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General Assembly back in session

The House returned to voting session Friday and the Senate plans to start a 4 day session run on Saturday to do the hard part of state budgeting– paying for the $31.996 billion General Fund budget the passed on June 30 and overcoming a $2.2 billion budget without raising broad-based taxes.

Drew Crompton, chief of staff for Senate President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), said Thursday in a Tweet– “If age 50 is the new 40, then July 10th is the new June 30th” — in legislative time of course.

Lawmakers and Gov. Wolf are working against a midnight July 10 deadline to take final action on the last pieces of the budget, but as always, deadlines don’t mean that much in Harrisburg.

At midnight Monday, the Commonwealth ceases to have the ability to spend money unless the General Fund budget bill– House Bill 218 (Saylor-R-York)–  is signed into law by Gov. Wolf or allowed to become law without his signature as the last two budgets have.

In play to be amended to implement the final budget agreement are the Code bills: Fiscal Code and Administrative Code– bills where anything and everything has been added in the past; Tax Code, Education and Human Resources Codes and gaming and liquor bills as needed.

Bills Moving

House

[ From House Friday/Saturday session ]

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) further providing for drivers license loss due to substance abuse was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House with amendments.   A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Providing For Access To Drug Information: House Bill 1532 (Phillips-Hill-R- York) authorizing Medicaid Managed Care Organizations access to information in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to help deal with the opioid crisis was reported 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.

Hot Vehicle Child: House Bill 1152 (Boback-R-Lackawanna) provides civil immunity to individuals forcing their way into a hot car to rescue a child was reported 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.

Hot Vehicle Animal: House Bill 1216 (Farry-R-Bucks) prohibit the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle during hot weather was reported 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 for action.

Lobbyist Disclosure Penalties: House Bill 1175 (Cutler-R-Lancaster) further providing for lobbyist disclosure penalties was reported 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 for action.

Drone Aircraft: House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for the unlawful use of drone aircraft for surveillance in a private place was reported 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.

Child Protection Phone Line: House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Adams) providing for a statewide toll-free telephone line for child protective services was reported from 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.

Recovery Houses: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R- Delaware) amends the Administrative Code to adopt standards for recovery houses was considered and House voted 111 to 79 to revert to the prior printer’s number, amended on the House Floor and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Ban The Box: House Resolution 296 (Murt-R-Montgomery) adopting a ban the box policy on providing state employment application information on criminal records (sponsor summary) was referred to the House State Government Committee.

Senate

[ From Saturday Senate session ]

Restitution Collection: House Bill 234 (Costa-D-Allegheny) further providing for the collection of restitution (House Fiscal Note and summary) was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Restitution Wage Attachments: House Bill 236 (Corbin-R-Chester) restitution wage attachments (House Fiscal Note and summary) was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Restitution: House Bill 285 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) further providing for restitution by criminals to victims was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sexual Offenders: House Bill 631 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) probation tail for sex offenders was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

DNA Testing: House Bill 1523 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for DNA testing was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Epinephrine Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) expanding the authorized users of epinephrine auto-injectors was Tabled.

Megan’s Law Violators: House Bill 508 (Cox-R-Berks) preventing Megan’s Law violators from receiving welfare benefits (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was referred back to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

On the Governor’s Desk

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of police body cameras on concurrence (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 22.

Information above from Crisci Associations PA Capitol Digest

July 31 is deadline for applications for Supreme Court Committees

Criminal Procedural Rules Committee more information
Committee on Rules of Evidence more information

 

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Wyoming Statehood, July 10, 1890

 
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