THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Recent Actions during the 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly
[50 Pa.B. 6990]
[Saturday, December 12, 2020]
The following is a summary of recent actions of the General Assembly during the 2020 Regular Session:
Doc. Date of Bill
Printer's Effective Subject Matter No. Action Number Number Date 2020 General Acts of Regular Session Enacted—Act 106 through 140
106 Nov 1 S1199 PN2042 90 days Vehicle Code (75 Pa.C.S.)—personal delivery devices and making editorial changes 107 Nov 3 S0030 PN2102 Immediately Tax Reform Code of 1971—reports, restrictions and Pennsylvania Housing Tax Credit 108 Nov 3 S0094 PN2101 Immediately Workers' Compensation Act—further defining the definition of ''employe'' and making editorial changes 109 Nov 3 S0395 PN2111 60 days Allowing the Governor to Regulate the Flying of the U.S. Flag—display of flag 110 Nov 3 S0530 PN1940 60 days Public School Code of 1949—students convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault, safe schools advocate in school districts of the first class and school participation in program 111 Nov 3 S0976 PN2023 60 days Judicial Code (42 Pa.C.S.)—Commerce Court Program, problem-solving courts and commerce courts 112 Nov 3 S1110 PN2107 Immediately Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955—definitions, reports, confidentiality of reports and records and confidentiality provisions during disaster emergency 113 Nov 3 S1195 PN2041 Immediately Insurance Company Law of 1921—omnibus amendments 114 Nov 23 H2536 PN4626 Immediately Fiscal Code—omnibus amendments 115 Nov 25 H0030 PN3853 90 days Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code (20 Pa.C.S.)—The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund contributions 116 Nov 25 H0064 PN0068 60 days An act empowering the General Counsel or his designee to issue subpoenas for certain licensing board activities—civil penalties 117 Nov 25 H0616 PN4473 Immediately Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act—schedules of controlled substances 118 Nov 25 H0777 PN4342 Immediately Local Option Small Games of Chance Act—report and distribution of proceeds 119 Nov 25 H0862 PN0976 Immediately Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act—enactment 120 Nov 25 H0941 PN4617 60 days Human Services Code—medical assistance pharmacy services and prescription drug pricing study 121 Nov 25 H0942 PN2088 60 days Human Services Code—pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee 122 Nov 25 H1342 PN4576 60 days Public School Code of 1949—health services and vision screening and examinations 123 Nov 25 H1534 PN1952 Immediately Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law—definitions and unlawful acts or practices and exclusions 124 Nov 25 H1538 PN3666 Immediately Prisons and Parole Code (61 Pa.C.S.)—parole procedure 125 Nov 25 H1617 PN4572 60 days Liquor Code—definitions, interlocking business prohibited, brand registration, limiting number of retail licenses to be issued in each county and unlawful acts relative to liquor, malt and brewed beverages and licensees 126 Nov 25 H1662 PN4050 90 days Methadone Death and Incident Review Act—title of act, short title, definitions, establishment of Methadone Death and Incident Review Team, team duties, duties of coroner and medical examiner, review procedures and confidentiality 127 Nov 25 H1808 PN3919 60 days Solid Waste Management Act—definitions and editorial changes 128 Nov 25 H1962 PN4575 Immediately* Education (24 Pa.C.S.) and State Government (71 Pa.C.S.)—Public School Employees' Retirement Board, administrative duties of board, stress test of system, the State Employees' Retirement Board, administrative duties of board and stress test of system 129 Nov 25 H2233 PN3276 Immediately Vehicle Code (75 Pa.C.S.)—political subdivision and volunteer service use of tax-free motor fuels and examination of records and equipment 130 Nov 25 H2293 PN3847 60 days Public Utility Code (66 Pa.C.S.)—emergency response plans 131 Nov 25 H2296 PN4542 Immediately* Vehicle Code (75 Pa.C.S.)—omnibus amendments 132 Nov 25 S0835 PN2112 Immediately Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program Act—enactment 133 Nov 25 S0983 PN2000 180 days Newborn Child Testing Act—definitions, Newborn Child Screening and Follow-up Program and mandated screening and follow-up 134 Nov 25 S1193 PN2025 January 1, 2021 Law and Justice (44 Pa.C.S.)—codifying provisions relating to sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, sheriff training requirement, Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Account, editorial changes and repeal 135 Nov 25 S1214 PN2128 Immediately* Conveyance—multiple conveyances in multiple counties 136 Nov 25 S1216 PN2126 Immediately* Public School Code of 1949—omnibus amendments 137 Nov 25 S1241 PN1936 One year Administrative Code of 1929—report of State facilities owned or leased 138 Nov 25 S1268 PN1905 Immediately Nurse Aide Resident Abuse Prevention Training Act—findings, definitions, certification of COVID-19 temporary nurse aides and an editorial change 139 Nov 25 S1309 PN1930 60 days Conveyance—Manheim Township, Lan- caster County 140 Nov 30 H0770 PN4562 Immediately* Pharmacy Act—definitions, pharmacy technician and pharmacy technician trainee registration, qualifications and supervision, pharmacy technician data entry and laboratory waiver 2020 Appropriation Acts of Regular Session Enacted—Act 17A
17A Nov 23 S1350 PN2129 Immediately Supplement to the General Appropriation Act of 2020—enactment 2020 Vetoes of Regular Session of Bills—Veto 014 through 019
014 Nov 3 S1164 PN2006 County Code—coroner's investigation 015 Nov 25 H1747 PN2338 Crimes Code (18 Pa.C.S.) and Health and Safety (35 Pa.C.S.)—prohibited conduct during emergency and general authority of Governor 016 Nov 25 H2440 PN3776 Hunting, Firearm and Ammunition Life-Sustaining Business Act—enactment 017 Nov 25 S0790 PN1446 Conventional Oil and Gas Wells Act—enactment 018 Nov 30 H0021 PN4619 Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act—omnibus amendments 019 Nov 30 H1737 PN4625 Judicial Code (42 Pa.C.S.)—Economic Development Agency, fiduciary and lender environmental liability protection, Agritourism Activity Protection, COVID-19-related liability and a repeal
* denotes an effective date with exceptions
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VINCENT C. DeLIBERATO, Jr.,
Legislative Reference Bureau
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1727. Filed for public inspection December 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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