PPA: Recognizing May 2020 PAC Contributors 
Political Action Committee Chairman John Reilly would like to recognize POMPAC contributions from the following individuals in May….

Pennsylvania Extends RVP Gasoline Waiver Until July 15
Several States, including Pennsylvania, have extended the Reid Vapor Pressure waivers to the requirement to sell summer-grade gasoline….

Bill On Governor’s Desk Removes Restriction On Selling Liquid Fuels By Liquor Licensees
House Bill 1048 (Knowles-R-Schuylkill) was given final approval by the Senate and House last week and is now on the Governor’s desk….

Update: PennDOT Extends Waiver For CDL License Hazardous Material Endorsement
PennDOT issued a waiver to extend the expiring commercial driver’s license (CDL) hazardous material endorsements set to expire between March 6, 2020 and May 31, 2020 in extended until June 30, 2020….

Gov. Wolf Vetoes Resolution Blocking New State Overtime Regulations
The Senate last week passed House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution #1 in a party line vote- Republicans supporting– blocking new state overtime rules from taking effect and sent the resolution to the Governor for his action….

IRRC Postpones Actions On Regulations, Including Heating Oil Sulfur Standard To June 18
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission has rescheduled its meeting for the fourth time since March 19 and will now meet June 18 to consider the final EQB regulation reducing the sulfur content of heating oil from 500 ppm to 15 ppm and other regulations….

FMCSA Expected To Publish Final Hours Of Service Rule June 1
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish its final Hours Of Service regulation on June 1 in the Federal Register with an anticipated implementation date 120 days after publication– on or about September 29….

REMINDER! U.S. Small Business Administration Releases Application and Instructions for PPP Loan Forgiveness
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released the application borrowers must submit to their lenders to qualify for Paycheck Protection Loan (PPP) forgiveness….

U.S. House Approves Modifications To The Paycheck Protection Program
Thursday, by a near unanimous vote, the U.S. House approved the “Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020” (H.R. 7010), which provides businesses with more flexibility to spend PPP loans on payroll and other business expenses….

FMCSA To Increase Remote Electronic Motor Carrier Safety Audit Capabilities During Virus Emergency
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced plans to expand the agency’s use of remote motor carrier compliance safety reviews (audits) for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency….

U.S. Sen. Portman Floats UC Alternative To Get Furloughed Employees Back To Work
Recently, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) floated a proposal to eliminate the current $600 per week unemployment benefit for furloughed employees and instead give them $450 per week if they returned to work before the end of July….

U.S. Senate Democrats Introduce Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act
Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), the “Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act” fund would provide compensation for injuries to any individual, or their families, who are deemed an essential worker and required to leave their home to perform services and who have become ill or died as a result of COVID-19….

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Members Introduce Tax Credit For Hiring Cleaning Companies
Friday, U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), introduced legislation known as the Clean Start Act….

U.S. Dept. Of Labor Releases Final Workweek Method Of Computing Overtime Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released a final rule that allows employers to pay bonuses or other incentive-based pay to salaried, nonexempt employees whose hours vary from week to week….

Graphic Warning Label Requirement For Cigarette Packaging To Be Delayed
Due to the effects of the ongoing health pandemic, a Texas federal judge has decided to delay the enforcement date upon which cigarette manufacturers are required to place graphic warning labels….

Lawsuits Pile Up On EPA Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) Final Rule
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a group representing several automakers including GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai, announced it plans to intervene in a lawsuit by a group challenging the Trump Administration’s new final rule on vehicle emissions standards….

PA Capitol & COVID-19 Weekly Report: 5-Month State Budget Puts Off Hard Decisions Until After Nov. 3 Election
The Senate and House passed and Gov. Wolf signed into law a $25.75 billion FY 2020-21 budget last week on one of the earliest dates for enacting a budget since Tom Ridge was Governor….

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