Friday Feb 03, 2023

Gov. Wolf Signs Legislation Requiring Child Care Homes Have Fire Safety Equipment, Protecting Children in Care – pa.gov

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Governor Tom Wolf today signed into law legislation that requires family child-care homes to have fire safety equipment present to protect individuals in care.

Senate Bill 563 amends the Fire and Panic Act, further providing for standards for family child-care homes. Specifically, it requires family child-care homes to have a smoke alarm on each floor, a portable fire extinguisher for class B fires in cooking areas, and a means of egress that complies with R-3 occupancy and licensure requirements under the Department of Human Services’ regulations. The smoke alarms are required to be interconnected via hardwire, Bluetooth connectivity or any other means that allows for communication between the other smoke alarms in the family child-care home. Further, at the time of installation, each smoke alarm is required to be approved by an approved testing laboratory.

Today, the governor also signed an additional 30 bills into law.  

House Bill 723 amends the Workforce Development Act to bring Pennsylvania law in compliance with the federal requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

House Bill 1561 amends the Mental Health Procedures Act to further clarify confidentiality practices, bringing the commonwealth into alignment with federal confidentiality laws. 

House Bill 1563 amends the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to further clarify confidentiality practices, bringing the commonwealth into alignment with federal confidentiality laws. 

House Bill 1780 amends the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act by extending the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program until December 31, 2027. 

House Bill 1868 establishes Chapter 33, Military and Veterans’ Licensure, in Title 63 of the Pennsylvania Consolidate Statutes, providing for licensure of military members and their spouses.

House Bill 1935 renews the authorization of Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) Act for Cities of the First Class (Act 6 of 1991).

House Bill 1952 creates a bipartisan committee within the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial to identify legacy infrastructure projects throughout Pennsylvania in honor of America250, the nationwide celebration of the United States Semiquincentennial.

House Bill 2412 authorizes the Governor to order any volunteer member of the Pennsylvania National Guard (or if unavailable, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard on special state duty) to support state and local governments and designated critical infrastructure with cybersecurity functional support and nongovernmental and educational institutions with cyber training or exercises and perform other necessary military duties to the extent that money is appropriated and available for special state duty.

House Bill 2420 further provides for rates of pilotage and computation, for pilotage fees and unit charge and for charges for services.

House Bill 2653 provides the annual appropriation to Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) within the Department of State for 2022-23.

House Bill 2654 provides the annual appropriations to the Department of Labor and Industry and the Office of Small Business Advocate for 2022-23.

House Bill 2655 makes an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate for 2022-23.

House Bill 2656 makes an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Attorney General for 2022-23.

House Bill 2657 makes an appropriation from the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund for the expenses of …….

Source: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-legislation-requiring-child-care-homes-have-fire-safety-equipment-protecting-children-in-care/

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