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Governor Wolf Takes Action on Multiple Bills

October 24, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the following bills passed by the General Assembly: House Bill 26, House Bill 44, House Bill 99, House Bill 126, House Bill 149, House Bill 163, House Bill 353, House Bill 504, House Bill 544, House Bill 645, House Bill 927, House Bill 983, House Bill 1013, House Bill 1216, House Bill 1228, House Bill 1233, House Bill 1284, House Bill 1294, House Bill 1511, House Bill 1822, House Bill 1840, House Bill 1884, House Bill 1885, House Bill 1886, House Bill 1936, House Bill 1951, House Bill 1958, House Bill 2049, House Bill 2052, House Bill 2075, House Bill 2124, House Bill 2453, House Bill 2476, House Bill 2557, Senate Bill 6, Senate Bill 31, Senate Bill 299, Senate Bill 353, Senate Bill 403, Senate Bill 554, Senate Bill 627, Senate Bill 676, Senate Bill 748, Senate Bill 764, Senate Bill 771, Senate Bill 772, Senate Bill 773, Senate Bill 796, Senate Bill 798, Senate Bill 801, Senate Bill 802, Senate Bill 803, Senate Bill 804, Senate Bill 888, Senate Bill 897, Senate Bill 915, Senate Bill 916, Senate Bill 919, Senate Bill 945, Senate Bill 947, Senate Bill 948, Senate Bill 949, Senate Bill 961, Senate Bill 1005, Senate Bill 1007, Senate Bill 1078, Senate Bill 1092, Senate Bill 1095, Senate Bill 1098, Senate Bill 1127, Senate Bill 1156, Senate Bill 1171, Senate Bill 1205, and Senate Bill 1209.

The governor also vetoed House Bill 83, House Bill 2157, and Senate Bill 1172 and said the following in veto messages on the bills:

  • House Bill 83
    “This legislation restricts the state’s flexibility to restructure outstanding debt to reduce future liabilities for citizens of the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Maximizing the commonwealth’s ability to secure the least costly interest rate and repayment terms is essential to enable the commonwealth to reduce annual debt service payments whenever possible to enable savings to fund other essential commonwealth programs.”
  • House Bill 2157
    “This legislation renders certain agricultural education programs ineligible for state and federal funding. Specifically, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is the single state agency that is federally authorized to approve these programs,” said Governor Wolf. “Last year, my administration distributed approximately $57,000,000 in state Career and Technical Education funding to schools across the commonwealth. By removing program approval authority from the department, this bill would impair those schools’ ability to receive this funding and would eliminate funding for agricultural education programs approved under this bill’s provisions. In addition, the bill would require schools that currently receive Federal Perkins funding for Agriculture Education programs to forego such funds, costing those schools $6,345,299.”
  • Senate Bill 1172
    “This legislation alters the existing standard in determining price gouging and permits pre-established increased costs during emergencies. Further, the legislation encourages the prices of consumer goods and services to be increased prior to a state of disaster emergency being declared. This legislation undermines the purpose of the act by reducing the standard for determining an unconscionable excessive price and shortens the period of this prohibition,” said Governor Wolf. “Rather than burdening consumers, I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly to protect the citizens of the commonwealth during a public emergency.”
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