Monthly Archives: December 2013

Today on the Hill

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House and Senate are in recess until January 13, 2013

9:00 a.m. – House Health
Public hearing on: HB 1621 Christiana, Jim Amends Health Care Facilities Act HB 1622 Christiana, Jim Act re reforms to restricted health care

10:00 a.m. – House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness and House Labor and Industry
Joint public hearing on the implementation of Act 46 of 2011 (Cancer Presumption)

10:00 a.m. Mechanicsburg Gov. Corbett to Sign Child Protection Bills

11:30 a.m. Media Center Budget Secretary Zogby to Give Mid-Year Budget Briefing

Today on the Hill

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11:00am – House is in session
Senate is in recess until January 13

9:00am – House State Government
Public Hearing on: HB 1838
9:45am – House Urban Affairs
Informational meeting on: HB 1773
Off the Floor – House Appropriations
To consider: HB 452, HB 490, HB 587, HB 1234, HB 1271, HB 1411, HB 1716, HB 1725, SB 1024

Today on the Hill

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House is in session at 1:00pm
Senate is in recess until January 13, 2013

Committee Meetings:

10:00am: House Democratic Policy Committee
Public hearing on climate change

12:30pm: House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared.
Agenda TBA

Off the Floor: House Appropriations
Agenda TBA

Today on the Hill

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House is in recess until Monday, December 16 at 1:00pm
Senate is in recess until Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00pm

Committee Meetings:

House Consumer Affairs – 9:00am
Public hearing on: HB1608

Independent Regulatory Review Commission – 10:00am
To consider the following regulations:
– Reg. No. 3014 Department of Community and Economic Development #6-96: Manufactured Housing Improvement Program
– Reg. No. 2941 State Board of Osteopathic Medicine #16A-5321: Physician Assistants and Respiratory Therapists
– Reg. No. 2942 State Board of Medicine #16A-4390: Physician Assistants and Respiratory Therapists
– Reg. No. 2995 Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries #16A-633: General Revisions
– Reg. No. 2975 PA Gaming Control Board #125-162: Slot Machine and Table Game Device Testing and Control; Possession of Slot Machines and Fully Automated Electronic Gaming Tables; Slot Machine Tournaments; Accounting and Internal Controls; Possession of Table Game and Table Game Devices; Rules of Play
– Reg. No. 2891 PA Gaming Control Board #125-166: Slot Machines and Table Game Controls, Equipment, Credit and Rules

Other Meetings and Hearings: Local Government Commission – 11:00am
Quarterly meeting with the local government associations

PA Senate confirms three statewide nominations

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By a vote of 42-8 the Senate voted to confirm Christopher Abruzzo as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Abruzzo, Corbett’s former deputy chief of staff and a former prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office, had served as acting DEP secretary since the departure of Michael Krancer in March.

The Senate also unanimously approved the nomination of Ellen Ferretti as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources overseeing the state’s parks and forests. Ferretti has served as acting secretary since DCNR Secretary Richard Allan’s departure in June.

Jennifer Storm, former executive director of the Dauphin County Victim / Witness Assistance Program, was confirmed Tuesday as the state’s new victim advocate.

Today on the Hill

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11:00am – House is in Session
11:00am – Senate is in Session

Committee Meetings:

Other Meetings and Hearings: Local Government Commission – 8:45am
Monthly Business Meeting

House Education – 9:00am
To consider: HB1738, HB1861, HB1816, HB1701

House Aging and Older Adult Services – 9:30am
Public hearing on elder abuse

House Urban Affairs – 9:45am
Informational meeting on: SB497

House State Government – 10:00am
Informational meeting on reforms to election administration and oversight with emphasis on: HB1142, HB1371, HB1572, HB1827, HB1830, HB1835

Senate Finance – 10:00am
To consider: SB968

House Local Government – 10:15am
To consider: SB1081, HB1796

Other Meetings and Hearings: Special Education Funding Formula Commission – 10:30am
Public hearing to consider final recommendations and release final report

House Appropriations – Off the Floor
Agenda TBA

House Health – Off the Floor
To consider: HB1655, HR550, HR348

Senate Committee Positions DPW Name Change for Final Vote

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HARRISBURG – The drive to change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services took an important step forward today with the Senate Health and Welfare Committee’s approval of a House-passed name-change bill.

The committee voted 9 to 2 to send House Bill 993 to the Senate floor for final consideration. It is expected that the bill will receive a final vote the Senate when the General Assembly returns to voting sessions in January.

The committee, chaired by Sen. Pat Vance, a Cumberland County Republican, voted on the bill at the urging of Sen. Robert Mensch, R-Montgomery, who had earlier introduced an identical version in the Senate. Mensch indicated to Senate leaders he was willing to move the House bill so that the name change could be completed more quickly. The House bill was authored by Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery.

“We thank the committee for taking this important step to move the name change close to a final vote,” said Brian Schreiber, chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and a leader of the Campaign for What Works. “Changing the name of the department is long overdue. Pennsylvania is finally close to being in sync with the rest of the nation by removing the word “welfare” from it human services agency.”

About Campaign for What Works – Campaign for What Works is a statewide coalition initiated by United Way of Allegheny County, the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Forbes Funds to ensure the future of our vital human service programs and, above all, the wellbeing of the people they serve. More than 70 organizations belong to the coalition.

Today on the Hill

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11:00am – House is in Session
1:00pm – Senate is in Session

Committee Meetings:

House Children and Youth – 9:00am
To consider: SB24, SB29, SB33

House Education – 9:00am
Public hearing on: HB1506

Joint Legislative Budget & Finance Committee – 9:30am
Meeting to release reports on (1) The Status of Special Education for Gifted Students in the Commonwealth; and (2) Philadelphia’s Use of Gaming Funds

Senate Democratic Policy Committee – 9:30am
Joint policy roundtable discussion with the Senate Republican Policy Committee on the issue of property tax relief for Pennsylvanians, to examine ways of reforming the current system for homeowners, business owners and senior citizens facing property tax increases

Senate Republican Policy Committee – 9:30am
Joint policy roundtable discussion with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee on the issue of property tax relief for Pennsylvanians, to examine ways of reforming the current system for homeowners, business owners and senior citizens facing property tax increases

House State Government – 10:00am
To consider: HB1271, HR414, HR71

House Judiciary – 10:00am
To consider: HB452, HB587, HB1863, SB689, SB1024

Senate Local Government – 10:00am
To consider: SB1185, SB1189, HB1529, HB1617

Senate Public Health and Welfare – 10:30am
To consider: SR61, SB384, HB993, HB1656

Senate Veterans and Emergency Preparedness – 11:00am
To consider: SB1146, HB807

Senate Judiciary – 12:00pm
To hold confirmation hearings on The Honorable Patricia H. Jenkins, Judge, Superior Court, Jennifer R. Storm, Victim Advocate and John P. Williams, Jr., M.D., MBA, Board of Pardons

House Appropriations – Off the Floor
Agenda TBA

House Human Services – Off the Floor
To consider: HB1298, HR544

Today on the Hill

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1:00pm – House is in Session
1:00pm – Senate is in Session

Committee Meetings:

House Human Services – 10:00am
Informational meeting on autism services

Other Meetings and Hearings: Center for Rural Pennsylvania – 10:00am
Regular business meeting

House Aging and Older Adult Services – 11:00am
Public hearing on elder abuse

House Insurance – 11:00am
To consider: HB1837

House Children and Youth – 12:00pm
Informational meeting with a presentation on the Office of Children, Youth and Families’ IT Improvement Plan and Database of Protective Services

Joint Legislative Conservation Committee – 12:00pm
Environmental Issues Forum with a presentation by analyst and researcher Eric Jesperson entitled “Pennsylvania Water Data – Retrospective and Forward”

House Appropriations – Off the Floor
Agenda TBA

House Science Committee votes to link federal R&D to start-up companies

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Yesterday the House Science Committee approved H.R. 2981, the TRANSFER Act. This legislation would ensure that a federal commitment exists for transforming federally funded research and development into commercial products and high growth start-up companies. The TRANSFER Act incentivizes research institutions to collaborate with university research parks and other technology-based economic development entities to create a return on federal investment.