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Senate Bill 76 introduced to eliminate school property tax.  It’s present version would not impose tax on legal services.

A bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers have introduced a plan– Senate Bill 76 (Argall-R- Schuylkill) — to eliminate school property taxes for the state’s 500 public school districts, except for the property taxes earmarked to pay off debt incurred by the districts (sponsor summary).

Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, would replace the revenue generated by the property tax for public schools with an increase to the Personal Income Tax rate from 3.07 percent to 4.95 percent and an increase in the Sales and Use Tax from 6 to 7 percent. The tax would also be expanded to cover more goods and services that are currently exempt.

Senate Bill 76 was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.  A sponsor summary is available.

The issue was last voted on November 23, 2015, when it was defeated on a 24-24 tie vote. The Lieutenant Governor then broke the tie, voting no, making the final tally 24 votes for, with 25 votes against.

Bills on Governor’s desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor’s desk for action–

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Note and summary).

Stolen Valor: House Bill 168 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) Stolen Military Valor Act (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Animal Abuse: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Theft Of Metals: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of metals (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 9.

Bills moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate last week–

House

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote. (The Senate Rules Committee has scheduled a meeting on the bill for Monday, June 26.)

Electronic Opioid Prescriptions: House Bill 353 (Nesbit-R-Butler) requiring electronic prescriptions for opioids was reported out of the House Rules Committee, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Protecting Newborns: House Bill 1139 (Topper-R-Bedford) further providing for the protection of newborns was reported out of the House Rules Committee, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Assaults On Healthcare Practitioners: House Bill 646 (Ward-R-Blair) relating to the assault of a healthcare practitioner was reported out of the House Rules Committee, was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

DNA Testing: House Bill 1523 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for DNA testing was reported out of the House Rules Committee, was amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate.

School Curricula On Opioid/Drug Abuse: House Bill 121 (Kaufer-R- Luzerne) updating school curricula on opioid and drug abuse (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the House Education Committee, referred into and out of the House Rules Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Senate

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate without change.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Animal Abuse: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate without changes.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Legal Services: Senate Bill 741 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing funding for courts and indigent legal services (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for driver chemical testing was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for action.

Organ Donation: Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) extensive revision to Donate Life PA Act related to organ and tissue donations was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate. A Senate Fiscal Note and summary.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Recovery Houses: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) setting standards for drug and alcohol recovery houses (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was amended on the Floor and was passed by the Senate. The bill now goes to the House for action.

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Body Cameras: House Bill 27 (M.White-R- Philadelphia) release of information from a shooting incident involving a police officer (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Animal Cruelty: Senate Bill 636 (Dinniman-D-Chester) further providing for cruelty to animal prevention related to heat exposure (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Electronic Notarization: Senate Bill 595 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) providing for electronic notarization of documents was recommitted to the Senate State Government Committee.

Drug Delivery Penalties: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and are now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Senate Bill 655 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) setting revised opioid prescribing guidelines (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Right To Try: House Bill 45 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) Right To Try pharmaceuticals, biological products and medical devices was amended and reported from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Banning Cell Phone Use By Novice Drivers: Senate Bill 786 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) banning cell phone use by novice drivers (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Transportation Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Session schedule

Senate

June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The State budget must be enacted by Friday.

Public hearings

Note: This is budget week.  House and Senate committees can add and cancel meetings with little notice.

June 26– Senate Rules Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of police body cameras on concurrence (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capital Digest)

 

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