Gov. Wolf Signs Legislation Requiring Child Care Homes Have Fire Safety Equipment, Protecting Children in Care

Governor Tom Wolf today signed legislation requiring family care homes to have fire safety equipment present to protect individuals in care.

Senate Bill 563 amends the Fire and Panic Act, which further provides for standards for family care homes. Specifically, it requires family child care homes to have a smoke alarm on each floor, a portable fire extinguisher for Class B fires in cooking areas, and an exit route that meets R-3 occupancy and licensing requirements under the Department of Human Services’ regulations. The smoke alarms must be connected to each other by means of hard wire, Bluetooth connection or any other way that enables communication between the other smoke alarms in the family’s child care home. Furthermore, at the time of installation, each smoke alarm must be approved by an approved testing laboratory.

Today, the governor also signed an additional 30 bills.

House Bill 723 amends the Workforce Development Act to bring Pennsylvania law into line with the federal requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

House Bill 1561 amends the Mental Health Procedures Act to further clarify confidentiality practices, bringing the public interest in line with federal confidentiality laws.

House Bill 1563 amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to further clarify confidentiality practices, bringing the public interest in line with federal confidentiality laws.

House Bill 1780 amends the Storage Tanks and Waste Prevention Act by extending the Underground Storage Tanks Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Program until 31 December 2027.

House Bill 1868 introduces Chapter 33, Military and Veterans Licensing, in Title 63 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which provides for licensing of military members and their spouses.

House Bill 1935 renews the authority of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) First Class Cities Act (Act 6 of 1991).

House Bill 1952 creates a bipartisan committee within the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States ‘Half-Twenty-Year-Old to identify heritage infrastructure projects throughout Pennsylvania in honor of America250, the nationwide celebration of the United States’ Half-Year Festival.

House Bill 2412 authorizes the governor to order any voluntary member of the Pennsylvania National Guard (or if not available, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard on special state duty) to support state and local governments and designated critical infrastructure with cyber security functional support; and non-governmental and educational institutions with cyber training or exercises and perform other necessary military duties to the extent that money is appropriated and available for special civil service.

House account 2420 further provides for rates of pilotage and calculation, for pilot fees and unit charges and for costs for services.

House Bill 2653 provides the annual grant to the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) within the State Department for 2022-23.

House Bill 2654 provides the annual appropriations to the Department of Labor and Industry and the Office of Small Business Advocate for 2022-2023.

House Bill 2655 make an appropriation from a limited income account within the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate for 2022-23.

House Bill 2656 makes an appropriation from a limited income account within the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Attorney General for 2022-23.

House Bill 2657 makes an appropriation from the Public School Employees ‘Retirement Fund for the expenses of the Public School Employees’ Retirement Council for 2022-23.

House Bill 2658 provides the annual appropriation of the Civil Servants ‘Retirement Fund to the Civil Servants’ Retirement Council for 2022-23.

House Bill 2659 makes appropriations from the Philadelphia Taxicab and Limousine Regulatory Fund and the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund to the Philadelphia Parking Authority for 2022-23.

House Bill 2661 make appropriations from a limited income account within the General Fund and Federal Supplementary Funds to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for 2022-23.

House Bill 2662 make appropriations from the limited revenue accounts within the State Gambling Fund, Fantasy Match Fund and Video Game Fund to the Attorney General, the Department of Revenue, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Council) for 2022-23.

Senate Bill 155 further provides for establishment and membership in the Pennsylvania Military Community Improvement Commission.

Senate Bill 477 amending Title 53 (Municipalities General), in Chapter 88, consolidated province assessment, which provides for electronic submission of permits and powers of provincial assessment offices, and in Chapter 7, subchapter B, municipal boundary change, which provides for modernization of municipal boundary laws, add.

Senate Bill 635 replace the term “real estate” with “qualifying commercial property” throughout the law relating to the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. “Qualifying commercial property” is defined as any immovable property that is an agricultural, commercial, industrial or multi-family dwelling with five or more units owned by an individual, partnership, limited liability corporation, corporation or non-profit organization.

Senate Bill 849 changes the definitions related to veterans’ employment preference for veterans discharged due to a medical disability. The bill specifically amends the definition of a “veteran” to include an individual who served in the United States Armed Forces whose last dismissal was due to a disability under circumstances other than dishonorable.

Senate Bill 861 the State of Pennsylvania makes a party to the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact and provides for the form of the compact.

Senate Bill 904 allows a probation officer to use technology portals instead of requiring probationers to appear in person. Under the bill, “technology portal” is defined as “a device, including a cell phone and other electronic device, that enables simultaneous voice and video communication in real time between the offender and the probation officer.”

Senate Bill 905 contribute to the powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee by requiring them to make recommendations and standards for probation and parole personnel, including circumstances under which an offender’s schedule must be weighed becomes when scheduling decisions are made.

Senate Bill 1047 update the language with regard to the authority of the State Arms Council (council) over weapons and other military facilities.

Senate Bill 1159 amends the Local Option Small Gambling Act to extend the deadline by which a club may use 60% of Small Gambling proceeds to pay for general operating expenses to 31 December 2022.

Senate Bill 1179 update the Domestic and Sexual Violence Act Victim Address Confidentiality by adding victims of human trafficking and victims of kidnapping than to apply to become program participants in the address confidentiality program.

Senate Bill 1186 amends the Vehicle Code to further provide for U.S. Half-Yearly Registration Plates and the establishment of the Half-Yearly Limited Account.

Senate Bill 1236 provides for extensive modifications to the Very Small Meat Processor Federal Inspection Reimbursement Program.

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