Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Gov’s Schedule/ Bills Introduced
Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--
House (March 13): <> Click Here for full House Bill Calendar.
Committee Meeting Agendas This Week
House: the Appropriations Committee wraps up budget hearings with the departments of Education and Human Services, the Governor’s Budget Secretary and House member testimony. <> Click Here for full House Committee Schedule.
Senate: the Appropriations Committee wraps up budget hearings with the Governor’s Budget Secretary, departments of Community and Economic Development, Education, Environmental Protection, proposed Health & Human Services and Revenue. <> Click Here for full Senate Committee Schedule.
Bills Pending In Key Committees
Check the PA Environmental Council Bill Tracker for the status and updates on pending state legislation and regulations that affect environmental and conservation efforts in Pennsylvania.
Here are links to key Standing Committees in the House and Senate and the bills pending in each--
The following bills of interest were introduced this week--
Automatic Approval Of Oil & Gas E&S Permits Whether or Not They Meet Regulations: Senate Bill 402 (Bartolotta-R-Fayette) providing for automatic approval of DEP erosion and sedimentation permits for oil and gas drilling operations whether or not they meet environmental standards (sponsor summary). [This bill is similar to House Bill 588 (Zimmerman-R- Lancaster).]
Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards: Senate Bill 404 (Scavello-R-Monroe) requiring solar energy credits under the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to be generated in Pennsylvania (sponsor summary).
Requiring Riparian Buffers: Senate Bill 416 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) establishing a 100 foot riparian buffer on each site of a stream and a minimum 300 foot buffer around streams designated as High Quality or Exceptional Value (sponsor summary).
Repeal Smart Meter Mandate: Senate Bill 441 (White-R-Indiana) repeal smart meter mandate, Senate Bill 442 (White-R-Indiana) require consumer consent to share smart meter information, Senate Bill 443 (White-R-Indiana) provide for a consumer opt-out of smart meter use (sponsor summary).
Green State Buildings: Senate Bill 415 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) requiring design, construction and renovation of state government buildings to meet certain energy efficiency standards (sponsor summary).
Use U.S. Steel In Drilling Operations: Senate Bill 450 (Brewster-D-Allegheny) and Senate Bill 452 (Brewster-D-Allegheny) require steel used in the natural gas drilling process to be American made (sponsor summary).
Lead Exposure Task Force: Senate Resolution 33 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) forming a Senate Task Force On Lead Poisoning Exposure and a Joint State Government Commission advisory Committee to do a comprehensive review of laws and programs related to lead exposure (sponsor summary).
Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--
March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24
June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22.
April 3, 4, 5 , 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26.
May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, & 24.
June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30
Gov. Tom Wolf's work calendar will be posted each Friday and his public schedule for the day will be posted each morning. Click Here to view Gov. Wolf’s Weekly Calendar and Public Appearances.
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