Legislation Considered – September 2014

 Environmental

  • Rep. Hahn (R-Northampton County) sponsored a bill that amends the Clean Streams Law to allow riparian buffers and riparian forest buffers to be used as an option among best management practices designed to protect water quality in cases of earth or land disturbance from construction or reconstruction. (House Bill 1565)

Economic Development

  • Rep. Benninghoff (R-Centre County) sponsored a bill that amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act to reduce the borrowing capacity for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) projects by cutting annual borrowing capacity by $50 million beginning in fiscal year 2018-2019 until the debt limit reaches $2.95 billion. (House Bill 2420)
  • Sen. Pileggi (R-Delaware County) sponsored a bill that would amend the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act to modernize the act and to provide an additional way of funding Transit Revitalization Investments Districts, also known as TRIDs. (Senate Bill 1210)

Elder Abuse

  • In response to reports of elder abuse, Rep. Knowles (R-Schuylkill County) has introduced legislation directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to review the existing elder abuse task forces and to develop a profile of each existing task force model. (House Resolution 929)

Health Care

  • Sen. Folmer (R-Lebanon County) sponsored a bill that would establish the Medical Cannibas Act, which allows health care providers to recommend the use of marijuana for medical purposes. (Senate Bill 1182)

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New Legislation Introduced – August 2014

Transportation

  • Rep. Mustio (R-Allegheny County) sponsored a bill that would require transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to be licensed by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and to meet certain insurance and safety requirements.  (House Bill 2453).  Rep. DeLuca (D-Allegheny County) sponsored a similar bill.  (House Bill 2446).
  • Rep. Killion (R-Delaware County) sponsored a bill that would place certain limitations on transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, including, but not limited to, a requirement to obtain commercial liability insurance as primary coverage, obtain a certificate of public convenience, and file criminal background checks on the drivers of these companies.  (House Bill 2445).

Immigration

  • Rep. Metcalfe (R-Butler County) sponsored a bill that would require all employers in the state, including governmental employers, to enroll in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify); it would also allow municipal governments to adopt ordinances denying business licenses to employers of unauthorized aliens.  (House Bill 2430).

Municipal (Vacant & Blighted Property)

  • Rep. Day (R-Berks County) will be introducing legislation that would establish the Vacant Property Registration and Assessment Act, which is intended to address problems associated with vacant and blighted property by shifting the responsibility of helping to solve those problems on owners of properties that are vacant and/or blighted.

Taxation

  • Rep. Thomas (D-Philadelphia County) will be introducing legislation calling upon the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study on transitioning from a flat personal income tax to a graduated personal income tax system.

Economic Development

  • Rep. Benninghoff (R-Centre County) sponsored a bill that would reduce the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) debt ceiling (the outstanding obligations for redevelopment assistance projects) by $50 million increments until the debt ceiling reaches $2.95 billion (on July 1, 2027).  (House Bill 2420).

Rep. Turzai (R-Allegheny County) sponsored a bill that would establish annual spending limits on all project types that come under the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act, including redevelopment assistance projects.  (House Bill 2419).

 

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