Meeting to consider HB 2425 and HB 2538

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, October 18 | Off the Floor

Rules Committee Conference Room


AGENDA

  • HB 2425 (FLOOD): Creates the Robert Raph Act, which codifies regulations covering notification
    requirements for abuse allegations concerning residents of a long-term care facility that are made to either
    the Department of Health or Department of Human Services. It also ensures that the allegations are
    communicated to the Department of Aging.-Amendment A05706 (J. WARD): Makes technical changes to ensure that the disclosure of
    information covered by the bill does not violate any existing laws.
  • HB 2538 (LEWIS DELROSSO): Amends Act 91 of 1971, the State Lottery Law, to extend the
    expiration of the mandated minimum profit margin from June 20, 2024, to June 30, 2029.

AARP PA Letter of Support for HB2538

Meeting to consider HB 1155

Senate Aging & Youth Committee

September 21, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 1155

Schedule

  • HB 1155 (JOZWIAK): Amends Act 21 of 1967, the Human Services Code, to remove municipally operated recreation programs that meet specified standards from the Code’s definition of “child care center.”

Additional information

Public Hearing on House Bill 1155

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Monday, September 12, 2022 | 1:30 p.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1


Agenda

HB 1155 (JOZWIAK): Amends Act 21 of 1967, the Human Services Code, to remove municipally operated recreation programs that meet specified standards from the Code’s definition of “child care center.”

Schedule

Opening Remarks:

Committee Chair, Senator Judy Ward

Democratic Committee Chair, Senator Maria Collett

Speakers:

Representative Barry J. Jozwiak

Representative Pamela A. DeLissio

Shante A. Brown, Director, Bureau of Certification of OCDEL in Department of Human Services – Testimony

Kimberly Early, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Pennsylvania Association for Education of Young Children – Testimony

Tim Herd, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society – Testimony

Amy Sturges, Deputy Executive Director – Advocacy, Pennsylvania Municipal League – Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 1227, SB 1229, HB 2426

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1227, SB 1229, HB 2426

Schedule

  • SB 1227 (BAKER): Amends Act 21 of 1967, the Human Services Code, to make its mandates covering the provision of services for dependent and delinquent juveniles consistent with those of the Juvenile Act.
    • Amendment A04740 (BAKER): Makes technical changes to the bill. 
  • SB 1229 (BAKER): Amends Act 21 of 1967, the Human Services Code, to add the cost of counsel to the list of costs for which the Department of Human Services is to reimburse counties in juvenile proceedings.
  • HB 2426 (HICKERNELL): Amends Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by incorporating the provisions of Act 68 of 2005, the Resource Family and Adoption Process Act, and Act 73 of 2005, the Resource Family Care Act. The Department of Human Services is directed to promulgate regulations to ensure compliance. 

Meeting to consider HB 1731, HB 1866, and HB 2214

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B

Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 1731, HB 1866, and HB 2214

Schedule

  • HB 1731 (MIZGORSKI): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee on Greater Father Involvement within the Commission.
  • HB 1866 (BOBACK): Amends Title 42 (Judiciary) and Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to enhance permanency planning and improve outcomes for older youth in the foster care system. The bill clarifies the expectations that services, including counseling, must meet. The goal is to ensure that these services are effective in the development and support of permanency goals for youth in the system. It codifies practices from various statutory and court procedural sources to update and improve the foster system, particularly for older youths. It also makes editorial and organizational changes to Title 67.
  • HB 2214 (KLUNK): Adds a new section to Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes that renders unenforceable certain indemnification clauses in government contracts between county children and youth agencies and entities that provide children and youth services regulated under Title 55, Part V of the Pennsylvania Code.

 

Meeting to consider SR 288

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

May 24, 2022 | 11 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SR 288

Schedule

  • SR 288, sponsored by Senator Judy Ward, directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study of the wage rates for staff and contract nurses, as well as the rates charged by staffing agencies to provide those nurses. It will also look at the increase in wages from 2018 through today and measure it against the rate of inflation. The ratio of staff nurses to contract nurses will also be studied, as well as whether the facilities experienced an increase in the need for staff members with specific expertise or certification. The study is to be completed and submitted to the Senate within seven months.
    • Amendment A04225 (Collett) This amendment expands the study by directing the Joint State Government Commission to study wage rates for nursing facility administrators; any increase in wages paid to nursing facility administrators as compared to the nation’s inflation rate from 2018 through today; payments made by facilities to any corporate-related entities, including any parent or subsidiary corporation with a direct or indirect controlling in the facility’s operation; rent payments owed by facilities and increases in rents paid from 2018 through today, including whether the rent payments were made to a corporation or an entity related to the shareholders of the long-term care facility; and an analysis of changes in rent payments by the long-term care facility as compared to the national trends in rent increases over the same time period.

Public hearing on potential effects of legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana on children and youth

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Agenda

Public hearing on potential effects of legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana on children and youth

Schedule

Opening Remarks:

  • Committee Chair, Senator Judy Ward
  • Democratic Committee Chair, Senator Maria Collett

Panel 1 – Law Enforcement Perspective on How Legalization Could Impact Children and Youth

  • Scott Bohn (Executive Director, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association) – Testimony
  • Judge Cheryl Allen (Retired Judge, Pennsylvania Family Institute) – Testimony

Panel 2 – Potential Impact of Legalization on Children and Youth

  • Luke Niforatos (Executive Vice President at Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
  • Dr. Aaron Weiner (Psychologist) – will testify virtually. – Testimony
  • Elyse Contreras (Program Manager at the Marijuana Health Monitoring Program and Marijuana Research Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment) – will testify virtually. – Testimony
  • Dr. D. Mark Anderson (Associate Professor of Economics at Montana State University) – will testify virtually. – Testimony

Panel 3 – Marijuana Use and Addiction Issues Among Children and Youth

  • Judy Rosser (Executive Director, Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program, Inc.) – Testimony
  • Jeff Hanley (Executive Director, Commonwealth Prevention Alliance) – Testimony
  • Kate Appleman (Senior Director of Men’s Clinical Services, Caron Treatment Center) – will testify virtually.Testimony
  • Dr. Kavita Fischer (President-Elect and Co-chair of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Task Force that studied marijuana legalization issues) – Testimony

Panel 4 – Perspective of Youth-Oriented Organizations on Adult-Use Legalization

  • Dr. Sheryl Ryan (Division Chief – Division of Adolescent Medicine at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics Penn State College of Medicine) – will testify virtuallyTestimony

Written Testimony

Luke D. Niforatos, Executive Vice President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) – Testimony

Meeting to consider HB1737, HB 996 and SB 936

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Monday, January 24, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


AGENDA

Meeting to consider HB1737, HB 996 and SB 936

SCHEDULE

  • HB 1737, sponsored by Representative Flood, amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to give a county agency investigating a child abuse case the ability to seek a court order to compel drug and alcohol testing.
  • HB 996, sponsored by Representative Davanzo, creates the free-standing Religious Liberty in Long-Term Care Facilities Act, which directs the Department of Health to develop protocols, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services, that will allow members of the clergy to have access to long-term care facilities during a disaster emergency.
  • SB 936, sponsored by Senator Boscola, amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to mandate that the Department of Human Services compile information and prepare a report of infants born with an addiction to opioids or other illegal substances within the Commonwealth.

Meeting to consider HB 291, HB 1260, and HB 1650

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 12:00 noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 291, HB 1260, and HB 1650

  • HB 291, introduced by Representative Labs, extends the current Social Security COLA moratorium for PACE and PACENET cardholders from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2023. 
  • HB 1260, introduced by Representative Thomas, modernizes the income eligibility limits for the PACE and PACENET programs. 
  • HB 1650, introduced by Representative Delozier and Representative DeLissio, makes editorial changes to Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

Meeting to consider bills

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


To consider the following bills:

  • HB 1082, sponsored by Rep. Lewis DelRosso, requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain an Early Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Disorder Toolkit for the purpose of educating primary providers on the importance of an early diagnosis for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders.