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Summaries and Status of State Legislation

Summaries and status of state legislation introduced for the 2021/2022 session.

 

UPDATE OF STATE HOUSE BILLS OF INTEREST
2021-2022 LEGISLATIVE TERM

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

 

Bill Number & Prime Sponsor  Summary PFB Position Status
HB 101
Gleim
Would provide to limited civil immunity to farmers engaged in agritourism enterprises on their farm. SUPPORTS Final House Concur – 6/25/21, 147-54 vote

Final Senate Passage – 6/24/21, 48-2 vote

Became Law, 6/30/21, Act 27 of 2021

HB 186
Causer
Would allow milk haulers to travel on highways during declaration of disaster emergency. SUPPORTS Final House Passage – 2/4/21, 125-77 vote

 

First Consideration Senate – 3/17/21

HB 390
Ecker
Would remove requirement to pay into unemployment compensation fund for H-2A workers. SUPPORTS Referred to House Labor and Industry Committee – 2/3/21
HB 1006
Metzgar
Would allow income deferral of crop insurance payments for one year. SUPPORTS Final House Concur – 6/25/21, 170-31 vote

 

Final Senate Passage – 6/25/21, 46-4 vote

 

Became Law, 6/30/21, Act 25 of 2021 (omnibus tax bill)

HB 1033
Rapp
Would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by health care practitioner, regardless if treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. SUPPORTS Final House Passage – 6/7/21, 136-66 vote

Referred to Senate Banking and Insurance Committee – 6/7/21

HB 1161
Mizgorski
Would allow utilities to establish subscriber program where customers can choose to purchase 100% local, offsite solar energy, rather than the traditional grid mix. SUPPORTS Second Consideration House – 4/21/21
HB 1232
Silvis
Would create annual overweight hauling permit for agricultural liming materials, seed and fertilizer between March and June. Would allow vehicles up to 95,000 pounds to haul these materials. SUPPORTS Final House Passage – 6/24/21, 122-79 vote

Referred to Senate Transportation Committee – 6/25/21

HB 1261
Oberlander
Would create annual oversize and overweight permit for commercial implements within 50 miles from place of origin. SUPPORTS Referred to House Transportation Committee – 4/21/21
HB 1307
Borowicz
Would increase distance limitation for multipurpose agricultural vehicles from 5 miles to 10 miles. SUPPORTS Final House Passage – 11/15/21, 120-79 vote

Referred to Senate Transportation Committee – 11/18/21

HB 1555
Kaufer
Would allow utility customers to subscribe to offsite, community solar projects and receive credit on electric bill. SUPPORTS Referred to House Consumer Affairs Committee – 6/3/21
HB 1720
Stambaugh
Would require projects for existing highways in agricultural security areas to obtain approval by Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board (ALCAB) and would allow for alternates for ALCAB farmer members. SUPPORTS Referred to House Ag Committee – 7/19/21
HB 1721
Stambaugh
Would require projects for existing highways in agricultural security areas to obtain approval by Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board (ALCAB). SUPPORTS Referred to House Ag Committee – 7/19/21
HB 1763
Davanzo
Would define “royalty” under PA’s Oil and Gas Lease Act as the ownership interest in the gross proceeds generated at the first arm’s-length point of sale. SUPPORTS Referred to House Environmental Committee – 8/5/21
HB 1901
Hershey
Would establish a Clean Streams Fund and Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program for BMPs and technical assistance. SUPPORTS Referred to House Environmental Committee – 9/23/21
HB 2020
Schlegel Culver
Would establish framework for Growing Greener III, which would provide funding streamway restoration, farmland preservation, and watershed protection projects. SUPPORTS Referred to House Environmental Committee – 2/3/22
HB 2071
Causer
Would establish PA Broadband Development Authority to provide broadband Internet access to unserved and underserved residents. SUPPORTS Final House Concur – 12/15/21, 200-0 vote

 

Final Senate Passage, 12/15/21, 50-0 vote

 

Became Law, 12/22/21, Act 96 of 2021

HB 2104
Rapp
Would establish decommissioning and financial assurance requirements for utility scale solar and renewable energy projects. SUPPORTS Referred to House Environmental Committee – 11/23/21
HB 2397
Lawrence
Would allow PA schools to serve whole and 2% fat milk if milk is produced and processed in PA. SUPPORTS Referred to House Ag Committee – 3/17/22

 

UPDATE OF STATE SENATE BILLS OF INTEREST
2021-2022 LEGISLATIVE TERM

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

 

Bill Number & Prime Sponsor Summary PFB Position Status

SB 191
J. Ward

Would exempt “special events barns” from Uniform Construction Code requirements if basic safety standards are met. SUPPORTS Final Senate Passage – 3/24/21, 28-19 vote

 

Referred to House Labor and Industry Committee – 3/24/21

SB 284
Yaw

Would establish bonding requirements for utility scale solar projects. SUPPORTS First Senate Consideration – 6/15/21

SB 325
J. Ward

Would clarify “farming” sales tax exemption for multipurpose agricultural vehicles. SUPPORTS Final House Concur – 6/25/21, 170-31 vote

 

Final Senate Passage – 6/25/21, 46-4 vote

 

Became Law, 6/30/21, Act 25 of 2021 (omnibus tax bill)

SB 442
Phillips-Hill

Would conduct an inventory of all state department, agency, commission, or institution owned communication towers, poles, buildings, and facilities to leverage existing state-owned assets for the provisioning of high-speed broadband internet to unserved and underserved areas. SUPPORTS Final Senate Passage – 5/25/21, 27-20 vote

 

Second House Consideration – 6/21/21

SB 465
Yaw

Would establish a Clean Streams Fund and Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program for BMPs and technical assistance. SUPPORTS Second Senate Consideration – 6/8/21
SB 472
Scavello
Would allow utility customers to subscribe to offsite, community solar projects and receive credit on electric bill. SUPPORTS Referred to Senate Consumer Protection Committee – 3/23/21
SB 525
Gordner
Would establish framework for Growing Greener III, which would provide funding streamway restoration, farmland preservation, and watershed protection projects. SUPPORTS Second Senate Consideration – 11/10/21
SB 637
Baker
Would establish reasonable limitations on stormwater fees applied to farms. SUPPORTS Referred to Senate Local Government Committee – 5/4/21
SB 725
Bartolotta
Would clarify that operators of covered farm vehicles may operate over 26,000 pounds with a Class C driver’s license. SUPPORTS Final House Passage – 10/27/21, 199-0 vote

 

Final Senate Passage – 9/28/21, 49-0 vote

 

Became Law, 11/17/21, Act 90 of 2021

SB 736
Langerholc
Would allow farm-plated vehicles to make home deliveries of agricultural products or supplies. SUPPORTS Final Senate Passage – 9/28/21, 49-0 vote

 

First House Consideration – 1/25/22

SB 806
Yaw
Would require entities making payments to landowners to provide more description, clarity and uniformity on their royalty check statements. SUPPORTS Final Senate Passage – 1/26/22, 49-0 vote

 

Referred to House Environmental Committee – 1/27/22

SB 832
Yaw
Would establish a Clean Streams Fund and Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program for BMPs and technical assistance. SUPPORTS Second Senate Consideration – 11/10/21
SB 993
J. Ward
Would remove requirement to pay into unemployment compensation fund for H-2A workers. SUPPORTS First Senate Consideration – 2/8/22
SB 1032
Schwank
Would establish grain indemnity fund for producers in event of grain handler failure. SUPPORTS Referred to Senate Ag Committee – 1/25/22