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 […]

Summary of Legislation | July 2018

Capitol Quiet During Summer Recess, Still Issues to Arise in Fall The state capitol has been relatively quiet this past month, as the House and Senate have gone home for the post-budget recess. As the update below reflects, there has been little legislative activity, even at the committee level, this past month. The lull is […]

Summary of Legislation | June 2018

Summer Arrives Early in Harrisburg – Budget Passed a Week Before Deadline In Harrisburg, the General Assembly showed an unusual about of unanimity this year, by passing the FY 2018-19 budget package not only on time, but 8 days EARLY. On June 20, the House passed HB 2121  by a (188-10) vote, and the Senate […]

Summary of Legislation | May 2018

Surprises Accompany Expected Results in May Primary Elections In another primary election marked by depressingly low turnouts in most areas of the state, incumbents at all levels of state government were dealt crushing defeats, while simultaneously held special elections to fill vacant seats served as precursors to fall campaigns on May 15. State Sen. Scott […]

Summary of Legislation | April 2018

Time to Make the Push for Updates to the Registration Act Due to a Commonwealth Court ruling, Pennsylvania’s licensing law for professional engineers and land surveyors now has a severely narrowed scope of practice.  The case, Davy Resource Group v. State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists, dealt with the location of […]

Summary of Legislation | March 2018

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy & Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committees Holds Hearing on Pipeline Safety, SB 488 The two committees held a joint public hearing on pipeline safety on March 20. Chairman of Environmental Resources and Energy Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) stated some issues involved in the hearing are personal, but they ask […]

Summary of Legislation | February 2018

Gov. Wolf Proposes $33 Billion Budget That Prioritizes Education Funding and Workforce Development On February 6, while many ears around the capitol were still ringing from the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory celebrations, Gov. Tom Wolf gave his annual budget address, the last of his current term, proposing a ringing in at $33 billion spending plan […]

Summary of Legislation | January 2018

State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists January 10 Meeting Highlights The State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists met on January 10 in Harrisburg. Following are the highlights. Board President Theodore Tesler, PG, welcomed Board members and guests, and thanked them for their service. He acknowledged the guests […]

Summary of Legislation | December 2017

School Construction Study Committee Coming Down the Homestretch For more than a year, a legislatively created committee has been examining the state’s school construction reimbursement program, known as PLANCON, in order to make recommendations regarding not just how the program could be changed, but whether or not there is a program at all. The committee […]