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Pennsylvania Legislative Update: OCTOBER 7, 2011

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House actions:

  • The House Labor and Industry Committee voted several prevailing wage bills out of committee (HB709, HB1191, HB1271, HB1329, HB1541, HB1685). The Prevailing Wage Act of 1961 requires workers on public projects costing more than $25,000 to be paid the prevailing wage in their region. If these bills are passed they will force this artificially low project cost to conform to the Consumer Price Index of the previous calendar year and they would bring the prevailing wage in line with going market wages.
  • HB 1349 (Pickett) passed the House with a vote of (158-41). This bill seeks to give small businesses a seat at the table when it comes to advancing state regulations. The intent is to positively affect job creation through better understanding of the impact proposed regulations have on small businesses. If a negative impact exists, state agencies would be required to offer alternatives so that small businesses are able to meet the intent of the regulation.
    Senate actions:

  • Passed SB 290 and 293 (Brubaker) which would increase the competitive bidding threshold for local government from $10,000 to $18,500 and allow for annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index. These bills raise the monetary limits for local governments required to advertise and bid contracts. The following bills which passed as well, also fall into this category but deal with different aspects of local government (SB 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 291, 292, 295, 296)

Items of interest:

Representative Doyle Heffley unveiled legislation this week that would prohibit illegal immigrants from possessing, using or attempting to use an ACCESS card or other electronic public assistance benefit transfer card. If your organization is interested in helping pass this bill contact Linda Schylaske at lschylas@pahousegop.com.

During a meeting Wednesday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee discussed examples of abuse within the Office of Development Programs in the Department of Public Welfare including: flea dipping a cat, chandeliers, bowling, luxury cars rentals and more were recently disclosed by the Corbett Administration.

The House Finance Committee will hold a public meeting on various bills to repeal inheritance tax laws. The meeting will be held Monday, October 17th at 9:30am in room 205 of the Ryan Office.

Senate Session Days
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
November 1, 14, 15, 16
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

House Session Days
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
November 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

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