Legislation & Policy Watch

PACCA and its Lobbyists are monitoring the following bills. (Updated June 4, 2018). 
(R)  Republican  (D)  Democrat  (F)  Freshman ?
 
Bill Number and Status Primary Sponsor Content
SB 439
 
Status: Final passage 5/24/2018
State: In the House, referred to Health, 5/24/2018
Fontana, Wayne(D)
 
Allegheny County (Part)
Act providing standards for carbon monoxide alarms in child care facilities; and imposing penalties.
 
Requires carbon monoxide alarms in child care facilities.
HB 1742
Status: Laid on the table 5/23/2018
Mehaffie, Thomas L.(R)
Dauphin County(Part)
An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in departmental powers and duties as to supervision, further providing for definitions and providing for Keystone STARS Program participants; and, in departmental powers and duties as to licensing, further providing for definitions and for fees and providing for Keystone STARS Program participants.
Would require programs to post STAR level on their web-site; provide information in writing to parents at application and enrollment about their STAR level; require posting of STAR level on a public facing window or at the entrance.
HB 2299
Status: Referred to Child and Youth 4/24/2018
O'Neil, Bernie(R)
Bucks County (Part)
An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in departmental powers and duties as to licensing, further providing for definitions.
Would exempt public pre-school recreation programs from being required to be certified by the Department of Human Services as child care facilities.
HB 1677
 
Status: Passed the House referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee 1/2/2018
Ortitay, Jason(R)
 
Allegheny County (Part), Washington County (Part
Amends the Human Services Code, in public assistance,
providing for meeting special needs & work supports & incentives; in departmental powers & duties as to supervision and licensing.
 
Removes “day care” from any terms and replace it the “child care”.
SB 1051
 
Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee 2/14/2018
Schwank, Judith L. (D)
 
Berks County (Part)
An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in departmental powers and duties as to supervision, providing for lead testing in children's institutions; and, in departmental powers and duties as to licensing, providing for lead testing in child day care centers and family child care homes.
 
Requires lead testing in child day care centers and family child care homes.
HB 2035
 
Status: Referred to House Finance Committee 1/25/2018
 
Roundtable held 1/3/2018 in Chester County
Comitta, Carolyn (F)(D)
 
Chester County (Part)
Amends the Tax Reform Code, in personal income tax,
providing for a deduction for child care costs.
 
Would offer tax relief up to $10,000 for eligible families
HB 1159
 
Status: Referred to House Finance Committee 4/12/2017
 
Press conference: 12/12/2017
Cephas, Morgan (F)(D)
 
Philadelphia County (Part)
Act providing for tax incentives for employers who provide
child day-care services for employees.
 
Would provide tax credits to employers who provides for employee child care, regardless of whether the care is provided on the premises or reimburses an employee for any portion of the cost of employee child care.