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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Nov. 18, 2020 PA SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Nov. 18, 2020 PA SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Sept. 9, 2020 PA HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
Sept. 2, 2020 PA HB 2788 Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (197 - 5)
Sept. 2, 2020 PA HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (155 - 47)
July 15, 2020 PA SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
July 15, 2020 PA SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
June 10, 2020 PA SB 1125 Authorizes School Districts to Extend Time Needed to Pay Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
March 25, 2020 PA SB 751 Authorizes Financial Assistance for Schools Amid COVID-19-Related Shutdown Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
Nov. 21, 2019 PA HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
Nov. 19, 2019 PA HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Concurrence Vote Passed - House (161 - 37)
Oct. 23, 2019 PA HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
June 28, 2019 PA HB 1615 Expands Tax Credit Education Scholarships Concurrence Vote Passed - House (160 - 39)
June 27, 2019 PA HB 1615 Expands Tax Credit Education Scholarships Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
June 27, 2019 PA SB 621 Authorizes Schools to Arm Security Guards Bill Passed - House (116 - 83)
June 11, 2019 PA HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
June 11, 2019 PA HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
June 11, 2019 PA SB 621 Authorizes Schools to Arm Security Guards Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
May 7, 2019 PA HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - House (111 - 85)
May 7, 2019 PA HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - House (111 - 85)
Oct. 15, 2018 PA SB 1095 Authorizes Alternatives to Graduate for Keystone Test Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Oct. 9, 2018 PA SB 1090 Increases Anti Hazing Penalties and Regulations Bill Passed - House (191 - 0)
Sept. 26, 2018 PA SB 1098 Establishes School Bus Safety Grant Program Fund Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
Sept. 26, 2018 PA SB 1098 Establishes School Bus Safety Grant Program Fund Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
Sept. 25, 2018 PA SB 521 Requires CPR Training in High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Sept. 25, 2018 PA SB 521 Requires CPR Training in High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 4)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 4)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 1)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 1)
June 6, 2018 PA HB 564 Requires Civics Test for High School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - House (167 - 27)
Oct. 18, 2017 PA HB 178 Amends Public School Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (105 - 81)
July 9, 2017 PA HB 97 Authorizes Budget Cuts for Low-Performing Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
July 9, 2017 PA HB 97 Authorizes Budget Cuts for Low-Performing Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
April 25, 2017 PA HB 97 Prohibits Failing Students from Continuing Online Charter School Bill Passed - House (108 - 84)
April 25, 2017 PA HB 97 Prohibits Failing Students from Continuing Online Charter School Bill Passed - House (108 - 84)
June 23, 2015 PA HB 805 Requires Schools to Use Teacher Performance Evaluations Bill Passed - House (100 - 91)
June 23, 2015 PA HB 805 Requires Schools to Use Teacher Performance Evaluations Bill Passed - House (100 - 91)
March 4, 2015 PA HB 530 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - House (118 - 78)
Sept. 23, 2014 PA HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
Sept. 22, 2014 PA HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (114 - 84)
July 8, 2014 PA HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 5)
July 2, 2014 PA HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (119 - 80)
July 1, 2014 PA HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
June 29, 2014 PA HB 1013 Amends Laws for Home-Schooled Individuals Bill Passed - House (133 - 65)
Jan. 13, 2014 PA HB 1741 Requires a School Board to Provide Public Notice Prior to Certain Votes Bill Passed - House (102 - 98)
Jan. 13, 2014 PA HB 1411 Requires Schools To Make Their Expenses Public Bill Passed - House (119 - 81)
Oct. 16, 2012 PA SB 1115 Amends Charter School Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
June 30, 2012 PA SB 1115 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - House (120 - 77)
June 28, 2012 PA HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (106 - 95)
June 19, 2012 PA HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
Dec. 14, 2011 PA H Amdt 7732 Tuition Vouchers for Charter Schools Amendment Rejected - House (90 - 105)
Oct. 26, 2011 PA SB 1 Charter School Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
June 30, 2011 PA SB 330 Amending The Taxpayer Relief Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
June 30, 2011 PA SB 330 Amending The Taxpayer Relief Act Bill Passed - House (109 - 86)
May 11, 2011 PA SB 612 Guidelines for Teacher Suspension Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
Nov. 17, 2010 PA HB 101 Education Law Amendments Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
Nov. 15, 2010 PA HB 101 Education Law Amendments Veto Override Passed - House (171 - 24)
Nov. 15, 2010 PA HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System Concurrence Vote Passed - House (165 - 31)
Oct. 14, 2010 PA HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
June 23, 2010 PA HB 704 Special Education Funding Bill Passed - House (173 - 25)
June 16, 2010 PA HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System Bill Passed - House (192 - 6)
July 4, 2008 PA HB 1067 Omnibus Education Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (191 - 11)
June 14, 2006 PA HB 39 Property Taxes (Special Session) Conference Report Adopted - House (137 - 61)
May 2, 2006 PA HB 39 Property Taxes (Special Session) Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 9)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/18 SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
11/18 SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
9/09 HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
9/02 HB 2788 Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (197 - 5)
9/02 HB 2787 Authorizes Individual School Districts to Make Decisions Surrounding Activities and COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (155 - 47)
7/15 SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
7/15 SB 1216 Authorizes the Issuance of Temporary Teaching Certificates Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
6/10 SB 1125 Authorizes School Districts to Extend Time Needed to Pay Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
3/25 SB 751 Authorizes Financial Assistance for Schools Amid COVID-19-Related Shutdown Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
11/21 HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
11/19 HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Concurrence Vote Passed - House (161 - 37)
10/23 HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
6/28 HB 1615 Expands Tax Credit Education Scholarships Concurrence Vote Passed - House (160 - 39)
6/27 HB 1615 Expands Tax Credit Education Scholarships Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
6/27 SB 621 Authorizes Schools to Arm Security Guards Bill Passed - House (116 - 83)
6/11 HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
6/11 HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
6/11 SB 621 Authorizes Schools to Arm Security Guards Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
5/07 HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - House (111 - 85)
5/07 HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - House (111 - 85)
10/15 SB 1095 Authorizes Alternatives to Graduate for Keystone Test Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
10/09 SB 1090 Increases Anti Hazing Penalties and Regulations Bill Passed - House (191 - 0)
9/26 SB 1098 Establishes School Bus Safety Grant Program Fund Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
9/26 SB 1098 Establishes School Bus Safety Grant Program Fund Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
9/25 SB 521 Requires CPR Training in High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
9/25 SB 521 Requires CPR Training in High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
6/22 HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 4)
6/22 HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 4)
6/22 HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 1)
6/22 HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 1)
6/06 HB 564 Requires Civics Test for High School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - House (167 - 27)
10/18 HB 178 Amends Public School Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (105 - 81)
7/09 HB 97 Authorizes Budget Cuts for Low-Performing Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
7/09 HB 97 Authorizes Budget Cuts for Low-Performing Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
4/25 HB 97 Prohibits Failing Students from Continuing Online Charter School Bill Passed - House (108 - 84)
4/25 HB 97 Prohibits Failing Students from Continuing Online Charter School Bill Passed - House (108 - 84)
6/23 HB 805 Requires Schools to Use Teacher Performance Evaluations Bill Passed - House (100 - 91)
6/23 HB 805 Requires Schools to Use Teacher Performance Evaluations Bill Passed - House (100 - 91)
3/04 HB 530 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - House (118 - 78)
9/23 HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 11)
9/22 HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - House (114 - 84)
7/08 HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 5)
7/02 HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (119 - 80)
7/01 HB 1177 Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
6/29 HB 1013 Amends Laws for Home-Schooled Individuals Bill Passed - House (133 - 65)
1/13 HB 1741 Requires a School Board to Provide Public Notice Prior to Certain Votes Bill Passed - House (102 - 98)
1/13 HB 1411 Requires Schools To Make Their Expenses Public Bill Passed - House (119 - 81)
10/16 SB 1115 Amends Charter School Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
6/30 SB 1115 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - House (120 - 77)
6/28 HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (106 - 95)
6/19 HB 1307 Authorizes State Control of Financially Distressed Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
12/14 H Amdt 7732 Tuition Vouchers for Charter Schools Amendment Rejected - House (90 - 105)
10/26 SB 1 Charter School Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
6/30 SB 330 Amending The Taxpayer Relief Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
6/30 SB 330 Amending The Taxpayer Relief Act Bill Passed - House (109 - 86)
5/11 SB 612 Guidelines for Teacher Suspension Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
11/17 HB 101 Education Law Amendments Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
11/15 HB 101 Education Law Amendments Veto Override Passed - House (171 - 24)
11/15 HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System Concurrence Vote Passed - House (165 - 31)
10/14 HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
6/23 HB 704 Special Education Funding Bill Passed - House (173 - 25)
6/16 HB 2497 Amends State Employee Pension System Bill Passed - House (192 - 6)
7/04 HB 1067 Omnibus Education Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (191 - 11)
6/14 HB 39 Property Taxes (Special Session) Conference Report Adopted - House (137 - 61)
5/02 HB 39 Property Taxes (Special Session) Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 9)

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