Legislative Watchlist

  • NEW – March 24, 2021 the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 49, which recognizes March 2021 as “National Athletic Training Month” in Pennsylvania. This resolution was sponsored by Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson (R) from Bucks County and Senator Katie Muth (D) from Montgomery County who worked as an athletic trainer before she was elected to the Senate in 2018.
  • As a result of Executive Order 1996-1, all agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor are required to semi-annually publish an agenda of regulations under development or consideration in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
  • Tanning Regulations – June 2021, as Proposed  The Indoor Tanning Act provides for regulations to be promulgated by the Department as required for implementation of the Act. The Department is proposing regulations to further clarify the requirements for the operation of tanning facilities and to provide for safety of the consumers of tanning products.
  • House Bill 927 (Stambaugh, R-Perry): This legislation would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to eliminate school property taxes effective June 30th, 2024. Further, this legislation would require the General Assembly to make-up the eliminated revenue from school property taxes through a sales tax or income tax, and would allow a local government to make up that eliminated revenue through a earned income tax on residents, estates, or trusts.
  • Senate Bill 424 (DiSanto, R-Dauphin): This legislation would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to eliminate school property taxes effective June 30th, 2024. Further, this legislation would require the General Assembly to make-up the eliminated revenue from school property taxes through a sales or income tax, and would allow a local government to make up that eliminated revenue through a earned income tax on residents, estates, or trusts.
  • House Bill 15 (Rabb, D-Philadelphia): This legislation would amend the Minimum Wage Act to increase the State’s minimum wage to $12/hour effective July 1st, 2021 and increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour effective July 1st, 2027. Further, this legislation would create an inflation adjustment clause that would set the amount equal to the annual cost of living adjustment in the Consumer Price Index.
  • House Bill 892 (Isaacson, D-Philadelphia): This legislation would amend the Election Code to require employers to provide employees with 2-hours of paid leave to vote.
  • Senate Bill 418 (Dush, R-Jefferson): This legislation would amend the Public School Code to allow School Boards to permit students to satisfy their physical education requirements by participating in an interscholastic sport.
  • Governor Wolf announced that he will be lifting some of the targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increase gathering limits, effective April 4th, 2021. The lifting of restrictions includes the following main points:
  • Bar service may resume at restaurants;
  • Alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food;
  • Curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted;
  • Indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75% for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and 50% for restaurants that do not self-certify;
  • Personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls, etc.) will have increased capacity of 75% of occupancy;
  • Indoor event limits are raised to 25% of maximum occupancy; and
  • Outdoor event limits are raised to 50% of maximum occupancy.

MAY 18th Primary Referendums
Emergency Declarations
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.

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