Legislation

Legislation Introduced by Senator Fontana | 2013-2014 Legislative Session

Civil Service Preference Points for Veterans

SB 241 – Amends Title 51 (Military Affairs) by increasing preference points to veterans on any civil service appointments or promotional examination from 10 to 15.

Referred to Veterans Affairs, January 6, 2014

Other Co-sponsors:  Brewster, Washington, Stack, Teplitz, Ferlo, Kitchen, Smith, Kasunic, Hughes, Farnese, Costa, Blake, Yudichak, Rafferty, Hutchinson, Solobay, Mensch 

 

Kindergarten Requirement

SB 1150  – Amends the Public School Code to require all school districts in the Commonwealth to provide kindergarten.

Referred to Education, October 29, 2013

Other Co-sponsors:  Wozniak, Rafferty, Schwank, Farnese, Brewster, Pileggi, Hughes, Ferlo, Costa, Solobay, Browne 

Posting School Policies

SB 1151  – Would require all traditional K-12 public schools to post online certain school policies on the district’s website.

Referred to Education, October 29, 2013 

Other Co-sponsors:  Stack, Smith, Teplitz, Washington, Farnese, Vulakovich, Solobay, Brewster

Child Abuse Reporting

SB 31 – Amends the Child Protective Services portion of the Domestic Relations Code to provide that child abuse is investigated in the same manner for every report, regardless of the perpetrator.  Child abuse reporting would also apply to school employees where there is suspected child abuse.

Referred to Education, March 15, 2013
Reported as amended, June 11, 2013 (11-0)
Re-referred to Appropriations, June 26, 2013
Reported as amended, October 1, 2013 (25-0)
Second consideration, October 2, 2013
Passed the Senate, October 16, 2013 (49-0)
Referred to House Children & Youth, October 17, 2013

Co sponsors:  Folmer, Washington, Erickson, Stack, Brewster, Ferlo, Teplitz, Baker, Rafferty, Yudichak, Kasunic, Tartaglione, Williams, Smith, Farnese, Waugh, Mensch, Hughes, Browne, Ward, Vance, Pileggi, Boscola, Costa, Alloway, Schwank, Dinniman, Blake 

New Home Construction Tax Abatement Act Amendment

SB 139 – Amends the New Home Construction Tax Abatement Act, to extend the time period in which a homeowner can apply for an extension.

Referred to Finance, January 15, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors:  Kasunic, Farnese, Washington, Erickson, Rafferty, Alloway, Tartaglione, Hughes, Boscola, Browne, Yudichak, Ferlo, Solobay, Costa, Blake

Adult Mentoring Hunting Program

SB 140 – Amends the Game Code (Title 34) to allow the PA Game Commission to implement an Adult Mentored Hunting Program in Pennsylvania.

Referred to Game and Fisheries, January 15, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors:  Vogel, Kasunic, Erickson, Schwank, Rafferty, Alloway, Brewster, Eichelberger, Boscola, Ferlo, Smith, White, Solobay, Costa, Baker, White, Browne, McIlhinney

Angel Investment Tax Credit

SB 141 – Amends Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) to provide for an Angel Investment Tax Credit for individuals (or network of individuals) who review new businesses or proposed businesses and make investments. Furthermore, taxpayers could receive a tax credit for a portion of their investment as a means to promote angel investment in entrepreneurial opportunities.

Reported as committed, February 13, 2013 (9-2)
First consideration, February 13, 2013
Laid on the table, March 20

Other Co-Sponsors:  Farnese, Kasunic, Schwank, Greenleaf, Vulakovich, Browne, Yudichak, Ferlo, Smith, Brewster, Gordner, Costa, Boscola, Dinniman, Blake, McIlhinney, Wiley

Free Fishing Licensure for 50% Disabled Veterans

SB 142 – Amends Title 30 (Fish) to provide that a veteran who is 50% disabled as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and who meets the related qualifications, shall be issued a free resident fishing license. Currently, veterans must be 100% disabled.

Referred to Game and Fisheries, January 15, 2013

Co sponsors:  Farnese, Washington, Hughes, Mensch, Erickson, Kasunic, Schwank, Rafferty, Alloway, Tartaglione, Kitchen, Brewster, Williams, Boscola, Greenleaf, Vulakovich, Browne, Yudichak, Ferlo, Smith, Ward, Solobay, Costa, Baker, Dinniman, Blake, Wiley

Taxing Non-Profits on Land Value

SB 143 – 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 $200,000 of total land value. The exemption would apply to all properties owned by the entity.

Referred to Finance, January 15, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors: Washington, Ferlo

Small Business Investment Guarantee Program

SB 205 – The legislation amends Title 64 (Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations) providing that the Second Stage Loan Program would become the Small Business Investment Guarantee. In addition, the bill defines small businesses, adds economic development organization as permitted to make loan available to small business, additional requirements for application as well as provides for equity investment and loan guarantees

Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development, February 5, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors: Washington, Kasunic, Tartaglione, Yudichak, Ferlo, Farnese, Solobay, Williams, Hughes, Brewster, Kitchen, Costa, Blake, Boscola

Recapitalization of the Business in Our Sites Program

SB 224 – The bill amends Title 64 (Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations) recapitalizing the Business in Our Sites Program using $50 million of previously allocated funding from underutilized program accounts combines with $25 million in revolving loan funds.

Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development, February 5, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors: Washington, Kasunic, Tartaglione, Yudichak, Ferlo, Farnese, Solobay, Williams, Hughes, Brewster, Kitchen, Costa, Blake, Boscola

Exemption of Veteran’s Benefits

SB 417 – This legislation exempts veterans’ disability benefits as eligible income under the following acts: Senior Citizen Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance (Act 1) and PACE/PACENET.

Referred to Finance, February 8, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors: Stack, Erickson, Mensch, Vulakovich, Farnese, Greenleaf, Washington, Vogel, Tartaglione, Williams, Hughes, Hutchinson, Brewster, Schwank, Ferlo, Solobay, Rafferty, Yudichak, Boscola, Brubaker, Costa, Leach, Baker, Waugh, Blake

Elimination of Property Taxes for Allegheny County

SB 418 – The legislation amends the Second Class County Code by eliminating property taxes in Allegheny County by authorizing Allegheny County Council to eliminate property reassessments within the county. The county and each municipality and school district within the county would then be empowered to impose other taxes to replace the property tax revenues. These other taxes options would include an earned income and net profits tax, a personal income tax, sales and use tax, real property fee (per square foot), and any other tax authorized under the Local Tax Enabling Act.

Referred to Finance, February 5, 2013

Other Co-Sponsors: Ferlo, Ward, Tartaglione, Costa

Water Testing Results by DEP

SB 592 – 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, March 1, 2013

Co sponsors:  Kasunic, Rafferty, Ferlo, Yudichak, Blake, Costa, McIlhinney, Tartaglione, Farnese, Brewster, Schwank, Hughes, Boscola, Washington, Wiley 

Adult Mentored Hunting Program (With Senator Corman)

SB 623 – Amends the Game Code (Title 34) to allow the PA Game Commission to implement an Adult Mentored Hunting Program in Pennsylvania.

Referred to Game and Fisheries, March 6, 2013
Reported as committed, March 12, 2013 (11-0)
Committed in Appropriations, March 13, 2013 (26-0)
Senate, March 19, 2013 (50-0)
Amended in House Games and Fisheries, April 16, 2013 (22-2)
Committed in House Appropriations, April 24, 2013 (33-0)
House, April 24, 2013 (195-0)
Senate Concurred in House amendments, April 30, 2013 (49-0)
Approved by the Governor, May 15, 2013
Act 7 of 2013

Co sponsors:  Corman, Fontana, Alloway, Eichelberger, Wozniak, Baker, Waugh, Teplitz, Rafferty, White, Schwank, Brewster, Smith, Boscola, Solobay, Robbins, Kasunic, Folmer, McIlhinney, Hutchinson, Costa, Erickson, Gordner, Vulakovich, Mensch, Brubaker, Blake, Browne, Ferlo 

Voter ID Neighborhood Centers

SB 636  – Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code to require that the Department of State designate district offices of members of the General Assembly, municipal offices or other facilities as places where voters can obtain a voter identification card.

Referred to State Government, March 8, 2013

Other Co-sponsors:  Teplitz, Wozniak, Brewster, Smith, Costa, Washington, Kasunic, Stack, Solobay, Browne, Farnese, Ferlo, Tartaglione, Hughes, Blake

Film Production Tax Credit

SB 687 – Amends the Tax Reform Code to increase the Film Production Tax Credit from the current $60 million to $100 million.

Referred to Finance, March 14, 2013

Other Co-sponsors:  Brewster, Greenleaf, Yudichak, Costa, Ferlo, Erickson, Washington, Solobay, Hughes

9-11 Memorial Vehicle Registration Plate (With Senator Kasunic)

SB 779 –  PENNDOT would offer a special registration plate to commemorate those affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

Referred to Transportation, April 1, 2013

Co sponsors:  Kasunic, Costa, Wozniak, Teplitz, Stack, Washington, Yudichak, Brewster, Ferlo, Tartaglione, Schwank, Smith, Farnese, Solobay, Erickson, Mensch, Greenleaf, Browne, McIlhinney, Alloway, Brubaker, Vulakovich, Baker, Hughes, Williams 

Early Voting

SB 900 – Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code to provide for early voting in primaries and elections beginning 15 days prior.

Referred to State Government, May 3, 2013

Co sponsors:  Teplitz, Washington, Brewster, Farnese, Tartaglione, Smith, Williams, Hughes, Ferlo, Solobay, Yudichak, Costa, Boscola, Wozniak, Browne, Blake, Wiley