November 12, 2013 – Weekly Session Wrap

Senate Action:

Senate Approves Potato Packaging Bill

The Senate approved legislation on November 12th that would peel away an unnecessary regulatory burden imposed on Pennsylvania’s potato farmers.

Currently, state law requires potatoes be packaged in containers for sale weighing 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100 and multiples of 100 pounds. Senate Bill 1131 would allow potato packagers to package potatoes without any weight restrictions.

According to the Pennsylvania Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Pennsylvania’s acreage of fall potatoes harvested in 2012 totaled 8,600 acres, up 800 acres from 2011. The value of production was $36.2 million up from $24.5 million in 2011.

Senate Bill 1131 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Other Bills Approved by the Senate the Week of November 12th Include:

Senate Bill 935 permits the Local Government Commission to electronically publish certain local government codes. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

House Bill 1128 updates state law regarding the financing of motor vehicle purchases and the purchases of other goods and services. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Senate Bill 1130 repeals a requirement that the General Assembly be furnished with a print copy of an annual report required under the Flood Insurance Education and Information Act of 1996. Since this mandated report and other flood-related insurance data is readily available online at the Department’s website, this requirement to produce a physical copy would be removed. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.