I am pleased to send you my Session Wrap Up e-newsletter. This e-newsletter features events and legislative activities from the session week of September 28, 2015.
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Treated Mine Water Proposal Sent to Governor’s Desk
Legislation that would help reduce the use of fresh water in oil and gas drilling operations was approved by the Senate Tuesday and sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Senate Bill 875 clarifies legal liabilities associated with the use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations. The use of treated mine water holds the potential to significantly decrease the use of fresh water in the natural gas extraction process, reducing the withdrawal demand on Pennsylvania rivers, lakes and streams.
The legislation does not weaken any existing environmental safeguards designed to protect public health. It would only clarify parties that could be held responsible if the mine water is not treated or utilized properly.
The Senate sent two other bills to the Governor’s desk this week.
House Bill 33 amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code to permit alternate members for planning commissions.
Senate Bill 513 allows the vehicular transportation of leachate discharged from a municipal or private landfill's collection and handling system.
Visiting Team Physician Bills Sent to House
The Senate approved two bills this week that will allow out-of-state visiting athletic team physicians to treat athletes during athletic events without the need for a Pennsylvania medical license.
Many teams in Pennsylvania and around the country employ medical personnel who travel with the team and coaches for the purpose of providing medical care. These team physicians have established medical relationships with the athletes and are well suited to provide care while teams are competing. 21 states currently allow for visiting team physicians to practice in their state without meeting home state licensing requirements.
Senate Bill 685 and Senate Bill 686 amend state laws to allow out-of-state visiting athletic team physicians to treat athletes during athletic events without the need for a Pennsylvania medical license as long as they are licensed in their home state and have an agreement with the visiting sports team to provide care for them while traveling.
The Senate sent two bills that I sponsored to the House this week.
Senate Bill 898 amends the Second Class County Code providing for revenue neutrality of taxes following countywide reassessments.
Senate Bill 899 amends the Consolidated County Assessment Law providing for revenue neutrality of taxes following countywide reassessments.
Local Government Committee Approves Six Bills
The Senate Local Government Committee, which I chair, met on Wednesday to consider and send to the full Senate the following bills:
Senate Bill 526 amends the Second Class Township Code to change the deadlines for completing and publishing the Annual Township Report and Financial Statement.
Senate Bill 791 amends the Second Class Township Code further providing for removal of elected township officers for failure to perform duties.
House Bill 904 amends the First Class Township Code to further provide for property maintenance codes, reserved powers, and the Uniform Construction Code.
House Bill 906 amends the First Class Township Code further providing for removal of elected township officers for failure to perform duties.
House Bill 909 authorizes county tax claim bureaus to incur and recover reasonably necessary costs for the rehabilitation and maintenance of property exposed to, but not sold at, an upset sale.House Bill 910 amends Act 35 of 1953, pertaining to incorporated towns, regarding the removal of elected officers for failure to perform duties.
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