Harrisburg Highlights- Week of December 13, 2021

Dear Friends,

This past week, the House and Senate were both in session for what was likely the last time in 2021.  As many of you know, a legislative session is two years, so the closing out of 2021 doesn’t mean that the session is over, just that we have reached the half way point.

On Tuesday of this past week, one of my bills, Senate Bill 848, was passed by the Senate Health Committee.  Senate Bill 848 creates a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in the Commonwealth which will have a similar role in Pennsylvania as the Physician General.  I sponsored this bill because Registered Nurses play crucial role in the Commonwealth’s healthcare environment.  They are the largest professional group in Pennsylvania, yet they often lack adequate representation in policy-related decision-making in Harrisburg.

The following important bills were passed in the Senate this week

  • SB 562 (Scavello) – Airport Land Development Zones
  • SB 772 (DiSanto) – Updating Pennsylvania’s Annuity Laws
  • HB 1332 (Lewis) – Empowering Parents with Curriculum Transparency
  • HB 412 (Gleim) – Substitute Teacher Shortage
  • HB 1255 (Lewis) – Statutory Limitation for Civil Actions Against Real Estate Appraisers
  • HB 1260 (Thomas) – PACE/PACENET Eligibility Expansion
  • HB 291 (Labs) – PACE/PACENET Social Security COLA Moratorium
  • HB 1837 (Irvin) – Workers Comp Regulation Suspension
  • SB 566 (Regan) – Dead Liquor License Auctions
  • HB 2071 (Causer) – Establishes Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority 
  • SB 913 (Baker) – Comprehensive Probation Reform

CONTACT:  ldifiore@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388