All Legislation

Bills voted on Third Consideration
SB 522 (BROOKS) Amends Title 34 (Game) and Title 30 (Fish) by making all hunting and fishing licenses available at
the cost of $1 for volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighters must provide documentation verifying the previous 12
months of volunteer service was completed in good standing. PASSED 50 – 0.

SB 1183 (PHILLIPS-HILL) Amends the Right-to-Know Law subjecting the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to its
provisions. PASSED 28 – 22.

SB 1228 (GEBHARD) Amends Title 53 (Municipalities) allowing certification under the Municipal Police Officers’
Education and Training Commission to be maintained by Fort Indiantown Gap police officers who meet certain
requirements. PASSED 50 – 0.

HB 1477 (SMITH-WADE-EL) Amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code to authorize the electronic
transmission of certain planning and land use documents by municipalities. PASSED 50 – 0.

HB 2096 (WARREN) Amends the Insurance Company Law of 1921 to allow a surplus line licensee to charge a service
fee for the placement of a personal lines insurance policy up to $150 or 4% of the policy premium, whichever is
greater. Requires the amount of service fees charged for each surplus line insurance policy issued to be reported
monthly to the Insurance Department. PASSED 50 – 0.

Executive Nominations
Secretary of Health, Debra L. Bogen CONFIRMED 42 – 8.
Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, Jennifer R. Kauf CONFIRMED 50 – 0.
State Conservation Commission, James E. Hershey CONFIRMED 50 – 0.
State Farm Products Show Commission, Christa R. Barfield CONFIRMED 50 – 0.

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Bills voted on Third Consideration
HB 829 (GERGELY) Amends the Liquor Code to allow the issuance of a special occasion permit to non-profits that
provide canine assisted activities for children and adults with special needs. Provides for discounts for wholesale
licensees. Increases the number of hours a retail licensees can hold happy hours from 14 hours a week to 24 and
allows for limited alcohol and food beverage combinations during them. Permits hotel, restaurant, and club
licensees to include up to two alcoholic beverages in the cost of a ticket to a self-sponsored event. Allows a hotel,
restaurant, eating place, or club licensee to employee a person with an ownership interest in any manufacturer in
positions other than manager or serving alcohol. Permits employees of a licensed establishment, and employees of a
distributor or importing distributor, to be employed by a distributor, importing distributor, manufacturer, importer,
vendor licensee, or any out of state manufacturer unless they are a licensee, officer, or manager at the
establishment. Allows for a filing fee for applications and provides for temporary extensions relating to the
extension of licensed service area and issuance of off-premises catering permits, making permit the COVID-19 dining
option. Considers beverages that had a malt or brewed beverage alcohol level that was reduced during production
below 0.5% alcohol volume as nonalcoholic malt or brewed beverages. Prohibits licensees from placing beer, malt
beverages, or wine directly next to non-alcoholic beverages containing the same or similar brand name or logo and
requires signage. Allows importing distributors or distributors to sell or rent items to other licensees at fair market
value, including the rental and supplies to dispense draft beer. Establishes the Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion
Board under the Department of Agriculture and moves the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry
Promotional Board and Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and research Program Board from the PLCB to the
Department of Agriculture. Provides clubs an additional year of safekeeping for a fee and allows clubs to get a
permit for extended food sales hours. Increases the cap of point-of-sale advertising items from $300 to $750.
Provides for an extended hours of operation permit issued by the Liquor Control Board for manufacturers, limited
distilleries, and distilleries to sell alcohol on New Year’s Eve. Allows limited wineries to advertise quantity discounts
to the general public. PASSED 47 – 3.

SB 1080 (CULVER) Amends the Vital Statistics Law authorizing practical nurses to pronounce the death under certain
conditions of hospice care patients. Does not give practical nurses the authority to determine the cause of death.
Establishes minimum training requirements for nurses in vital signs, postmortem care, grief training, and
circumstances requiring a coroner’s investigation. Requires hospices to conduct trainings for nurses and annual skill
and competency assessments. PASSED 50 – 0.

SB 1129 (FLYNN) Amends Title 75 (vehicles) authorizing a vehicle salvage dealer or a scrap metal processor to
purchase a vehicle from an insurer on which a total loss payment was made without obtaining a certificate of title or
salvage certificate, so long as the vehicle is purchased solely for recycling parts, dismantling or scrap. Authorizes a
wholesale vehicle auction to file a report to commence the removal of an abandoned vehicle, which was sold or
intended to be sold through the auction, is left unattended at the auction property for more than three business
days. PASSED 50 – 0.

SB 1177 (DUSH) Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to require additional data in L&I’s annual
Unemployment Compensation report and the department’s actuarial evaluation report be posted on its website.
PASSED 28 – 22.

HB 2301 (NEILSON) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) eliminating the Distracted Driving Awareness plate and creating three
special recognition plates relating to military service. Waives title and registration fees for decorated and injured
veterans. Increases the annual income threshold for a retired person’s vehicle registration rate from $19,200 to
$29,906 while providing for its annual adjustment based on the CPI. PASSED 49 – 1.

HB 816 (GIRAL) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to require towing and storage agents to take digital photos of vehicles
Illegally parked in Philadelphia before towing. A printed copy of the photo must be provided without charge when
requested by a vehicle’s owner before payment is accepted by the towing and storage agent. PASSED 50 – 0.

HB 2233 (CURRY) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to permit a tow truck operator to violate specified state traffic laws and
similar local ordinances in removing or recovering a wrecked or disabled vehicle to safe refuge when directed by law
enforcement. PASSED 50 – 0.

Bill voted on Concurrence
SB 1173 (STEFANO) Amends the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act requiring the licensure of individuals who
engage or attempt to engage in a wholesale transaction. Also requires certain disclosures on wholesale transaction
sales agreements or sales contracts. Grants a consumer who is party to a wholesale transaction the nonwaivable
right to cancel a sales agreement containing required disclosures through the 30th day after an agreement was
executed, or until conveyance, whichever occurs first. CONCURRED IN HOUSE AMENDMENTS 49 – 1.

Bills amended on Third Consideration
SB 67 (LAUGHLIN) Amends Title 34 (Game) removing the limitation on Sunday hunting and authorizing the
Pennsylvania Game Commission to include more Sundays for hunting. Increases the Commission from 9 to 10
members by adding a member who must represent the interest of agricultural commodities that pertain to normal
agricultural operations and wildlife. Establishes procedures related to the removal of wildlife causing crop damage.
OVER AS AMENDED.

     A05382 (ROTHMAN) Removes the additional Commission member while requiring the Governor to ensure
     at least one member represents the interest of agricultural commodities that pertain to normal agricultural
     operations and wildlife. ADOPTED 44 – 6.

SB 1207 (AUMENT) Amends the Public School Code establishing a pilot program to provide grants for the purchase
of cell phone lockable bags to school entities that prohibit the use of cell phones during school time. Requires
participating schools to track changes in student mental health, incidents of bullying, incidents of violence, and
academic performance over the course of two school years and report the findings to the School Safety and Security
Committee. Prohibits the report to include any identifiable information regarding a student, or any information that
could result in substantial risk of physical harm or the personal security of students and staff. OVER AS AMENDED.

     A05264 (AUMENT) Stipulates the policy must require students use secure cell phone lock bags. Specifies
     the policy does not prohibit school employees are from using a cell phone during school time to perform
     work. ADOPTED 50 – 0.

HB 1664 (SCOTT) Amends Title 40 (Insurance) to prohibit an insurance company from requiring a healthcare
provider, including a dentist, to use a virtual credit card. Enables the Insurance Department to levy fines for
violations. Allows covered persons to opt-in to receiving electronic notices for employer-sponsored health
insurance. OVER AS AMENDED.

     A05225 (DISANTO) Makes technical changes. ADOPTED 49 – 1.

Executive Nominations
Pennsylvania Game Commission, Kristen K. Koppenhafer CONFIRMED 43 – 7.

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Bills voted on Third Consideration
HB 613 (HARRIS) Establishes the State-Aided University Non-Preferred Appropriation Act of 2024 to provide for the
following universities; Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, University of Pittsburgh,
and the University of Pennsylvania. PASSED 44 – 6.

SB 67 (LAUGHLIN) Amends Title 34 (Game) removing the limitation on Sunday hunting and authorizing the
Pennsylvania Game Commission to include more Sundays for hunting. Requires at least one Commission member
represent the interest of agricultural commodities that pertain to normal agricultural operations and wildlife.
Establishes procedures related to the removal of wildlife causing crop damage. PASSED 33 – 17.

SB 219 (COSTA) Amends the First and Second Class County Property Tax Relief Act authorizing Pittsburgh to enact a
Longtime Owner Occupant Program to provide residential long-time owner-occupants with property tax deferrals or
exemptions or combinations thereof in relation to certain property tax increases. PASSED 46 – 4.

SB 1207 (AUMENT) Amends the Public School Code establishing a pilot program to provide grants for the purchase
of cell phone lockable bags to school entities that prohibit the use of cell phones during school time. Requires
participating schools to track changes in student mental health, incidents of bullying, incidents of violence, and
academic performance over the course of two school years and report the findings to the School Safety and Security
Committee. Prohibits the report to include any identifiable information regarding a student, or any information that
could result in substantial risk of physical harm or the personal security of students and staff. PASSED 45 – 5.

HB 1664 (SCOTT) Amends Title 40 (Insurance) to prohibit an insurance company from requiring a healthcare
provider, including a dentist, to use a virtual credit card. Enables the Insurance Department to levy fines for
violations. Allows covered persons to opt-in to receiving electronic notices for employer-sponsored health
insurance. PASSED 50 – 0.

HB 1716 (WARREN) Amends Title 15 (Corporations) providing for shareholder rights in derivative actions and
providing for name registration guidelines for domestic non-filing associations. PASSED 50 – 0.

HB 2200 (BURNS) Amends Title 63 (Professions and Occupations (State Licensed)) to require applicants for a license,
certificate, registration or permit as a healthcare practitioner to submit fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police
as part of a criminal history background check. PASSED 49 – 0.

Bills voted on Concurrence
SB 82 (PHILLIPS-HILL) Amends the Dog Law to expand license fee exemptions for service dogs; to establish service
dog kennels; to eliminate the requirement for an interstate certification of veterinary inspection to board out-of-state
dogs; to offer an option to the quarantine requirements for dogs imported into a kennel other than a boarding kennel;
and to make technical changes. CONCURRED IN HOUSE AMENDMENTS 49 – 0.

SB 916 (LANGERHOLC) Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to require PennDOT in consultation with the PA Game
Commission and the PA Fish and Boat Commission, to design a Pennsylvania Sportsman registration plate for
passenger vehicles. Establishes a $40 fee for the plate, with $14 to be deposited into the new Youth Hunting and
Fishing Restricted Account. Requires money from the account to be allocated evenly to the PGC and the PFBC to
promote youth hunting and fishing activities. CONCURRED IN HOUSE AMENDMENTS 49 – 0.

Bill amended on Third Consideration
HB 1466 (BIZZARO) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to provide for a cause of action based on
protected public expression and to establish the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act. Provides a substantive
right of civil immunity for a cause of action based on protected public expression if the court did not make a
determination on that immunity. OVER AS AMENDED.

     A05420 (BAKER). Ensures that the bill’s provisions would only apply to SLAPP suits that are filed after the
     effective date. AGREED TO.

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