Legislation

2021 HOUSE SESSION SCHEDULE
May                      3, 4, 5, 24, 25, 26
June                     7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30

2021 SENATE SESSION SCHEDULE
May                     10, 11, 12, 24, 25, 26
June                     7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
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The 2021 Pennsylvania Legislative Session began in January. PMAA tracks hundreds of bills each session. Below are bills introduced this session of interest to authorities. 

Click on the bill for the full text of that bill and the status of it in the legislative process.

HB 72 (Representative Dawn Keefer – Cumberland and York Counties)

HB 139 (Representative Greg Rothman – Cumberland County)

HB 144 (Representative Christina Sappey – Chester County)

HB 166 (Representative Pam Snyder - Greene County)

HB 288 (Representative Tim O’Neal – Washington County)

HB 939 (Representative Kate Klunk – York County)

HB 950 (Representative Daryl Metcalfe – Butler County)

HB 1171 (Representative Bob Freeman – Northampton County)

HB 1302 (Representative Zachary Mako – Northampton County)

HB 1324 (Representative Mike Sturla - Lancaster County)

HB 1331 (Representative Valerie Gaydos – Allegheny County)

HB 1347 (Representative David Rowe - Union and Snyder Counties)

HB 1355 (Representative Sara Innamorato - Allegheny County)

SB 32 (Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill – York County)

SB 251 (Senator Gene Yaw – Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union Counties)

SB 283 (Senator Scott Hutchinson – Butler, Clarion, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties)

SB 312 (Senator Michele Brooks – Crawford, Erie, Mercer, and Warren Counties)

SB 426 (Senator John Gordner  -  Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder Counties)

SB 442 (Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill – York County)

SB 478 (Senator Cris Dush - Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties)

SB 552 (Senator Cris Dush - Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties)

SB 597 (Senator Patrick Stefano - Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties)

SB 611 (Senator Maria Collett – Bucks and Montgomery Counties)

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HB 1324 (Representative Mike Sturla – Lancaster County)Mike_Sturla

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act, in tenement buildings and multiple dwelling premises, providing for lead testing requirements.

  • Bill Status

    • Introduced and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee - May 6th

HB 1347 (Representative David Rowe – Union and Snyder Counties)David_Rowe

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law, further providing for tax liens and for municipal claims; and making inconsistent repeals.

  • Bill Status

    • Introduced and referred to the House Finance Committee on May 6th 

HB 1355 (Representative Sara Innamorato – Allegheny County)Sara_Innamorator

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Solid Waste Management Act, in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in residual waste, further providing for disposal, processing and storage of residual waste and providing for exempt special wastes. 

  • Bill Status

    • Introduced and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee - May 10th

SB 597 (Senator Patrick Stefano – Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties)Patrick_Stefano

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends Title 27 (Environmental Resources) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special programs, providing for water quality accountability.

  • Bill Status

    • Introduced and referred to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee – April 21st 

HB 939 (Representative Kate Klunk – York County)Kate_Klunk

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends Regulatory Review Act, further providing for definitions and for existing regulations and establishing the Independent Office of the Repealer and providing for its power and duties.​

  • ​​Bill Status

    • Voted out of the House Appropriations Committee – May 5th

HB 1171 (Representative Bob Freeman – Northampton County)Bob_Freeman

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act in municipal financial distress further providing for designation and for performance of coordinator and in receivership in municipalities further providing for receiver.

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of the House Local Government Committee – May 5th 

HB 1331 (Representative Valerie Gaydos – Allegheny County)Valerie_Gaydos

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes in preliminary provisions further providing for definitions and in other required equipment further providing for visual and audible signals on emergency vehicles.

  • Bill Status

    • Introduced and referred to the House Transportation Committee – May 5th

HB 1302 (Representative Zachary Mako – Northampton County)Mako

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Solid Waste Management Act, in general provisions, further providing for powers and duties of the department

  • Bill Status

    • Referred to House Environmental Resources and Energy – April 29th​

SB 32 (Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill – York County)Kristin_Phillips-Hill

  • Bill Summary 

    • Amends the Regulatory Review Act, for proposed regulations & procedures for review and for final form regulations & final-omitted regulations & procedures for review; for State agency regulatory compliance officers

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee – April 27th 

    • Received first consideration in the Senate – April 27th 

    • Received second consideration in the Senate – April 28th 

    • Re-referred to Senate Appropriations Committee – April 28th​

SB 312 (Senator Michele Brooks – Crawford, Erie, Mercer, and Warren Counties)Brooks

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; in procedure, further providing for written requests; and, in judicial review, further providing for fee limitations.

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate State Government  - April 27th

    • Received first consideration in the Senate – April 27th

SB 426 (Senator John Gordner - Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder Counties)Gordner

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends Regulatory Review Act, further providing for definitions, for proposed regulations and procedures for review, for final-form regulations and final-omitted regulations.

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee – April 27th

    • Received first consideration in the Senate – April 27th

    • Received second consideration in the Senate – April 28th

SB 478 (Senator Cris Dush - Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties)Cris_Dush

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends "An act authorizing political subdivisions, municipality authorities and transportation authorities to enter into contracts for the purchase of goods and the sale of real and personal property where no bids are received,"

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate Local Government Committee – April 28th

    • Received first consideration in the Senate – April 28th

SB 552 (Senator Cris Dush - Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties)Cris_Dush

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in agency response, providing for vexatious requester.

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  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate State Government Committee – April 27th

    • Received first consideration in the Senate – April 27th

SB 611 (Senator Maria Collett – Bucks and Montgomery Counties)Collett

  • Bill Summary

    • Amends the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act, providing for maximum contaminant levels, (PFAS).

  • Bill Status

    • Introduced and referred to Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee – April 27th

HB 72 (Representative Dawn Keefer – Cumberland and York Counties)Dawn_Keefer

  • Bill Summary

    • Requires General Assembly to vote on a concurrent resolution to approve an economically significant regulation, for that regulation to go into effect.

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee – April 20th

    • Received Final Passage in the House (Y: 108/N: 93) - May 4th

    • Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Inter-Governmental Operations Committee May 5th

HB 139 (Representative Greg Rothman – Cumberland County)Greg_Rothman

  • Bill Summary

    • Establishes the Permit Administration Act

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee – April 20th

    • Received Final Passage in the House (Y: 113/N: 88) - May 4th

    • Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Inter-Governmental Operations Committee May 5th

HB 288 (Representative Tim O’Neal – Washington County)Tim_ONeal

  • Bill Summary

    • Creates the State Agency Regulatory Compliance Officer Act

      • State agencies shall appoint a regulatory compliance officer who will be tasked with duties related to interfacing with regulated communities

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee – April 20th

    • Received Final Passage in the House (Y: 106/N: 95) - May 4th

    • Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Inter-Governmental Operations Committee May 5th

HB 950 (Representative Daryl Metcalfe – Butler County)Daryl_Metcalf

  • Bill Summary

    • Provides for procedures for subsequent review of disapproved final-form or final-omitted regulations, or regulations currently in effect

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of House State Government Committee – April 20th

    • Received Final Passage in the House (Y: 109/N: 92) - May 4th

    • Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Inter-Governmental Operations Committee May 5th

SB 251 (Senator Gene Yaw – Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union Counties)Gene_yaw

  • Bill Summary

    • Sets standards for the application of fertilizer to turf, providing for labels and labeling and the disposition of funds

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – March 23rd

    • Rereferred to Senate Appropriations Committee – April 19th

SB 283 (Senator Scott Hutchinson – Butler, Clarion, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties)Scott_Hutchinson

  • Bill Summary

    • Requires PennDOT to maintain all surface and subsurface drainage facilities connected with state highways within boroughs and incorporated towns with populations equal to or less than 2,500 people

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate Transportation Committee – April 20th

SB 442 (Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill – York County)Kristin_Phillips-Hill

  • Bill Summary

    • Provides for an inventory of state-owned assets for the development of fixed broadband services in unserved and underserved areas

    • Establishes the Broadband Services Restricted Account

  • Bill Status

    • Voted out of Senate Communications and Technology Committee – April 20th

    • Rereferred to Senate Appropriations Committee – April 21st

HB 144 (Representative Christina Sappey – Chester County) amends the Public Utility Code (Title 66) requiring voter input/ ratepayer approval prior to the sale of a publicly managed water or sewer system in the Commonwealth. If a majority of ratepayers vote against the proposed sale via referendum, then the Public Utility Commission would be required to disapprove the sale. In addition, the bill provides a water ratepayer bill of rights to ensure transparency and accountability.  It requires the acquiring utility to provide an annual privatization report for the potential new ratepayers which includes the average residential billing amounts of the acquiring utility, purchases it has made in the last 10 years that were previously owned by a municipal authority or municipality as well as other crucial provisions. 

HB 166 (Representative Pam Snyder - Greene County) amends the Municipality Authorities Act by adding an additional critical infrastructure project to the scope of projects permitted under the Act, deployment of a publicly owned broadband internet network.

Act 1 of 2021 - (formerly SB 109) - Municipal authorities are, in fact, eligible for the $569 million allocated to all 67 counties under this program. Further information and program updates can be found here.