Public hearing to consider the following PA National Guard Officer up for promotion: Colonel Scott D. Harron (Air National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Lynn M. Lee (Air National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Brian K. Lehew (Air National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Jaime E. Ramirez (Air National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Traci L. Wallace (Air National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Frank J. McGovern IV (Army National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Francis R. Montgomery (Army National Guard), Brigadier General; Colonel Shawn D. Wray (Army National Guard), Brigadier General; and Brigadier General John R. Pippy (Army National Guard), Major General

Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Wednesday, June 26 | 10 a.m.

Room 8 E-B, East Wing


Agenda

I. Call to Order

II. Consideration of National Guard Officer Promotions

*Colonel Scott D. Harron (Air National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Lynn M. Lee (Air National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Brian K. Lehew (Air National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Jaime E. Ramirez (Air National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Traci L. Wallace (Air National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Frank J. McGovern IV (Army National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Francis R. Montgomery (Army National Guard), Brigadier General
*Colonel Shawn D. Wray (Army National Guard), Brigadier General
*Brigadier General John R. Pippy (Army National Guard), Major General

III. Adjournment

 

Meeting to consider SB 1001, SB 1002, SB 1003, SB 1004, SB 1005, SB 1006, SB 1007, SB 1008, SB 1009, SB 1010, SB 1121, SB 1147, SB 1232, SB 1241, SB 1270 and SB 1275; and HB 1889

Senate Appropriations Committee

Monday, June 24 | Off the Floor

Rules Room


Agenda

SB 1001 (Martin) General Appropriation Act of 2024.
SB 1002 (Martin) Professional Licensure Augmentation Account funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1003 (Martin) Workmen’s Compensation Administration funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1004 (Martin) Office of Small Business Advocate funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1005 (Martin) Office of Consumer Advocate funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1006 (Martin) Public School Employees’ Retirement Board funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1007 (Martin) State Employees’ Retirement Board funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1008 (Martin) Philadelphia Parking Authority funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1009 (Martin) Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission funding for FY 2024-25.
SB 1010 (Martin) Gaming Control Appropriation Act of 2024.
SB 1121 (Robinson) Amends Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) to establish the Pennsylvania-Ireland Trade Commission.
SB 1147 (Bartolotta) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to permit motorcycle safety inspections to be completed in all months of the year.
SB 1232 (Pennycuick) Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide for payment of benefits by direct deposit.
SB 1241 (Gebhard) Amends the Insurance Department Act of 1921 with regard to pre-examination education requirements for licensed insurance producer candidates.
SB 1270 (Martin) General Appropriation Act of 2024.
SB 1275 (Martin) General Appropriation Act of 2024.
HB 1889 (Malagari) Amends Title 3 (Agriculture) to allow electronic receipts for light fuel oil deliveries.

Meeting to consider SB 82 and SB 1269; and HB 2357

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

Monday, June 24 | 1:30 p.m.

Room 461, MCB


Agenda

  • Senate Bill 82 (Phillips-Hill)—Amends the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225), known as the Dog Law, in licenses, tags and kennels, further providing for transfer of dog licenses or tags and other licensing requirements and for service dogs and dogs used by municipal or State Police departments.
  • Senate Bill 1269 (Aument & Vogel)—Amends Title 3 (Agriculture) providing for the Agriculture Innovation Grant Program; and promulgating regulations.
  • House Bill 2357 (Pashinski)- Amends Title 3 (Agriculture) establishing the Pennsylvania Food Bucks Program and the Pennsylvania Food Bucks Program Account; and making an appropriation.

Robinson’s Landmark Advanced Manufacturing Initiative Signed into Law

HARRISBURG ­­– The governor signed Sen. Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) legislation into law last week to enhance Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry.

Act 24 of 2024 – previously Senate Bill 497 – will establish the Max Manufacturing Initiative Act, offering grants and loans to eligible applicants in advanced manufacturing. This field uses innovative technologies to develop and improve products across various industries. The act enables state universities to collaborate with engineering firms to enhance research, foster business partnerships, produce high-value products and create well-paying jobs.

“The Max Manufacturing Initiative Act represents a significant investment in advanced manufacturing and our commonwealth,” Robinson said. “It’s the result of extensive collaboration, hard work and bipartisan support; I’m thrilled the governor signed it into law.”

The manufacturing industry in the United States produces more than $5.8 trillion dollars annually. Pennsylvania has a robust manufacturing sector, employing more than 564,700 residents – nearly 10% of all jobs in Pennsylvania.

“This law not only bolsters cooperation between state universities and engineering firms, but will foster robust business partnerships, drive the production of high-value products and create well-paying jobs,” Robinson said. “The Max Manufacturing Initiative Act is a monumental step forward for our state’s economic growth and technological advancement.”

The act establishes two funds – the Max Manufacturing Initiative Fund and the Max Manufacturing Endeavor Loan Fund to provide grants and loans for specialized equipment, infrastructure and facilities for advanced manufacturing. The Department of Community and Economic Development will oversee these funds.

CONTACT:
Allison Dutrey

Senate Committee Advances Coleman Bill to Notify Parents when Weapons are Found at Schools

HARRISBURG – Parents deserve to know when a weapon is discovered at the school or school-sponsored event their child attends. That’s the sentiment behind a bill introduced by Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) that was approved last week by the Senate Education Committee.

“Violence at schools is a sad reality and parents deserve to know when weapons are found at their child’s school,” Coleman said. “Openness and transparency in these situations can establish trust between parents and school administrators. Parents don’t want to learn weeks later from a third party about a weapon found at their child’s school.”

Coleman’s Senate Bill 971 would require schools and school entities to notify parents and guardians within 24 hours about an incident involving the possession of a weapon on school property.

The bill allows for targeted notifications when appropriate. If a weapon is found for example at a school dance or on the bus of a sports team, the alert may be sent to parents and guardians of students at the dance or on the team. The notification may be limited to parents and guardians of those students associated with the school building, school-sponsored activity or transportation where the incident with the weapon happened.

Coleman’s bill also would require the school to notify teachers, administrators and employees who work at or are associated with the school building, activity or travel where the weapon-related incident took place.

“In addition to parents and guardians, our teachers and other school employees should be made aware when a weapon is discovered where they work,” Coleman said. “The goal is to create a climate of trust so people know if something happens, they will hear about it and if they aren’t hearing anything, it’s because nothing happened.”

The bill would prohibit the notification to parents, guardians and school employees from containing personally identifiable information about the student who brought the weapon. The prohibition includes a commonsense exception for notification of the parents or guardians of the student found in possession of the weapon.

Coleman’s bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Residents who want to learn more about Coleman can visit his website at www.SenatorColeman.com, follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SenatorJarrettColeman and sign up for email newsletters at www.SenatorColeman.com/eNewsletters.

CONTACT: Leo Knepper

New Law Sponsored by Phillips-Hill Streamlines Travel Insurance Process for Consumers

HARRISBURG – A new law aimed at streamlining and improving travel insurance in the commonwealth will boost consumer confidence, according to Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), who sponsored the measure.

“By modernizing this law to reflect the reality that more and more Pennsylvanians are traveling in a post-pandemic world, adding these commonsense consumer protections will benefit consumers,” Phillips-Hill said. “Bringing greater transparency to fees and pricing with travel insurance, as well as differentiating between travel insurance and assistance services will make for better informed and less frustrated consumers.”

Under Act 28 of 2024, the updates to state’s insurance laws will codify an efficient, fair, uniform, and effective regulatory framework for travel insurance. For example, the new law will allow consumers to request additional features and a pricing breakdown of their travel insurance policy. The law will also require insurers to list contact information for individuals who can assist with travel insurance cancelation fee waivers and additional assistance services.

Additionally, the law will require travel protection plans to be distinguishable between travel assistance service and travel insurance. The measure will also protect consumers online by requiring insurers to list coverage options that must be selected by the consumer through an “opt-in” option, instead of an “opt-out” option.

The law goes into effect in 90 days.

Senate Transportation Chair Langerholc Responds to Commonwealth Court Opinion

HARRISBURG – Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) today issued the following statement in response to the Commonwealth Court upholding the constitutionality of Act 40 of 2023:

“Today’s decision validates our position from the inception of this legislation. This legislation is unequivocally constitutional, and any statement to the contrary is inaccurate as is evidenced by today’s decision from the Commonwealth Court. Today is a win for law enforcement, riders of SEPTA and employees of SEPTA.  Act 40 passed the General Assembly with broad bipartisan support and was signed by Gov. Josh Shapiro to provide additional resources to fight crime occurring on the SEPTA system.  I look forward to Attorney General Michelle Henry’s appointment of a Special Prosecutor now that these senseless roadblocks have been properly dealt with.”

 

CONTACT: Gwenn Dando

Senate Majority Leader Pittman Issues Statement on Commonwealth Court Ruling on SEPTA Special Prosecutor

HARRISBURG – Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement in response to the Commonwealth Court ruling upholding Act 40 of 2023.

“Providing for the safety and security of communities across the commonwealth is paramount to fulfilling our constitutional obligation as elected officials. The lawlessness perpetuated by District Attorney Larry Krasner has been detrimental to the safety of America’s 6th largest city. Thankfully because of Act 40, Krasner’s reckless inaction on crime will no longer negatively impact riders and employees of SEPTA. We are a state of laws, which must be upheld in order to foster greater safety, stability and growth for all residents.

“With today’s Commonwealth Court ruling upholding Act 40, seven months after becoming law this collaborative effort will finally begin to make a difference with a special prosecutor to oversee crimes occurring on SEPTA within the City of Philadelphia. This robust legislation was sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Wayne Langerholc, Jr., received bi-partisan support by the General Assembly, was signed into law by Democrat Governor Josh Shapiro and is supported by SEPTA. I appreciate Attorney General Michelle Henry’s ongoing work to keep Pennsylvanians safe and look forward to swift appointment of the SEPTA Special Prosecutor.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Eckhart Flessner kflessner@pasen.gov

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