Pennsylvania Legislation Pending

The following chart shows the status of legislation pending in the current (2017-2018) session of the Pennsylvania legislature that might be of interest to estate and trust practitioners.  (The chart of 2015-2016 legislation has been archived.)  Click on the bill number to see the history or text of the bill.  (Includes actions through 7/27/2017)

BillPurpose/SubjectAdds/AmendsLast House ActionLast Senate ActionAct
HB 30Facilitates organ donationsAmends 20 Pa.C.S. § 5471 and Ch. 86Referred to Judiciary (5/23/17)
HB 56New provisions for adoption-related counselingRepeals 23 Pa.C.S. § 2505 and adds 23 Pa.C.S. § 2506Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 57New notice and consent procedures for termination of parental rights in adoptionsAmends 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 2102, 2503, 2512, and 2711, adds § 2514, and deletes § 2712Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 58New procedures for report of intention to adopt, consents, and noticesAmends 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 2531, 2711, and 2721, adds § 2514, and deletes § 2712Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 59Provides for appeals of adoption subsidiesAdds § 774(d) to Humans Services Code (Act of June 13, 1967, No. 21)Concurred in Senate amendments, as amended by House (7/11/17)Concurred in House amendments, as amended by Senate (7/27/17)
HB 60Provides for reimbursements to intermediaries in adoptionsAdds 23 Pa.C.S. § 2726Referred to Children and Youth (1/24/17)
HB 61Provides for adoptions consents by incarcerated parentsAmends 23 Pa.C.S. § 2711(d)Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 62Amends procedures for parents to consent to adoptionAmends 23 Pa.C.S. § 2504Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 63Amends definition of "intermediary" in adoptions to include attorney and licensed social workersAmends 23 Pa.C.S. § 2102Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 102Makes audiovisual records of autopsies confidentialNew 20 Pa.C.S. Ch. 89Referred to Judiciary (1/23/17)
HB 143Exempts transfers of $250,000 or less from inheritance taxAmends § 2106 of the Tax Reform Code of 1971Referred to Finance (1/23/17)
HB 144Exempts certain kinds of printing and mailing activities from "fundraising activities"Amends § 6(a)(3) of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes ActThird consideration and final passage (4/24/17)Reported from Finance and first consideration (6/13/17)
HB 152Establishes a central database of life insurance policiesAdds 40 Pa.C.S. § 102Re-reported as committed from Appropriations; third consideration and final passage (2/8/17)Referred to Banking and Insurance (2/15/17)
HB 203Increases the amount of wages that may be paid to family from $5,000 to $10,000Amends 20 Pa.C.S. § 3101(a)Re-reported from Appropriations, third consideration and final passage (4/3/17)Referred to Judiciary (4/6/17)
HB 242Allows grandchildren to receive unclaimed property of $5,000 or lessAdds 20 Pa.C.S. § 3101(e)(1.1)Referred to Judiciary (1/31/17)
HB 243Adds drug and alcohol abuse as grounds for involuntary termination of parental rightsAmends 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 2511 and 6351Referred to Judiciary (1/31/17)
HB 289Amends procedures for interim adoption placements, contents of petitions, and permissible payments to birth mothersAmends 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 2530, 2701, 2702, and 2901, repeals §§ 2533 and 2534, and adds § 2726Third consideration and final passage (3/13/17)
HB 291Sets inheritance tax rate of 0% for transfers to children under 21 (See also SB 598)Amends § 2111 of the Tax Reform Code of 1971Re-reported from Appropriations, third consideration and final passage (4/4/17)Referred to Judiciary (3/20/17)
HB 299Provides notices and acknowledgements of possible criminal penalties for agents who abuse the elderlyAmends 20 Pa.C.S. §§ 5601(c) and (d) and 5604(d), Referred to Judiciary (3/6/17)
HB 342Prohibits purely public charities from entering into restrictive covenantsAmends §§ 3 and 5 of the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act (No. 55 of 1997)Referred to Finance (2/6/17)
HB 383Allows for disposition of decedent's remains by majority of persons with equal standingAmends 20 Pa.C.S. § 305(d)(2)First consideration, re-committed to Rules (6/7/17)
HB 390Increases exemption threshold for registration under Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act from $25,000 to $50,000 in gross annual receiptsAmends sections 5(p), 6(a)(8), and 7(a)(3) of Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, act of December 19, 1990 (P.L. 1200, No. 202).Referred to State Government (2/7/17)
HB 415Eliminates inheritance tax for children with disabilitiesAmends sections 2012 and 2116 of the Tax Reform Code of 1971 (No. 2 of 1971).Referred to Finance (2/8/17)
HB 462Regarding disqualifications for sales and use tax exemptions for purely public charitiesAmends section 11 of the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act (No. 55 of 1997)Referred to Finance (2/13/17)
HB 474Eliminates liability of spouses, children, and parents for the support of the indigentRepeals 23 Pa.C.S. § 4603Referred to Judiciary (2/13/17)
HB 748Excludes state universities and other institutions of higher education for real estate tax exemptionAmends the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act (No. 55 of 1997)Referred to Finance (3/7/17)
HB 844Prohibits employees of long-term care facilities from becoming guardians, agents, executors, or beneficiaries of long-term care consumers Enacts the "Long-Term Care Consumer Financial Interest Prohibition Act"Referred to Aging and Older Adult Services (3/13/17)
HB 855Protects the rights of parents to control the upbringing of their children against infringement by governmentEnacts the "Parental Rights Protection Act"Referred to Children and Youth (3/13/17)
HB 1360Adds licensing, disclosures, and prohibitions for third party solicitors, increases requirements, penalties, and fees for annual registrations, and adds disclosures for solicitations for specific disasters or crises.Amends section 3 of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, No. 202 of 1990.Referred to Commerce (5/11/17)
HB 1385Limits income tax deduction for contributions to section 529 tuition assistance plans to Pennsylvania's PA 529 College Savings Program.Amends section 303(a.7) of the Tax Reform Code of 1971, No. 2 of 1971.Reported as amended from Finance, fist consideration, and re-committed to Rules (6/20/17)
HB 1397Explands definition of "exploitation" of older adults to include conduct by an individual acting under a power of attorney.Amends section 103 of the Older Adults Protective Services Act, No. 79 of 1987.Referred to Aging and Older Adult Services (5/18/17)
HB 1420Aligns audit requirements for charitable organizations with federal lawAmends section 5(f) of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, No. 202 of 1990.Third consideration and final passage (6/14/17)Referred to State Government (6/16/17)
HB 1421Allows timely registrations of charitable organizations is postmarked by renewal dateAmends sections 5, 8, and 9 of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, No. 202 of 1990.Third consideration and final passage (6/14/17)Referred to State Government (6/16/17)
HB 1445Creates an income tax deduction for contributions to ABLE Savings AccountsNew "Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program Tax Exemption Act"Referred to Finance (5/24/17)
HB 1462Exempts transfers of $100,000 or less from inheritance taxAmends § 2106 of the Tax Reform Code of 1971 (Act 2 of 1971)Referred to Finance (5/31/17)
HB 1509Extends stand-by guardians for minors for "long-term absence"Amends 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 5602 and 5612Referred to Children and Youth (6/12/17)
HB 1596Increases Uniform Transfer to Minors Act limit on transfers by fiduciaries from $25,000 to $50,000Amends 20 Pa.C.S. § 5306(c)(3)Referred to Judiciary( 6/21/17)
SB 99Regulates collection bins for donations of clothing and household itemsAdds new section 13.1 to the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, act of December 19, 1990 (P.L. 1200, No. 202).Referred to State Government (1/13/17)
SB 108Protects the right of the disabled to receive organ donationsAdds 20 Pa.C.S. § 8613(g).Referred to Judiciary (5/24/17)Third consideration and final passage (5/22/17)
SB 113Visitation and communication between incapacitated persons and relativesAdds a Subchapter G to 20 Pa.C.S. Ch. 55Second consideration, with amendments; re-referred to Appropriations (6/20/17)
SB 180Expands who may make or receive organ donations, how organ donations are made, and other changesAmends 20 Pa.C.S. Ch. 86Referred to Judiciary (6/22/17)Third consideration and final passage (6/20/17)
SB 197Provides for 50% joint and survivor annuity benefit for state employee retirement plans unless spouse consentsAmends 24 Pa.C.S. §§ 8345, 8347, 8349, 8505, and 8507 and 71 Pa.C.S. §§ 5705, 5707, 5709, 5905, and 5907Referred to Finance (1/26/17)
SB 238Allows physician-assisted suicide for terminally illAdds 20 Pa.C.S. Ch. 54BReferred to Judiciary (1/26/17)
SB 423Increases the percentage of inheritance tax collected by the Register of Wills that is kept by the countyAmends Section 21 of the Transfer Inheritance Tax Law, No. 258 of 1919.Referred to Finance (2/27/17)
SB 506Phases out the inheritance tax for siblingsAmends Section 2216(a)(1.3) of the Transfer Inheritance Tax Law, No. 258 of 1919.Referred to Finance (3/10/17)
SB 598Sets inheritance tax rate of 0% for transfers to children under 21 (See also HB 291)Amends Section 2216(a) of the Transfer Inheritance Tax Law, No. 258 of 1919.Referred to Finance (4/13/17)
SB 677Provides income tax exemption for ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts (See HB 1445)New "Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program Exemption Act"Referred to Finance (7/11/17)Third consideration and final passage (7/10/17)
SB 718Allows taxation of land (not buildings) owned by charities with total value in excess of $500,000Amends the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act, No. 55 of 1997.Referred to Finance (5/12/17)
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