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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Jan. 27, 2021 PA SB 109 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
Nov. 20, 2020 PA SB 1350 Appropriates Funds for the 2021 General Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Nov. 20, 2020 PA HB 2536 Appropriates funds for the Emergency COVID-19 Response Concurrence Vote Passed - House (108 - 92)
Nov. 20, 2020 PA HB 2536 Appropriates funds for the Emergency COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
Nov. 20, 2020 PA SB 1350 Appropriates Funds for the 2021 General Budget Bill Passed - House (104 - 97)
March 25, 2020 PA SB 751 Authorizes Financial Assistance for Schools Amid COVID-19-Related Shutdown Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
March 25, 2020 PA HB 1232 Authorizes Emergency Finances and Tax Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
Sept. 19, 2019 PA HB 847 Prohibits Using Public Assistance Funds for Purchasing Tobacco or Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (154 - 32)
June 26, 2019 PA HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
June 25, 2019 PA HB 790 Establishes State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (140 - 62)
June 19, 2019 PA HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (106 - 95)
Oct. 17, 2018 PA HB 2138 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 2121 Establishes a State Budget for Fiscal year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 2)
May 2, 2018 PA HB 1843 Requires Public Release of Budget Requests and Expenditures Bill Passed - House (178 - 12)
May 1, 2018 PA HB 1659 Repeals SNAP Work Requirement Waivers Bill Passed - House (108 - 79)
April 17, 2018 PA HB 2138 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - House (115 - 80)
Sept. 13, 2017 PA HB 453 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (103 - 91)
July 27, 2017 PA HB 453 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
June 30, 2017 PA HB 218 Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
June 30, 2015 PA HB 1192 Establishes State Budget for FY 2015-2016 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
June 27, 2015 PA HB 1192 Establishes State Budget for FY 2015-2016 Bill Passed - House (112 - 77)
July 3, 2013 PA HB 1075 Amends Public Welfare Code Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
July 1, 2013 PA HB 1075 Amends Public Welfare Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (108 - 94)
June 30, 2012 PA HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 91)
June 29, 2012 PA SB 1466 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
June 29, 2012 PA HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
June 28, 2012 PA SB 1466 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (120 - 81)
June 6, 2012 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (129 - 67)
June 5, 2012 PA SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
Oct. 26, 2011 PA SB 1 Charter School Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Oct. 18, 2011 PA SB 1151 Fiscal Emergency Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
June 30, 2011 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (130 - 66)
June 30, 2011 PA HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
June 29, 2011 PA HB 1485 2011-2012 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (109 - 92)
June 28, 2011 PA HB 1485 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
1/27 SB 109 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
11/20 SB 1350 Appropriates Funds for the 2021 General Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
11/20 HB 2536 Appropriates funds for the Emergency COVID-19 Response Concurrence Vote Passed - House (108 - 92)
11/20 HB 2536 Appropriates funds for the Emergency COVID-19 Response Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
11/20 SB 1350 Appropriates Funds for the 2021 General Budget Bill Passed - House (104 - 97)
3/25 SB 751 Authorizes Financial Assistance for Schools Amid COVID-19-Related Shutdown Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
3/25 HB 1232 Authorizes Emergency Finances and Tax Provisions in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 0)
9/19 HB 847 Prohibits Using Public Assistance Funds for Purchasing Tobacco or Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (154 - 32)
6/26 HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
6/25 HB 790 Establishes State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (140 - 62)
6/19 HB 33 Repeals a General Assistance Program for Adults with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (106 - 95)
10/17 HB 2138 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
6/22 HB 2121 Establishes a State Budget for Fiscal year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 2)
5/02 HB 1843 Requires Public Release of Budget Requests and Expenditures Bill Passed - House (178 - 12)
5/01 HB 1659 Repeals SNAP Work Requirement Waivers Bill Passed - House (108 - 79)
4/17 HB 2138 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - House (115 - 80)
9/13 HB 453 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (103 - 91)
7/27 HB 453 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
6/30 HB 218 Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
6/30 HB 1192 Establishes State Budget for FY 2015-2016 Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
6/27 HB 1192 Establishes State Budget for FY 2015-2016 Bill Passed - House (112 - 77)
7/03 HB 1075 Amends Public Welfare Code Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
7/01 HB 1075 Amends Public Welfare Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (108 - 94)
6/30 HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 91)
6/29 SB 1466 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
6/29 HB 1261 Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
6/28 SB 1466 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (120 - 81)
6/06 SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (129 - 67)
6/05 SB 1310 Authorizes Repayment of Unemployment Debt to the Federal Government Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
10/26 SB 1 Charter School Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
10/18 SB 1151 Fiscal Emergency Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
6/30 HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (130 - 66)
6/30 HB 960 Public Assistance Program Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
6/29 HB 1485 2011-2012 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (109 - 92)
6/28 HB 1485 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20)

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