From Second and State: Session Preview May 5-7, 2014

by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Contact

The House and Senate will be in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5-7. They will then break after Wednesday’s session until after the Primary Election on May 20, returning on June 2. This session week will be the last before the legislature turns its almost full attention to 2014-2015 budget negotiations.  The Pennsylvania Constitution requires the budget to be signed by June 30.

In committee next week, expect the focus to be on combined heat and power, environmental technologies, tax issues, tuition account programs, controlled substances, insurance co-payments, travel and tourism, and gaming.

Here’s the breakdown:

On Monday, the Joint Legislative Conservation Committee will hold an environmental issues forum on the TreeVitalization program, a public-private partnership to restore tree cover in Pennsylvania’s communities. The House Finance Committee will consider H.B. 2013, which amends the Tax Reform Code, in realty transfer tax, to further provide for excluded transactions, and H.B. 2202, which amends the Tuition Account Programs and College Savings Bond Act to further provide for general provisions governing both tuition account programs. Additionally, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will meet to consider legislation to amend the Plumbing System Lead Ban Act and a resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to review the Commonwealth’s program for beneficial use of sewage sludge by land application.

In Philadelphia, the Public Utility Commission will hold a hearing on combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The hearing at Drexel University’s AJ Picture Gallery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will feature discussions by CHP experts, project developers, technology vendors and representatives from Philadelphia Gas Works and PECO Energy Company. PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson will attend, as well as Commissioners Gladys M. Brown, Pamela A. Witmer and James H. Cawley.

Also on Monday, members of the coalition known as CompetePA will be in the capitol visiting legislators to promote economic development and job creation in Pennsylvania, as well as efforts to keep Pennsylvania competitive with other states. CompetePA is a 130-member coalition of businesses and organizations representing half of the private sector employment in the state.

On Tuesday, the House State Government Committee will hold a public hearing on HR 578, a resolution that, as introduced, commended Attorney General Kathleen Kane for her dedication to the Commonwealth, but would be amended into articles of impeachment by Rep. Daryl Metcalf (R-Butler). The House Human Services Committee will consider H.B. 2203, which amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to further provide for schedules of controlled substances including the prohibition of Zohydo.

In the Senate, the Banking and Insurance Committee will hold a public hearing on S.B. 594. This bill limits the imposition of copayments and coinsurances for non-physician services to not more than the cost of the copayment or coinsurance for an insured’s primary care physician office visit. It also says that an insured person may not be subjected to more than one copayment or coinsurance amount per visit for outpatient medical services provided by one provider or deplete more than one visit for outpatient medical services provided by one provider. The Senate State Government Committee will consider H.B. 201, which amends Title 62 (Procurement), in source selection and contract formation to further provide for competitive sealed proposals; provide for investment activities in Iran; and impose civil penalties. The committee will also consider H.B. 1672, which provides for the testing of new, environmentally beneficial and energy efficient technologies within various state agencies.

Expect to see shale supporters in Harrisburg for a Pennsylvania Jobs, Pennsylvania Energy rally that organizers are predicting will be one of the largest gatherings to date on the steps of the Harrisburg State Capitol. The rally will be in-person and through social media using the hashtag #PaEnergyRally. More information is available by visiting ShaleAdvocates.com.

On Wednesday, the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee will hold an informational hearing regarding tourism in Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism Summit, which is being held at the Harrisburg Hilton.

Finally, the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee will meet to release a report on “The Current Condition and Future Viability of Casino Gaming in Pennsylvania.”  This report will be issued pursuant to a resolution sponsored by Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Cameron) and is expected to include an analysis of the potential impact of online gaming in the Commonwealth. Similarly, the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on the issue of internet gaming on May 1.  Testimony and remarks from that hearing can be seen here: http://www.pahouse.com/policycommittee/

 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Contact
more
less

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):
hide

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.

Security

JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.