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									                            PENNSYLVANIA FARM BUREAU UPDATE
                               PA SENATE BILLS OF INTEREST
                                2009-2010 LEGISLATIVE TERM
                                  (through February 4, 2011)


                Bills appearing in red indicate those bills that have been introduced
                      or have moved in the legislature since the last report


Bill Number &                 Summary                    PFB Position   Status
Prime Sponsor

HB 1            Would limit the amount of total          SUPPORTS       In the HOUSE
Schroder        damage award a joint defendant                          JUDICIARY Committee
                would be liable for payment of a
                total damage award in a civil
                lawsuit to the proportionate degree
                the defendant was determined to be
                responsible for causing injury.
                Joint and several liability would be
                eliminated, except in cases where
                the injury caused was intentional
                and where a defendant was
                determined to be more than 60%
                responsible for injury.

HB 8            Would statutorily establish            NOT ADDRESSED    In the HOUSE
White           abandonment of subsurface mineral IN PFB POLICY         ENVIRONMENTAL
                and gas and oil rights (other than for                  RESOURCES &
                coal and coal bed methane) upon                         ENERGY Committee
                the failure of the subsurface owner
                to perform activities or to file and
                record a claim of property interest
                for 10 continuous years (or 3 years
                after the legislation’s effective
                date).

HB 54           Would establish a program to             OPPOSES        In the HOUSE
Scavello        provide state-funded grants to                          TOURISM &
                owners of historic residential                          RECREATIONAL
                properties and homes and state                          DEVELOPMENT
                income tax credits to owners of                         Committee
                commercial structures in historic
                districts for use historic restoration
                or building improvement.

HB 86           Would eliminate state inheritance        SUPPORTS       In the HOUSE
DeLuca          taxation of estates of persons dying                    FINANCE Committee
                after December 31, 2011.
HB 96        Would provide for the opportunity          OPPOSES      In the HOUSE
Kortz        for a nonbinding referendum on the                      STATE GOVERNMENT
             question of whether a constitutional                    Committee
             convention should be convened to
             look at and propose amendments to
             provisions of the PA Constitution
             pertaining to the structure and
             function of the General Assembly.

HB 143       Would amend the Clean and Green            SUPPORTS     In the HOUSE
Major        Act to allow and limit roll-back tax                    AGRICULTURE &
             liability for performance of small                      RURAL AFFAIRS
             non-coal mining activities on clean                     Committeee
             and green land.

HB 168       Would impose a surcharge on                OPPOSES      In the HOUSE
Miller       violations of environmental laws                        ENVIRONMENTAL
             equal to 10 percent of the fines and                    RESOURCES &
             penalties assessed from the                             ENERGY Committee
             violation, with proceeds from the
             surcharge used for state allocations
             to local conservation districts.

HB 189       Would prohibit drivers from                SUPPORTS     In the HOUSE
DePasquale   performing texting activities with                      TRANSPORTATION
             electronic devices while driving and                    Committee
             would create a presumption that the
             use of a wireless device while
             driving is for purposes of texting.

HB 230       Would prohibit any gas or oil              AMENDMENTS   In the HOUSE
Mundy        drilling or hydraulic fracturing           NEEDED       ENVIRONMENTAL
             activity within 2,500 feet of the                       RESOURCES &
             source of any community water                           ENERGY Committee
             supply.




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HB 232     Would require well operators that      AMENDMENTS      In the HOUSE
Mundy      drill in Marcellus shale and other     NEEDED          ENVIRONMENTAL
           “unconventional shale formations”                      RESOURCES &
           to provide in applications for gas                     ENERGY Committee
           and oil permits an erosion and
           sedimentation control plan, a post-
           construction stormwater
           management plan, and a detailed
           survey prepared by a certified
           wetland scientist of wetlands and
           similar land areas in or adjacent to
           areas of earth disturbance from well
           operation. The bill would also
           impose a moratorium on discharges
           of wastewater from drilling
           activities to surface water until a
           comprehensive study of alternatives
           to surface discharge can be
           evaluated.

HB 233     Would impose a 1-year moratorium       OPPOSES         In the HOUSE
Mundy      on issuance of gas well permits                        ENVIRONMENTAL
           within the Marcellus shale region.                     RESOURCES &
                                                                  ENERGY Committee
HB 234     Would require operators of             NOT ADDRESSED   In the HOUSE
Mundy      permitted wells within Marcellus       IN PFB POLICY   ENVIRONMENTAL
           shale and other “unconventional                        RESOURCES &
           shale formations” to file semi-                        ENERGY Committee
           annual reports that identify amounts
           of production and amount of each
           type of waste generated from well
           operation.

HB 297     Would allow for hunting of             OPPOSES         In the HOUSE
Godshall   woodchucks on Sunday, subject to                       GAME & FISHERIES
           permission by the owner of the                         Committee
           property on which the hunting
           would occur.

HB 301     Would amend the PA Constitution        AMENDMENTS      In the HOUSE
Godshall   to allow the General Assembly to       NEEDED          JUDICIARY Committee
           limit the amount of noneconomic
           and punitive damage awards in
           medical malpractice lawsuits.




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HB 342     Would establish a program to               OPPOSES     In the HOUSE
Baker      provide state cost-share assistance                    HEALTH Committee
           and tax credits for development and
           operation of community-based
           health clinics to that provide and
           manage medically necessary
           treatment to local residents.

HB 347     Would amend the Game and                   SUPPORTS    In the HOUSE
Sonney     Wildlife Code to allow the use of                      GAME & FISHERIES
           semiautomatic rifles of .22 caliber                    Committee
           or less in hunting of coyotes, foxes
           and woodchucks.

HB 354     Would establish an animal abuser           OPPOSES     In the HOUSE
Readshaw   registry in each county and require                    JUDICIARY Committee
           persons residing in a county who
           have been convicted of a felony
           offense of cruelty to animals to
           register.

HB 358     Would proportionately reduce         SUPPORTS          In the HOUSE
Swanger    assessment of inheritance taxes with                   FINANCE Committee
           total elimination of assessment of
           inheritance tax for estates of
           persons dying after 2014.

HB 359     Would amend the PA Constitution            OPPOSES     In the HOUSE
Swanger    to prohibit either chamber of the                      STATE GOVERNMENT
           General Assembly from voting on                        Committee
           any legislation during lame duck
           session.

HB 368     Would require a minimum five-day           SUPPORTS    In the HOUSE
Swanger    period for public review before any                    APPROPRIATIONS
           proposed appropriation or revenue                      Committee
           generating legislation could be
           considered for final vote by either
           chamber of the General Assembly.

HB 375     Would statutorily establish            NOT ADDRESSED   In the HOUSE
Godshall   abandonment of subsurface mineral IN PFB POLICY        ENVIRONMENTAL
           and gas and oil rights (other than for                 RESOURCES &
           coal and coal bed methane) upon                        ENERGY Committee
           the failure of the subsurface owner
           to perform activities or to file and
           record a claim of property interest
           for 20 continuous years.




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HB 417        Would prohibit municipalities and          SUPPORTS   In the HOUSE
Benninghoff   homeowners’ associations from                         URBAN AFFAIRS
              banning the use of clothes lines and                  Committee
              similar devices to dry clothing
              outdoors.

HB 437        Would amend the PA Constitution            OPPOSES    In the HOUSE
Preston       to authorize the use of revenues                      TRANSPORTATION
              from state fuels taxes and motor                      Committee
              license fees for mass transit
              development.




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