The Pennsylvania General Assembly returns to work this month after a quiet summer recess. The House of Representatives will return September 17th, while the state Senate is set to return to session September 23rd. The Senate will be in session only 15 days until the end of the year, and the House is tentatively scheduled for 24 days.

Members will continue to work on a number of Grow PA proposals this fall, including:

Energize PA: the House is likely to take up the remainder of the Energize PA bills championed by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-28). While some of the bills passed both chambers last spring there are still outstanding issues to be addressed. The Senate is said to be waiting until the House acts before proceeding.

Career and Technical Education (CTE): Senate members will continue working on CTE bills. Votes are expected to be completed in October.

Expanding the 21st Century Manufacturing Innovation and Reinvestment Deduction Act: SB 747, sponsored by Senate Bob Mensch (R-24), which expands an incentive to PA manufacturers that make capital investments in excess of $100 million thereby giving them the ability to claim a deduction against their taxable income, is expected to have a hearing this fall.

Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act: Legislation in support of electric vehicle infrastructure is also likely to be considered in a Senate Committee by the end of the calendar year.

Join us every first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. for a Grow PA call and update. For additional information, email Liz Ferry at lferry@chamberphl.com.