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Dear Friend,

I am pleased to send you this special e-newsletter listing all of the bills signed into law during 2018, as well as the one vetoed by the Governor.

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Acts of 2018

House Bill 1608 renames a Huntingdon County bridge.  Act 1 of 2018

House Bill 1175 amends state law relating to lobbying disclosure to provide for an electronic registration filing system and to increase fines and penalties for violations of the act. Act 2 of 2018

House Bill 359 addresses penalties for hunters who mistakenly kill an animal. Act 3 of 2018

House Bill 1602 renames several bridges.  Act 4 of 2018

House Bill 1653 makes students enrolled in distance, or online, education programs eligible for state grants. Act 5 of 2018

Senate Bill 354  strengthens licensee reporting requirements to the Department of State. Act 6 of 2018

Senate Bill 497 eliminates the “waste” designation for steel slag when it is sold as a commodity and is not a discarded material. Act 7 of 2018

Senate Bill 542 permits pharmacists to dispense emergency prescription refills for up to 30 days pursuant to certain restrictions.  Act 8 of 2018

Senate Bill 894 renames roads and bridges. Act 9 of 2018

House Bill 631 requires those convicted of a Tier 3 sexual offense be sentenced to a mandatory period of probation of three years consecutive to and in addition to any other sentence issued by the court and addresses a state Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that impacts Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registration act. Act 10 of 2018

Senate Bill 135 would permit the use of a leashed tracking dog to track white-tailed deer to recover an animal which has been legally harvested or wounded. Act 11 of 2018

House Bill 1845 designates an Indiana County bridge as the First Lieutenant Theodore P. Pytash Bridge. Act 12 of 2018

House Bill 1854 designates a portion of Route 522 in Snyder County as the Staff Sgt. Stanley R. Saylor Memorial Highway. Act 13 of 2018

Senate Bill 449 would allow Magisterial District Judges to use a risk assessment tool when determining bail in domestic violence cases. Act 14 of 2018

House Bill 1486 exempts “high tunnels” from the requirements of the Storm Water Management Act. Act 15 of 2018

House Bill 1341 amends the Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act to allow emergency medical responders to be employed at mines. Act 16 of 2018

House Bill 595  specifically provides for the types of complaints that can be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection regarding planned communities, cooperatives and condominiums. Act 17 of 2018

House Bill 866 amends the Local Tax Enabling Act to clarify certain provisions related to the consolidated collection of local income taxes and delinquent taxes. Act 18 of 2018

House Bill 1926 designates a portion of Fort Washington Avenue in Montgomery County as the SPC5 George W. Charters, Jr., Memorial Highway. Act 19 of 2018

Senate Bill 837 is a highway renaming bill. Act 20 of 2018

Senate Bill 844 expands the legal standing for individuals seeking to gain custody of children where both biological parents are absent, whether due to death or for other reasons. Act 21 of 2018

Senate Bill 877 amends the Insurance Department Act to allow producers and insurers to spend as much as $100 in marketing insurance to a client or prospective client. Act 22 of 2018

Senate Bill 878 amends the Insurance Company Law to allow producers and insurers to spend as much as $100 in marketing insurance to a client or prospective client.  Act 23 of 2018

House Bill 1869 establishes a committee to review maternal deaths and develop strategies for the prevention of maternal deaths. Act 24 of 2018

House Bill 478 requires outpatient psychiatric clinics to have a psychiatrist on site for two hours of psychiatric time per week for each full-time equivalent treatment staff member employed by the clinic. Act 25 of 2018

Senate Bill 630 reforms insurance licensure requirements for travel agents. Act 26 of 2018

House Bill 566 provides for the suspension of services by a contractor or a subcontractor if timely payment is not received in accordance with the terms of a construction contract. Act 27 of 2018

House Bill 1793 creates the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial. Act 28 of 2018

House Bill 1952 addresses a state Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that impacts Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registration act. Act 29 of 2018

Senate Bill 234 establishes the Property Assessed Clean Energy program. Act 30 of 2018

Senate Bill 880 allows trailers up to 102-inch wide on Pennsylvania highways. Act 31 of 2018

House Bill 653 provides for an accelerated foreclosure process for vacant and abandoned property. Act 32 of 2018

Senate Bill 667 gives redevelopment authorities the same powers currently allotted to land banks through the Pennsylvania Land Bank Act. Act 33 of 2018

House Bill 352 reduces the period of time needed to acquire a title through adverse possession under specified circumstances. Act 34 of 2018

House Bill 564 requires students to pass a test that is identical to the civics test produced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as a condition of high school graduation. Act 35 of 2018

House Bill 1641 creates the Employment First Act. Act 36 of 2018

Senate Bill 776 extends the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program. Act 37 of 2018

Senate Bill 851 amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to clarify ownership of properties that are in the delinquent tax sale process. Act 38 of 2018

House Bill 1448  is the Education Code component of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget. Act 39 of 2018

House Bill 1677 is the Human Services Code component of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget. Act 40 of 2018

House Bill 1851 requires the Insurance Department to formalize its exam process with best practices. Act 41 of 2018

House Bill 1929 is the Fiscal Code component of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget. Act 42 of 2018

House Bill 2477 clarifies the clinical research component of the Medical Marijuana Act. Act 43 of 2018

Senate Bill 1142 establishes the Safe2Say Program and provides methods of anonymous reporting of unsafe activities in schools and other measures to improve school safety. Act 44 of 2018

House Bill 2468 requires any government agency to obtain Orphans’ Court approval before using eminent domain to take permanently preserved land. The bill returns to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments. Act 45 of 2018

House Bill 1979 removes a sunset provision for a 20-year statute of limitations on actions on instruments under seal. Act 46 of 2018

House Bill 17 amends the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to specify that a parent or guardian is authorized to provide consent for treatment of their minor child. Act 47 of 2018

House Bill 152 requires the Insurance Department to administer and maintain a database of life insurance policies to search for potential beneficiaries. Act 48 of 2018

House Bill 159 clarifies that the failure of a child to comply with a lawful sentence imposed for a summary offense constitutes a “delinquent act” and that further provides that juvenile courts will retain jurisdiction over enforcement of such cases. Act 49 of 2018

House Bill 594 prohibits Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition for certain offenses against children. Act 50 of 2018

House Bill 824 establishes the National Guard Youth Challenge Program. Act 51 of 2018

House Bill 994 clarifies that the sales of telephones, telephone numbers, modems, tablets and related accessories, including cases, chargers, holsters, clips, hands free devices, screen protectors and batteries are not subject to the gross receipts tax. Act 52 of 2018

House Bill 1124 provides for the offense of neglect of a care-dependent person and creates the offense of abuse of a care-dependent person. Act 53 of 2018

House Bill 1232 requires schools and hospitals to display a poster that includes the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. It also reforms expungement guidelines for the Statewide Database of Protective Services within the Department of Human Services and County Child Protective Services Databases. Act 54 of 2018

House Bill 1644 establishes the Collaborative Law Act. Act 55 of 2018

House Bill 1419 provides those with low-level, nonviolent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view. Act 56 of 2018

House Bill 1738 allows trained and certified non-municipal police officers the same jurisdictional flexibility as municipal police officers. Act 57 of 2018

House Bill 1782 authorizes the use of alternative rate mechanisms by public utilities. Act 58 of 2018

House Bill 1898 requires dealer disclosure of vehicles with unaddressed recalls at time of sale. Act 59 of 2018

House Bill 1918 updates and upgrades state law to help prevent, eliminate and punish the use of fraudulent credit card devices. Act 60 of 2018

House Bill 2067 renames several roads and bridges. Act 61 of 2018

Senate Bill 431 increases fines for littering. Act 62 of 2018

Senate Bill 499 would allow the Board of Prison Inspectors in Eighth Class counties to meet less frequently. Act 63 of 2018

Senate Bill 552 redirects funds from the Veterans Trust Fund that came from the Pennsylvania Monuments License Registration Plate to the new Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund and would require those funds be used for the operation and maintenance of monuments designated by Department of Military & Veterans Affairs in consultation with the State Veterans’ Commission. Act 64 of 2018

Senate Bill 564 requires PENNDOT to include protective fencing in the construction of new bridges and major renovations of existing bridges over interstate highways. Act 65 of 2018

Senate Bill 817 addresses property issues involving the Department of General Services. Act 66 of 2018

Senate Bill 892 amends the Chiropractic Practice Act to provide clarity on the topic of clinical training. Act 67 of 2018

Senate Bill 934 expands the authority of the Elevator Advisory Board, a subcommittee of the Industrial Board under the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Act 68 of 2018

Senate Bill 978 addresses drug disposal after hospice care. Act 69 of 2018

Senate Bill 1002 renames bridges and highways. Act 70 of 2018

Senate Bill 1037 reforms and modernizes the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission. Act 71 of 2018

Senate Bill 1056 allows long-standing deductions for depreciation in determining taxable income. Act 72 of 2018

Senate Bill 1091 provides for contributions for pediatric cancer research and establishes the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. Act 73 of 2018

Senate Bill 1101 reduces the need for some consumers to obtain a recovered theft vehicle title by creating a damage threshold that would trigger this requirement. Act 74 of 2018

House Bill 863 amends the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act to increase the educational requirements for the salesperson license and to authorize brokers and salespersons to prepare Broker Price Opinions. Act 75 of 2018

Senate Bill 530 updates Act 136 of 1998, the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act. Act 76 of 2018 

Appropriations Acts of 2018

House Bill 2121 General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 1A of 2018

House Bill 2078 Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, including the State Athletic Commission, funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 2A of 2018

House Bill 2079 Workers’ Compensation Act and the Pennsylvania Occupation Disease Act funding for FY 2018-19.  Act 3A of 2018

House Bill 2080 Office of Small Business Advocate funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 4A of 2018

House Bill 2081 Office of Consumer Advocate funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 5A of 2018

House Bill 2082 Public School Employees’ Retirement Board funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19.  Act 6A of 2018

House Bill 2083 State Employees’ Retirement Board funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 7A of 2018

House Bill 2084 Philadelphia Parking Authority funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 8A of 2018

House Bill 2085 Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 9A of 2018

House Bill 2086 State Gaming Fund Appropriations funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 10A of 2018

House Bill 2242 Pennsylvania State University funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 11A of 2018          

House Bill 2243 University of Pittsburgh funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 12A of 2018

House Bill 2244 Temple University funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 13A of 2018

House Bill 2245 Lincoln University funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 14A of 2018

House Bill 2246 University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Act 15A of 2018 

Vetoes of 2018

Senate Bill 936 requires the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation program. Veto 1 of 2018

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