Administrative Code rather than Title 68. Senator Tartaglione offered Amendment A02175 to Senator McGarrigle’s amendment, which would add restrictions on an owner attempting to require a resident to relinquish their assistance benefits and requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs of the Commonwealth to refer any violations of this bill to the appropriate agency. Both amendments were agreed to and the bill went over as amended.
SB 741 PN 903 (Greenleaf): This bill amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to address sunset provisions and surcharges related to funding of the courts and civil legal services for poor persons in the Commonwealth. The bill was approved 49-0.
HB 1238 PN 1565 (Stephens): This bill amends Titles 3 (Agriculture), 18 (Crimes and Offenses), 22 (Detectives and Private Police), 34 (Game), and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to repeal and restructure the animal cruelty provisions of Section 5511 and related sections of Title 18. The bill was approved 49-0.
SB 113 PN 87 (Eichelberger): This bill amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) to address the right of an incapacitated person to communication, visitation or interaction with other persons. Senator Gordner offered Amendment A01566, which would make technical changes to the bill, provides for existing protective orders, provide for sanctions and for the courts authority to amend guardian rights and adds in notification requirements when treating an incapacitated individual. The amendment and the bill were agreed to and the bill was re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
HB 290 PN 2068 (Metzgar): This bill extends the June 30, 2017, sunset dates for two environmental programs, updates the maximum allocation to these programs, as well as to the Department of Environmental Protection’s storage tank program, to reflect current needs. In addition, the legislation fills a vacancy and transfers appointment authority for certain appointments to the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board. Senator Corman offered Amendment A02153, which would provide for a change in the bills effectiveness date. The amendment and the bill were agreed to and the bill was re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
SR 146 PN 975 (Browne): This resolution provides for a temporary rule of the Senate, which would rule out of order certain amendments to General Appropriation Bills for the fiscal year 2017-2018. The resolution was adopted 49-0.