- House Bill 345 (Kim, D-Dauphin): This legislation would amend the Minimum Wage Act to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12/hour effective July 1st, 2021. Further, this legislation would increase the wage rate by $0.50/annually until the minimum wage equals $15/hour on July 1st, 2027. After that, the minimum wage amount would increase annually by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index.
- Senate Bill 520 (DiSanto, R-Dauphin): This legislation would amend the Regulatory Review Act to require the General Assembly’s approval, through the adoption of a Concurrent Resolution, of any regulation that would have an industry compliance cost of more than $1 million.
- House Bill 105 (Nelson, R-Westmoreland): This legislation would amend the Tax Reform Code to adopt Section 1031 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code into Pennsylvania Tax Code to allow for like-kind exchanges by providing for tax-deferral when certain property is exchanged for similar property.
- House Bill 333 (Nelson, R-Westmoreland): This legislation would amend the Tax Reform Code to fully adopt Section 179 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code to allow businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased during the tax year.
- House Bill 395 (Nelson, R-Westmoreland): This legislation would amend the Tax Reform Code to permit small business owners to use a net loss deduction against the State Personal Income Tax.
- House Bill 1126 (Neilson, D-Philadelphia): This legislation would require all businesses to notify consumers of what personal information is collected and if it will be sold. Further, this legislation would require businesses to provide consumers with the choice to “opt out,” which would prevent their information from being sold, or requiring their information to be deleted should they choose.
- House Bill 1079 (Parker, D-Philadelphia): This legislation would amend Title 35 (Health and Safety) to require businesses to notify consumers when prices for goods and services increase 10% or more during a declared disaster emergency.
MAY 18th Primary Referendums
Pennsylvania voters will finally have a say in the state’s handling of extended disaster emergencies when two questions are placed on the May 18 primary election ballot.
Under legislation approved by the House and Senate, two proposed constitutional amendments regarding emergency declarations will appear on the ballot.
One seeks to limit emergency declarations by a governor to a maximum of 21 days, unless extended by a vote of the Legislature, and the other would clarify that a concurrent resolution terminating or extending a disaster emergency declaration need not be presented to a governor for signature.