Legislation

Legislation Introduced by Senator Fontana | 2015-2016 Legislative Session

Kindergarten Requirement

SB 216 – Amends the Public School Code to require all school districts in the Commonwealth to provide full day kindergarten.

Referred to Education on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Hughes, Costa, Farnese, Rafferty, Leach

Restriction for TV Series and Film Tax Credit

SB 217 – Caps the amount a tv series, whose primary purpose is the sale of commercial goods, and prohibit commercial and marketing type advertisements from receiving funding under the film tax credit.

Referred to Finance on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Boscola, Smith, Farnese, Hughes, Leach

Film Production Tax Credit

SB 218 – Increases the Film Production Tax Credit from the current $60 million to $125 million.

Referred to Finance on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Blake, Costa, Wiley, Boscola, Smith, Brewster, Hughes, Rafferty, Leach, Ward, Browne, Farnese

Unused Film Production Tax Credit

SB 219 – Would allow for the recapture of approved unused Film Production Tax Credits from a previous year.

Referred to Finance on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors: Brewster, Blake, Yudichak, Costa, Schwank, Wiley, Boscola, Smith, Farnese, Hughes, Leach, Browne

Angel Investment Tax Credit

SB 223 – Amends Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) to provide for an Angel Investment Tax Credit for individuals/network of individuals who review new businesses and proposed businesses and make investments.

Referred to Finance on February 12, 2015

Co sponsors:  Greenleaf, Brewster, Boscola, Vulakovich, Yudichak, Mensch, Gordner, Schwank, Hughes, Costa, Browne, Smith Wiley, Blake Farnese, Wozniak, Dinniman, Leach

Increase for Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program

SB 243  – Would increase the allocation for the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP) from the current $18 million to $25 million.

Referred to Finance on May 1, 2015

Co sponsors:  Wiley, Brewster, Yudichak, Schwank, Costa, Smith, Stefano, Hughes, Browne

Early Voting

SB 255 – Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code to provide for early voting in primaries and elections beginning 15 days prior.

Referred to State Government on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Kitchen, Farnese, Teplitz, Brewster, Blake, Costa, Schwank, Wiley, Yudichak, Boscola, Hughes, Smith, Williams, Leach, Browne

Sales and Use Tax Filing Schedule Change

SB 256 – Would reinstate the former semi-monthly filing schedule for the Sales and Use Tax for certain businesses that have volatile sales.

Referred to Finance on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Costa, Boscola, Farnese, Hughes, Browne

Water Testing Results by DEP

SB 257 – Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas) by requiring that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provide the water test results to homeowners for all parameters that they have accurately measured using their normal procedures. DEP would also be required to post the water test results online, categorized by municipality, so that the confidentiality of homeowners’ water supply will not be compromised.

Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Yudichak, Brewster, Costa, Schwank, Wiley, Boscola, Blake, Farnese, Hughes, Rafferty, Williams

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

SB 258 – Would require carbon monoxide detectors in a dependent care facility which includes nursing homes, older adult daily living center, personal care home and assisted living residence.

Referred to Public Health and Welfare on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Kitchen, Schwank, Hughes, Smith, Costa, Tartaglione, Brewster, Tomlinson

SB 259 – Would require carbon monoxide detectors in lodging establishment including a hotel, motel, inn, guest house, hostelry or other structure that provides temporary accommodations.

Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Kitchen, Schwank, Hughes, Smith, Costa, Tartaglione, Brewster, Tomlinson

SB 260 – Would require carbon monoxide detectors in dorms of institutions of higher education including universities within the State System of Higher Education, community colleges, State-related institutions, and any college or university which is operated not for profit.

Referred to Education on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Kitchen, Schwank, Hughes, Smith, Costa, Tartaglione, Brewster, Tomlinson

SB 261 – Would require carbon monoxide detectors in schools which include a public school, nonpublic school, charter school, regional charter school, cyber charter school.

Referred to Education on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Kitchen, Schwank, Smith, Costa, Tartaglione, Brewster, Tomlinson

SB 262 – Would require carbon monoxide detectors in child care facilities including a boarding home for children, child care center and a nursery school that is licensed and regulated by the Commonwealth.

Referred to Public Health and Welfare on January 15, 2015

Co sponsors:  Kitchen, Schwank, Smith, Costa, Tartaglione, Brewster, Tomlinson

Private Lateral Sewage Line Maintenance

SB 288 – Amends the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Act to allow municipalities to include private lateral rehabilitation or replacement in PennVEST funding applications when determined by the municipality that it is the most cost effective approach to reduce wet weather sewer overflows.

Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy on January 20, 2015

Co sponsors:  Yudichak, Hughes, Schwank, Boscola, Smith, Costa, Williams, Tartaglione, Brewster

Private Lateral Sewage Line Improvement/Repair

SB 289 – Would allow municipalities to use public funds for the improvement, extension, repair or rehabilitation of private lateral sewage lines connected to public sewer systems where the municipality or municipal authority determines that such activities will benefit the public sewer system.

Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy on January 20, 2015
Reported as Committed, February 24, 2015 (11-0)
Referred to Appropriations on April 13, 2015

Co sponsors:  Yudichak, Hughes, Schwank, Boscola, Smith, Costa, Williams, Tartaglione, Brewster

Posting School Policies

SB 322 – Would require all traditional K-12 public schools to post online certain school policies on the district’s website.

Referred to Education on January 23, 2015

Co sponsors:  Teplitz, Stack, Brewster, Hughes, Costa, Smith, Farnese, Browne

Special Occasion Permit

SB 323 – Would add the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation (PDCDC) and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation as an eligible entity for a Special Occasion Permit with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Referred to Law & Justice on January 23, 2015

Co sponsors:  Vulakovich, Smith, Costa, Schwank, Rafferty, Hughes

Rideshare

SB 447 – Would allow Transportation Network Services like Lyft and Uber to operate legally in the Commonwealth.  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission would be charged with overseeing operations.

Referred to Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, February 13, 2015

Co sponsors:  Teplitz, Blake, Brewster, Yudichak, Smith, Costa, Vulakovich

Business in Our Sites

SB 673 – Recapitalize Business in Our Sites which is an infrastructure investment program designed to create shovel ready sites for new development.

Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development on March 31, 2015

Co sponsors:  Williams, Brewster, Haywood, Yudichak, Kitchen, Costa, Wiley, Schwank, Farnese, Boscola, Wozniak, Hughes

Taxing Non-Profits on Land Value

SB 945 – Amend Title 53 to require non-profits to pay real estate taxes based on the value of their land only, exempting the first $500,000 of total land value.  The exemption would apply to all properties owned by the entity.  Land conservancies would be exempt.

Referred to Finance on July 10, 2015

Co sponsors:  Schwank

SB 946 –  Amends the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act to require non-profits to pay real estate taxes based on the value of their land only, exempting the first $500,000 of total land value.  The exemption would apply to all properties owned by the entity.  Land conservancies would be exempt.

Referred to Finance on July 10, 2015

Co sponsors:  Schwank

Repeal of Act 11 of 2014

SB 1024  – Would repeal the law that established the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) of the City of Pittsburgh.

Referred to Community, Economic, Recreational Development on October 20, 2015

Co sponsor:  Schwank

Reporting of Nursing Ratios

Staffing levels for RNs, LPNs, CANs would be posted in patient care areas as well as the Dept. of Health would compile and publish quarterly reports of this information for each Pennsylvania hospital.

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Co sponsors:  Blake, Costa, Leach

Breweries at Farmers Markets and Festivals (with Scavello)

The first permit would allow breweries to participate in wine and food festivals in the Commonwealth.  The second permit would permit breweries to sell malt and brewed beverages he or she manufactured at farmers markets.

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Co sponsors:  Vogel, Costa, Rafferty, Stefano, Vulakovich, Scarnati

 

Enhancing the Film Production Tax Credit (with Ward, Costa, Pileggi, Bartolotta)

Increases the Film Tax Credit to $75 million, reissuing credits that have been awarded but unused, and providing credits for qualified postproduction expenses.

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Co sponsors:  Sabatina, Greenleaf, Tartaglione, Farnese, Rafferty, Tomlinson, Blake, Stefano, Leach, Hughes

Committee Consideration

SR 23 – Amends Senate Rule 14 by granting the prime sponsor of a bill/resolution the ability to request a public meeting or hearing within 10 legislative days of the request and would require a vote on the bill/resolution within 10 legislative days after the hearing.

Referred to Rules and Executive Nominations on February 12, 2015

Co sponsors:  Teplitz, Farnese, Brewster, Costa, Smith, Tartaglione, Williams, Blake, Leach

Study on Problem Gambling Funding

SR 56 – Would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the current and future state of compulsive and problem gambling treatment in this Commonwealth.

Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development on April 8, 2015

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Gordner, Schwank, Greenleaf, Smith, Costa, Kitchen, Ward, Yudichak, Hughes

LBFC Workforce Investment Study (with Smith)

Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of all state sponsored workforce investment programs.

Referred to

Co sponsors:  Stack, Teplitz, Tartaglione, Vulakovich, Brewster, Hughes, Farnese, Gordner, Yudichak, Wiley, Costa, Schwank, Boscola, Hutchinson

Expungement of Certain Records

Would grant the ability for an individual to petition with the court of common pleas in the county where the original petition was filed the expungement of any PFA records when no protection from abuse order was issued.

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Co sponsors:  Boscola, Brewster, Hughes