LEG REG REVIEW is a periodic newsletter produced by PHILLIPS ASSOCIATES, a professional lobbying and consultant firm located near the State Capitol. It contains news on the legislative and regulatory scene in Pennsylvania that may be of interest to the Insurance and Business Communities. It is a free member benefit for those who are members of the Pennsylvania Association of Health Underwriters (PAHU) or Manufacturers Association of South Central PA (MASCPA). Subscription information may be obtained by contacting PHILLIPS ASSOCIATES at 717/728-1217 FAX 717/232-7005 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email email@example.com supplying both your name and e-mail address if you wish to be removed from this list.
Dear Professional Associates and Friends,
As 2012 winds down, it is only appropriate that a person and a business take stock of things. Where did we want to be at year’s end and what do we do for the next year are normal questions that I think everyone asks at this time. For me and my firm, we are where we wanted to be, providing Continuing Education for insurance producers and providing lobbying, and other professional services to a strong range of clients. This work includes answering hundreds of individual questions about the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and scores of presentations promoting clarity where possible about this complex law. In lobbying, our efforts have been to protect your vital interests as well as seeking positive legislation, all with a backdrop of educating people on how the system works and how an individual can make a difference. My pledge to everyone is to continue this level of service in 2013. I am particularly blessed to have worked with exceptional people, firms, and associations like yourselves. Thank you for letting myself and PHILLIPS ASSOCIATES be a resource for you. I wish all the best for you this holiday season and for the New Year.
Sincerely, Vince Phillips
COMMITTEE CHAIRS NAMED
House Republican and Democratic Committee Chairs were announced by the House. Senate Republicans announced GOP Chairs for the 2013-14 legislative session. The list appears below.
Senate Standing Committee Chair Assignments:
Aging & Youth – Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) ; Appropriations – Sen. Jake Corman (R-34)
Agriculture & Rural Affairs – Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) ; Banking & Insurance – Sen. Don White (R-41
Communications & Technology – Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-40)
Community, Economic & Recreational Development – Sen. Kim L. Ward (R-39)
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure – Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson (R-6)
Education – Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) ; Environmental Resources & Energy – Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23)
Finance – Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-36) ; Game & Fisheries – Senator Richard Alloway (R-33)
Intergov’tal Operations – Sen.Scott E. Hutchinson (R-21) ; Judiciary – Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-12)
Labor & Industry – Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) ; Law & Justice – Senator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr. (R-10)
Local Gov’t – Sen. John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-30) ; Public Health & Welfare – Sen. Patricia H. Vance (R-31)
Rules & Executive Nominations – Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-9) ; State Government – Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13)
Transportation – Sen. John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) ; Urban Affairs & Housing – Sen. David G. Argall (R-29)
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness – Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20)
HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Aging and Older Adult Services: Republican: Rep. Tim Hennessey, 26th legislative district, Chester County. Democrat: Rep. Steve Samuelson, 135th legislative district, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Agriculture and Rural Affairs: Republican: Rep. John Maher, 40th legislative district, Allegheny and Washington counties. Democrat: Rep. Joseph Petrarca, 55th legislative district, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties. Children and Youth: Republican: Rep. Kathy Watson, 144th legislative district, Bucks County. Democrat: Rep. Louise Bishop, 192nd legislative district, Philadelphia County. Commerce: Republican: Rep. Chris Ross, 158th legislative district, Chester County. Democrat: Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, 181st legislative district, Philadelphia County. Consumer Affairs: Republican: Rep. Robert Godshall, 53rd legislative district, Montgomery County. Democrat: Rep. Peter J. Daley, 49th legislative district, Fayette and Washington counties. Education: Republican: Rep. Paul Clymer, 145th legislative district, Bucks County. Democrat: Rep. James Roebuck, 188th legislative district, Philadelphia County. Environmental Resources and Energy: Republican: Rep. Ron Miller, 93rd legislative district, York County. Democrat: Rep. Greg Vitali, 166th legislative district, Delaware County. Finance: Republican: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, 171st legislative district, Centre and Mifflin counties. Democrat: Rep. Phyllis Mundy, 120th legislative district, Luzerne County. Game and Fisheries: Republican: Rep. Martin Causer, 67th legislative district, Cameron, Potter and McKean counties. Democrat: Rep. Gary Haluska, 73rd legislative district, Cambria County. Gaming Oversight: Republican: Rep. Tina Pickett, 110th legislative district, Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties. Democrat: Rep. Rosita Youngblood, 198th legislative district, Philadelphia County. Health: Republican: Rep. Matt Baker, 68th legislative district, Bradford and Tioga counties. Democrat: Rep. Flo Fabrizio, 2nd legislative district, Erie County. Human Services: Republican: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, 18th legislative district, Bucks County. Democrat: Rep. Angel Cruz, 180th legislative district, Philadelphia County. Insurance: Republican: Rep. Nick Micozzie, 163rd legislative district, Delaware County. Democrat: Rep. Tony DeLuca, 32nd legislative district, Allegheny County. Judiciary: Republican: Rep. Ron Marsico, 105th legislative district, Dauphin County. Democrat: Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, 127th legislative district, Berks County. Labor and Industry: Republican: Rep. Mario Scavello, 176th legislative district, Monroe County. Democrat: Rep. Bill Keller, 184th legislative district, Philadelphia County. Liquor Control: Republican: Rep. John Taylor, 177th legislative district, Philadelphia County. Democrat: Rep. Paul Costa, 34th legislative district, Allegheny County. Local Government: Republican: Rep. Kate Harper, 61st legislative district, Montgomery County. Democrat: Rep. Bob Freeman, 136th legislative district, Northampton County. Professional Licensure: Republican: Rep. Julie Harhart, 183rd legislative district, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Democrat: Rep. Harry Readshaw, 36th legislative district, Allegheny County. State Government: Republican: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, 12th legislative district, Butler County. Democrat: Rep. Mark Cohen, 202nd legislative district, Philadelphia County. Tourism and Recreational Development: Republican: Rep. Jerry Stern, 80th legislative district, Bedford and Blair counties. Democrat: Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, 159th legislative district, Delaware County. Transportation: Republican: Rep. Dick Hess, 78th legislative district, Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. Democrat: Rep. Michael P. McGeehan, 173rd legislative district, Philadelphia County. Urban Affairs: Republican: Rep. Keith Gillespie, 47th legislative district, York County. Democrat: Rep. Ted Harhai, 58th legislative district, Fayette and Westmoreland counties. Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness: Republican: Rep. Stephen E. Barrar, 160th legislative district, Chester and Delaware counties. Democrat: Rep. Chris Sainato, 9th legislative district, Beaver and Lawrence counties.
- IRS announced increased 2013 deductibility limits for long-term care insurance. For example, for those more than 60 and below 70, the deductible limit for 2013 is $3,640 versus $3,500 in 2012. (www.aaltci.org/tax )
- Two surplus lines changes for 2013: First, the Form 1609-PR will no require that the required three declinations be shown. That in no way removes the requirement however. This was from a Bulletin issued September 11, 2012 by the PA Surplus Lines Association (PSLA) with an effective date of January 1, 2013. The second PSLA Bulletin issued December 11, 2012 reports changes on the Gross Premium Tax Form RCT-123 requiring Social Security numbers for both tax preparer and the corporate officer. (Details: www.pasla.org)