2017-2018 Senate Action


Reform

Act 5 of 2017 (Corman) reforms state public pensions to save more than $5 billion and shield taxpayers from $20 billion or more in additional liabilities.

Act 13 of 2017 (Folmer) reforms state law regarding the seizure and forfeiture of property.

Act 21 of 2017 (Gordner) streamlines Second Class Township government by exempting property under $2,000 from the bidding process.

Act 28 of 2017 (Gordner) stipulates that township supervisors shall not hold any other elective township office or appointed position in the township that is prohibited by state law.

Act 29 of 2017 (Aument) creates an independent Office of Inspector General and gives Pennsylvania’s top fraud, waste and abuse investigator more authority.

Act 36 of 2017 updates the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to reform the code review process used by the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to update the UCC.

Act 38 of 2017 prevents tax collection fraud by prohibiting tax payments to an account in an individual’s name and requires the creation of a separate account to be used solely for tax purposes.

Act 48 of 2017 (Mensch) requires private sector-style performance-based budget reviews for all state departments and agencies at least once every five years.

Act 60 of 2017 provides a total of $115.2 million in funding over four years for UC operations and technological upgrades and requires the Department of Labor and Industry to end its reliance on transfers into the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Act 2 of 2018 requires lobbyists to file disclosure reports electronically and state officials to post them online within seven days.

Act 52 of 2018 excludes the sales of telephones, telephone handsets, modems, tablets and related accessories from being subject to the gross receipts tax.

Act 71 of 2018 (Folmer) reforms and modernizes the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission.

Senate Bill 6 (Regan) establishes the Public Assistance Integrity Act to eradicate waste, fraud, and abuse within the state Public Welfare Code. 

Senate Bill 22 proposes to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution reforms the way that legislative and Congressional districts are created and how appellate court judges are elected.

Senate Bill 166 (Eichelberger) prevents the taxpayer-funded collection of money for government union political activity.

Senate Bill 169 (Laughlin) requires lobbyists to register and file reports electronically through a computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Senate Bill 170 (Rafferty) requires comprehensive reform measures at the Delaware River Port Authority.

Senate Bill 171 (Rafferty) requires Senate confirmation of the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Senate Bill 178 (Scavello) updates and modernizes the state History Code.

Senate Bill 263 (Baker) eliminates the requirement that disabled voters with permanent absentee voter status submit a written statement every four years.

Senate Bill 299 (Alloway) changes the way that an incumbent magisterial district judge gets on the ballot for re-election.

Senate Bill 522 and Senate Bill 523 (Greenleaf) merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Senate Bill 529 (Wagner) provides those with low-level, nonviolent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.

Senate Bill 561 (DiSanto) requires the approval of the General Assembly and the Governor for all new regulations with an economic impact or cost exceeding $1 million to the Commonwealth, its political subdivisions, and the private sector.

Senate Bill 595 (Folmer) authorizes the electronic notarization of documents in cases where the signer appears before the notary by means of real-time audio-video communication.

Senate Bill 611 (DiSanto) requires pension forfeiture if a public employee or public official is convicted, pleads guilty, or pleads no contest to any felony offense related to his or her employment.

Senate Bill 676 (Gordner) addresses ongoing funding deficiencies in the Workers’ Compensation Uninsured Employers Guarantee Fund.

Senate Bill 761 (Argall) amends the state Constitution to allow gubernatorial candidates to select their running mate following the primary election, rather than have lieutenant governors run separately.

Senate Bill 762 (Ward) requires an external performance audit of the Pennsylvania Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors and the process by which voter registrations records are entered and maintained. 

Senate Bill 936 (White) requires the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for Workers’ Compensation, cutting costs and preventing opioid abuse. (Vetoed by Governor)

Senate Bill 977 (Gordner) provides additional legislative oversight of the regulatory review process.

Senate Bill 1127 (Aument) requires traffickers of SNAP benefits to pay restitution of up to three times the amount of fraud they committed.

Senate Resolution 209 (Rafferty) directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the challenges and opportunities of consolidating the interstate operations of PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission

House Bill 59 (Human Services Code) targets fraud, waste and abuse in Pennsylvania’s public welfare system and includes reforms to save hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars.  (Vetoed by Governor.)

House Bill 153 amends the state Constitution to reduce the size of the House of Representatives.

House Bill 1285 proposes to amend the state constitution to increase the allowable homestead exclusion to 100 percent to effectively eliminate school property taxes. (Adopted and approved by voters.)

Public Safety

Act 3 of 2017 (Ward) gives residents the option to get a state driver’s license or photo ID card that meets security requirements imposed by the federal REAL ID law.

Act 20 of 2017 (Rafferty) increases fines and suspends the licenses of repeat offenders of Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law. 

Act 22 of 2017 (Greenleaf) allows police officers to use body-worn cameras to record statements and actions at a crime scene.

Act 30 of 2017 (Rafferty) provides for chemical testing and other measures related to driving after imbibing alcohol or using drugs.

Act 49 of 2017 (Greenleaf) adds Court of Common Pleas judges in Bucks, Cumberland, Delaware, Montgomery, Washington and Wayne counties.

Act 50 of 2017 (Baker) transfers enforcement authority for the Pennsylvania One Call System from the Department of Labor and Industry to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Act 51 of 2017 (Ward) provides broader representation of crime victims on the state Victims’ Services Advisory Committee.

Act 66 of 2017 amends the state Bingo Law to increase the monetary limits for payouts and jackpots, enabling fire companies and other non-profits to raise more funds for their charitable purposes.

Act 56 of 2018 provides those with low-level, nonviolent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.

Senate Bill 5 (Langerholc) prevents local jurisdictions from imposing firearms ordinances more restrictive than laws passed by the General Assembly. 

Senate Bill 10 (Reschenthaler) requires municipalities to report illegal immigrants who are arrested and pose a danger to Pennsylvania communities and residents.

Senate Bill 189 (McGarrigle) amends Pennsylvania’s Crime Victims Act to allow victims to attend the entirety of criminal trials.

Senate Bill 251 (Vulakovich) allows Pennsylvania municipal police departments to use radar as a means of speed enforcement.

Senate Bill 461 (Killion) modernizes and strengthens the use of DNA technology to better fight violent crime in Pennsylvania. 

Senate Bill 510 (Reschenthaler) increases the penalty for threating law enforcement officers, sheriffs or members of their family. 

Senate Bill 748 (Argall) ensures there is adequate notice and consideration of any proposed closure of a state correctional institution or other facility that employs law enforcement staff.

Senate Bill 897 (Stefano) expands the scope of restitution for victims to include government agencies, non-profits, corporations and other similar organizations. 

Senate Bill 915 (Greenleaf) extends the deadline for filing a post-conviction relief action.

Senate Bill 916 (Greenleaf) updates the 2002 DNA testing law to ensure wrongly convicted citizens have access to the latest testing technology.

Senate Bill 922 (Langerholc) creates the Court Assessment for Non-narcotic Medication Substance Abuse Treatment Program. 

Senate Bill 934 (Baker) establishes a state Elevator Safety Board with jurisdiction over elevator appeals and variances, and to make recommendations on safety regulations.

Senate Bill 955 (Vulakovich) establishes a pilot program providing grants to community colleges to partner with secondary schools to train students in fire services.

Senate Bill 961 (Rafferty) increases the penalties for a person who unintentionally causes the death of another person as a result of a second or subsequent DUI violation.

Senate Bill 1011 amends the state Constitution to create a crime victims’ “Bill of Rights.”

Senate Bill 1015 (Martin) allows Special Emergency Response Team officers to use flashing lights and sirens when using their private vehicles to respond to incidents.

Senate Bill 1070 (Greenleaf) creates a County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee.

Senate Bill 1071 (Greenleaf) streamlines the process for placement in State Intermediate Punishment.

Senate Bill 1072 (Greenleaf) revises the Crime Victims Act to better provide information and compensation to victims.

Senate Bill 1126 (Reschenthaler) requires training for the minor judiciary to better identify indigent individuals unable to pay court costs, fines and fees.

Senate Bill 1132 (Greenleaf) establishes a statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.

Senate Resolution 6 (Vulakovich) updates the comprehensive study of fire and EMS issues completed in 2004.

Senate Resolution 75 (Mensch) directs a review how Pennsylvania accounts for and analyzes forensic evidence kits (rape kits).

Senate Resolution 237 (Mensch) urges counties and local law enforcement, public safety and emergency services to work with the State Police to facilitate the rollout of the new P25 Pa-Star Net radio system.

Emergency Responders
Act 22 of 2017 (Greenleaf) allows police officers to use body-worn cameras to record statements and actions at a crime scene.Act 66 of 2017 amends the state Bingo Law to increase the monetary limits for payouts and jackpots, enabling fire companies and other non-profits to raise more funds for their charitable purposes.Senate Bill 1003 (White) requires insurance companies and Medicaid to reimburse emergency medical services agencies for services provided even when transport to a hospital does not take place.

Senate Bill 1015 (Martin) allows Special Emergency Response Team officers to use flashing lights and sirens when using their private vehicles to respond to incidents.

Senate Resolution 6 (Vulakovich) updates the comprehensive study of fire and EMS issues completed in 2004.

Senate Resolution 237 (Mensch) urges counties and local law enforcement, public safety and emergency services to work with the State Police to facilitate the rollout of the new P25 Pa-Star Net radio system.

Health Care

Act 4 of 2017 improves care for stroke victims by adding acute stroke-ready hospitals and comprehensive stroke centers to the provisions of the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act.

Act 14 of 2017 establishes a Rare Disease Advisory Council in the Department of Health.

Act 33 of 2017 allows eligible patients to request and use investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as the patient has a terminal illness and passes other requirements.

Act 39 of 2017 allows taxpayers to designate a portion of their state income tax refund for pediatric cancer research beginning with tax year 2018 filings.

Act 59 of 2017 (McGarrigle) establishes standards and criteria for the operation of addiction recovery houses.

Act 62 of 2017 extends protections to seniors enrolled in PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs who would lose eligibility due to increases in income from Social Security cost-of-living adjustments.

Act 79 of 2017 (Yaw) exempts three Schedule V epilepsy drugs, which have no history of abuse, from state prescription drug monitoring requirements.

Act 8 of 2018 (Browne) permits pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for uncontrolled substances for up to 30 days, with restrictions.

Act 24 of 2018 creates a statewide review committee to identify and investigate pregnancy-related deaths among expectant and new mothers.

Act 73 of 2018 (Martin) allows Pennsylvanians to voluntarily donate $5 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund when electronically renewing a driver’s license, photo identification card or vehicle registration.

Senate Bill 3 (Brooks) amends the Abortion Control Act to reduce the maximum gestational age for legal abortions from 24 to 20 weeks and prohibits dismemberment abortion. (Vetoed by Governor)

Senate Bill 25 (Bartolotta) gives full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf) establishes the Donate Life PA Act to improve the communication process between county coroners or medical examiners and organ procurement organizations.

Senate Bill 257 (Ward) amends the Insurance Company Law to increase parity in the eye care industry.

Senate Bill 780 (Vogel) promotes telemedicine in Pennsylvania as a way to overcome barriers to quality patient care created by distance and reduce the costs of those services.

Senate Bill 978 (Baker) gives hospice staff the authority to properly destroy unused drugs following a patient’s death to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

House Bill 126 allows restaurants, sports venues, amusement parks, colleges, daycare centers and other entities to store non-patient specific epinephrine injectors for emergency use.

Education

Act 2 of 2017 provides immunity from lawsuits to school bus drivers and crossing guards who administer an epinephrine auto-injector, or “epi-pen,” to assist a student who is experiencing an allergic reaction.

Act 6 of 2017 eliminates the statutory requirement for the development and implementation of Keystone Exams in English Composition, Algebra II, Geometry, U.S. History, Chemistry, Civics and Government, and World History.

Act 55 of 2017 (Public School Code amendments)

  • Increases the amount of Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) provided to scholarship organizations by $10 million.
  • Offers agricultural educational resources and programming for K-12 students.
  • Allow professional school employees to be suspended for economic reasons.
  • Require any professional school employee suspensions to be based on performance ratings instead of seniority.
  • Delays the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement an additional year until the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Requires the Department of Education to submit to the General Assembly any state plan for complying with the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Requires that a school district identified for financial watch status and receiving educational access program funding be placed under the supervision of a financial administrator.
  • Allows principals to conduct a school security drill on response to armed intruders, rather than a fire drill or natural disaster drill.
  • Requires instruction in grades 6-12 on prevention of opioid abuse, with an emphasis on the connection between prescription opioid abuse and addiction to other drugs, including heroin.

Act 39 of 2018  (Public School Code amendments)

  • Delays the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement an additional year until the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Requires the Department of Education to provide information on its website to compare institutions of higher education.
  • Continues Drug and Alcohol Recovery High School Pilot Program for an additional year.
  • Requires any school facility with excessive lead levels to immediately implement a plan to ensure no exposure to lead, make alternative drinking water sources available, and report it to PDE.
  • Increases the amount of tax credits available under the Earned Income Tax Credit program to $160 million.
  • Increases the maximum annual household income for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit from $75,000 to $85,000

Act 42 of 2018 (Fiscal Code) expands educational opportunities for children who are victims of violent crime, or who lose their parents as the result of a violent crime.

Senate Bill 53 (Greenleaf) makes permanent the authorizing of distance education in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency State Grant Program.

Senate Bill 227 (Eichelberger) delays the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement, gives school boards new options to manage superintendent contracts, and makes additional changes to the Public School Code.

Senate Bill 592 (Stefano) requires school boards to publicly disclose employment information before hiring a district superintendent, assistant district superintendent or principal.

Senate Bill 955 (Vulakovich) establishes a pilot program providing grants to community colleges to partner with secondary schools to train students in fire services.

Senate Bill 1090 (Corman) requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing and inform students and parents of what is happening on campus.

Senate Bill 1095 (McGarrigle) provides students with alternatives to Keystone Exams to fulfill high school graduation requirements.

Senate Bill 1104 (Aument) changes the unnecessarily burdensome certification requirements for vocational teachers to recruit more educators. Enacted in Public School Code

Senate Resolution 34 (Argall) requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the future and sustainability of the 14 state-owned universities across the state.

Senate Resolution 228 (Eichelberger) establishes a Task Force on Global Education to make recommendations ensuring Pennsylvania students graduate ready to compete in the global economy.

School Safety

Act 39 of 2018 (Public School Code) requires schools to conduct at least one school security drill per school year.

Act 44 of 2018 (Browne) establishes the Safe2Say Program for anonymous reporting of unsafe activities in schools and creates a new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant Program.

Senate Bill 383 (White) gives school boards the option to allow certain school employees to carry firearms on school property to enhance security measures.

Senate Bill 1065 (McGarrigle) redirects approximately $50 million to the Safe Schools Initiative.

Senate Bill 1078 (Tomlinson) permits school districts and local governments to discuss school security matters in non-public executive sessions. Enacted in Public School Code

Senate Bill 1103 (Greenleaf) requires schools to undergo annual safety assessment audits for purposes of the school’s safety plan.

Senate Bill 1136 (Brooks) allows a school located in a municipality without a municipal police department to enter into a cooperative police service agreement with an adjacent municipality.

Senate Bill 1165 (Martin) requires that a juvenile charged with making terroristic threats be detained until a mental health evaluation and home risk assessment are completed.

Senate Bill 1174 (Ward) provides for a 90-day suspension of the driver’s license of anyone under 21 who makes a terroristic threat from anywhere against individuals or generally towards any school location.

Senate Bill 1175 (Ward) gives law enforcement and prosecutors the ability to use an administrative subpoena to obtain subscriber information for a social media account from which they are investigating a threat made against a school.

Senate Bill 1188 (Laughlin) allows the use of tasers in providing for protection and defense of pupils.

Senate Bill 1211 (Regan) creates the School Safety and Security Program.

Senate Bill 1218 (McGarrigle) requires schools to provide employees with training on school safety and security.

Children and Families

Act 12 of 2017 establishes the crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim in the penalty grading.

Act 58 of 2017 changes the expiration date of the Children’s Health Insurance Program from December 31, 2017, to December 31, 2019. 

Act 68 of 2017 amends the Newborn Protection Act to expand the list of caregivers to whom a parent may surrender a newborn to include emergency service providers, and provides for a program to install incubators so that newborns who are surrendered may be kept safely in a controlled environment.  

Act 50 of 2018 prohibits someone charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or aggravated indecent assault against a child from being placed into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).

Act 53 of 2018 distinguishes the distinction between intentional acts and negligent acts against a care-dependent person, particularly by family members of a care-dependent person who are not trained to provide care.

Act 54 of 2018 requires schools and hospitals to display a poster that includes the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

Act 76 of 2018 (Killion) updates the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act.

Senate Bill 21 (Mensch) promotes the employment of people with disabilities at competitive wages in Pennsylvania businesses and public agencies.

Senate Bill 113 (Eichelberger) allows family members to have access and visitation rights with regard to a family member who is incapacitated and under court-appointed guardianship.

Senate Bill 211 (Browne) enhances the PA 2-1-1 system connecting people in need to health and human service assistance.

Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati) eliminates the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes and gives victims additional time to file civil actions against their abuser.

Senate Bill 496 (Scavello) provides additional sentencing provisions for trespassing at gaming establishments to help persons with a gambling addiction.

Senate Bill 530 (Killion) updates the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act to provide better treatment for individuals who need services, clarify who may provide those services, and define who may call themselves a licensed clinical social worker.

Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf) requires that sexually exploited children be diverted from the criminal justice system to more appropriate human services.

Senate Bill 677 (Baker) establishes the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program Tax Exemption Act, allowing families to set aside tax-exempt funds for costs related to the disability of a family member.

Senate Bill 827 (Killion) gives Pennsylvanians the power to plan for the disposition of their digital assets in the same way they are able to make plans for tangible property, by using a will, trust or power of attorney.

Senate Bill 1129 (DiSanto) expedites the voluntary termination of parental rights in the course of the legal adoption process.

Opioid Crisis

Act 40 of 2017 establishes the Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program to encourage the use of existing beds in health care facilities for detoxification and treatment.Act 55 of 2017 (Public School Code) requires instruction in grades 6-12 on prevention of opioid abuse, with an emphasis on the connection between prescription opioid abuse and addiction to other drugs, including heroin.

Act 59 of 2017 (McGarrigle) establishes standards and criteria for the operation of addiction recovery houses.

Act 21 of 2018  (White) expands legal standing for grandparents and other individuals seeking custody of children of addicted parents.

Act 47 of 2018 clarifies that a parent or guardian can provide consent over the objection of a minor to obtain medical care or counseling for substance abuse.

Act 69 of 2018 (Baker) allows hospice workers to dispose of medications left behind when a home hospice patient passes, helping to keep the drugs out of the wrong hands.

Senate Bill 472 (Yaw) combats the state’s growing opioid addiction crisis by limiting opioid prescriptions to seven days unless there is a medical emergency.

Senate Bill 655 (Yaw) requires mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.

Senate Bill 662 (Bartolotta) strengthens penalties on drug dealers for the delivery or distribution of an illicit drug that results in serious bodily injury to the user.

Domestic Violence

Act 14 of 2018 (Bartolotta) allows Magisterial District Judges to use a risk assessment tool when determining bail in domestic violence cases.Senate Bill 196 allows judges to order an electronic monitoring device on a defendant in a protection from abuse order.

Senate Bill 313 makes it easier for domestic violence victims to remove the name of an abuser from a shared telephone plan.

Senate Bill 500 (Vulakovich) ensures that law enforcement protection is available to a victim before or while PFA orders are being served.

Senate Bill 501 (Killion) removes third-party safekeeping as an option for a domestic violence defendant ordered by the court to relinquish firearms.

Senate Bill 502 (McGarrigle) makes it easier for the court to extend a PFA order when an abuser is released from custody.

Senate Bill 742 (Greenleaf) provides for a comprehensive bill of rights in Pennsylvania for survivors of sexual assault.

Senate Bill 919 allows domestic violence victims who live in public housing to be relocated to another unit.

Senate Bill 1092 (Mensch) provides for tougher sentences for crimes of domestic violence committed in front of children.

Transportation

Act 20 of 2017  (Rafferty) increases fines and suspend the licenses of repeat offenders of Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law.

Act 31 of 2017 (Langerholc) boosts the use of natural gas by increasing the maximum allowable gross weight for commercial vehicles powered by natural gas from 80,000 pounds to 82,000 pounds.

Act 37 of 2017 adds optometrists to the list of medical providers who may certify an application for a disability placard or registration plate.

Act 80 of 2017 (Martin) authorizes parking authorities in cities of the second class A and third class to enforce and administer parking ordinances and resolutions to alleviate the burden on magisterial court justices, reduce backlogs and quicken the collection of violation fees.

Senate Bill 172 (Argall) provides a three-year trial period for PENNDOT to place speed cameras in active work zones on limited access highways.

Senate Bill 564 (Yaw) requires PENNDOT to include protective fencing as part of new bridge projects and major renovations of existing bridges over interstate highways.

Senate Bill 888 (Rafferty) improves accessibility and strengthens enforcement measures of parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

Senate Bill 961 (Rafferty) increases the penalties for a person who unintentionally causes the death of another person as a result of a second or subsequent DUI violation.

Senate Resolution 76 (Vulakovich) directs the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of increasing passenger rail service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

Senate Resolution 168 (Langerholc) directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to analyze the potential impact of removing Cambria County from the emissions testing program. 

Agriculture & Outdoor Recreation

Act 35 of 2017 exempts roadside agricultural stands from the Uniform Construction Code.

Act 46 of 2017 establishes the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act to take a proactive approach to controlling existing and potentially noxious weeds, maximizing invasive species control resources and protecting Commonwealth lands.

Act 11 of 2018 (Scavello) would permit the use of a leashed tracking dog to track white-tailed deer to recover an animal which has been legally harvested or wounded.

Senate Bill 30 (Eichelberger) gives the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for licenses.

Senate Bill 123 (Scavello) allows Pennsylvanians to engage in falconry on Sundays.

Senate Bill 192 (Stefano) allows Pennsylvania Game Commission establish the fees that it charges for hunting and fur-taking licenses while ensuring legislative oversight of the organization.

Senate Bill 819 (Aument) ensures agritourism activities – such as farm tours, hay rides and corn mazes – are authorized on farms that are part of the state’s farmland preservation program.

Senate Bill 1171 (Brooks) gives farmers greater input on proposed environmental regulations that could impact their farms.

Jobs

Act 1 of 2017 (Ward) provides emergency funding to ease the hardships of Pennsylvania’s unemployed workers when Governor Wolf closed three Unemployment Compensation Service Centers.

Act 52 of 2018 clarifies that the sales of telephones and related accessories are not subject to the gross receipts tax.

Act 72 of 2018 (Brooks) allows companies to take tax deductions on depreciation, providing an incentive to Pennsylvania businesses to make investments in capital assets.

Senate Bill 21 (Mensch) promotes the employment of people with disabilities at competitive wages in Pennsylvania businesses and public agencies.

Senate Bill 241 (McGarrigle) strengthens Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law by allowing employers to determine wages based on the level or amount of education, training or experience, and prohibits employer discrimination against an employee who files a complaint.

Environment & Energy

Act 7 of 2018 (Vogel) eliminates the waste designation for slag when it is sold as a commodity, encouraging the use of this sustainable and environmentally safe slag material.

Act 62 of 2018 (Scavello) aims to reduce littering across Pennsylvania by requiring offenders to pick up trash. 

Act 65 of 2018 (Yaw) sets requirements for when PennDOT must install or consider protective fencing along state-owned bridges.

Senate Bill 138 (Yaw) gives natural gas royalty interest owners the opportunity to inspect records of the gas company to verify proper payment and requires that proceeds be paid within 90 days unless otherwise stated in the lease.

Senate Bill 139 (Yaw) prohibits natural gas companies from retaliating against a royalty owner by terminating the lease agreement or ceasing development simply because the landowner questions the accuracy of the royalty payments.

Senate Bill 646 (Killion) amends the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act to extend the sunset date for the recycling fee for municipal waste landfills and resource recovery facilities to 2021.

Community Development

Act 26 of 2017 (Yaw) provides for the use of alternate on-lot sewage systems for a new land development.

Act 66 of 2017 amends the state Bingo Law to increase the monetary limits for payouts and jackpots, enabling non-profits to raise more funds for their charitable purposes.

Act 76 of 2017 (Vulakovich) amends the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s enabling act to assist in supporting private development.

Senate Bill 434 (Argall) reduces the allotted period of time that is necessary in order to acquire a title of a blighted or abandoned property through adverse possession under various situations and circumstances.

Senate Bill 667 (Stefano) provides local redevelopment authorities with greater authority and additional resources to combat neighborhood blight.  

Veterans 

Act 9 of 2017 makes it a crime for anyone to fraudulently present themselves as a soldier or a veteran of any branch of the armed forces, or to be the recipient of a service medal or other military decoration.

Act 54 of 2017 (Hutchinson) establishes uniform residential qualifications of office for persons seeking election or appointment to a municipal elected office where recent service in the military might interfere with the person’s ability to satisfy residency requirements.

Act 56 of 2017 creates the Pennsylvania Achievement Medal and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award and adds them to the list of awards that the Governor may present in the name of the Commonwealth.

Act 69 of 2017 establishes a state veterans’ registry to provide veterans with information regarding state benefits, programs and services.

Act 51 of 2018 establishes the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a dropout recovery program that helps at-risk young people earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Act 64 of 2018 (Aument) establishes the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund for the operation and maintenance of monuments.

Senate Bill 137 (McGarrigle) codifies the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General.

Senate Bill 263 (Baker) eliminates the requirement that disabled voters — with permanent absentee voter status — submit a written statement every four years.

Senate Bill 552 (Aument) establishes the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund for the operation and maintenance of monuments

Senate Bill 540 (Mensch) authorizes a school district to excuse a student from school attendance to participate in a musical performance in conjunction with a national veterans’ organization or incorporated unit for an event or funeral. (Enacted with Public School Code)

Senate Bill 625 (Brooks), Senate Bill 822 require the flying of a POW/MIA flag at rest areas, welcome centers and state-owned properties.

Senate Bill 945 (Brooks) allows for the doubling of donations to the Veterans Trust Fund on two-year vehicle registration renewals.

Senate Bill 1041 (Bartolotta) directs the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to create logos to promote businesses owned by veterans, disabled veterans, active duty service members and members of the National Guard and reserves. 

Consumer Protection 

Act 77 of 2017 (Argall) imposes fines on household goods moving companies that fail to register with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission or carry adequate insurance to protect property.

Act 78 of 2017 (Reschenthaler) improves and modernizes existing Pennsylvania law on fraudulent transfers.

Act 6 of 2018 (Tomlinson) requires licensees of all boards within the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report disciplinary actions taken by a licensing agency of another state, and felony, misdemeanor and drug or alcohol related summary convictions, to their licensing board within 30 days.

Act 59 of 2018 requires dealer disclosure of vehicles with unaddressed recalls at time of sale.

Act 60 of 2018 updates and upgrades state law regarding the use of fraudulent credit card devices.

Senate Bill 1172 (Vulakovich) fine tunes the state’s Price Gouging Act to ensure it specifically targets that issue when needed and the restrictions are kept in place for an appropriate amount of time.

Community Development

Act 26 of 2017 (Yaw) provides for the use of alternate on-lot sewage systems for a new land development.

Act 66 of 2017 amends the state Bingo Law to increase the monetary limits for payouts and jackpots, enabling non-profits to raise more funds for their charitable purposes.

Act 76 of 2017 (Vulakovich) amends the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s enabling act to assist in supporting private development.

Act 33 of 2018 (Stefano) provides local redevelopment authorities with greater authority and additional resources to combat neighborhood blight.  

Senate Bill 114 (Eichelberger) allows a sewer authority to obtain a court order to terminate sewer service to commercial customers who are at least six months delinquent in payment of their sewer bills.

Senate Bill 434 (Argall) reduces the allotted period of time that is necessary in order to acquire a title of a blighted or abandoned property through adverse possession under various situations and circumstances.

Senate Bill 775 (Browne) establishes the Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Fund.  

Animal Protection

Act 10 of 2017 strengthens existing animal abuse laws and makes it easier to prosecute a person who knowingly mistreats, abuses or neglects an animal.