LEGISLATIVE NEWS
Bill Status Report
01-19-2018 - 16:44:45


Track: PA Government Relations   

HB 18  Mackenzie, Ryan (PN 2014) Amends the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, requiring the Department of Labor and Industry to select a prescription drug formulary for resolving issues related to drugs prescribed for or related to the treatment of work-related injuries, and establishes a process for the department to annually review updates issued by the formulary publisher to the selected formulary and enforce such a formulary. Further provides for utilization review. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 463) HB 18 - (PN 463) Amends the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, requiring the Department of Labor and Industry to select a prescription drug formulary for resolving issues related to drugs prescribed for or related to the treatment of work-related injuries, and establishes a process to continually update and enforce such a formulary. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HCO1278 (M)
Printer Number(s):P0463 P2014 
Bill History: 06-21-17 H Reported with request to re-refer to House ...House Human Services
06-21-17 H Rereferred to House Rules
11-09-17 H Discussed during public hearing House Republican Policy Committee

HB 59  Moul, Dan (PN 2255) Amends the Human Services Code, in general powers and duties, providing for payment of salary, medical and hospital expenses for certain injured employees of the Department of Human Services and survivors' benefits for up to three years and requiring for evaluation of software programs' efficiency to identify and prevent fraud; in public assistance, providing for a total population coordinated care management pilot program, for medical assistance waiver for treatment at institutions for mental disease related to substance use disorder, for additional funding requests for medical assistance appropriations in fiscal year 2017-2018, for supporting self-sufficiency for medical assistance recipients and requiring the department to establish an electronic asset verification program for medical assistance eligibility based on age, blindness or disability; in children and youth, further providing for provider submissions and providing for appeal of adoption opportunity payments and reimbursement; requiring financial data reports ambulatory surgical center data to be submitted; and making a related repeal. Provisions regarding asset verification are effective December 31, 2017; provisions regarding the appeal of adoption subsidies are effective in 60 days; and the remainder is effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 55, 2141, 2224) HB 59 - (PN 2224) Amends the Human Services Code, in general powers and duties, providing for payment of salary, medical and hospital expenses for certain injured employees of the Department of Human Services and survivors' benefits for up to three years and requiring for evaluation of software programs' efficiency to identify and prevent fraud; in public assistance, providing for a total population coordinated care management pilot program, further providing for persons eligible for medical assistance by requiring the department to establish an enrollment process, providing for medical assistance waiver for treatment at institutions for mental disease related to substance use disorder, for additional funding requests for medical assistance appropriations in fiscal year 2017-2018 and for supporting self-sufficiency for medical assistance recipients, further providing for medical assistance benefit packages, coverage, copayments, premiums and rates and requiring the department to establish an electronic asset verification program for medical assistance eligibility based on age, blindness or disability; in children and youth, further providing for provider submissions and providing for appeal of adoption opportunity payments and reimbursement; in nursing facility assessments, further providing for administration by requiring the assessment to be remitted electronically and periodically and repealing provisions relating to calculation; requiring financial data reports ambulatory surgical center data to be submitted; and making a related repeal. Provisions regarding asset verification are effective December 31, 2017; provisions regarding the appeal of adoption subsidies are effective in 60 days; and the remainder is effective immediately. HB 59 - (PN 2141) Amends the Public Welfare Code providing that the amount of the adoption subsidy provided by the local authority may be appealed to the department by the child applying for or receiving adoption assistance or a person acting on behalf of the child. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 55) HB 59 - (PN 55) Amends the Public Welfare Code providing for the ability of adoptive families to appeal to the department the adoption subsidy amount provided by local authorities. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HB 1528 (Refiled from 15R Session)
HCO 7 (M)
Printer Number(s):P0055 P2141 P2224 P2255 
Bill History: 10-19-17 G Vetoed by the Governor
10-24-17 G Bill, together with Governor's Veto Message, laid on table
01-22-18 H Set on the Tabled Calendar

HB 100  Topper, Jesse (PN 1038) Amends the Professional Nursing Law further providing for definitions; and providing for licensure as a certified nurse practitioner. The bill outlines the scope of practice for certified nurse practitioners. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HCO 625 (M)
Printer Number(s):P1038 
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Filed
03-21-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Professional Licensure
04-18-17 H Press conference held

HB 218  Saylor, Stanley (PN 2196) The General Appropriation Act of 2017 provides from the General Fund for the expenses of the executive and judicial departments, the state government support agencies and the general assembly of the commonwealth, the public debt and the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for certain institutions and organizations and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017; to provide appropriations from the state lottery fund, the tobacco settlement fund, the aviation restricted account, the hazardous material response fund, the state stores fund, the milk marketing fund, the home investment trust fund, the emergency medical services operating fund, the tuition account guaranteed savings program fund, the banking fund, the firearm records check fund, the ben franklin technology development authority fund, the oil and gas lease fund, the home improvement account, the cigarette fire safety and firefighter protection act enforcement fund, the insurance regulation and oversight fund, the Pennsylvania racehorse development restricted receipt account, the justice reinvestment fund, the multimodal transportation fund, the state racing fund and the able savings program fund to the executive department; to provide appropriations from the judicial computer system augmentation account to the judicial department for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018; to provide appropriations from the motor license fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for the proper operation of several departments of the commonwealth and the Pennsylvania state police authorized to spend motor license fund money; to provide for the appropriation of federal funds to the executive and judicial departments of the commonwealth and for the payment of bills remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017; and to provide for the additional appropriation of federal and state funds from the general fund, the state lottery fund and the tobacco settlement fund for the executive and judicial departments of the commonwealth for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. The bill is effective immediately or July 1, 2017, whichever is later. (Prior Printer Number: 162, 1236) HB 218 - (PN 1236) The General Appropriation Act of 2017 provides from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive and Judicial Departments, the State Government Support Agencies and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, the public debt and the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for certain institutions and organizations and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017; to provide appropriations from the State Lottery Fund, the Tobacco Settlement Fund, the Aviation Restricted Account, the Hazardous Material Response Fund, The State Stores Fund, the Milk Marketing Fund, the Home Investment Trust Fund, the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, the Tuition Account Guaranteed Savings Program Fund, the Banking Fund, the Firearm Records Check Fund, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Fund, the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, the Home Improvement Account, the Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act Enforcement Fund, the Commonwealth Financing Authority Debt Service Restricted Revenue Account, the Insurance Regulation and Oversight Fund, the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development Restricted Receipt Account, the Multimodal Transportation Fund, the State Racing Fund and the ABLE Savings Program Fund to the Executive Department; to provide appropriations from the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account to the Judicial Department for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018; to provide appropriations from the Motor License Fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for the proper operation of several departments of the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania State Police authorized to spend Motor License Fund money; to provide for the appropriation of Federal funds to the Executive and Judicial Departments of the Commonwealth and for the payment of bills remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017; and to provide for the additional appropriation of Federal and State funds from the General Fund, the State Lottery Fund and the Tobacco Settlement Fund for the Executive and Legislative Departments of the Commonwealth for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. The bill is effective immediately and retroactive to July 1, 2017, if enacted after that date. (Prior Printer Number: 162) HB 218 - (PN 162) The General Appropriation Act of 2017 provides from the General Fund for the expenses of the Executive and Judicial Departments, the State Government Support Agencies and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, the public debt and the public schools for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for certain institutions and organizations, and for the payment of bills incurred and remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017; to provide appropriations from the State Lottery Fund, the Tobacco Settlement Fund, the Aviation Restricted Account, the Hazardous Material Response Fund, The State Stores Fund, the Milk Marketing Fund, the Home Investment Trust Fund, the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, the Tuition Account Guaranteed Savings Program Fund, the Banking Fund, the Firearm Records Check Fund, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Fund, the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, the Home Improvement Account, the Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act Enforcement Fund, the Commonwealth Financing Authority Debt Service Restricted Revenue Account, the Insurance Regulation and Oversight Fund, the Pennsylvania Racehorse Development Restricted Receipt Account, the Justice Reinvestment Fund and the Multimodal Transportation Fund to the Executive Department; to provide appropriations from the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account to the Judicial Department for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018; to provide appropriations from the Motor License Fund for the fiscal year July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, for the proper operation of several departments of the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania State Police authorized to spend Motor License Fund money; to provide for the appropriation of Federal funds to the Executive Department of the Commonwealth and for the payment of bills remaining unpaid at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. The bill is effective immediately and retroactive to July 1, 2017, if enacted after that date.
Printer Number(s):P0162 P1236 P2196 
Bill History: 06-30-17 G In the hands of the Governor
07-10-17 G Last day for Governor's action
07-11-17 G Became law without Governor's signature (Act: 1A)

HB 235  Watson, Katharine (PN 1055) The Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force Act establishes a task force responsible for identifying strategies and making recommendations on prioritizing the prevention and health of substance-exposed infants and improving outcomes for recovering pregnant and parenting women. The 13-person task force is comprised of the Secretary of Human Services or a designee, the Secretary of Health or a designee, the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs or a Designee, three members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, three members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and four members appointed by the governor. Provides for the qualifications of the members appointed by President Pro Tempore, the Speaker of the House and the Governor. The task force is required to hold a minimum of five meetings prior to November 30, 2017, and issue a report with their findings by January 31, 2018. The act shall expire on March 1, 2018. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 201) HB 235 - (PN 201) The Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force Act establishes a task force responsible for identifying strategies and making recommendations on prioritizing the prevention and health of substance-exposed infants and improving outcomes for recovering pregnant and parenting women. The 13-person task force is comprised of the Secretary of Human Services or a designee, the Secretary of Health or a designee, the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs or a Designee, three members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, three members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and four members appointed by the governor. The task force is required to hold a minimum of five meetings prior to November 30, 2017, and issue a report with their findings by January 31, 2018. The act shall expire on March 1, 2018. Effective immediately.
Companions:HB 2345 (Refiled from 15R Session)
HCO 559 (M)
Printer Number(s):P0201 P1055 
Bill History: 04-05-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:191/N: 0)
04-17-17 S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Aging and Youth
04-26-17 S Discussed during public hearing House Children and Youth

HB 379  Markosek, Joseph (PN 964) Act appropriating $281,000 to the University of Pennsylvania for the Center for Infectious Diseases. Effective July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later.
Companions:SB 325 (Identical)
Printer Number(s):P0964 
Bill History: 03-15-17 H Filed
03-16-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations

HB 424  Benninghoff, Kerry (PN 440) Amends the Vital Statistics Law allowing a physician assistant to sign a death certificate for a patient under the care of that physician assistant. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HB 2232 (Refiled from 15R Session)
HCO 162 (M)
Printer Number(s):P0440 
Bill History: 07-10-17 G Last day for Governor's action
07-07-17 G Approved by the Governor (Act: 17 )
07-07-17 G Earliest effective date

HB 453  Ryan, Frank (F) (PN 2410) Amends the Fiscal Code implementing the 2017-2018 Commonwealth budget and instituting future budget implementation: in Treasury Department, providing for provisions for General Assembly; in Department of Auditor General, further providing for audits of agencies receiving State aid and providing for audits of interstate commissions; in procedure for the disbursement of money from the State Treasury, further providing for settlement agreements and enforcement actions; in oil and gas wells, further providing for definitions, providing for Oil and Gas Lease Fund, and further providing for oil and gas operations in the South Newark Basin; providing for regulation of taxicabs and limousines by parking authority of city of the first class, for penalties and for provision of transportation network service; in Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund, further providing for transfer; in Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund, further providing for other grants; in Tobacco Settlement Fund, further providing for use of fund; in Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund, further providing for definitions, for fund and for distributions from fund; in miscellaneous limitations and transfers, further providing for drug and alcohol programs and providing for Workers' Compensation Security Fund; in 2016-2017 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts, repealing provisions relating to fund transfers; in general budget implementation, further providing for Department of Community and Economic Development, for Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, for Department of Human Services, and for Commonwealth Financing Authority Restricted Revenue Account and providing for State Employees' Retirement System Restricted Account and for Public School Employees' Retirement System Restricted Account; in school district debt refinancing bonds, further providing for sinking fund charges for school building projects, for limitation on new applications for Department of Education approval of public school building projects and for Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee; providing for tobacco annuity liquidation; repealing provisions relating to 2012-2013 budget implementation and 2012-2013 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; providing for 2017-2018 budget implementation and for 2017-2018 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; making an editorial change; and making related repeals. Portions are effective in 60 days, with the remainder effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 474, 1241, 1501, 2258) HB 453 - (PN 2258) Amends the Fiscal Code implementing the 2017-2018 Commonwealth budget and instituting future budget implementation: in Treasury Department, providing for provisions for General Assembly; in Department of Auditor General, further providing for audits of agencies receiving State aid and providing for audits of interstate commissions; in procedure for the disbursement of money from the State Treasury, further providing for settlement agreements and enforcement actions; in financially distressed municipalities, providing for payroll tax; in oil and gas wells, further providing for definitions, providing for Oil and Gas Lease Fund, repealing provisions relating to oil and gas operations in the South Newark Basin and providing for temporary cessation of oil and gas wells; in transportation network companies and motor carrier companies, providing for regulation of taxicabs and limousines by parking authority of city of the first class, for penalties and for provision of transportation network service; in Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, further providing for funding; in Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund, further providing for other grants; in Tobacco Settlement Fund, further providing for use of fund; in Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund, further providing for definitions, for fund and for distributions from fund; in miscellaneous limitations and transfers, further providing for drug and alcohol programs and providing for Workers' Compensation Security Fund; in Natural Gas Infrastructure Development Fund, further providing for definitions and for transfer of funds; providing for First Chance Trust Fund; in 2016-2017 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts, repealing provisions relating to fund transfers; in general budget implementation, further providing for Department of Agriculture, for Department of Community and Economic Development, for Department of Education, for Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, for Department of Human Services, for Commonwealth Financing Authority Restricted Revenue Account and for surcharges, providing for Multimodal Transportation Fund, further providing for Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and providing for sales by distilleries, for suspension for inspection deficiencies, for State Employees' Retirement System Restricted Account and for Public School Employees' Retirement System Restricted Account; in school district debt refinancing bonds, further providing for sinking fund charges for school building projects and for Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee; repealing provisions relating to 2012-2013 budget implementation and 2012-2013 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; providing for 2017-2018 budget implementation and for 2017-2018 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; making an editorial change; and making related repeals. Portions are effective in 30 and 60 days, with the remainder effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 474, 1241, 1501) HB 453 - (PN 1501) Amends the Fiscal Code, in department of the Auditor General, further providing for audits of agencies receiving state aid by requiring any such audited body which receives recommendations to respond to the audit within 120 days detailing reasons why the recommendations have or have not been adopted with the response posted publicly to the department's website. Failure to respond after a notice of potential suspension has been issued by the department will result in a suspension of any appropriation if determined necessary by the governor and the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Also grants the department authority to work with the governor and chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to determine the most effective method to communicate information concerning responses to the department's audit recommendations. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 1241) HB 453 - (PN 1241) Amends the Fiscal Code, in department of the Auditor General, further providing for audits of agencies receiving state aid by requiring any such audited body which receives recommendations to respond to the audit within 120 days detailing reasons why the recommendations have or have not been adopted. Failure to respond after a notice of potential suspension has been issued by the department will result in a suspension of any appropriation if determined necessary by the governor and the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 474) HB 453 - (PN 474) Amends the Fiscal Code, in department of the Auditor General, further providing for audits of agencies receiving state aid by requiring any such audited body to respond to the audit within 120 days. Failure to respond in the given time frame will result in a suspension of any appropriation. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HCO1121 (M)
SB 550 (Related)
Printer Number(s):P0474 P1241 P1501 P2258 P2410 
Bill History: 09-20-17 S Re-reported on concurrence as committed Senate Rules and Executive Nominations
09-20-17 S Laid out for discussion
09-20-17 S Senate non-concurred in House amendments (Vote: N: 7/Y: 43)

HB 542  Thomas, Curtis (PN 2598) Amends the Tax Reform Code in sales and use tax, further providing for definitions, for imposition of tax and exclusions from tax, providing for market place providers and marketplace sellers and further providing or remote sales reports in personal income tax, providing for the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program Tax Exemption, repealing provisions relating to contribution for Korea/Vietnam Memorial National Education Center, further providing for operational provisions, providing for definitions, further providing for requirement of withholding tax, providing for withholding tax requirement for non-employer payors, further providing for information statement, providing for information statement for non-employer payors and for information statement for payees, further providing for time for filing withholding returns, providing for time for filing payors' returns, further providing for payment of taxes withheld, providing for payment of taxes withheld for non-employer payors, further providing for liability for withheld taxes, providing for payor's liability for withheld taxes and for payor's failure to withhold, further providing for amount of withholding tax and for treatment of nonresident partners, members or shareholders, providing for withholding on income and for annual withholding statement and further providing for requirements concerning returns, notices, records and statements and for additions, penalties and fees; in corporate net income tax, further providing for definitions and providing for qualified manufacturing innovation and reinvestment deduction; in realty transfer tax, further providing for definitions and for exempt parties; providing for tax credit eligibility; in entertainment production tax credit, further providing for definitions and for credit for qualified film production expenses, providing for film production tax credit districts and establishing the Entertainment Economic Enhancement Program; in city revitalization and improvement zones, further providing for certifications, for restrictions and for transfer of property; in neighborhood improvement zones, providing for transfer of property; in keystone opportunity zones, keystone opportunity expansion zones and keystone opportunity improvement zones, further providing for additional keystone opportunity zones; in inheritance tax, further providing for timely mailing treated as timely filing and payment; in Public Transportation Assistance Fund, further providing for fund; providing for fireworks; in procedure and administration, further providing for petition for reassessment and for review by board; providing for tobacco master settlement payment revenue bonds and sale of revenue; making related appeals; and making editorial changes. Certain provisions are effective in 60 days; certain provisions are effective in 365 days; and others on February 1, 2018. The remainder shall take effect immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 568, 1563, 2259, 2536) HB 542 - (PN 2536) Amends the Tax Reform Code further providing for the title of the act; in sales and use tax, further providing for definitions, for imposition of tax and for exclusions from tax; providing for marketplace providers and marketplace sellers; further providing for remote sales reports; providing for lodging tax; in personal income tax, providing for the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program Tax Exemption, repealing provisions relating to contribution for Korea/Vietnam Memorial National Education Center and further providing for operational provisions, providing for definitions, further providing for requirement of withholding tax, providing for withholding tax requirement for non-employer payors, further providing for information statement, providing for information statement for non-employer payors and for information statement for payees, further providing for time for filing withholding returns, providing for time for filing payors' returns, further providing for payment of taxes withheld, providing for payment of taxes withheld for non-employer payors, further providing for liability for withheld taxes, providing for payor's liability for withheld taxes and for payor's failure to withhold, further providing for amount of withholding tax and for treatment of nonresident partners, members or shareholders, providing for withholding on income and for annual withholding statement and further providing for requirements concerning returns, notices, records and statements and for additions, penalties and fees; in corporate net income tax, further providing for definitions and providing for qualified manufacturing innovation and reinvestment deduction; in realty transfer tax, further providing for definitions and for exempt parties; providing for tax credit eligibility; in entertainment production tax credit, further providing for definitions and for credit for qualified film production expenses, providing for film production tax credit districts and establishing the Entertainment Economic Enhancement Program; in city revitalization and improvement zones, further providing for restrictions and for transfer of property; in neighborhood improvement zones, further providing for definitions and providing for transfer of property; in keystone opportunity zones, keystone opportunity expansion zones and keystone opportunity improvement zones, further providing for additional keystone opportunity zones; in inheritance tax, further providing for timely mailing treated as timely filing and payment; in Public Transportation Assistance Fund, further providing for fund; providing for fireworks; in procedure and administration, further providing for petition for reassessment and for review by board; in general provisions, further providing for timely filing; providing for severability; making related repeals; and making editorial changes. Portions take effect in 60 days or 365 days while other provisions take effect November 1, 2018. Article II-C relating to lodging tax shall take effect November 1, 2017 or immediately whichever is later. The remainder shall take effect immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 568, 1563, 2259) HB 542 - (PN 2259) Amends the Tax Reform Code further providing for the title of the act; in sales and use tax, further providing for definitions, for imposition of tax and for exclusions from tax; providing for marketplace providers and marketplace sellers; further providing for remote sales reports; in personal income tax, providing for the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program Tax Exemption, repealing provisions relating to contribution for Korea/Vietnam Memorial National Education Center and further providing for operational provisions; in corporate net income tax, further providing for definitions and providing for qualified manufacturing innovation and reinvestment deduction; in gross receipts tax, further providing for imposition of tax and establishing the Natural Gas Optimization Fund and Natural Gas Optimization Program; in realty transfer tax, further providing for definitions and for exempt parties; in entertainment production tax credit, further providing for definitions and for credit for qualified film production expenses, providing for film production tax credit districts and establishing the Entertainment Economic Enhancement Program; in city revitalization and improvement zones, further providing for restrictions and for transfer of property; in neighborhood improvement zones, further providing for definitions and providing for transfer of property; in keystone opportunity zones, keystone opportunity expansion zones and keystone opportunity improvement zones, further providing for additional keystone opportunity zones; in inheritance tax, further providing for timely mailing treated as timely filing and payment; providing for an electric grid virtual financial transactions tax; in Public Transportation Assistance Fund, further providing for fund; providing for fireworks, for unconventional gas wells, for unconventional natural gas air quality protection and for environmental permitting reform; in procedure and administration, further providing for petition for reassessment, for petition procedure and for review by board; providing for Tobacco Master Settlement Payment Fund; in general provisions, further providing for timely filing; providing for severability; and making related repeals. Portions are effective in 60, 90, 120 or 365 days; on August 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later; on a date of publication of notice; and immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 568, 1563) HB 542 - (PN 1563) Amends the Tax Reform Code, in sales and use tax, defining remote sellers as a vendor located outside the Commonwealth. Provides for notification to the purchaser at the time of purchase, and requires notification by mail for purchases totaling $500 or more of potential sales and use tax. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 568) HB 542 - (PN 568) Amends the Tax Reform Code, in sales and use tax, providing for remote sales tax notice by requiring sellers and remote sellers to conspicuously provide a notice to a purchaser upon each separate sale at retail of tangible personal property or services via an Internet website indicating tax may be owed on the purchase, with a $5 penalty for each violation. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HCO 557 (M)
Printer Number(s):P0568 P1563 P2259 P2536 P2598 
Bill History: 10-26-17 G In the hands of the Governor
10-30-17 G Approved by the Governor (Act: 43 )
10-30-17 G Earliest effective date

HB 1013  Barrar, Stephen (PN 1709) Amends the Insurance Company Law, in quality health care accountability and protection, further providing for definitions and for emergency services by establishing that if an emergency medical services agency is dispatched by a public safety answering point and provides medically necessary emergency services to an enrollee and the enrollee does not require transport or refuses to be transported, the managed care plan shall pay all reasonably necessary costs associated with the emergency services provided during the period of the emergency. The managed care plan may not make a determination that emergency services were not medically necessary solely on the basis that the enrollee did not require transport or refused to be transported. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 1172) HB 1013 - (PN 1172) Amends the Insurance Company Law further providing for emergency services by establishing that if an emergency medical services agency is dispatched by a public safety answering point and provides medically necessary emergency care to an enrollee and the enrollee does not require transport or refuses to be transported, the managed care plan shall pay all reasonably necessary costs associated with the emergency services provided during the period of the emergency. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:HCO1048 (M)
Printer Number(s):P1172 P1709 
Bill History: 05-24-17 H Third consideration
05-24-17 H Final Passage (Vote: Y:190/N: 0)
05-31-17 S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Banking and Insurance

HB 1401  DiGirolamo, Gene (PN 2610) Amends the Tax Reform Code adding a new article providing for a volumetric severance tax imposing a 3.2 percent severance tax on unconventional natural gas extraction in addition to the existing impact fee. The addition of the new article except section for section 2403 relating to minimum royalty and section 2403 relating to remedy of this act shall apply retroactively to October 1, 2017. Effective immediately. (Prior Printer Number: 1762) HB 1401 - (PN 1762) Amends the Tax Reform Code providing for natural gas drilling tax investment by creating a 3.2 percent severance tax on unconventional natural gas extraction in addition to the existing impact fee. The addition of sections 1103-E and 1106-E of the act shall take effect July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later. The remainder of this act shall take effect January 1, 2018, or immediately, whichever is later.
Companions:HCO1093 (M)
Printer Number(s):P1762 P2610 
Bill History: 12-12-17 H House Stephens motion to proceed with HB 1401 fdocs/billinfo/bill_votes.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=01401" target="Email">(Vote: Y:100/N: 92)
12-12-17 H Over in House
01-22-18 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 1557  Saylor, Stanley (PN 2037) Supplement to the act of July 7, 1972 (P.L.743, No.176), entitled "An act providing for the establishment and operation of Lincoln University as an instrumentality of the Commonwealth to serve as a State-related institution in the higher education system of the Commonwealth; providing for change of name; providing for the composition of the board of trustees; terms of trustees, and the power and duties of such trustees; providing for preference to Pennsylvania residents in tuition; authorizing appropriations in amounts to be fixed annually by the General Assembly; providing for the auditing of accounts of expenditures from said appropriations; providing for public support and capital improvements; authorizing the issuance of bonds exempt from taxation within the Commonwealth; requiring the President to make an annual report of the operations of Lincoln University," making an appropriation for carrying the same into effect; providing for a basis for payments of the appropriation; and providing a method of accounting for the funds appropriated and for certain fiscal information disclosure. $14,436,000 is appropriated for general support. Effective July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later.
Companions:HB 378 (Identical)
SB 329 (Identical)
Printer Number(s):P2037 
Bill History: 10-24-17 H Removed from the table
10-24-17 H Laid on the table
01-22-18 H Set on the Tabled Calendar

HCO 105  Boback, Karen
Creates a Marcellus Shale Health Registry to assess the impact of the natural gas industry on public health.
Bill History: 12-06-16 H Filed

HCO 168  Harper, Kate
Imposes a severance tax on natural gas extraction in the Commonwealth.
Companions:HB 113 (M)
Bill History: 12-08-16 H Filed
01-25-17 H Superseded by - see HB 113

HCO2393  Sims, Brian
Condemns the truly evil acts that were perpetrated during a white nationalist rally convened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Bill History: 08-15-17 H Filed

SB 3  Brooks, Michele (PN 283) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in abortion, defining "dismemberment abortion," further providing for medical consultation and judgment and for the offense of abortion on unborn child of 24 or more weeks gestational age by reducing the prohibition to 20 weeks, prohibiting dismemberment abortion before 20 weeks of gestational age and further providing for reporting. Effective in 60 days.
Companions:SCO 308 (M)
Remarks:this was a successful meeting.
Printer Number(s):P0283 
Bill History: 12-13-17 G In the hands of the Governor
12-23-17 G Last day for Governor's action
12-18-17 G Vetoed by the Governor

SB 326  Hughes, Vincent (PN 1059) Supplement to the act of April 1, 1863 (P.L.213, No.227), entitled "An act to accept the grant of Public Lands, by the United States, to the several states, for the endowment of Agricultural Colleges," making appropriations for carrying the same into effect; providing for a basis for payments of such appropriations, for a method of accounting for the funds appropriated and for certain fiscal information disclosure; and making an appropriation from a restricted account within the Agricultural College Land Scrip Fund. $230,436,000 is appropriated to Penn State for general support and $22,074,000 is appropriated for the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Effective effect July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later. (Prior Printer Number: 520) SB 326 - (PN 520) Supplement to the act of April 1, 1863 (P.L.213, No.227), entitled "An act to accept the grant of Public Lands, by the United States, to the several states, for the endowment of Agricultural Colleges," making appropriations for carrying the same into effect; providing for a basis for payments of such appropriations, for a method of accounting for the funds appropriated and for certain fiscal information disclosure; and making an appropriation from a restricted account within the Agricultural College Land Scrip Fund. $230,436,000 is appropriated to Penn State for general support and $20,074,000 is appropriated for the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Effective effect July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later.
Companions:HB 375 (Identical)
HB 1554 (Identical)
Printer Number(s):P0520 P1059 
Bill History: 10-26-17 G In the hands of the Governor
10-27-17 G Approved by the Governor (Act: 12A)
10-27-17 G Earliest effective date

SB 329  Hughes, Vincent (PN 523) Supplement to the act of July 7, 1972 (P.L.743, No.176), entitled "An act providing for the establishment and operation of Lincoln University as an instrumentality of the Commonwealth to serve as a State-related institution in the higher education system of the Commonwealth; providing for change of name; providing for the composition of the board of trustees; terms of trustees, and the power and duties of such trustees; providing for preference to Pennsylvania residents in tuition; authorizing appropriations in amounts to be fixed annually by the General Assembly; providing for the auditing of accounts of expenditures from said appropriations; providing for public support and capital improvements; authorizing the issuance of bonds exempt from taxation within the Commonwealth; requiring the President to make an annual report of the operations of Lincoln University," making an appropriation of $14,436,000 for carrying the same into effect; providing for a basis for payments of the appropriation; and providing a method of accounting for the funds appropriated and for certain fiscal information disclosure. Effective July 1, 2017, or immediately, whichever is later.
Companions:HB 378 (Identical)
HB 1557 (Identical)
Printer Number(s):P0523 
Bill History: 10-26-17 G In the hands of the Governor
10-27-17 G Approved by the Governor (Act: 15A)
10-27-17 G Earliest effective date

SCO 270  Hughes, Vincent
Eliminates all but the familial transfer exception to the requirement of a background check prior to the purchase or transfer of a firearm with a new provision to permit the issuance of a single background check approval.
Companions:SB 209 (M)
Bill History: 12-19-16 S Filed
01-26-17 S Superseded by - see SB 209


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