State sen. David G. Argall has released his weekly recap of legislative actions:
Community-based health clinics billgoes to Governor
In an effort to extend access to health care to more Pennsylvanians, the Senate concurred Tuesday on House amendments to legislation that will develop and expand community-based health care clinics. Senate Bill 5 creates the Community-Based Health Care Program in the Department of Health to provide grants to community-based health care clinics. SB 5 now goes to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
Community-based health care clinics provide the uninsured with a medical home that emphasizes a partnership among the patient, physician, nurses, and clinic staff. These health clinics become the place where patients are known, recognized, supported, and where they find a centralized base for medical care and connection to other medical and supportive community services.
Senate approves bill expanding jobopportunitiesfor veterans
The Senate unanimously passed legislation on Monday that will expand job opportunities for Pennsylvania's service members and veterans. Senate Bill 277, which amends state law regarding 'commercial drivers license qualification standards for members of the armed services, is now before the House of Representatives for consideration.
Military personnel and veterans who have two years of experience driving a military commercial vehicle are now eligible to waive the CDL skills test if the applicant has legally operated certain equipment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a commercial driver's license. SB 277 strikes "immediately preceding" from the law, providing qualified military personnel and veterans with the opportunity to apply for a CDL with the possibility of a waiver at any time.
Other legislation passed this week
The Senate approved several bills on Wednesday:
Senate Bill 526 clarifies that an animal health certificate can be accepted in lieu of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship form as acceptable documentation required to exhibit animals at livestock shows, including county fairs and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The bill goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
House Bill 583 amends Pennsylvania's Emergency 911 law to foster regionalization and cost-sharing measures among county 911 centers. Specifically, the bill requires PEMA to encourage consolidation, regionalization and joint purchasing opportunities so counties can save money on their operations. The bill goes to the Governor for enactment into law.
Senate Bill 867 extends the expiration date for the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act to December 31, 2018. The wiretap law is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013, unless extended by statute. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate continuesits study of PLCBprivatization
The Senate Law and Justice Committee held its second public hearing on the governor's proposal to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.