This past week in Harrisburg, both the House and Senate were in Session. There was quite a bit of Committee and Floor activity in both Chambers, but all in all it was a productive and important week in the General Assembly.
I was fortunate enough to have two of my bills considered by Committees this week, one in the Appropriates Committee that has been approved previously and another in the Health and Human Services Committee that has been a work in progress for several months.
- First, my Senate Bill 848 was approved in Appropriations on Monday, and it seeks to create the Office of Chief Nursing Officer of the Commonwealth, similar to our Physician General.
- On Tuesday, the Health and Human Services Committee passed my Senate Bill 749, with an amendment, which adds much needed clarification to the Medical Marijuana Act in terms of employees and employers.
- Also of note, the Senate Transportation Committee
In terms of the Floor votes, the two most important bills in my opinion had to deal with elections. First, Senate Bill 982 (Baker) banned third-parties from contributing to election operations which avoids a clear conflict of interest. Second, Senate Bill 1200 (Dush) to clarify the election code, where drop boxes are not mentioned, and specify that the only place mail-in or absentee ballots can be physically returned is the County election office in the County seat. Both of these bills passed and are now under consideration in the House.
Other notable floor votes:
- Senate Bill 284 (Yaw) – Bonding of Solar and Wind Instillations
- Senate Bill 597 (Stefano) – Water Quality Accountability Act
- A package of Victims’ Rights Bills
- Senate Bill 1167 (DiSanto) – SAFE Cannabis banking
- Senate Bill 962 (Langerholc) – Rural Co-Working and Innovation Centers (RCIC)
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