Summary of Legislation | October 2019

Emrick Intoduces Bill to Amend PE Registration Act Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) has introduced legislation similar to last session’s HB 1106, which amends the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law. The legislation makes a number of changes to current exemptions as well as continuing education language. It includes provisions that will alleviate confusion created by […]

Summary of Legislation | September 2019

State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists September 11 Meeting Notes The State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists met on September 11 in Harrisburg. Following are the highlights. Board President Francis Stanton, PE, was unable to attend, so Vice President James Szalankiewicz presided. John Fuehrer presented a letter […]

Summary of Legislation | August 2019

This Month in the PA Bulletin: Governor’s Office Publishes Regulatory Agenda Executive Order 1996-1 requires all agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor to submit for publication semi-annually an agenda of regulations under development or consideration. The agendas are compiled to provide members of the regulated community advanced notice of regulatory activity. It is the […]

Summary of Legislation | July 2019

New Law Seeks to Lower Hurdles for Licensees to Move into the State Legislation recently enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly grants additional powers to licensing boards wishing to make reciprocity easier. The new law effects all of licensing boards under the state Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, including those for engineers, land surveyors […]

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 […]