State Representative Mike Turzai
28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Correspondents, News Editors, Assignment Editors
Secretary to the Majority Leader
for the Week of Dec. 19, 2011
Full Agenda as State House Returns to Session
The state House returns to session on Monday, Dec. 19, to debate and vote on
various issues of importance. Bill numbers will be
used to identify the legislation being considered on the House floor. The
bills, sponsors and summaries are posted below.
Monday, Dec. 19
On Monday, the House will convene at 1 p.m. for legislative business. The
members will vote the uncontested calendar and Rule 35 resolutions.
Votes on Second Consideration
- HB 3 (Rep. Rick Geist, R-Blair): Authorizes the
implementation of transportation-specific public-private
- HB 665 (Rep. Doug Reichley, R-Berks/Lehigh): Allows a
surviving spouse to file a joint return if they would have been able to
file a joint return had the deceased spouse lived the entire year. If both
spouses die, the fiduciary of the estate may file a joint return if the
spouses would have been eligible to do so had they survived the entire
- HB 1000 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery): Amends the Crimes Code
provision relating to the grading of retail theft to establish that, where
the value of the merchandise exceeds $1,000, the violation will be graded
as a felony of the third degree.
- HB 1333 (Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland): Provides an
exception from a penalty for failure to make estimated tax payments and
adds a special tax provision for poverty within an existing exception.
- HB 1761 (Rep. Matthew Smith, D-Allegheny): Regarding
employee retirement systems in the Second Class County Code, excludes
overtime pay from the definition of compensation, authorizes the board to
make technical changes to the plan in order to be qualified under the
Internal Revenue Code, and specifies eligibility and retirement allowance
criteria for future employees.
- HB 1907 (Rep. Glen Grell, R-Cumberland): Limits the amount of
punitive damages that may be awarded in medical professional liability
cases against enumerated entities to no more than 200 percent of the
compensatory damages awarded in the case.
- HB 2027 (Rep. Jim Cox, R-Berks): Road designation:
the Kyle D. Pagerly Memorial Highway.
- HB 2036 (Rep. Rick Geist): Establishes a
self-certification requirement for commercial driver learnerís permit or
initial license applicants and requires medical certification for all
commercial drivers in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce every
- SB 9 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati,
R-Cameron/Elk/Jefferson/McKean/Potter/Tioga/Clearfield/Warren): Requires a person
applying for public benefits, who is 18 years of age or older, to provide
proof of citizenship and execute an affidavit confirming their legal
presence in the United States; requires agencies that supply public
benefits to verify the legal presence of all noncitizen applicants through
the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement program or a successor
program designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and
provides that these provisions will not apply to those benefits where
compliance would result in loss of federal funding or would be in conflict
with federal law.
- SB 1249 (Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester/Delaware): Divides the
Commonwealth into 18 Congressional districts and provides for current
officeholders, vacancies and missed political subdivisions.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 1232 (Rep. Rick Geist): Establishes a
penalty for communities that adopt local ordinances that may conflict with
provisions of the Vehicle Code.
- HB 1702 (Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon): Re-enacts and amends The
- HB 1813 (Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Berks/Schuylkill): Establishes a program
through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to provide
land reclamation financial guarantees for qualified mine operators.
- HB 2004 (Rep. Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny): Prohibits any applicant
for, or holder of, a Pennsylvania slot machine license from serving as a
member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
- HB 2011 (Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks/Lehigh): Prohibits enumerated
public officials from being appointed to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board (PGCB) for a period of two years following the termination of the
officialís term of office and prohibits officers, directors, or key
employees of a licensed gaming entity from being appointed to the PGCB for
a period of four years following their association with the licensed
- SB 1054 (Sen. Jake Corman,
R-Juniata/Perry/Centre/Mifflin/Union): Provides the capital
budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012.
- SB 1310 (Sen. John Gordner,
R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder/Dauphin/Luzerne): Amends the
Unemployment Compensation Law to permit the PA Economic Development
Financing Authority to issue bonds for payment of federal loans to the
Unemployment Compensation Trust Fun, increase the statute of limitations
for collection of benefit overpayments, and create an amnesty program for
collection of unpaid contributions or compensation overpayment.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
On Tuesday the House will meet at 11 a.m. for legislative business.
Votes on Third Consideration
- HB 3 (Rep. Rick Geist)
- HB 665 (Rep. Doug Reichley)
- HB 1000 (Rep. Todd Stephens)
- HB 1333 (Rep. George Dunbar)
- HB 1761 (Rep. Matthew Smith)
- HB 1907 (Rep. Glen Grell)
- HB 2027 (Rep. Jim Cox)
- HB 2036 (Rep. Rick Geist)
- SB 9 (Sen. Joseph Scarnati)
- SB 1249 (Sen. Dominic Pileggi)