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Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Help Skilled Nursing Facilities Meet Increased Staffing and Accountability Requirements


Among the laws Governor Tom Wolf signed today is House Bill 1421 which increases Medicaid rates for skilled nursing facilities to help them meet upcoming Department of Health regulatory updates that will in part increase staffing requirements.

The legislation also includes historic liability language that will require medically assisted nursing facilities to spend at least 70% of their total costs on resident care and resident-related care.

The governor also signed 39 additional bills into law.

HB 331 authorizes certain financial institutions to conduct savings promotion programs.

HB 430 amends the law on the collection of local taxes relating to the exemption from penalties.

HB 581 creates the Affordable Housing Tax Exemption Act
allowing local tax authorities to provide tax exemptions for the improvement of degraded areas and the improvement of affordable housing.

HB 773 increases penalties for those who repeatedly drive under the influence

HB 940 provides an improved penalty for killing a domestic animal in cases of burglary or criminal trespass and makes it a crime to intentionally torture or kill police animals.

HB 975 provides that a carer of a dependent person commits a third degree felony if he has sexual intercourse.

HB 1312 designates two memorial bridges and a memorial road.

HB 1410 establishes the Weigh Station Preclearance Program Act, which provides criteria for a preclearance system and devices and data access.

HB 1594 modifies unfair commercial practices and consumer protection
Law relating to online marketplaces.

HB 1598 amends the Floodplain Management Act, replacing references to the Department of Community Affairs with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency; in miscellaneous and credits, repealing the provisions relating to credits.

HB 1614 Amend the Pennsylvania Election Code relating to the printing of ballots.

HB1615 amends the liquor code to provide that a malt or brewed beverage produced for a brewery by an out-of-state manufacturer must be distributed through the three-tier system, manufacture-distribution-retail and provides for license renewal.

HB 1665 provides for the enforceability of certain indemnification provisions in certain contracts for snow and ice removal services relating to commercial properties.

HB 1867 amends the Public Schools Code, creating the Purple-Star school program to aid students of visiting military personnel.

HB 2032 amends the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, providing that failure to report a firearm injury or a criminal act is not an offense if presenting evidence of a sexual assault is a anonymous submission.

HB 2039 Amends the Victims of Crime Act, with respect to victims of crime, providing more rights.

HB 2097 amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in the Emergency Medical Services system, additionally provides for basic survival ambulances.

HB 2125 amends Title 18 (Crimes and Misdemeanors), relating to public indecency, further providing for the offense of prostitution and related offenses, and obscene and other sexual material and performances.

HB 2157 amends fireworks law to add restrictions and increase penalties for abuse.

HB 2271 provides for sentencing improvements related to the crime of sexual extortion.

HB 2419 amends the Ambulatory Psychiatric Monitoring Act by adding a definition of “telebehavioral health technology” as well as provisions regarding the use of the technology.

HB 2464 amends the Victims of Crime Act to provide legal status and notice to victims.

HB 2526 provides capital authorization for the repair, rehabilitation or replacement of state-owned bridges, as well as locally owned bridges.

HB 2604 amends the employee photo identification provisions of the Health Care Facilities Act.

HB 2679 amends the Pharmacy Act to preserve three regulatory suspensions allowed under the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration, including the ability of pharmacists to provide flu and COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five and over.

HB 2702 authorizes detailed capital projects to be constructed by the Department of Transportation and financed by debt or current Motor License Fund revenue in the amount of $7,136,410,325.

HB 2709 further provides definitions for the lessee’s right to acquire the property and for the advertising and display of the goods.

SB 251 amends Title 3 (Agriculture), repealing the provisions relating to fertilizers, in the soil and seeds, also providing for the disposal of funds, establishing the agronomic adjustment account; imposing fees on the Ministry of Agriculture.

SB 382 requires that any proposed transportation project that includes optional user fees be unanimously approved by the transportation public-private partnership (P3) board. This bill does not prohibit public-private partnerships or optional tolls and allows bridge projects to proceed without mandatory tolls.

SB 588 amends Title 18 (Crimes and Misdemeanors), in its general provisions, further providing for when prosecution is barred by the former prosecution for a different offense.

SB 764 amends the provisions of the Department of State relating to the publication of proposed constitutional amendments under the Administrative Code.

SB 818 Amends the Health Care Facilities Act to allow day surgery facilities to request an exception or waiver from the Department of Health for certain surgical procedures and allows cardiac catheterization to be performed in day surgery facilities.

SB 982 amends the Electoral Code regarding third-party financing of elections and new subsidy financing.

SB 1093 amends the Outdoor Advertising Control Act for Energy Efficient Lighting.

SB 1094 amends various provisions of the Vehicle Code, including the provision known as Christina’s Law, requiring drivers to remove snow and ice from their vehicles after winter storms.

SB 1171 provides for restrictions on the use of highways and bridges, on the securing of loads in vehicles, on the width of vehicles and on movement allowances during manufacture, and on the promulgation of rules and regulations by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

SB 1183 further provides for the confiscation of assets and provides for the disposal of confiscated property; in snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, additionally providing operation.

SB 1222 amends the Insurance Companies Act of 1921, adopting the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model creating a Group Capital Calculation (GCC) and Liquidity Stress Test (LST) for enhanced supervision and regulating peer-to-peer ridesharing insurance.

SB-1235 amends the Insurance Companies Act, regarding comprehensive health care for uninsured children, further providing for contracts and packages of coverage.

The governor vetoed SB 275. Read the veto message here.