SB 667, PN 1749 (Stefano) – This bill would authorize redevelopment authorities in certain municipalities to be designated a land bank and to exercise all of the powers accorded such entities under statute. Senate concurred in House amendments. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 851, PN 1795 (Argall) – This legislation amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to clarify that the ownership responsibility of a delinquent property will remain with the owner of record until the property is actually sold and the deed is transferred to the new owner. Senate concurred in House amendments. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 22, PN 1865 (Boscola) – Redistricting reform: This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution to create an 11-member Independent Reapportionment and Redistricting Commission tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional districts in the Commonwealth.
*The bill was amended on the Senate floor to task the redistricting commission with creating judicial districts across the Commonwealth for the election of justices to the Supreme Court (seven), judges to the Superior Court (15), and judges to the Commonwealth Court (nine). Registered voters will only be permitted to cast ballots for those justices or judges running in their district. This will result in statewide appellate courts without statewide representation. The legislation states that each of these judicial districts will be “established consistent with the requirements for reapportionment and redistricting of congressional districts.” Justices and judges must reside within their district beginning one year prior to their election, and through the duration of their term in office. The General Assembly will have the ability to add new seats to the Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.
Senator Costa motioned to revert to the previous Printer number 397. The motion failed by a vote of 16-33. Senator Costa also motioned to divide the question between Senator Aument’s previously adopted amendment (A07472) on judicial districts and the rest of the redistricting bill. The chair ruled the question was divisible. Senator Corman appealed the ruling that the question was divisible. The appeal was upheld by a vote of 33-16. The bill was approved by a vote of 35-14.
HB 152, PN 3556 (Quinn) – Amends the Insurance Company Law of 1921. Repealing §429 and adding a sub-article to Article IV. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 1087, PN 1867 (Baker) – This legislation creates the Interbranch Commission on the Child-Welfare System Act. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 780, PN 1852 (Vogel) – Establishes the Telemedicine Act, and provides for the definition of, and guidelines for, the remote delivery of health care services and medical information via telecommunication technology. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.
SB 934, PN 1826 (Baker) – This bill amends the Administrative Code of 1929 to establish an Elevator Safety Board to consider regulations on the construction, maintenance and operation of elevators. A vote of 49-0 was recorded.