News from the 2nd and the State – Government, public sector
It was the last week the House of Representatives and Senate sat together until the week of December 13. This meant a flurry of activity across the Capitol throughout the three-day session.
Monday was highlighted by the House of Commons Environmental Resources and Energy Committee which reported on concurrent SCRRR Resolution # 1 (Yaw, R-Lycoming), which would disapprove of EQB By-law # 7-559 : CO2 Budget Exchange Program (RGGI). The Committee also held a briefing on the economic implications of Pennsylvania’s passage of California’s Large Truck Diesel Emission Control Regulations.
In addition, the House Commerce Committee held a public hearing on Executive Order 2021-06: Worker Protection and Investment, while the House Education Committee held a briefing on learning loss. The House State Government Committee reported on HB 1482 (Cutler, R-Lancaster), which would require the state and every county to implement a post-election audit.
On the Senate side, the Education Committee reported: HB 1660 (Sonney, R-Erie), which would limit the temporary emergency powers of a four-year school district to 60 days; and SB 937 (Brooks, R-Mercer), which would ban COVID-19 vaccine warrants for children. Likewise, the Senate Health and Social Services Committee reported on SB 471 (Mastriano, R-Adams), which would ban forcing people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Committee also reported on HB 220 (Rader, R-Monroe), which would prohibit drug and alcohol treatment facilities from refusing treatment to an individual solely on the basis of a negative drug test. .
The full Senate passed SR 53 (Baker, R-Luzerne), which directs the Legislative Committee on Budget and Finance to conduct a study and report on the funding of road maintenance by the Department of Transport . The House passed HR 148 (White, R-Philadelphia), which urges the Environmental Protection Agency to revise the national standard on renewable fuels.
In addition, the following two bills have been sent to the Senate for consideration: HB 1041 (Topper, R-Bedford), which would require school districts and career and technical centers to allow homeschool students to enroll in extracurricular activities and take up to four courses; and HB 1443 (Hershey, R-Juniata), which would provide advertisements for laboratory tests.
On Tuesday, the House transport committee reported on SB 382 (Langerholc, R-Cambria), which would reform the status of the public-private transport partnership (P3) and cancel the Pathways Major Bridge P3 program. The House finance committee reported on HB 2058 (Mako, R-Northampton), which would ensure that the deadline for filing local income tax returns on earned income and net profits is in line with that of the personal income tax and federal income tax returns.
The State Government Senate Committee reported on SB 812 (Phillips-Hill, R-York), which would require those evaluating bids for transportation contracts to consider “draft order of modification ”. In addition, the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth reported on two bills: HB 291 (Labs, R-Bucks), which would extend the Social Security cost of living (COLA) adjustment moratorium two additional years, until December 31. , 2023; and HB 1260 (Thomas, R-Bucks), which would expand the income limits for the PACENET program, eliminate the “clawback” of the PACENET premium and allow the Department of Aging to require PACE and PACENET registrants to register for the PACENET premium. Medicare Part D.
SB 706 (Robinson, R-Allegheny) was flagged by the Senate Supply Committee. The bill would establish the Max Manufacturing Initiative Fund to support or facilitate the following: (1) industrial processes, mining, manufacturing, productive agriculture, information technology and biotechnology; (2) the acquisition, installation, modernization or modernization of existing machines and installations; and (3) serve as a medical, industrial or technological facility.
In addition, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reported on SB 938 (Brooks, R-Mercer), which would give the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs the power to enact certain regulations that affect licensed drug and alcohol treatment providers.
The House eventually passed two bills that will now be considered by the Senate: HB 1561 (Farry, R-Bucks) and HB 1563 (Cutler, R-Lancaster), which would provide access to certain information for health care purposes. . operations, treatment and payment for mental health services. A bill has passed in the Senate and will make it to the House: it is for federal tax purposes.
On Wednesday, the last sitting day of the week, the House Consumer Committee held a joint public hearing with the Senate Rural Broadband Communications and Technology Committee. A voting meeting followed, where the committee reported on HB 2071 (Causer, R-McKean), which would establish the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority to effect and disburse grants and develop a broadband plan to scale of State.
The House Transportation Committee reported on HR 152 (Brown, R-Monroe), which urges the federal government and the governor to take action to address the nationwide shortage of school bus drivers. In addition, the House Commerce Committee held a public hearing on HB 2057 (Roae, R-Crawford), which would make numerous changes to the Companies Act. The committee will hold a voting meeting on the bill on Wednesday.
Finally, the following two bills were finally passed in the Senate and will now be considered by the House: and SB 915 (Browne, R-Lehigh), which is the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act for fiscal year 2021-2022.
The coming week
Just the House is in session next week, giving the Senate an early start to the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Monday, the House Labor and Industry Committee will hold a public hearing on the reform of public sector unions. Next, the House Professional Licensure Committee will review SB 869 (Tomlinson, R-Bucks), which would allow the licensing boards and commissions of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to permanently maintain certain exemptions and measures put in place during COVID. -19.
In addition, the House Education Committee will review: HB 465 (Boback, R-Luzerne), which would require schools to test for lead contamination in drinking water; and HB 2045 (Ortitay, R-Allegheny), which would create a statewide early literacy program.
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a voting meeting to report: HB 2075 (Knowles, R-Schuylkill), which would repeal Pennsylvania’s heavy-duty diesel emissions control program and enforce the federal standards for heavy diesel vehicles and engines; and HR 149 (Rigby, R-Cambria), which would ask the Legislative Committee on Budget and Finance to study the potential impacts of the revisions proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection for biosolids permits.
On Tuesday, the House State Government Committee will consider two bills that would amend the state constitution. First, HB 2069 (Cutler, R-Lancaster), which provides that any decree or proclamation issued by the governor cannot be in effect for more than 21 days, unless extended by a simultaneous resolution of the General Assembly . Second, HB 2070 (Cutler, R-Lancaster), which would exempt disapproval of a regulation by the General Assembly from the requirement of presentation for governor’s approval or disapproval.
The House Health Committee has a busy agenda and is expected to vote on:
- HB 1005 (Cox, R-Berks), which would add information to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ABC-MAP) when Narcan / Naloxone is used by emergency responders or healthcare professionals;
- HB 1644 (Struzzi, R-Indiana), which would direct the Department of Human Services to develop a statewide process to place Medicaid patients with behavioral health or other long-term care needs in appropriate and timely care facilities;
- HB 1959 (Pennycuick R-Montgomery), which would authorize the clinical study of the efficacy and cost / benefit optimization of psilocybin-assisted therapy;
- HB 2013 (Diamond, R-Lebanon), which would amend the State Constitution to provide for the right of an individual to refuse any medical procedure, treatment, injection, vaccine or prophylactic; and
- HB 2033 (Lawrence, R-Chester), which would extend the state lab COVID-19 testing status report requirement until December 31, 2022.
To wrap up the week on Wednesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing on the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery site and cleanup efforts. The House transport committee will hold a public hearing on supply chain issues. Finally, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee will review SB 729 (Ward, R-Blair) which would allow the delivery of resident abuse training programs for nurse aides.
The full list of committee meetings is available here:
In other news
- Governor Wolf announced the approval of nearly $ 36 million for 220 community revitalization projects under the Neighborhood Assistance Program.
- The acting secretary of state has given notice of a statewide recount in the race for Commonwealth Court. Stacy Wallace (R) won one of the open seats. Lori Dumas (R) and Drew Crompton (R), second and third, respectively, have a total of votes in the half-percent range that triggers a mandatory recount under state law.
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