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Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars for the next voting session day and Committees scheduling action on bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

Bill Calendars

NEW: Click Here for expected action on bills by the full House.

House (Sept. 15): House Bill 188 (Quinn-R-Delaware) providing for an eminent domain bill of rights for projects like pipelines; House Bill 247 (Oberlander-R-Clarion) would amend Act 13 to authorize an accounting mechanism to allow for the drilling of longer unconventional gas well laterals; House Bill 827 (Fritz-R-Wayne) requiring the Delaware River Basin Commission to reimburse property owners for drilling rights if the Commission adopts a ban on fracking was reported from the House Appropriations Committee (House Fiscal Note and summary); House Bill 1106 (Puskaric-R- Allegheny) requires DEP approval of any permit regulating air quality, waste, erosion and sedimentation and dam safety and encroachments within 30 days without regard to public review of permits, creates a new bureaucracy in the form of a “referee” to decide disputes between DEP and applicants over application completeness (Part of House Republican EnergizePA natural gas subsidy package) [Read more here.]; House Bill 1874 (Grove-R -York)-- was amended to authorize any regulated entity at any time to request a review by the little-known, and even less frequently used Joint Committee On Documents to determine if any “published or unpublished document”-- including permits, produced or issued by DEP or other agencies- [Read more here.]; House Bill 2004 (Ortitay-R-Allegheny) gives the General Assembly authority to reallocate monies from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund between participating agencies, instead of having an allocation fixed in law (sponsor summary) [Read more here.]; House Bill 2416 (Everett-R- Lycoming) that would stop any proposed or final environmental or other state agency regulation from being finalized until at least 90 days after the March 6 COVID-19 emergency declaration by the Governor is terminated (House Fiscal Note & Summary); House Resolution 758 (Matzie-D-Beaver) designating April 2020 as Pennsylvania 8-1-1 Safe Digging Month (sponsor summary); Read more hereSenate Bill 703 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) which also expands the authority Joint Committee on Documents to determine whether “published or unpublished” documents of agencies should be promulgated as a regulation [Read more here.].<> Click Here for full House Bill Calendar.

Senate (Sept. 21): Senate Bill 5 (DiSanto-R-Cumberland) authorizes the General Assembly to kill any final regulation by doing nothing [Read More Here];   Senate Bill 253 (Phillips-Hill) would create yet more bureaucracy in each state agency called an Agency Regulatory Compliance Officer to arbitrarily establish policies for waiving fines or penalties for violators of regulations and law administered by the agency [Read More Here];  Senate Bill 258 (Dinniman-D- Chester, Killion-R-Delaware), a bipartisan initiative to improve emergency response to pipeline incidents; Senate Bill 284 (Killion-R- Delaware, Dinniman-D-Chester) require pipeline companies to provide current emergency response plans to PUC; Senate Bill 679 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) directs the Environmental Quality Board to develop regulations that authorize counties to adopt a program for “stream cleaning” and maintenance and the removal of obstructions and flood-related hazards from our local waterways (sponsor summary);  Senate Bill 763 (Bartolotta-R- Washington) would eliminate the annual public report on subsidence damage from underground coal mining; Senate Bill 881 (Martin-R-Lancaster) which sets aside a portion of farmland preservation funding for land trust organizations (Senate Fiscal Note & Summary);  Senate Bill 1173 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) eliminating appointment of DEP’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee members by the Governor and changing it to appointments made by the House, Senate and the Governor (sponsor summary) [Read more here]; Senate Bill 1307 (Killion-R-Delaware) would provide $25 million for water and wastewater assistance for individual and small business assistance 1307and $100 million for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and $25 million to the Public Utility Commission for the Small Business Utility Assistance Program from federal CARES funds;  House Bill 908 (Rader-R-Monroe) authorizing local governments to use a portion of open space preservation funding for maintenance (House Summary); House Bill 1737 (A.Davis-D-Allegheny) providing for lender environmental liability protection for land banks redeveloping brownfields under Act 3 of 1995 (House Fiscal Note & Summary); House Bill 1808 (Mackenzie-R-Lehigh) further provides for the recycling of plastics by making it into fuel [Read more here];  House Bill 2293 (Quinn-R- Delaware) that requires pipeline companies to make emergency response plans available to the Public Utility Commission, the PA Emergency Management Agency and county emergency management director where the pipeline is located. [Read more here.]  <> Click Here for full Senate Bill Calendar.


Committee Meetings  This Week

House: the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee holds informational meeting on recycling solar panels and  House Bill 2197 (Dush-R-Clearfield) which would add solar panels-- “photovoltaic modules”-- to the state’s Electronic Waste Recycling Program-- Covered Device Recycling Act--  requiring manufacturers to support recycling programs that collect solar panels for recycling [Read More Here]; the Consumer Affairs Committee holds an informational meeting on issues impacting the Chester Water Authority and the East Dunkard Water Authority; the State Government Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 1235 (Street-D-Philadelphia) leasing a portion of the Delaware River bed to L-A-Battery in Philadelphia; the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the Environmental Economy.  <>  Click Here for full House Committee Schedule.

Senate: the Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds a hearing on COVID’s impact on outdoor recreation. <>  Click Here for full Senate Committee Schedule.

Other: the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee holds hearing on State Park, Forest Friends Groups.


Bills Pending In Key Committees

Check the PA Environmental Council Bill Tracker for the status and updates on pending state legislation and regulations that affect environmental and conservation efforts in Pennsylvania.


Bills Introduced

The following bills of interest were introduced last week--

Legionnaires’ Disease: Senate Bill 1285 (Fontana-D-Allegheny) providing for legionnaires’ disease prevention and reporting by DEP (sponsor summary).

Water/Energy Assistance: Senate Bill 1307 (Killion-R-Delaware) would provide $25 million for water and wastewater assistance for individual and small business assistance 1307and $100 million for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and $25 million to the Public Utility Commission for the Small Business Utility Assistance Program from federal CARES funds.

Increase Renewable Energy Mandate: House Bill 2855 (Quinn-R- Delaware) amends Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to increase solar and Tier I renewable energy goals (sponsor summary).


House and Senate Co-Sponsorship Memos

House: Click Here for all new co-sponsorship memos

Senate: Click Here for all new co-sponsorship memos


Session Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--



Senate recessed to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 21, 22, 23

October 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21

November 10


House recessed to the call of the House Speaker

September 15, 16, 17, 29, 30

October 1, 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21

November 10


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