Summary of Legislation | May 2019

House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Holds Hearing on Erosion and Sediment Control Permits The committee held a hearing May 1 on erosion and sedimentation (E&S) permits. Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) opened the meeting by stating that the testifiers would present information regarding processing times for E&S permits. Brenda Shambaugh, executive director for the Pennsylvania […]

Summary of Legislation | April 2019

Senators Offer No-Tax Alternative to Wolf’s Restore PA Plan Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-46) and Pat Stefano (R-32) offered an alternative April 8 to Governor Wolf’s Restore PA plan that would fund infrastructure projects throughout the state without the the Governor’s severance tax. As part of his budget address, Governor Wolf proposed a bond issue – […]

Summary of Legislation | March 2019

Bill Would Place Home Inspectors Under Engineers and Surveyors Licensing Board For more than a few years, the licensing of home inspectors has been kicked around the halls of Pennsylvania’s Capitol but with no enactment.  Presently home inspectors are certified by national associations.  A new bill was just introduced and it proposes to create a true licensing […]

Summary of Legislation | February 2019

Governor Wolf Presents FY 2019/20 Budget Proposal Governor Tom Wolf presented his proposed budget for FY 2019/20 on February 5th.  The proposal is set at $34.1 billion in spending, which is an increase of $927.36 million, or 2.79 percent over last year.  The Governor’s proposal also does not call for an across the board tax […]

Summary of Legislation | January 2019

Funding Infrastructure Improvements, Maybe It’s the start of the new legislative session and optimism is high for getting things done. But the general assembly’s track record suggests that bold plans rarely reach fruition when navigating Pennsylvania’s legislative process. But despite the daunting task ahead, newly reelected Governor Tom Wolf and DEP announced plans for a […]

Summary of Legislation | December 2018

House and Senate Leaders Announce Committee Chairs for 2019-20 Session On January 2, 2019, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) announced the appointments of majority committee chairmen for the 2019-20 Legislative Session. House committees study each bill and determine which proposals will go to the full House. They conduct public hearings on key […]

Summary of Legislation | November 2018

House and Senate Republicans, Democrats Leadership Teams for 2019/20 The House held leadership elections November 13 for the new legislative session starting in January. House Republicans re-elected Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), as their choice for Speaker when the House members are sworn in again on January 1. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), who previously served as Whip, was […]

Summary of Legislation | October 2018

No Final Action on HB 1106 The clock has run out on the 2017-18 legislative session, without Senate action on HB 1106, the updates to the Registration law. The House and Senate will convene for perhaps one day each in November, for what is traditionally non-voting sessions, other than to elect temporary leaders to preside […]

Summary of Legislation | September 2018

No Action on HB 1106: PSPE Members Asked to Contact the Senate The state Senate was in session for two weeks after the long summer break, and unfortunately did not take action to move forward the much needed amendments to the Registration Act. Although PSLS and PSPE have reached agreement with all of the groups […]

Summary of Legislation | August 2018

Legislation Offered to Exempt School Construction from School Co-op Purchasing Program Legislation has been offered to modify a little know group buying program that school districts have used in hopes of saving money.   According to some reports, these purchasing agreements have resulted in savings for schools, but not in all cases.  There have been a […]