Joint Hearing on Consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in Pennsylvania’s natural gas infrastructure

JOINT HEARING
Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

AND Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Agenda

Consumer & Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

SCHEDULE

2:00 pm: Opening Remarks

  • Senator John Yudichak, Majority Chair, Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
  • Senator Gene Yaw; Majority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
  • Senator Amanda Cappelletti; Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
  • Senator Carolyn Comitta; Minority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Panel #1: Labor 2:15PM-2:45PM

  • Tony Seiwell – Business Manager for the Laborers’ District Council of Eastern PA  – Testimony
  • Jim Snell – Business Manager, Steamfitters Local Union 420  – Testimony

Panel #2: Economic Development 2:45PM-3:15PM

  • Kevin Sunday – Director, Government Affairs, PA Chamber  – Testimony
  • Dave Taylor – President & CEO, PA Manufacturers’ Association  – Testimony
  • Dave Callahan, President – Marcellus Shale Coalition  – Testimony

Panel #3: Consumer Protection 3:15PM-3:45PM

  • Christine Maloni Hoover – Interim Acting Consumer Advocate  – Testimony
  • Ray Cantor – Vice President, Government Affairs, New Jersey Business & Industry Association (remote)
  • Mike Butler – Executive Director, Consumer Energy Alliance – Testimony

Final Remarks & Adjournment

  • Senator Carolyn Comitta; Minority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
  • Senator Amanda Cappelletti; Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
  • Senator Gene Yaw; Majority Chair, Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
  • Senator John Yudichak, Majority Chair, Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

Written Testimony
Clean Air Council  – Testimony
Penn Environment  – Testimony
PennFuture  – Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 635 and SB 830

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Call to Order and Roll Call

Consideration of Legislation

  • Senate Bill 635 (Yudichak) – Amends Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in property assessed clean energy program, pertaining to purpose, definitions, program establishment, notice to lien holder required for participation, scope of work, lien and collection of assessments.
    • Amendment No.  – Clarifies the eligibility standards for indoor air quality, resiliency improvements and multi-family dwellings. Specifies that definition of “qualified commercial property” does not include any residential property, except for a commercial, multifamily residential property, or mixed-use property which contains no less than five residential units. Requires a scope of work, energy baseline or water usage model, as well as projected energy savings or water usage reductions, for a proposed clean energy or water conservation project. Stipulates assessment protocols.
  • Senate Bill 830 (Yudichak) – Amends Title 64 (Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Commonwealth Financing Authority, establishing the Veteran-owned Pennsylvania Business Loan Guarantee Program.

Adjournment

 

Meeting to consider bills

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Meeting to consider bills

Public hearing on SB 797, the Neighborhood Improvement District Act

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn  Place
Pittsburgh,  PA  15219


Public hearing on SB 797, the Neighborhood Improvement District Act

9:30 am:

Opening Remarks – Senator John Yudichak, Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

Opening Remarks – Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

Recognition of Members in Attendance.

Remarks – Senator Devlin Robinson (R-37), Senate Bill 797

Mr. Jerad Bachar – President & CEO, Visit Pittsburgh. – Testimony

Tiffany Gallagher – Civitas Enterprises. – Testimony

Alisa Faulk – President, Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association and General Manager of the AC Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown; joined by Tom Martini, General Manager of the Westin Hotel. – Testimony

Mike Mitcham – Director of Operations, Primanti Brothers and President of the SW Chapter of the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association. – Testimony

Final Remarks & Adjournment.

* * * Schedule is subject to change. * * *

Public hearing on the economic impact of the workforce shortage

 

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce
115 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602


Public hearing on the economic impact of the workforce shortage

10:00 am: Opening Remarks – Senator John Yudichak, Chair; Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

10:05 am: Opening Remarks – Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair.

10:15 am: Remarks – Senators Scott Martin (13th District) & Ryan Aument (36th District).

10:25 am: Gene Barr – President & CEO, PA Chamber of Business & Industry (via Zoom). – Testimony

10:55 am: Thomas Baldrige – President & CEO, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce; joined by Diesha Cooper – D. Cooper Works LLC; and Mark Sauder – Sauder’s Eggs (via Zoom). – Testimony

11:45 am: John Longstreet – President & CEO, PA Restaurant & Lodging Association; joined by Mick Owens – Micks All American Pub. – Testimony

12:15 pm: Final Remarks – Committee Members.

12:20 pm: Closing Remarks – Senator John Yudichak, Chair.

Public hearing on sustainability of gaming in Pennsylvania

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A and Virtual Participation


Public hearing on sustainability of gaming in Pennsylvania

9:30 am: Opening Remarks – Senator John Yudichak, Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

Opening Remarks – Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

9:45 am: Mr. Rob Miller – Founder, Commonwealth Gaming. – Testimony

9:55 am: Comments and Questions – Committee Members.

10:10 am: Christopher J. Reed – General Counsel, The Rutter’s Companies. – Testimony

10:20 am: Comments & Questions – Committee Members.

10:35 am: Ms. Heather Worner – Director, Gaming Laboratory Operations, PA Gaming Control Board; joined by panelist R. Doug Sherman – Chief Counsel, Gaming Control Board. – Testimony

10:45 am: Comments & Questions – Committee Members.

11:00 am: Closing Remarks – Senator Yudichak, Chair

Meeting to consider SB 594

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:00 noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A and Virtual Participation


Meeting to consider SB 594

Senate Bill 594 (J Ward) – Amends the Fiscal Code by creating the Nonprofit Economic Emergency Delivery Grants Program (NEEDS), providing for appropriations for COVID-19 response.

Amendment No. A01651 – Redefines “current fiscal year;” provides that funding goes directly to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA); increases time period from 30 to 90 days for the CFA to develop program guidelines and an official grant application; removes the requirement for program guidelines to be published in the PA Bulletin, as well as a notification when funds are exhausted.

Public hearing with the sustainability of gaming in Pennsylvania

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Monday, June 14, 2021 | 1:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A and Virtual Participation


Public hearing with the sustainability of gaming in Pennsylvania

11:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks

Senator John Yudichak, Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

11:15 a.m.:

Drew Svitko, Executive Director – Pennsylvania Lottery (remote participation)  – Testimony

11:30 a.m.:  Questions and Comments

Committee Members

12:00 p.m.:

Captain Jeffrey Rineer, Operations Division Director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement; accompanied by panelist Jack Stollsteimer – Delaware County District Attorney. – Testimony

12:15 p.m.: Questions and Comments

Committee Members

12:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Senator Yudichak, Chair

Public hearing with the Gaming Control Board on regulation of skill games

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Monday, June 7, 2021 | 12:00 noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Public hearing with the Gaming Control Board on regulation of skill games

12:00 pm:

Opening Remarks – Senator John Yudichak, Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.
Opening Remarks – Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

12:15 pm:

R. Douglas Sherman – Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board; accompanied by panelist Liz Lanza, Director of the Office of Compulsive & Problem Gambling.

12:30 pm:

Questions and Comments – Committee Members.

12:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks – Senator Yudichak, Chair

Public hearing on Government Barriers to Manufacturing Growth in Pennsylvania

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Pittsburgh Office (and via Zoom)

650 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, 15205


10:30 am: Opening Remarks – Senator John Yudichak, Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

10:35 am: Opening Remarks – Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair – Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

10:40 am: Remarks – Senator Devlin Robinson (R-37)

10:45 am: Ms. Jennifer Beer – Vice President, Government Affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, accompanied by panelist Ann Tumolo, Government Affairs, PPG Industries – Testimony   – Additional Testimony 

11:10 am: Mr. David Taylor – President, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association (remote), accompanied by panelist Eileen Anderson – Director, Government Relations, PA Manufacturer & Business Association – Testimony 

11:35 am: Mr. Jeff Nobers – Executive Director, Pittsburgh Works Together (remote) – Testimony

12:00 pm: Mr. Drew Simpson – Regional Manager, United Brotherhood of Carpenters – Testimony

12:25 pm: Final Remarks – Committee Members & Panelists

12:30 pm: Closing Remarks – Senator Yudichak, Chair

 

* * * A tour of the neighboring carpentry training facility will follow the hearing. * * *