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Senator Don White

Harrisburg Happenings
A Report on the Legislative Session of
March 20, 2017

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I am pleased to send you my Session Wrap Up e-newsletter. This e-newsletter features legislative activities during the Session Week of March 20, 2017.

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Senate Approves Lobbyist Disclosure Bill

The Senate approved government reform legislation on Wednesday that would provide improved transparency regarding lobbyist disclosure reports.

Senate Bill 169 would require lobbyists to register and file reports electronically through a computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Currently, lobbyists may register and file reports on paper forms, which in some cases has delayed the posting of the information on the department's website.

SB 169 requires the department to post on its website all lobbying registration and reporting documents it receives within seven days. The measure also bars lobbyists from charging a contingency fee for grants awarded to their clients. SB 169 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Senate approved and sent to the House three additional bills this week.

Senate Bill 123 adds falconry to the list of exemptions for Sunday hunting.

Senate Bill 137 codifies the Civil Air Patrol’s state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General.

Senate Bill 265 would designate the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg as the Senator Harold Mowery Market Street Bridge.

Committee Roundup

Appropriations

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved three bills on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 30 gives the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for licenses.

Senate Bill 192 gives the Game Commission the authority to establish the fees that it charges for hunting and fur-taking licenses.

Senate Bill 274 officially recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists under Pennsylvania statute.

State Government

The State Government Committee approved two bills and a resolution on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 178 updates and modernizes the state History Code.

Senate Bill 303 addresses Project 70 restrictions on lands owned by the Borough of Topton.

Senate Resolution 36 urges Congress to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with implementation of state medical marijuana laws.

Labor & Industry

The Senate Labor & Industry Committee approved Senate Bill 250 on Tuesday. The bill authorizes a $15 million transfer from the Unemployment Compensation Fund to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Judiciary

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved seven bills on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 95 addresses lawsuits filed against a person or organization for statements made or positions taken in connection with a matter of public interest or regulation.

Senate Bill 222 adds court of common pleas judges in several counties across the state.

Senate Bill 260 addresses representation of crime victims on the Victims’ Services Advisory Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Senate Bill 298 increases the penalties for animal abuse (Libre’s Law).

Senate Bill 421 addresses the pay disparity between state corrections managers and officers.

Senate Bill 522 amends Title 42 and Title 61 to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Senate Bill 523 amends the Crime Victims Act to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole as the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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