Legislation Introduced

Sine Die

Sine die, Latin for “without a day fixed,” which came at midnight, Wednesday, November 20, 2016, formally ended the 2015 – 2016 Legislative Session.  Any bill not acted on during the two-year Session died and will need to be reintroduced in the 2017 – 2018 Session.

Listed below are bills that I introduced during the previous session. New legislation for the 2017-18 session will be available here starting on January 3, 2017. You can always view a list of all Legislation Under Consideration here.

 

The following legislation will be introduced in the upcoming legislative session.*

By following the links below, you may find bill information, including the text of bills and co-sponsorship memoranda.  First, you may want to learn How to Read a Bill.

Parent Trigger*

To require that one of four approved models of reform be instituted at a habitually underperforming school if a majority of parents petition for reform:

“Senate Bill 1067 empowers parents with the ability to trigger a habitually underperforming school to reform.  If over 50% of parents or guardians of the school’s students sign a petition, the school would be required to institute one of four approved intervention models: (1) restart model; (2) turnaround model; (3) transformation model; or (4) school closure.”

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Small Diverse Business Procurement Reform*

This legislation will ensure predictable, visible standards and methods for a minority-, woman-, veteran-, or service-disabled veteran-owned business to become certified as a small diverse business for procurement. It gives small diverse businesses tools such as a hotline to report fraud, assistance with certifications and contract compliance, and funneling contract modifications through the Bureau to combat against abuse by prime contractors. It also adds penalties for non-compliance and for abuse of a small diverse business’s certified status.

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Registration of Firearms*

Intended to make essential information available to law enforcement for purposes of tracing guns used in crime, as well as to reduce illegal firearms sales by creating owner accountability, this would require registration of all firearms in the Commonwealth.

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Philadelphia RCAP Employment

Requires Redevelopment Assistance Capital Grant (commonly referred to as RCAP) proposals in Philadelphia County to include a statement of anticipated employment for people of color. Also requires 100% of Philadelphia RCAP project employees to be residents of the city. 


Affirmative Consent (“Yes Means Yes”)

Requires colleges and universities to teach and apply the affirmative consent standard for sexual assault. Every student will learn that “Yes Means Yes,” because unfortunately teaching “No means No,” has not halted sexual assaults. 


Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

To expand the Commonwealth’s property tax deferral program whereby indigent senior citizens can opt to defer their property taxes, with interest, until they pass away, sell their homes or otherwise dispose of them.

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Parent Accountability

To encourage parents to take an active, positive role in the lives and upbringing of their children and hold parents accountable for illegal acts of children if promoted by a parent’s action or neglect.

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Intercollegiate Student Athlete Rights Act

An Act requiring institutions of higher education to provide health insurance coverage, athletic scholarships and life skills workshops to student athletes; and providing for collective bargaining rights and publicity rights for student athletes.

 
 

Philadelphia Shifting Ballots

Intended to eliminate the advantage now enjoyed by the candidate who draws the first ballot position, this would amend the provisions of the PA Election Code that deal with the format of ballots, printing of ballots, and voting machines in a city of the first class so that candidates for elected office are listed in a shifting alphabetical order whereby the person at the top of the list in first ward will be a the bottom of the list in the second ward and so on.

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Childhood Truancy Prevention

This bill is aimed at combating truancy among elementary and middle school students in Commonwealth public schools through family-focused remedial anti-truancy programs.

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Tax Credit for Hiring Veterans

Intended to combat joblessness among military veterans, this would provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.  The amount of the credit would range from a low of $1,200 for hiring a short-term unemployed veteran to a maximum of $4,800 for hiring a long-term unemployed disabled veteran.

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Veteran’s Homeownership Assistance Act

An Act establishing the Veterans’ Homeownership Assistance Program; and providing for financial assistance to a veteran or veteran’s spouse to purchase a home.

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Child Support Payments

The winning entry in my 2011 There Oughta Be a Law! competition, this bill is intended to protect against false claims of non-payment on child support by allowing non-custodial parents the right to have their child support payments documented with the state.  In the past, this could happen only by order of the Domestic Relations Court at the request of the custodial parent.  Coincidentally, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued revised rules indicating its support for non-custodial parents who wish to initiate actions with the Domestic Relations Office.  This would allow that payments made by non-custodial parents would all be accounted for.  This is consistent with the spirit of the Court’s new rules.

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Pennsylvania Stolen Valor Act

To close a loophole in Federal law and protect the honor of Pennsylvania veterans by imposing penalties for those who falsely wear military awards and decorations with the intent to commit fraud. obtain employment or be appointed to public office.  Enhanced penalties will be available if a person falsely wears a Congressional Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star or Purple Heart.

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Merit Selection

To amend the state constitution and reform how state appellate court jurists are selected. Under the bill, judges serving on the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts would be appointed by the governor, who would select from a defined list of candidates generated by an independent, bipartisan commission. Each judge so selected would stand for a public retention vote on a separate ballot with no party designation at the end of his or her term.

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Conversion Therapy Bill

The bill prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual under18 years of age.

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PA Equal Employment for All Act

The bill would prohibit the use of consumer credit reports for purposes of employment or for making an adverse employment decision, unless (1) the consumer applies for or holds employment requiring government security clearance, (2) the consumer applies for or holds employment with a state or local government agency requiring use of a consumer report, (3) the consumer applies for or holds a supervisory or professional position with a financial institution, or (4) it is otherwise required by law.

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Parent Trigger

To require that one of four approved models of reform be instituted at a habitually underperforming school if a majority of parents petition for reform:

“Senate Bill 1067 empowers parents with the ability to trigger a habitually underperforming school to reform.  If over 50% of parents or guardians of the school’s students sign a petition, the school would be required to institute one of four approved intervention models: (1) restart model; (2) turnaround model; (3) transformation model; or (4) school closure.”

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