THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Recent Actions During the 2008 Regular Session of the General Assembly
[38 Pa.B. 5945]
[Saturday, November 1, 2008]
The following is a summary of recent actions of the General Assembly during 2008 Regular Session.
Doc. Date of Bill Printer's Effective Subject Matter No. Action Number Number Date 2008 GENERAL ACTS OF REGULAR SESSION ENACTED--ACT 097 through 128
097 Oct 9 HB0004 PN4414 60 days Mercury-Free Thermostat Act--enactment 098 Oct 9 HB0301 PN4508 Immediately* Domestic Relations Code (23 Pa.C.S.) and Judicial Code (42 Pa.C.S.)--omnibus amendments 099 Oct 9 HB0420 PN0484 60 days Main Street Act--Main Street Program 100 Oct 9 HB0647 PN4519 Immediately* Crane Operator Licensure Act--enactment 101 Oct 9 HB0747 PN3227 60 days Game and Wildlife Code (34 Pa.C.S.)--hunting licenses 102 Oct 9 HB0834 PN4510 Immediately* Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act--enactment 103 Oct 9 HB0949 PN4428 60 days Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act--real estate appraiser certification required, application and qualifications and certification renewal, licensure renewal and records 104 Oct 9 HB1027 PN4340 60 days Domestic Relations Code (23 Pa.C.S.)--willful failure to pay support order 105 Oct 9 HB1044 PN3639 60 days General Local Government Code (53 Pa.C.S.)--powers and duties of Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission and police training 106 Oct 9 HB1096 PN4527 Immediately Pennsylvania Construction Code Act--establishing Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council, revised or successor codes and training of inspectors 107 Oct 9 HB1147 PN1396 60 days Motor Vehicle Chop Shop and Illegally Obtained and Altered Property Act--definition of ''chop shop'' 108 Oct 9 HB1177 PN4345 120 days Insurance (40 Pa.C.S.)--scope of service and rights of health service doctors 109 Oct 9 HB1511 PN4439 60 days Judicial Code (42 Pa.C.S.)--notice and hearing and other basic rights and adjudications of juveniles 110 Oct 9 HB1634 PN4003 60 days Uniform Municipal Deed Registration Act--enactment 111 Oct 9 HB1664 PN4520 Immediately* Crimes Code (18 Pa.C.S.)--theft of leased property, wiretapping and electronic surveillance, disclosure of contents and expiration of chapter 112 Oct 9 HB1723 PN4513 60 days Senator Roger A. Madigan Highway, Curt Zook Memorial Bridge, Officer Gregg Memorial Bypass and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge--designations 113 Oct 9 HB1742 PN4350 60 days Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act--enactment 114 Oct 9 HB2034 PN3198 90 days* Long-Term Care Patient Access to Pharmaceuticals Act--enactment 115 Oct 9 HB2233 PN3498 60 days Elm Street Program Act--program requirements and guidelines and repealing expiration date of act 116 Oct 9 HB2289 PN4518 60 days Crimes Code (18 Pa.C.S.)--desecration, theft or sale of venerated objects 117 Oct 9 HB2294 PN4525 120 days Debt Management Services Act--enactment 118 Oct 9 HB2499 PN4523 Immediately* Massage Therapy Law--enactment 119 Oct 9 HB2525 PN4524 Immediately* Dog Law--omnibus amendments 120 Oct 9 HB2629 PN4517 Immediately Health Care Facilities Act--licensure 121 Oct 9 HB2644 PN3986 Immediately Underground Utility Line Protection Law--duties of facility owners 122 Oct 9 HB2722 PN4224 60 days SFC Michael J. Tully Memorial Bridges--designation 123 Oct 9 SB0263 PN2453 July 1, 2009 Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act --benefits 124 Oct 9 SB0295 PN2485 120 days Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act--enactment 125 Oct 9 SB0768 PN2431 60 days Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations (64 Pa.C.S.)--First Industries Program 126 Oct 9 SB1028 PN2471 Immediately Second Class Township Code--public roads 127 Oct 9 SB1107 PN2472 60 days Domestic Relations Code (23 Pa.C.S.) and Military and Veterans Code (51 Pa.C.S.)--modification of existing custody orders, protection of deployed members of Pennsylvania National Guard and reserve components in child custody arrangements 128 Oct 9 SB1504 PN2454 Immediately Highway Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2008-2009--enactment
* denotes an effective date with exceptions
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ROBERT W. ZECH, Jr.,
Legislative Reference Bureau
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1958. Filed for public inspection October 31, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]
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