Check out these key votes made by elected officials in Pennsylvania during the most recent legislative session, and go to www.votespotter.com to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.
House Bill 224, Establish a database of receipts and expenses related to public schools: Passed 195 to 0 in the House on February 15, 2016, and 30 to 19 in the Senate on September 18, 2015. Vetoed by the governor on September 29, 2015.
To require the Department of Education to establish a searchable database of the receipts and expenses of school districts, charter and cyber charter schools, and area vocational-technical schools.
House Bill 911, Increase the state surcharge on all phone service: Passed 134 to 59 in the House on May 4, 2015, and 49 to 0 in the Senate on June 16, 2015
To increase the state surcharge on all phone service (wireless, landlines, and voice-over-Internet protocol) by $0.15 per month, from $1.50 to $1.65, which would require Pennsylvanians to pay an additional $326 million annually. The legislation also modifies how revenue raised from the phone service surcharge is distributed by the state to counties for maintenance and enhancement of their 911 emergency response systems.
Senate Bill 703, Prohibit plumbers from operating without state license: Passed 45 to 5 in the Senate on June 26, 2016
To ban anyone from working as a plumber unless he or she obtains a state license. A person seeking a license must undergo testing requirements and pay a fee. The bill established penalties for working as an unlicensed plumber of up to six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000, or a civil fine of $10,000.
Senate Bill 1195, Extend consideration of federal carbon rule: Passed 41 to 9 on June 8, 2016, and 147 to 41 in the House on June 15, 2016
To extend the time that the General Assembly has to consider a state plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon emissions from power plants, from 100 days to 180 days. This bill also forbids the state from implementing a compliance plan until after the Supreme Court lifts its stay of the Clean Power Plan.
House Bill 1496, Increase penalty for illegal firearm ownership: Passed 187 to 8 in the House on June 14, 2016
To increase the penalty for felons who possess firearms from a maximum of 10 years to a maximum of 20 years.