Legislation Introduced 2011-2012

Legislation Introduced by Senator Fontana | 2011-2012 Legislative Session

Task Force on Homeless Children’s Education

SB 157 – An Act establishing a task force within the Department of Education to address homeless children’s education (with Senator Pippy)

Introduced January 18, 2011
Referred to Education January 18, 2011
Unanimously Reported from Committee February 8, 2011
First Consideration February 8, 2011
Re-Referred to Appropriations March 7, 2011

Other Co-Sponsors:  Browne, Tartaglione, Erickson, Farnese, Williams, Ward, Boscola, Costa, Ferlo, Hughes, Brewster, Washington, Dinniman, Kitchen, Greenleaf, Kasunic, Stack, Yudichak, Earll, Blake and Solobay

 

New Home Construction Tax Abatement Act Amendment

SB 158 – Amending Act 202, the New Home Construction Tax Abatement Act, to extend the time period in which a homeowner can apply for the extension

Introduced January 18, 2011
Referred to Finance January 18, 2011
Reported as Committed April 13, 2011
First Consideration April 13, 2011
Re-Referred to Appropriations May 3, 2011

Other Co-Sponsors:  Rafferty, MJ White, Boscola, Pippy, Costa, Ferlo, Hughes, Brewster, Solobay, Washington, Stack, Kasunic, Yudichak, Browne, Farnese, Blake and Wozniak

 

Adult Mentored Hunting Program

SB 502 – Amends the Game Code to allow the PA Game Commission to implement an Adult Mentored Hunting Program in the Commonwealth

Introduced February 11, 2011
Referred to Game & Fisheries February 11, 2011
Reported as Committed May 3, 2011
First Consideration May 3, 2011
Re-Referred to Appropriations May 24, 2011

Other Co-Sponsors:  Stack, D. White, Wozniak, Eichelberger, Erickson, Vogel, Brubaker, Brewster, Kasunic, Rafferty, McIlhinney, Pippy, Boscola, Costa and Alloway

 

Child Abuse by School Employees

SB 549 – Amends the Child Protective Services Law of the Domestic Relations Code to provide that all suspected perpetrators of child abuse will be investigated in exactly the same way

Introduced February 25, 2011
Referred to Aging & Youth Committee
Reported as Committed May 24, 2011
First Consideration May 24, 2011
Re-Referred to Appropriations June 20, 2011

Other Co-Sponsors: Senators Kasunic, Tartaglione, Browne, Orie, Yaw, Rafferty, Farnese, Kitchen, Ward, Boscola, Pippy, Williams, Eichelberger, Leach, Mensch, Vance, Waugh, Costa, Hughes, Brewster, Solobay, Washington, Greenleaf, Baker, Stack, Argall, Yudichak, Wozniak, Blake, Alloway, D. White, Dimmiman, Ferlo and Piccola

 

Small Business Investment Guarantee Program

SB 682 – Amends Title 64 (Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations) to provide for a reconstituted Small Business Investment Guarantee Program; provides $50 million from the program to provide access to capital for small businesses

Introduced March 28, 2011
Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development

Other Co-Sponsors: Costa, Tartaglione, Solobay, Hughes, Wozniak, Yudichak, Brewster, Farnese, Kasunic and Ferlo

 

Recapitalization of the Business in Our Sites Program

SB 683 – 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 combined with $25 million in revolving loan funds

Introduced March 28, 2011
Referred to Community, Economic and Recreational Development

Other Co-Sponsors: Costa, Tartaglione, Solobay, Hughes, Boscola, Wozniak, Yudichak, Brewster, Farnese, Kasunic and Ferlo

 

 

Changes to Port Authority Board Make-Up

SB 926

Amends the Second Class County Port Authority Act to specify that the Board must include a member of county council, a labor representative, a member of the transit council, and one member each of the Senate and the House who are also residents of the county

Introduced April 25, 2011
Referred to Transportation
Reported as Amended June 21, 2011
First Consideration June 21, 2011
Re-Referred to Appropriations June 29, 2011

Other Co-Sponsors: Costa, Ferlo and Brewster

 

Angel Investment Tax Credit

SB 1265 – Legislation amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) to provide for an Angel Investment Tax Credit for individuals (or a network of individuals) who review new businesses or proposed businesses and make investments; taxpayers could receive a tax credit for a portion of their investment as a means to promote angel investment in entrepreneurial opportunities (with Earll)

Introduced September 29, 2011
Referred to Finance

Other Co-Sponsors: Greenleaf, Vogel, Pippy, Waugh, Gordner, McIlhinney, Boscola, Costa, Ferlo, Browne, Yudichak, Blake and Farnese

 

Free Fishing License for 50% Disabled Veterans

SB 1279 – 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)

Introduced October 3, 2011
Referred to Game and Fisheries

Other Co-Sponsors: Baker, Rafferty, Tartaglione, Washington, Farnese, Erickson, Greenleaf, Solobay, Costa, Browne, Hughes, Blake, Boscola, Brewster, Dinniman, Ferlo, Kasunic, Kitchen, Leach, Stack, Williams, Wozniak, Yudichak and Ward

 

Temporary Moratorium on Court-Ordered Reassessments

SB 1280 – Creates the Property Tax Reassessment Moratorium Act to provide for a temporary moratorium on court-ordered reassessments through November 2012; applies to all counties undertaking a court-ordered reassessment of real property

Introduced October 3, 2011
Referred to Finance

Other Co-Sponsors: Tartaglione, Washington, Alloway, Schwank, Solobay, Costa and Yudichak

 

Taxing Non-Profits on Land Value 

SB 1281 – 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

Introduced October 3, 2011
Referred to Finance

Other Co-Sponsors: Ferlo, Schwank and Washington

 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Notification

SB 1347– Creates the Earned Income Tax Credit Notification Act to require that employers post a notice at the job site and provide employees with an annual written notice about the program

Introduced November 22, 2011
Referred to Finance

Other Co-Sponsors: Kitchen, Brewster, Boscola, Ferlo, Tartaglione and Hughes