Public Hearing on Act 347 of 1974 – Governor and Lieutenant Governor Disability Procedure Law

Senate State Government Committee

Monday, July 18, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Hearing Room 1, North Office Building


Agenda

11:00 a.m.:         Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Senator Argall and Senator Street

11:05 a.m.:          National Conference of State Legislatures

  • Natalie Wood, Director, NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening

11:20 a.m.:         Gubernatorial Incapacity and Succession Provisions

  • Brian J. Gaines, Ph. D., University of Illinois
    • Department of Political Science
    • Institute of Government and Public Affairs
  • Brian D. Roberts, Ph. D., Principia College – Testimony
    • Chair, Political Science Department

11:45 a.m.:         Closing Remarks and Adjournment

  • Senator Street and Senator Argall

Former acting Governor Mark Singel provided the following written statement.

Meeting to consider SB 488, SB 492, SB 1130, HB 2115, HB 2219, HB 2485, HB 2524

Senate State Government Committee

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8EA


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 488, SB 492, SB 1130, HB 2115, HB 2219, HB 2485, HB 2524

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 488 (Mastriano) – Amends the Right-to-Know Law for state-related universities to further provide for reporting, for contents of report and for copies and posting and providing for contracts.
    • Amendment A04963 (Argall) – Increases the amount of contracts required to be filed from $5,000 to $10,000 to coincide with HB 2485. 
  • Senate Bill 492 (Mastriano) – Amends the Right-to-Know Law further providing for definitions; in requirements and prohibitions, providing for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association; in access, further providing for open-records officer, for regulations and policies, for uniform form, for requests and for retention of records and providing for inmate access.
    • Amendment ### – Deletes the section on commercial purpose and the section on inmate limitations, while making several other editorial changes.  Changes the effective date of the act to 60 days from 30 days.
  • Senate Bill 1130 (Dush) – Amends the Sunshine Act to facilitate the creation of local rules for broadcasting meetings online and allow public comment via authorized telecommunications devices.
    • Amendment A04720 (Dush) – Provides a definition for broadcast.   Further clarifying methods of broadcast and methods of remote public comment.
  • House Bill 2115 (Wheeland) – Amends the Administrative Code of 1929 to remove provisions referencing entities that were terminated under the Sunset Act.
  • House Bill 2219 (Rowe) – Amends the Administrative Code of 1929 to require each authority that initially authorized a regulatory suspension, under COVID-19 regulatory flexibility authority, that was previously extended, to issue an updated report to be published on the authority’s website.   For each suspension, the report must include whether the authority recommends that the suspension be extended further or enacted permanently into statute or regulation.
    • Amendment A05169 (Argall) – Changes the March 1, 2022 reporting date to August 1, 2022 and changes the March 31, 2022 recommendation date for further suspensions to August 31, 2022.
  • House Bill 2485 (Grove) – Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in State contract information, further providing for submission and retention of contracts.
  • House Bill 2524 (Schmitt) – Amends the Right-to-Know Law, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; in access, further providing for open-records officer, for regulations and policies, for uniform form, for requests and for retention of records and providing for inmate access; in procedure, further providing for written requests, for redaction, for production of certain records and for exceptions for public records.
    • Amendment #### – Technical change to the definition of “commercial purpose”; removes “economic development authority” from the definition of “local agency”.   Changes the effective date of the act to 60 days from 30 days.

Public hearing on Right to Know Law legislation

Senate State Government Committee

Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8EA

Agenda

Public hearing on Right to Know Law legislation

Schedule

9:00 a.m.: – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Senator Argall and Senator Street

9:05 a.m.: – Office of Open Records – Testimony

  • Liz Wagenseller, Executive Director
  • Erik Arneson, past Executive Director

9:20 a.m.: – American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania – Testimony

  • Elizabeth Randol, Legislative Director

9:30 a.m.: – Local School Boards

  • Danielle Lindemuth, Elizabethtown Area School Board
  • Jen Goldhahn, Bermudian Springs School Board

9:45 a.m.: – Local Government Associations – Panel # 1

  • Jonathan D. Berger, Senior Director of Government Affairs – Testimony
    • Pennsylvania School Boards Association
  • Ashley Lenker White, Director of Government Relations – Testimony
    • County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

10:05 a.m.: – Local Government Associations – Panel # 2

  • Joseph H. Gerdes, Director of Government Relations – Testimony
    • Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
  • Ronald J. Grutza, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs – Testimony
    • Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs

10:25 a.m.: – Pennsylvania News Media Association – 

  • Brad Simpson, President – Testimony
  • Sharon Sorg, CNHI Regional Executive Publisher – Testimony

10:40 a.m.: – Representative Lou Schmitt (Blair County)

  • Prime Sponsor of House Bill 2524

10:50 a.m.: – Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Written Testimony:

State Related Universities Feedback

***Media Advisory*** Senate State Government Committee Hearing to Review Efforts to Hold Russia Accountable, Support Veteran and Minority Owned Businesses

WHAT:

The Senate State Government Committee will hold a hearing reviewing two bills that aim to hold the Russian government accountable for their heinous war crimes (SB 1203 and HB 2447) and a bill that aims to support veteran and minority owned businesses in Pennsylvania (SB 1140).

WHO:

Senator David G. Argall (R-29), Chairman of the Senate State Government Committee and Prime Sponsor of Senate Bill 1203

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Prime Sponsor of Senate Bill 1140

The Honorable Stacy Garrity, Treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Honorable Jim Gerlach, President and CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Secretary Curt Topper, Department of General Services

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Hearing Room No. 1

North Office Building

Harrisburg, PA 17120

Media RSVP and Questions:

Please contact Jim Brugger at 717.787.2637 or jbrugger@pasen.gov.

Meeting to consider SB 1140, SB 1203 and HB 2447

Senate State Government Committee

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB 1140, SB 1203 and HB 2447, followed by meeting to consider these bills

 

Schedule

10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Senator Argall and Senator Street

Senate Bill 1140 (Bartolotta, Hughes)

  • Updates and codifies certain procedures for minority and veteran procurement

10:05 a.m. – Senator Camera Bartolotta

10:15 a.m. – Department of General Services – Testimony

  • Curt Topper, Secretary
  • Kerry Kirkland, Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities

10:30 a.m. – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Testimony

During the testimony for the Small Diverse Business Legislation hearing, UPMC Corporate Services and UPMC Health Plan were afforded the opportunity to provide testimony. Speaking on behalf of UPMC Corporate Services was George Robinson, director, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, UPMC, and Jonathan Encarnacion, senior director, Medicaid Programs, UPMC Health Plan. During Mr. Encarnacion’s testimony, he inadvertently stated that 100% of UPMC Health Plan’s contracting is with small, diverse businesses (SDBs). In fact, he should have said that UPMC Health Plan routinely strives to maximize its contracting with SDBs and to meet or exceed 100% of any diverse vendor requirements contained in Commonwealth and other RFPs and contracts.

  • George Robinson, Director of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion
  • Jonathan Encarnacion, Senior Director, Medical Assistance, Health Plan

10:45 a.m. – National Federation of Independent Business – Testimony

  • Melissa Morgan, Assistant State Director

Senate Bill 1203 (Argall)

  • Prohibits contracts, grants and tax credits for companies which do business with Russia or Belarus.

11:00 a.m. – The Honorable Jim Gerlach

  • President and CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

11:15 a.m. – Iryna Mazur

  • Honorary Consul of Ukraine in PA

11:30 a.m. – The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau – Testimony

  • Kyle Kotzmoyer, State & Local Affairs Specialist

House Bill 2447 (Benninghoff)

  • Divestiture of Russian and Belarusian assets by the Commonwealth’s public funds

11:45 a.m. – Pennsylvania’s Public Pension Funds

  • Tim Reese, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System – Testimony
  • Joe Torta, Executive Director, State Employees’ Retirement System – SERS Info Packet
  • Bob Devine, Interim Chief Investment Officer, Public School Employees’ Retirement System – PSERS Remarks

12:10 p.m. – The Honorable Stacy Garrity

  • Treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

12:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Adjournment

12:30 p.m.

  • Senate Bill 1140 (Bartolotta) – Amends the Military Affairs Code and the Procurement Code to provide for procurement programs for veteran owned businesses and minority owned businesses.
  • Senate Bill 1203 (Argall) – An Act preventing the Commonwealth for dealing with persons associated with the Government of Russia or the Government of Belarus.
    • Amendment A04701 – Exempts critical material and critical mineral from the prohibition.   The Treasury Department shall develop a list of critical materials and critical minerals.
  • House Bill 2447 (Benninghoff) – An Act providing for divestiture of state investments to Russia and Belarus.

 

Meeting to consider SB 117, SB 760, SB 822, SB 1029, SB 1130

Senate State Government Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Room 8 E-A


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 117, SB 760, SB 822, SB 1029, SB 1130

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 117 (Hutchinson) – Amends Title 11 (Cities) to reduce to ten, the required amount of candidate signatures for ballot access in third class cities, and eliminates filing fees.
  • Senate Bill 760 (Martin) – Amends The Administrative Code of 1929 to eliminate the ability of a gubernatorial cabinet nominee to serve as an acting secretary while awaiting Senate confirmation.
  • Senate Bill 822 (Phillips-Hill) – Creates the Museum Unclaimed Loaned Property Act to codify procedures for the disposition of unclaimed loaned property.
  • Senate Bill 1029 (Yaw) – Creates the In-Person Meeting Act, to require Commonwealth agencies to hold in-person meetings, except in times of a declared state emergency.
    • Amendment A04215 – Adds a definition of “Public meeting”.
  • Senate Bill 1130 (Dush) – Amends the Sunshine Act to facilitate the creation of local rules for broadcasting meetings online and allow public comment via authorized telecommunications devices.

Meeting to consider SB 784, 1127, 1175, 1182, 1209 and HB 2496

Senate State Government Committee

Wednesday, May 25th | 10 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 784, 1127, 1175, 1182, 1209 and HB 2496

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 784 (Argall) – Allows for pre-canvassing of mail ballots to begin one week before election day.   Also, moves back the deadline to apply for either an absentee or mail-in ballot from one week to fifteen days prior to an election.
  • Senate Bill 1127 (Yaw) – A constitutional amendment providing for the election of President Judge in counties with three or more judges.
  • Senate Bill 1175 (Kearney) – Amends the Administrative Code of 1929 to add the Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as members of the State Planning Board.
  • Senate Bill 1182 (Argall) – A constitutional amendment requiring the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to randomly select the chairperson of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission from the list of senior judges on appellate courts.
  • Senate Bill 1209 (Argall) – A constitutional amendment prohibiting the Legislative Reapportionment Commission from adjusting the population data for the Commonwealth for any group quarters population.
  • House Bill 2496 (Boback) – Land Conveyance.
    • PDA Tunkhannock Facility in Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County.
    • SCI Pittsburgh Superintendent’s House in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

Public Hearing on Senate Bill 690 and Issues Regarding the Special Election in the 116th Legislative District

Senate State Government Committee

Thursday, April 21 | 12 p.m.

Council Chamber of Hazleton City Hall


Agenda

Public Hearing on Senate Bill 690 and Issues Regarding the Special Election in the 116th Legislative District

Schedule

Part I, Issues related to the recent special election in the 116th Legislative District

12:00 p.m.:         Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Senator Argall and Senator Street

12:10 p.m.:         Jonathan Marks, Deputy Secretary for Election and Commissions

12:30 p.m.:         Michael Susek, Director of Elections, Luzerne County

Part II, Senate Bill 690 (Laughlin, Collett)

1:00 p.m.      

Senator Dan Laughlin

1:10 p.m.

Senator Maria Collett

1:20 p.m.           

David Thornburgh – Testimony
Senior Advisor, Committee of Seventy

  • Pre-recorded message from Robert “Rocky” Bleier
    • Decorated Vietnam Veteran
    • Four-time Super Bowl Champion
    • Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor

1:45 p.m.         

Party Officials

Alan Novak
Former Chairman, Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania (1996-2004)

J. Rooney
Former Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party (2003-2010)

2:10 p.m.:          

Jennifer Bullock, Coordinator – Testimony
Independent Pennsylvanians

2:30 p.m.:           Closing Remarks and Adjournment

  • Senator Street and Senator Argall

*The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania could not participate but submitted a written statement.

Voting meeting on SB 982, SB 1200 and HB 2044

Senate State Government Committee

Monday, April 11, 2022 | Off the Floor

Rules Room

Agenda

Voting meeting on SB 982, SB 1200 and HB 2044

Schedule

Senate Bill 982 (Baker) Requires elections to be funded only through lawful appropriations by Federal, State or local governments, and imposing a penalty. 

Senate Bill 1200 (Dush) Requires that persons delivering mail or absentee ballots may only deliver such ballots at their county’s primary office, located in the county seat. 

House Bill 2044 (Nelson) Prohibits the Secretary of the Commonwealth and county election officials from accepting private donations or contributions for the operation of elections.

 

Continuation of public hearing on SB 982 and HB 2044

Senate State Government Committee

Monday, April 11, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8EA


Agenda 

Continuation of public hearing on SB 982 and HB 2044

Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m.:        Opening Remarks
    • Senator Argall and Senator Street
  • 9:35 a.m.:        Department of State
    • Leigh Chapman, Secretary of the Commonwealth (acting)
    • Jonathan Marks, Deputy Secretary of Elections and Commissions
    • Reappearance from April 5th Public Hearing for question and answer session.
  • 10:00 a.m.:      Todd Shepherd, Investigative Reporter, Broad + Liberty
    • Reappearance from April 5th Public Hearing for question and answer session.