Legislation Introduced 2017-2018

Legislation Introduced by Senator Fontana | 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Prison Closure

SB 220 – Would prohibit the Department of Corrections from closing a state correctional institution without conducting a public hearing.

Referred to Judiciary on January 26, 2017

Co sponsors:  Blake, Baker, Langerholc, Yudichak, Gordner, Brooks, Costa, Argall, Schwank, Rafferty, Boscola, Browne, Stefano

Pittsburgh Parking Authority (with Vulakovich and Costa)

SB 252 – Enables the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to engage in transactions that are for the benefit of private developers, in certain circumstances.

Referred to Local Government on January 27, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Bartolotta, Reschenthaler, Vogel, Stephano, Ward

Kindergarten Requirement

SB 295 – 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:  Leach, Brewster, Costa, Farnese, Schwank, Rafferty, Hughes

Disclosing Lead

SB 296 – Requires that property disclosure statements discloses whether lead contamination has been found in the drinking water of a home and/or a house built before 1978 contains lead paint.

Referred to Urban Affairs and Housing on February 6, 2017

Co Sponsors:  Brewster, Tartaglione, Haywood, Schwank, Costa, Hughes, Farnese, Browne, Leach, McIlhinney

Private Lateral Sewage Line Improvement/Repair

SB 334 – 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 February 15, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Tartaglione, Yudichak, Haywood, Hughes, Boscola, Williams, Leach, McIlhinney

Water Testing Results by DEP

SB 335 – 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 February 15, 2017

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

Reporting of Nursing Ratios

SB 336 –  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.

Referred to Health and Human Services on February 15, 2017

Co sponsors:  Leach, Sabatina, Costa, Blake, Langerholc, Haywood, Brewster, Hughes, Browne

Autonomous Vehicles (with Vulakovich, Costa, Rafferty, Sabatina)

SB 427 – Allows for the testing of autonomous vehicles on Pennsylvania’s transportation system.

Referred to Transportation on February 24, 2017

Co Sponsors:  Leach, Brewster, Tartaglione, Browne, Blake

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

SB 436 – 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 February 27, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Tartaglione, Haywood, Hughes, Browne

SB 437 – 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 February 27, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Haywood, Hughes, Browne

SB 438 – 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 February 27, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Haywood, Hughes, Browne

SB 439 – 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 Health and Human Services on February 27, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Haywood, Hughes, Browne

Early Voting

SB 440 – Amends the Pennsylvania Election Code to provide for early voting in primaries and elections.

Referred to State Government on February 27, 2017

Co sponsors:  Leach, Blake, Sabatina, Brewster, Costa, Farnese, Yudichak, Schwank, Haywood, Hughes, Boscola, Browne, Williams

Increase for Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (with Reschenthaler)

SB 512  – Would increase the allocation for the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP) from the current $18 million to $36 million.

Referred to Finance on March 10, 2017

Co sponsors:  Brewster, Costa, Yudichak, Killion, Schwank, Stefano, Hughes, Bartolotta, Baker, Vogel, Leach, Blake, Argall, Scavello

Special Occasion Permit

SB 570 – Amends the Liquor Code to provide for a special occasion permit for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Referred to Law and Justice on April 5, 2017

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Private Lateral Sewage Line Maintenance

SB 639 – 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 April 20, 2017

Co sponsors:  Costa, Rafferty, Tartaglione, Brewster, Hughes, Vulakovich, Reschenthaler

Private Water Lines

SB 656 – Would allow municipalities and municipal authorities to make public funds available to repair or replace contaminated private water lines when they pose a threat to the public health or safety.

Referred to Local Government on May 15, 2017

Co sponsors:  McIlhinney, Reschenthaler, Yudichak, Costa, Hughes

Film Production Tax Credit

SB 719 – Increases the Film Production Tax Credit from the current $60 million to $125 million.

Referred to Finance on May 12 2017

Co sponsors:  Killion, Yudichak, Reschenthaler, Farnese, Brewster, McIlhinney, Vulakovich, Costa, Bartolotta, Ward, Hughes

Taxing Non–Profits on Land Value

SB 717 – 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 May 12, 2017

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SB 718 – 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 May 12, 2017

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Property Rebate for Baby Boomers

Implements a property tax rebate for the baby boomer generation.  To qualify for a rebate, an individual must be a Pennsylvania residents who is 66 years and older, whose income is $50,000 and under, and who has lived in their home for 10 years or more.

SB 715 –  Amends the Taxpayer Relief Act to provide for a supplemental senior property tax rebate.

Referred to Finance on May 12, 2017

Co sponsors:  Rafferty, Hutchinson, Vogel, Brewster, Costa

SB 716 –  Amends the State Lottery Law to provide for disposition of funds.

Referred to Finance on May 12, 2017

Co sponsors:  Rafferty, Vogel, Costa

Water Tested for Lead for Agreement of Sales of Real Property

SB 727 –  Requires any agreement of sale for real property in this Commonwealth to include an option to have the water tested for lead.

Referred to

Co sponsors:  Greenleaf, Reschenthaler, Yudichak, Costa, Hughes

Public Safety Facilities Act (with Argall, Baker, Brooks and Yudichak)

Establishes a clear process for consideration of proposed closures of state correctional institutions, as well as other structures that house state law enforcement staff.

Referred to

Co sponsors:  Gordner, Rafferty, Ward, Costa

Committee Consideration

SR 19 – 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 6, 2017

Co sponsors:  Sabatina, Brewster, Tartaglione, Costa, Blake, Williams