Sponsored Bills

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Senate Bill 22: Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for the Legislative Reapportionment Commission for the purpose of reapportioning and redistricting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 101: Directs the Commonwealth’s tax revenues generated from table games into the Property Tax Relief Fund. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 102: Prohibits any political subdivision from imposing an increase in property taxes on residents who are age 65 or older, have lived in their homes for at least five years, and make less than $65,000 annually. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 103: Provides tax credits for businesses when providing job training opportunities to high school students; students also obtain post-secondary ed. credits for participating. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 104: Amends the tax code to establish a “school-to-work tax” credit for businesses to employ qualified interns. This is part of the Senate Democratic PA WORKS package. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 105: Updates the Educational Gratuity Program, which is available to children of deceased or disabled veterans attending an approved educational institution. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 106: Surviving Spouse of Veteran Tax Credit. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 107: Excludes veteran’s disability payments from being counted as income when determining PACE/PACENET eligibility. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 124: Increasing penalty for killing bald eagles in the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 125: Banning use of drones to deliver contraband or surveil prisons. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 126: Eliminating paid prison postage policy for inmates. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 127: Prohibiting unemployment comp cards from use on casino floor ATMs. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 146: Authorizes court ordered restitution to be satisfied from payments to winners of Pennsylvania Lottery prizes (This legislation was based off recommendations from the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force report) Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 147: Mandates inmate account deductions for restitution. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 148: Requires insurance coverage for infertility treatments.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 149: Defines “chronic runaway child” as one that runs away from home more than once in any month or at least three times in any year, and directs DHS to develop specific assessment/counseling plans for chronic runaways as part of county shelter care, custody and detention programs approved by the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 151: Providing for an academic excellence scholarship. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 152: Providing instruction to high school students on blood donation. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 153: Provides greater flexibility and reduces state mandates for universities by eliminating one of the three current levels of required legal approval for project contracts and procurement – maintains two levels of legal review for contract approvals and procurement, and all contracts will be made available to the public under the Right to Know Act.  (This was first introduced as part of a Senate Higher Education Mandate Relief package). Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 230: Raises the charge for animal cruelty against a dog or cat from a summary offense, to a misdemeanor of the third degree. For a second or subsequent offense against a dog or cat, the charge would be a misdemeanor of the second degree. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 231: Creates a residency restriction for offenders who are required to register under Megan’s law for a sexual offense where the victim was a minor. The restriction prohibits them from living within 1,000 feet from a school, preschool, day care facility or public playground and from living within 500 feet from a school bus stop. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 232:  Removes the statute of limitations on criminal actions for the sexual abuse of a minor. Co-Sponsorship Memo  

Senate Bill 233: Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for the sexual abuse of a minor. Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Bill 253: Increases the penalty for drug delivery or intent to deliver in a drug-free school zone by an administrator, teacher or employee of a public or parochial school, college or university an additional two years. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 254: Requires forfeiture of a school administrator’s, teacher’s or school employee’s pension if that person is convicted of drug possession or delivery on school property by amending the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 255: Amends Title 18 to allow for small office gaming pools provided there are no more than 100 participants, the wagering amount is no more than $20 per participant, and all wagers collected are paid as prizes to one or more participants or a non-profit. No wagers are allowed to be retained by the pool operator. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 312: Enhances sentencing for committing a crime while in violation of a protection order or consent decree. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 313: Providing a shared telephone contract opt-out for victims of domestic violence. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 314: Creates ‘Robin’s Law’, establishing a statewide registry for domestic violence predators, similar to Megan’s Law as a registry for sex offenders. This bill honors the memory of Robin Shaffer, a Quakertown woman who was tragically murdered by her estranged husband on June 15, 2004. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 331: Establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program that would set standards for newly hired firefighters, as well as providing reimbursement funds and grants from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner to municipalities for education and training programs. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 435: Requires all motorists and motor carrier operators to make reasonable efforts to remove hazardous snow and ice from vehicles before driving. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 5: Establishing a task force on Women’s Veterans’ Health Care to address the needs of our growing female veteran population in the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 87: Directs the Commonwealth’s tax revenues generated from table games into the Property Tax Relief Fund. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 88: Prohibits any political subdivision from imposing an increase in property taxes on residents who are age 65 or older, have lived in their homes for at least five years, and make less than $65,000 annually. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 89: Requires any election to fill a vacant seat within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives or Senate to be held in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled general or primary election day. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 90: Amends Pennsylvania’s Election Code by establishing a concise Statement of Voter’s Rights and that this statement be visible in all voter registration offices and polling places. Additionally, this bill allows for independent voters to vote on the day of primary elections. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 91: Allows eligible persons to register and vote on the same day of any primary, municipal or general election by completing a registration card and providing proof of residence. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 92: Amends the state’s Constitution to permit initiative and referendum in Pennsylvania.
Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 93: Requires drivers to make a reasonable effort to remove snow or ice from their vehicle.
Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 94: Requires drivers of a truck with a registered gross weight that exceeds 48,000 lbs to remove snow and ice from the top of their vehicles before driving. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 109: Establishes an Academic Excellence Scholarship Program Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 110: Provides tax credits for businesses when providing job training opportunities to high school students; students also obtain post-secondary ed. credits for participating. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 125: Exempts the surviving spouse of a veteran who was killed or declared missing in action from paying local school property taxes. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 126: Authorizes court ordered restitution to be satisfied from payments to winners of Pennsylvania Lottery prizes. This legislation was based off recommendations from the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force report.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 127: Authorizes court ordered restitution to be satisfied from individual state income tax refunds. This legislation was based off recommendations from the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force report. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 168: Increases the penalty for drug delivery or intent to deliver in a drug-free school zone by an administrator, teacher or employee of a public or parochial school, college or university an additional two years. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 169: Requires forfeiture of a school administrator’s, teacher’s or school employee’s pension if that person is convicted of drug possession or delivery on school property by amending the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 171: Creates a residency restriction for sex offenders who are required to register under Megan’s law. The restriction prohibits them from living within 1,000 feet from a school, preschool, day care facility or public playground and from living within 500 feet from a school bus stop. Co-sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 172: Removes the statute of limitations on criminal actions for the sexual abuse of a minor. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 173: Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for the sexual abuse of a minor. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 225: Amends the tax code to establish a “school-to-work tax” credit for businesses to employ qualified interns. This is part of the Senate Democratic PA WORKS package. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 336: Excludes veteran’s disability payments from being counted as income when determining PACE/PACENET eligibility. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 337: Amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to increase the retirement age of judges, justices and justices of the peace from 70 to 75. Co-Sponsorship 

Senate Bill 338: Amends Title 18 to allow for small office gaming pools provided there are no more than 100 participants, the wagering amount is no more than $20 per participant, and all wagers collected are paid as prizes to one or more participants or a non-profit. No wagers are allowed to be retained by the pool operator.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 339: Raises the charge for animal cruelty against a dog or cat from a summary offense, to a misdemeanor of the third degree. For a second or subsequent offense against a dog or cat, the charge would be a misdemeanor of the second degree. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 345: Updates the Educational Gratuity Program, which is available to children of deceased or disabled veterans attending an approved educational institution. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 346: Mandates all correctional facilities to deduct from inmate personal accounts in order to maximize the ability of victims to receive restitution. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 448: Creates ‘Robin’s Law’, which establishes a statewide registry for domestic violence predators in the way Megan’s Law registers sex offenders. This bill honors the memory of Robin Shaffer, a Quakertown woman who was brutally murdered by her estranged husband on June 15, 2004. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 449: Directs the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health, to provide instruction to 11th and 12th grade students on the importance of donating blood. The instruction will be integrated within the health course of study currently required in public schools. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 450: Establishes Katie’s Law which requires any individual arrested for a felony offense to provide a DNA sample to the state’s database. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 451: Defines “chronic runaway child” as one that runs away from home more than once in any month or at least three times in any year. The bill also directs DPW to develop specific assessment/counseling plans for chronic runaways as part of county shelter care, custody and detention programs approved by the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 452: Prohibits a correctional institution from providing any inmate with postage-paid envelopes for personal use. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 453: Bans electronic debit cards that are issued for unemployment compensation benefits from use in ATMs on any gaming floor or within a licensed facility. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 454: Terminates parental rights to a child if the parent is found guilty of committing certain offenses under the Crimes Code. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 484: Establishes 11 member Independent Citizens Commission to carry out process of redistricting for Legislative & Congressional Districts. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 575: Establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program that would set standards for newly hired firefighters, as well as providing funds to municipalities for education and training programs. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 576: Provides greater flexibility and reduces state mandates for universities by eliminating one of the three current levels of required legal approval for project contracts and procurement.  The bill maintains two levels of legal review for contract approvals and procurement, and all contracts will be made available to the public under the Right to Know Act.  This was first introduced as part of a Senate Higher Education Mandate Relief package. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 689: Requires health insurance companies that cover pregnancy –related benefits in a policy to cover infertility treatment in that same policy.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 690: Removes the defense of “not guilty by reason of insanity”, and allows for the term “guilty, but insane.” Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 805: Allows for large commercial and industrial energy users to voluntarily opt-out of utility-administered Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Plans under Act 129. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 866: Provides residency protection for law enforcement and armed services personnel Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 949: Providing a shared telephone contract opt-out for victims of domestic violence. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 979: Increasing the state fine as penalty for killing a bald or golden eagle in Pennsylvania. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1064: Transfers a portion of a road from Hanover Township, Lehigh County to the PA Department of Transportation upon the successful completion of certain improvements (FedEx Lehigh Valley Hub).

Senate Bill 1392: Sentencing Enhancement for Committing a Crime While in Violation of Protection Order / Consent Decree Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 11: January 2015 as National Blood Donor Month Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 40:  March 2015 as Eye Donor Month Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Resolution 47:  March 8 2015 as International Women’s Day Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Resolution 58: Expressing concern that a cement manufacturing plant funded by the Province of Quebec will negatively impact the cement manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania and urging Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, to review the funding for possible violations of international trade rules. Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Resolution 78:  April 2015 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Resolution 126May 2015 as Better Hearing Month. Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Resolution 150:  Recognizes Lehigh University on its 150th Anniversary Co-Sponsorship Memo 

Senate Resolution 156: Establishing a task force on Women’s Veterans’ Health Care to address the needs of our growing female veteran population in the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 187:  September 18, 2015 as Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Awareness Day in PA Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 200: September 2015 as Vertebral Subluxation Awareness Month in the Commonwealth Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 251: Urges Good Samaritan food donation practices, and recognizes November 2015 as Food Pantry Donation month Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 268: January 2016 as National Blood Donor Month in Pennsylvania Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 289: March 8th 2016 as ‘International Women’s Day’ Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 315: March 2016 as Eye Donor Month in Pennsylvania Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 332: April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month (jointly with Senator Rob Teplitz) Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 337: April 2016 “Pennsylvania Donate Life Month” (jointly with Senator Lawrence Farnese) Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 357: NALC Stamp Out Hunger! Food Drive Day as May 14, 2016 Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 379: May 2016 as Better Hearing Month in Pennsylvania Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 409: Honoring the life of Pat Summit (jointly with Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen, Sen. Judith L. Schwank and Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione) Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 419: September 18, 2016 as the fourth annual Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Day Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 444: September 2016 as Vertebral Subluxation Awareness month Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 86
Creates a residency restriction for sex offenders who are required to register under Megan’s law. The restriction prohibits them from living within 1,000 feet from a school, preschool, day care facility or public playground and from living within 500 feet from a school bus stop. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 87
Removes the statute of limitations on criminal actions for the sexual abuse of a minor. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 88
Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for the sexual abuse of a minor. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 89
Increases the penalty for drug delivery or intent to deliver in a drug-free school zone by an administrator, teacher or employee of a public or parochial school, college or university an additional two years. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill  90
Requires forfeiture of a school administrator’s, teacher’s or school employee’s pension if that person is convicted of drug possession or delivery on school property by amending the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 91
Terminates parental rights to a child if the parent is found guilty of committing certain offenses under the Crimes Code. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 92
Defines “chronic runaway child” as one that runs away from home more than once in any month or at least three times in any year. The bill also directs DPW to develop specific assessment/counseling plans for chronic runaways as part of county shelter care, custody and detention programs approved by the Commonwealth.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 206
Directs the Commonwealth’s table game tax revenues into the Property Tax Relief Fund. This is part of the Senate Democratic PA WORKS package. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 230
Amends the tax code to establish a “school-to-work tax” credit for businesses to employ qualified interns. This is part of the Senate Democratic PA WORKS package. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 361
Amends the state’s Constitution to provide for a Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Bureau to draw both legislative and congressional districts following the federal decennial census. Also encourages the use of computer mapping software. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 362
Requires any election to fill a vacant seat within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives or Senate to be held in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled general or primary election day. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 363
Amends Pennsylvania’s Election Code by establishing a concise Statement of Voter’s Rights and that this statement be visible in all voter registration offices and polling places. Additionally, this bill allows for independent voters to vote on the day of primary elections.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 364
Allows eligible persons to register and vote on the same day of any primary, municipal or general election by completing a registration card and providing proof of residence. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 365
Amends the state’s Constitution to permit initiative and referendum in Pennsylvania. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 366
Prohibits a correctional institution from providing any inmate with postage-paid envelopes for personal use. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 367
Bans electronic debit cards that are issued for unemployment compensation benefits from use in ATMs on any gaming floor or within a licensed facility. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 368
Amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to increase the retirement age of judges, justices and justices of the peace from 70 to 75. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 483
Amends Title 18 to allow for small office gaming pools provided there are no more than 100 participants, the wagering amount is no more than $20 per participant, and all wagers collected are paid as prizes to one or more participants or a non-profit. No wagers are allowed to be retained by the pool operator.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 484
Prohibits any political subdivision from imposing any increase in property taxes on residents who are age 65 or older, have lived in their homes for at least five years, and make less than $65,000 annually.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 485
Exempts the surviving spouse of a veteran who was killed or declared missing in action from paying local school property taxes.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 486
Creates ‘Robin’s Law’, which establishes a statewide registry for domestic violence predators in the way Megan’s Law registers sex offenders. This bill honors the memory of Robin Shaffer, a Quakertown woman who was brutally murdered by her estranged husband on June 15, 2004.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 487
Establishes Katie’s Law which requires any individual arrested for a felony offense to provide a DNA sample to the state’s database. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 488
Removes the defense of “not guilty by reason of insanity”, and allows for the term “guilty, but insane.”  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 489
Amends the Vehicle Code to allow for individuals eligible for a severely disabled, disabled veteran and/or prisoner of war license plate to obtain multiple specially-designated license plates.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 745
Requires drivers to make a reasonable effort to remove snow or ice from their vehicle.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 746
Requires drivers of a truck with a registered gross weight that exceeds 48,000 lbs to remove snow and ice from the top of their vehicles before driving.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 747
Establishes an academic excellence scholarship program that provides financial incentives for high-school students to attend college and stay in Pennsylvania once they’ve graduated.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

 Senate Bill 748
Directs the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health, to provide instruction to 11th and 12th grade students on the importance of donating blood.  The instruction will be integrated within the health course of study currently required in public schoolsCo-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 767
Requires health insurance companies that cover pregnancy –related benefits in a policy to cover infertility treatment in that same policy.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 768
Provides lawsuit protection for HVAC Contractors relating to mold or mildew in a building. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 769
Excludes veteran’s disability payments from being counted as income when determining PACE/PACENET eligibility.
Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 783
Requires DEP to conduct a community health risk study before approving permits to expand a municipal landfill. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 784
Prohibits issuance of permits for siting new landfills or expanding existing landfills where voters have rejected the placement or expansion by referendum vote.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 785
Doubles the fines for trash-hauling vehicles that exceed the gross weight currently allowed under the Solid Waste Management Act. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 786
Requires the placement of whistle post signage on main track of railroads. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 787
Establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program that would set standards for newly hired firefighters, as well as providing funds to municipalities for education and training programsCo-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 788
Restricts assisted living residences, nursing homes and personal care homes in areas that are zoned for industrial use by municipalities.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 789
Provides greater flexibility and reduces state mandates for universities by eliminating one of the three current levels of required legal approval for project contracts and procurement.  The bill maintains two levels of legal review for contract approvals and procurement.  All contracts will be made available to the public under the Right to Know Act.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 965
Raises the charge for animal cruelty against a dog or cat from a summary offense, to a misdemeanor of the third degree.  For a second or subsequent offense against a dog or cat, the charge would be a misdemeanor of the second degree. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1016
Authorizes court ordered restitution to be satisfied from payments to winners of Pennsylvania Lottery prizes. This legislation was based off recommendations from the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force report. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1017
Authorizes court ordered restitution to be satisfied from individual state income tax refunds. This legislation was based off recommendations from the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force report. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1029
Mandates all correctional facilities to deduct from inmate personal accounts in order to maximize the ability of victims to receive restitution. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1140
Updates the Educational Gratuity Program, which is available to children of deceased or disabled veterans attending an approved educational institution.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1153
Creates a “Share the Road” registration plate. Proceeds are used exclusively to maintain the position of Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and to fund highway pedalcycle signage. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1229
Names the interchange PA Route 33 and SR 1022 (Main Street) in Palmer Township, Northampton County as the Charles Chrin Interchange. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 1297
Shorten the current time-frame for switching between suppliers from the current 16-45 days, to no more than 5 business days. Legislation also directs the Public Utility Commission to adopt regulations developing notification standards for Electric Generation Suppliers (EGS’s) who offer variable rate contracts for residential customers to follow. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 12
Designates the month of January 2013 as “Blood Donor Month” in the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 51
Recognizes March 8, 2013 are “International Women’s Day” in the Commonwealth.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 58
Recognizes March 2013 as “Eye Donor Month” in Pennsylvania.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 63
Recognizes Just Born, Inc., on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Marshmallow Peeps.  Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 75
Recognizes April 2013 as Parkinson’s disease awareness month Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 89
Recognizes April 2013as “PA Donate Life Month” Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 134
Recognizes May 11, 2013 as National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger!”  Food Drive Day in the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 148
Recognizes  May 2013 as “YMCA Appreciation Month” in the Commonwealth. Co-Cponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 192
Designating September 2013 as “Vertebral Subluxation Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 187
Designating September 18, 2013 as the first annual ‘Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Day’ in Pennsylvania. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 335
Designating April as “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Resolution 362
Designating April 2014 as “Pennsylvania Donate Life Month.”- co-introduced with Senator Farnese. Co-Sponsorship Memo

Senate Bill 160
Directs the Commonwealth’s table game tax revenues into the Property Tax Relief Fund.

Senate Bill 164
Prohibits the sale of Salvia and Synthetic Cannabinoids within the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 165
Provides for a veteran’s designation on driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards to recognize the service of those eligible individuals.

Senate Bill 166
Prohibits a correctional institution from providing any inmate with postage-paid envelopes for personal use.

Senate Bill 167
Allows for liquor license transfers within a single municipality that sits in two or more counties.

Senate Bill 168
Bans electronic debit cards that are issued for unemployment compensation benefits from use in ATMs on any gaming floor or within a licensed facility.

Senate Bill 193
Requires health insurance companies that cover pregnancy –related benefits in a policy to cover infertility treatment in that same policy.

Senate Bill 194
Terminates parental rights to a child if the parent is found guilty of committing certain offenses under the Crimes Code.

Senate Bill 195
Removes statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children.

Senate Bill 196
Removes statute of limitations on civil actions resulting from murder, voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy to commit murder of voluntary manslaughter, any felony perpetrated in connection with 1st or 2nd degree murder, homicide by vehicle, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, incest and sexual abuse of children.

Senate Bill 197
Increases the penalty for drug delivery or intent to deliver in a drug-free school zone by an administrator, teacher or employee of a public or parochial school, college or university an additional two years.

Senate Bill 198
Adds a violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by a school administrator or teacher on school property to the list of crimes related to public office or public employment.

Senate Bill 266
Requires drivers to make a reasonable effort to remove snow and/or ice from their vehicle.

Senate Bill 644
Requires any election to fill a vacant seat within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives or Senate to be held in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled general or primary election day.

Senate Bill 645
Prohibits any political subdivision from imposing any increase in property taxes on residents who are age 65 or older, have lived in their homes for at least five years, and make less than $65,000 annually.

Senate Bill 646
Exempts the surviving spouse of a veteran who was killed or declared missing in action from paying local school property taxes.

Senate Bill 647
Provides lawsuit protection for HVAC Contractors relating to mold or mildew in a building.

Senate Bill 648
Directs the state Department of Education to encourage local school districts to develop and implement uniform guidelines relating to food allergy reaction management programs.

Senate Bill 649
Defines “chronic runaway child” as one that runs away from home more than once in any month or at least three times in any year.  The bill also directs DPW to develop specific assessment/counseling plans for chronic runaways as part of county shelter care, custody and detention programs approved by the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 650
Amends the state’s Constitution to provide for a Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Bureau to draw both legislative and congressional districts following the federal decennial census

Senate Bill 651
Amends Pennsylvania’s Election Code by establishing a concise Statement of Voter’s Rights.  The bill also requires that the Statement of Voter’s Rights be visible in all voter registration offices and polling places.

Senate Bill 652
Allows eligible persons to register and vote on the same day of any primary, municipal or general election by completing a registration card and providing proof of residence.

Senate Bill 653
Amends the state’s Constitution to permit initiative and referendum in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 711
Adds cancer to the current definition of “occupational diseases” for firefighters.

Senate Bill 712
Establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program that would set standards for newly hired firefighters, as well as providing funds to municipalities for education and training programs.

Senate Bill 713
Amends the state Liquor Code to allow licensed establishments physically located within a special occasion permit’s designated boundaries to be regulated by the parameters that are set forth in that permit. This legislation is drafted to affect the Musikfest event in Bethlehem ONLY.

Senate Bill 727
Establishes an academic excellence scholarship programthat provides financial incentives for high-school students to attend college and stay in Pennsylvania once they’ve graduated.

Senate Bill 754
Establishes Katie’s Law which requires any individual arrested for a felony offense to provide a DNA sample to the state’s database.

Senate Bill 755
Removes the defense of “not guilty by reason of insanity”, and allows for the term “guilty, but insane.”

Senate Bill 756
Creates ‘Robin’s Law’, which establishes a statewide registry for domestic violence predators in the way Megan’s Law registers sex offenders. This bill honors the memory of Robin Shaffer, a Quakertown woman who was brutally murdered by her estranged husband on June 15, 2004.

Senate Bill 765
Excludes veteran’s disability payments from being counted as income when determining PACE/PACENET eligibility.

Senate Bill 823
Requires the placement of whistle post signage on main track of railroad.

Senate Bill 824
Directs the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health, to provide instruction to 11th and 12th grade students on the importance of donating blood.  The instruction will be integrated within the health course of study currently required in public schools.

Senate Bill 825
Requires DEP to conduct a community health risk study before approving permits to expand a municipal landfill.

Senate Bill 826
Prohibits issuance of permits for siting new landfills or expanding existing landfills where voters have rejected the placement or expansion by referendum vote.

Senate Bill 827
Doubles the fines for trash-hauling vehicles that exceed the gross weight currently allowed under the Solid Waste Management Act.

Senate Bill 934
Reduces the state’s Personal Income Tax from its current rate of 3.07% down to 2.97%.

Senate Bill 1195
Restricts assisted living residences, nursing homes and personal care homes in areas that are zoned for industrial use by municipalities.

Senate Bill 1238
Amends the Vehicle Code to allow for individuals eligible for a severely disabled, disabled veteran and/or prisoner of war license plate to obtain multiple specially-designated license plates. 

Senate Bill 1239
Provides greater flexibilityand reduces state mandates for universities by eliminating one of the three current levels of required legal approval for project contracts and procurement.  The bill maintains two levels of legal review for contract approvals and procurement.  All contracts will be made available to the public under the Right to Know Act.

 Senate Bill 1348
Amends the tax code to establish a “school-to-work tax” credit for businesses to employ qualified interns. This bill is part of the Senate Democrats’ comprehensive ‘Women’s Jobs’ package of legislation.

Senate Bill 1378
Creates a residency restriction for sex offenders who are required to register under Megan’s law. The restriction prohibits them from living within 1,000 feet from a school, preschool, day care facility or public playground and from living within 500 feet from a school bus stop.

Senate Bill 1443
Removes the statute of limitations on criminal actions for the sexual abuse of a minor.

Senate Bill 1445
Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for the sexual abuse of a minor

Senate Bill 1452
Amends the Pennsylvania Constitution to increase the retirement age of judges, justices and justices of the peace from 70 to 75.

Senate Bill 1486
Amends Title 18 to allow for small office gaming pools provided there are no more than 100 participants, the wagering amount is no more than $20 per participant, and all wagers collected are paid as prizes to one or more participants or a non-profit. No wagers are allowed to be retained by the pool operator.

Senate Resolution 66
Honors the 175th anniversary of the founding of Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

Senate Resolution 75
Designates the month of April 2011 as “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth.

Senate Resolution 116
Commends the 178 local YMCAs for providing outstanding community services, and recognizes the month of May 2011 as “YMCA Appreciation Month” in Pennsylvania.

Senate Resolution 241
Designates the month of January 2012 as “Blood Donor Month” in the Commonwealth.

Senate Resolution 263
Designates the month of March 2012 as “Eye Donation Month” in the Commonwealth

Senate Resolution 288
Designates the month of April 2012 as “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth

Senate Bill 754 – Extends rate caps for electric companies

Senate Bill 755Amends Pennsylvania’s Election Code by establishing a concise Statement of Voter’s Rights.  The bill also requires that the Statement of Voter’s Rights be visible in all voter registration offices and polling places

Senate Bill 756 Creates Robin’s Law, which establishes a statewide registry for domestic violence predators, similar to the Megan’s Law database for sex offenders. This bill honors the memory of Robin Shaffer, a Quakertown woman who was brutally murdered by her estranged husband on June 15, 2004

Senate Bill 769 Prohibits the sale of the drug Salvia within the Commonwealth

Senate Bill 770Expands the Commonwealth’s DNA database to include adults who are arrested for a felony sex offense

Senate Bill 789Prohibits any political subdivision from imposing any increase in property taxes on residents who are age 65 or older; who have lived in their homes for at least five years; and who make less than $65,000 annually

Senate Bill 790 Directs the state Department of Education to encourage local school districts to develop and implement uniform guidelines relating to food allergy reaction management programs

Senate Bill 791Creates an exemption for the surviving spouse of a veteran who was killed or declared missing in action from paying local school property taxes

Senate Bill 792Directs the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health, to provide instruction to 11th- and 12th-grade students regarding donating blood.  The instruction will be integrated within the health course of study currently required in our public schools

Senate Bill 793Provides lawsuit protection for HVAC Contractors relating to mold or mildew in a building

Senate Bill 794 – Removes the legal verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity”, and allows for a “guilty, but insane” verdict

Senate Bill 795Amends the state’s Constitution to provide for a Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Bureau to draw both legislative and congressional districts following the federal decennial census

Senate Bill 796Allows eligible persons to register and vote on the same day of any primary, municipal or general election by completing a registration card and providing proof of residence

Senate Bill 797Adds cancer to the current definition of “occupational diseases” for firefighters

Senate Bill 798Establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program that would set standards for newly hired firefighters, as well as providing funds to municipalities for education and training programs

Senate Bill 799 – Defines “chronic runaway child” as one that runs away from home more than once in any month or at least three times in any year.  The bill also directs DPW to develop specific assessment/counseling plans for chronic runaways as part of county shelter care, custody and detention programs approved by the Commonwealth

Senate Bill 800Provides financial incentives for high-school students to attend college and stay in Pennsylvania once they’ve graduated

Senate Bill 801Requires DEP to conduct a community health risk study before approving permits to expand a municipal landfill

Senate Bill 802 – Prohibits issuance of permits for siting new landfills or expanding existing landfills where voters have rejected the placement or expansion by referendum vote

Senate Bill 803Doubles the fines for trash-hauling vehicles that exceed the gross weight currently allowed under the Solid Waste Management Act

Senate Bill 804Amends the state’s Constitution to permit initiative and referendum in Pennsylvania

Senate Bill 814Removes Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse of Children

Senate Bill 815Removes statute of limitations on civil actions resulting from murder, voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy to commit murder of voluntary manslaughter, any felony perpetrated in connection with 1st or 2nd degree murder, homicide by vehicle, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, incest and sexual abuse of children

Senate Bill 844 – Removes the ability of the PUC’s Law Bureau from initiating or participating in proceedings involving transportation, safety, eminent domain, siting or service issues having no impact on rates

Senate Bill 868 – Allows electricity customers to choose to phase-in any initial increases in the cost of electric generation upon the expiration of the generation rate cap.  The bill also permits the electric distribution company to fully recover the deferred payment through a reconcilable automatic adjustment charge over a period of time

Senate Bill 869 – Increases the penalty for drug delivery or intent to deliver in a drug-free school zone by an administrator, teacher or employee of a public or parochial school, college or university an additional two years

Senate Bill 870 Adds a violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by a school administrator or teacher on school property to the list of crimes related to public office or public employment

Senate Bill 871 Requires the placement of whistle post signage on main track of railroads

Senate Bill 1206 Requires drivers to make a reasonable effort to remove snow or ice from their vehicle

Senate Bill 1207 Requires health insurance companies that cover pregnancy –related benefits in a policy to cover infertility treatment in that same policy

Senate Bill 1265 Terminates parental rights to a child if the parent is found guilty of committing certain offenses under the Crimes Code

Senate Bill 1277 Prohibits any government unit from entering into qualified interest rate management agreements (SWAPS) Prohibits any government unit from entering into qualified interest rate management agreements (SWAPS) and requires the competitive bidding of financial advisor services by government units

Senate Bill 1418 Requires the Pennsylvania residency of any individual holding employment or a position with the Commonwealth, municipalities, municipal authorities and school districts

Senate Bill 1483 Bans electronic debit cards that are issued for unemployment compensation benefits from use in ATMs on any gaming floor or within a licensed facility

Senate Resolution 84 Designates April 2009 as Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Senate Resolution 89 – Encourages both public and nonpublic schools to instruct students on blood donation

Senate Resolution 145 Extends a welcome to the United States Women’s Open golf tournament at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem

Senate Resolution 237 Designates January 2010 as Blood Donor Month

Senate Resolution 297 Designates April 2010 as Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Senate Resolution 394 – Recognizes September 2010 as ‘Vertebral Subluxation Awareness Month’ adopted on September 21

Senate Resolution 400 Urges the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt policies and regulations that will phase out or reform the Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) to promote competition in the electric market, increased efficiency and savings to electric consumers

Senate Bill 187 – Freezes property tax increases for seniors

Senate Bill 188Exempts surviving spouse of veteran killed or missing in action from property taxes; Reported out of Finance 3/28/07

Senate Bill 189 – Requires educating 11th and 12th grade students about the importance of donating blood

Senate Bill 265Requires insurance coverage for infertility treatment

Senate Bill 343Would allow eligible persons to register and vote on the same day

Senate Bill 344 – Would establish “Statement of Voter’s Rights” and would permit independent voters to vote in primary elections

Senate Bill 345  – Constitutional amendment – would prevent “lame-duck” voting (See SB 468)

Senate Bill 346Constitutional amendment – would make Congressional redistricting less partisan; Reported out of State Government 6/17/08

Senate Bill 347Constitutional amendment – would authorize Initiative and Referendum (See SB 137)

Senate Bill 348Adds cancer to the current definition of “occupational diseases” for firefighters

Senate Bill 349 – Establishes the Municipal Firefighter Education and Training Program; Reported out of Veterans Affairs 4/17/07

Senate Bill 374Encourages school districts to develop and implement food allergy management programs

Senate Bill 375Permanent sales and use tax exemption for volunteer firefighter relief associations;Reported out of Finance 6/13/07

Senate Bill 376Steelworker Health Care Assistance Retiree Exemption (SHARE) Act; provides health care benefits for retired steel workers

Senate Bill 457 Removes contractor liability for toxic mold

Senate Bill 458Prohibits telemarketers from making collect calls

Senate Bill 459 Makes impersonating a veteran a 2nd degree misdemeanor; Amended into SB 183 – Passed Senate 4/18/07

Senate Bill 519 Requires health risk studies before issuing permits for landfills

Senate Bill 520 Prohibits permits for landfills if voters reject siting or expansion by referendum

Senate Bill 521 Doubles fines for vehicles exceeding weight limits allowed in the Solid Waste Act

Senate Bill 551 Amends Title 18 – removes “not guilty by reason of insanity” defense for serious crimes

Senate Bill 552 Amends Title 42 – defines “chronic runaway”

Senate Bill 553 Eliminates statute of limitations for serious sex offenses in criminal cases

Senate Bill 554 Eliminates statute of limitations for serious sex offenses in civil cases

Senate Bill 651 Strengthens snow & ice removal statute

Senate Bill 652 Excludes veteran’s disability payments from income for PACE eligibility

Senate Bill 653 Provides additional penalties for administrator, teacher or school employees convicted of drug violations in drug-free school zones (See SB 801)

Senate Bill 654 “Idle Time” bill – prisoners would not be paid for time not working

Senate Bill 710Adds Salvia to the list of controlled substances

Senate Bill 801 Drug violation by administrator or teacher on school property would cause pension forfeiture (See SB 653)

Senate Bill 802 – Prohibits telecommunications being used for unlawful transportation services

Senate Bill 803Increases and standardizes the fine for littering

Senate Bill 851 – Amends Megan’s Law – requires street addresses for all places of employment on Internet website

Senate Bill 852 (View full text)– Strengthens the state dog law

Senate Bill 853Expands consumer protections in regard to the sale of insurance-related investment products

Senate Bill 918 Cell phone privacy

Senate Bill 919 – Health Care – any willing provider legislation

Senate Bill 1009 Eliminates EMS tax increase in all but 2nd class counties

Senate Bill 1010 Polka/Square Dance bill

Senate Bill 1218 – UC for administrative school employees

Senate Bill 1219 Robin’s Law – Domestic Violence Registry

Senate Bill 1264 Amends licensing law for professional engineers, ;and surveyors and geologists; Re-reported to Appropriations 3/10/08

Senate Bill 1265 (View full text) – Katie’s Law – DNA testing for certain felony arrestees

Senate Resolution 11 – Designates January as Blood Donor Month; Adopted 1/17/07

Senate Resolution 13 Encourages schools to instruct students on the importance and need for blood donation

Senate Resolution 72 Designates April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month; Adopted 3/27/07

Senate Resolution 109 Makes May 13-19 Food Allergy Awareness Week; Adopted 5/1/07