Public Hearing on PennDOT’s 2020-21 Highway and Bridge Budget Issues

 

Senate Transportation Committee

Public Hearing on “PennDOT’s 2020-21 Highway and Bridge Budget Issues”

Monday, November 23, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Members Only:  Zoom


2:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks

  • Senator Kim Ward, Chair
  • Senator John Sabatina, Democratic Chair

2:05 p.m. – PA Department of Transportation

  • Honorable Yassmin Gramian, P.E., Secretary of Transportation – Statement
  • Melissa Batula, P.E., Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration
  • Chuck Zimmerman, Director of Fiscal Management                              

2:10 p.m. – Questions from Committee Members

  • Tim Hennessey, Chair, and Rep. Mike Carroll, Democratic Chair, House Transportation Committee may participate as well.

3:30 p.m. (est)  –  Closing Remarks

 

Meeting to vote on HB 916

 

Senate Transportation Committee

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


H.B. 916 (Stephens): Amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to require the courts to evaluate repeat DUI offenders in a substance monitoring program as a condition of bail.

  • Amendment No. 7859 (K. Ward): Increases penalties for egregious DUI offenders, requires the courts to evaluate repeat DUI offenders in a substance monitoring program and provides for other DUI and license suspension changes.

 

Meeting to consider HB 2065, HB 2191, HB 2233, and HB 2296

 

Senate Transportation Committee

Monday, October 19, 2020 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


H.B. 2065 (White): Updates Public-Private Partnerships (P3) for transportation purposes.

  • Amendment No. 7384 (K. Ward): Expands the types of public entities, transportation facilities and transportation-related services.

H.B. 2191 (Schmitt): Designates the Honorable Richard A. Geist Memorial Bridge.

H.B. 2233 (Greiner): Allows political subdivisions and volunteer services to comingle tax-exempt motor fuel storage tanks.

H.B. 2296 (Mizgorski): Updates the notification requirements for when a Commercial Driver License (CDL) holder reports traffic violations to their employer.

  • Amendment No. 7642 (K. Ward): Provides for the following: 1) a bioptic telescope learner’s permit and driver’s license, 2) an exemption to hold a CDL for plowing snow in political subdivisions, 3) new training requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4) a time extension for a commercial learner’s permit, 5) stricter penalties for a CDL holder convicted of human trafficking, and 6) free ID cards for homeless individuals.

Meeting to consider SB 1211 and SB 1236

Senate Transportation Committee

Monday, October 5, 2020 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Consideration of SB 1211 and SB 1236

S.B. 1211 (Bartolotta): Waives the photo identification fees for vulnerable Pennsylvanians

S.B. 1236 (Pittman): Designates the PVT William L. Hadden Memorial Bridge in Indiana County.

  • Amendment A7547 (K. Ward): Includes the following designations: Senator Roy M. Wilt Bridge, Fichthorn and Marburger Memorial Bridge, John K. Weaver Memorial Bridge, Senator Hal Mowery Memorial Bridge, Sergeant James C. Petrik Memorial Road, Private Frederick Kinley Memorial Bridge, Mansfield Veterans Memorial Bridge, Corporal Anthony G. Orlandi Memorial Bridge, Mrs. Madeline Finney Memorial Bridge, Technician Fourth Grade William Balogh Memorial Bridge and Reverend Andrew William Tilly, Jr., Bridge.

Voting meeting on SB 1281, SB 101 and SB 845

Senate Transportation Committee

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 10 am  (NOB – Hearing Room 1)

 

SB 1281 (Mastriano and K. Ward): Rebrands the “Steer Clear Law” to the “Move Over Law” and increases fines and penalties for drivers who fail to move over or slow down when approaching an emergency response area.

Amendment No. 7057 (K. Ward): Clarifies the speed restriction under §3327(a)(2).

SB 101 (Hutchinson): Requires PennDOT to maintain stormwater systems on State highways in boroughs and towns with a population equal to or less than 2,500 people.

SB 845 (Langerholc): Increases the weight of electric-powered trucks to 82,000 pounds to align with the federal FAST Act.

Voting meeting to consider bills

 

Senate Transportation Committee

Monday, June 22, 2020

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)

Voting meeting to consider bills


SB 1199 (Aument): Authorizes autonomous Personal Delivery Devices in pedestrian areas for same-day, last-mile delivery of goods and cargo.

SB 1220 (Sabatina): Reinstates toll collectors and other fare-collection personnel at the PA Turnpike Commission with a retroactive date of June 1, 2020.

Public hearing on Lay-Offs and All-Electronic Tolling at the PA Turnpike Commission

 

Virtual Joint Public Hearing

Senate Transportation Committee and Senate Labor & Industry Committee 

Monday, June 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


10:00 a.m.                 Opening Remarks

  • Senator Kim Ward, Chair, Senate Transportation Committee
  • Senator John Sabatina, Democratic Chair
  • Senator Camera Bartolotta, Chair, Senate Labor & Industry Committee
  • Senator Christine Tartaglione, Democratic Chair

10:10 a.m.                 PA Turnpike Commission

  • Questions from Committee Members 

11:10 a.m.                 Labor Relations

  • William Hamilton, International Vice President-East, Teamsters
  • Charles Gaston, Teamsters Local Union 250
  • Questions from Committee Members 

12:00 p.m. (est)       Closing Remarks

Other Testimony Received

Meeting to consider SB 793, HB 364 and HB 1597

 

Senate Transportation Committee

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 1:15 p.m. (Time Approx,)

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)


S.B. 793 (Brooks): Exempts municipal trucks from State bonding requirements.

  • Amendment No. 6042 (K. Ward): Creates an omnibus of commercial vehicle issues, including changes to how a dozer blade is hauled, waiving the CDL requirement to operate snow plow trucks in an emergency and eliminating the letters of determination for the at-risk timber industry.

H.B. 364 (Gabler): Provides the option to install yellow lights on school vehicles.

  • Amendment No. 6105 (Bartolotta): Includes technical changes, and modernizes the school bus camera legislation (Act 159of 2018).

H.B. 1597 (Gillen): Designates the Corporal Mahlon L. Fink Iwo Jima Memorial Highway in Berks County.

  • Amendment No. 6048 (K. Ward): Creates an omnibus of designations, including H.B. 1870 (Topper), H.B. 1973 (Gregory), H.B. 2000 (Murt), H.B.2001 (Murt), H.B. 2116 (Dowling), H.B. 2117 (Dowling), H.B. 2256 (O’Mara) and others.

Nomination Hearing of Yassmin Gramian as PennDOT Secretary, and Voting Meeting for HB 30, HB 1510, and HB 1710

 

Senate Transportation Committee

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)


Nomination of Yassmin Gramian, P.E., as Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

H.B. 30 (Petrarca): Allows individuals to donate $6 to the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund during the biennial vehicle registration process. 

  • Amendment No. 5844 (K. Ward): Extends the effective date to 90 days.

H.B. 1510 (Jozwiak): Designates the Trooper Wayne C. Ebert Memorial Highway in Berks County.

  • Amendment No. 5800 (K. Ward): Includes designations from S.B. 1069 (Phillips-Hill), S.B. 1084 (Bartolotta), H.B. 1665 (Staats), H.B. 1849 (Lewis), H.B. 1868 (Gabler), H.B. 1915 (Cook), H.B. 1946 (Hershey) and H.B. 2088 (Snyder).

H.B. 1710 (Hennessey): Creates the USA semiquincentennial registration plate. 

  • Amendment No. 5843 (K. Ward): Allows the plate to be purchased annually or biennially during the vehicle registration process.