The state House and Senate are in session this week. There are a number of items of interest to the business community scheduled to be considered in committee or before the full House or Senate.
The full House is expected to vote on several workforce development related bills. House Bill 987 would build on past legislation to eliminate automatic driver’s license suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses. A driver’s license often impacts an individual’s employability if it complicates their commute or if the job involves driving. House Bill 764 would allow employers to hire someone for a 45-day provisional period if they have some, but not all, of their background clearances finalized. Currently, a 3 to 4 week waiting period often occurs before an employee is legally able to start working. This has a negative impact on a wide range of organizations – including summer recreational programs, athletic leagues, as well as non-profits such as the YWCA/YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs.
The House Education Committee will meet today to vote on H.R. 60, which would establish a select committee to review opportunities for the development of new industries in the Commonwealth. The Committee will be charged with issuing a report identifying opportunities for growth.
On Tuesday, June 8, the Senate Transportation Committee will meet to consider S.B. 242, legislation to further reduce transfers from the state Motor License Fund to pay for the operation of the Pennsylvania State Police with the General Fund absorbing these costs. This shift in funding streams will allow for more Motor License Funds dollars to go towards critical transportation projects throughout the state.
The full list of committee meetings, which is subject to change, is available on the General Assembly website.