The following two already-introduced bills have been acted upon by the General Assembly since our last Update:

PA House Bill 965 – Amendments to Regulatory Review Act

Sponsor: Robert W. Godshall (Republican – part of Montgomery County [outside Philadelphia])
Overview: Amends Regulatory Review Act (Act of Jun. 25, 1982, P.L. 633, No. 181) to require that Committee Chairs provide a copy of any proposed regulation, as well as stakeholder comments and any comments from the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (“IRRC”), to committee members by paper or electronic copy within five (5) days of receipt.Authorizes Committee Chairs to hold hearings on proposed regulations and to adopt official committee comments regarding a proposed regulation.

Upon submission by an agency of final form regulations, Committee Chair must distribute copies to committee members by paper or electronic copy within five (5) days of receipt.

Allows a committee to notify IRRC prior to an IRRC meeting that the committee disapproves or wishes to further review a proposed regulation.  If the committee disapproves of the proposed regulation, the IRRC may not approve or disapprove the regulation for thirty (30) days or nine (9) legislative days, whichever is longer.  If the committee notifies the IRRC that it wishes to further review a proposed regulation, the IRRC may not approve or disapprove of the regulation for fourteen (14) days or six (6) legislative days, whichever is longer.

Defines “legislative day” to mean “a day when both houses of the General Assembly are in voting session.

Amendments: Printer’s Number 1885:  Minor typographical edits.
Current Status: Printer’s Number 1885 reported out of House Committee on Consumer Affairs (16 to 10) on June 24, 2015.Printer’s Number 1885 reported out of House Committee on Rules on September 21, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1885 reported out of House Committee on Appropriations (22 to 14) on October 20, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1885 passed by House of Representatives (113 to 84) on October 20, 2015.

Referred to Senate Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations on October 23, 2015.

 

PA Senate Bill 748 – Certified Escort Vehicles for “Super Loads”

Sponsor: David G. Argall (Republican – Schuylkill County and part of Berks County [outside Reading])
Overview: Eliminates mandatory escort of “super load” by Pennsylvania State Police.

Directs Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) to establish criteria for certified escort vehicles and certification and licensing of drivers of same.

Allows for permitting of movement of “super load” escorted by one certified escort vehicle, in addition to all other pilot car requirements.

PennDOT, in consultation with Pennsylvania State Police, may determine that a Pennsylvania State Police escort is necessary.

Defines “super load” as “a vehicle or combination or load having a gross weight exceeding 201,000 pounds, a total length exceeding 160 feet or a total width exceeding 16 feet.”

Specifically excludes from the definition of “super load” the following: (1) a building under 67 Pa. Code §179.11 (relating to special vehicle-load restrictions); (2) a vehicle or combination moved across the highway under 75 Pa. Cons. Stat. §4965 (relating to single permits for multiple highway crossings) or 75 Pa. Cons. Stat. §4966 (relating to permit for movement of quarry equipment); and (3) a drag line moved across a highway under permit.

Amendments: Printer’s Number 1186:

Added provisions related to permits for transportation of sugar.

Printer’s Number 1264:

Added provisions related to permits for transportation of rock salt.

Printer’s Number 1313:

Removed amendments to bill related to sugar and rock salt, resulting in a bill that is identical to that originally introduced.

Current Status: Original bill (Printer’s Number 0790) passed unanimously by Senate on June 28, 2015.Printer’s Number 1186 reported unanimously out of House Committee on Transportation on July 22, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1264 reported unanimously out of House Committee on Appropriations on September 24, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1264 passed by House of Representatives (187 to 6) on September 29, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1313 reported out of Senate Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations on October 13, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1313 passed unanimously by Senate on October 14, 2015.

Printer’s Number 1313 passed by House of Representatives (194 to 3) on October 20, 2015.