News From 2nd & State – (January 21, 2022) – Government, Public Sector – United States – Mondaq News Alerts

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The Senate was in session for two days this week, their first time back in Harrisburg since 2021.
On Tuesday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reported out S.B. 1019 (Brooks, R-Mercer), which would require each authority that initially authorized a suspension of regulations due to COVID-19 to issue an updated report as to whether the suspension should be extended beyond March 31, 2022 or enacted permanently. Also, the Senate State Government Committee reported out H.B. 2146 (Grove, R-York), which would establish the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2021.
Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee reported out S.B. 527 (Regan, R-Cumberland), which would increase the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) caps by 25 percent each fiscal year when at least 90 percent of the respective available tax credits are claimed. Furthermore, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out H.B. 979 (Dowling, R-Fayette), which would prevent local jurisdictions from imposing ordinances relating to regulation of firearms and ammunition that are more restrictive state laws.
The following bills passed finally in the Senate and will now be considered by the House:
Thursday, the House State Government Committee held a public hearing with the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) to discuss pension legislation.
Both chambers are in session next week for three session days.
Monday, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold an informational meeting to discuss H.B. 1901 (Hershey, R-Juniata), which would allocate $250 in American Rescue Plan dollars for a Clean Streams Fund. The House Liquor Control Committee will hold a public hearing on a constitutional amendment to privatize.
Additionally, the House Education Committee will consider: H.B. 1330 (Ortitay, R-Allegheny), which would establish a central repository of online courses; and H.R. 163 (Mackenzie, R-Lehigh), which would direct the Joint State Government Commission  to establish an advisory committee regarding training mandates for public educators.
The House Professional Licensure Committee has four bills on their agenda:
On the Senate side, the Senate Aging and Youth Committee will consider the following bills:
Tuesday, the House Children and Youth Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss: H.B. 2213 (Klunk, R-York), which apply the damage award limitations that currently apply to county children and youth agencies to social service providers; and H.B. 2214 (Klunk, R-York), which would make indemnification language unenforceable in government contracts with private children and youth social service agencies and children residential services.
The following two bills of note will be considered by the House Transportation Committee: H.B. 1958 (Hennessey, R-Bucks), which would establish a driver improvement program for chronic offenders; and S.B. 153 (Langerholc, R-Cambria), which would increase the maximum allowable gross weight for commercial vehicles powered by electric battery power.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will consider:
The Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee will consider S.B. 962 (Langerholc, R-Cambria), which would establish Rural Co-Working and Innovation Centers for individuals needing an office space in rural communities. The committee will also meet on Wednesday to hold a public hearing on small business assistance and economic recovery.  
Also on Wednesday, the House State Government Committee will consider:
The Performance-Based Budget Board will meet throughout the week to hold public hearings to review the following agency's budget reports:
The Board will also review reports of the following tax credit programs:
A full list of committee meetings can be found here:
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