As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share

Listing your apartment, condo or house on Airbnb? Legislators are trying to ensure that you’re paying your fair share of local taxes.

At a time when more and more property owners are listing their homes on short-term rental websites like Airbnb or Vrbo, lawmakers in Harrisburg are again considering legislation requiring them to register with their municipality.

Authored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), HB 787 would create a so-called registry for those listing on sites such as Airbnb, allowing local and state agencies to more easily track the listings and collect taxes which hotels and inns are required to pay.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of April 29

5 bills to watch for the week of April 29

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From school choice to a potential Airbnb registry, here are five bills to watch for the week of April 15.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Health professionals, lawmakers seek improvements to prescription drug monitoring

Health professionals, lawmakers seek improvements to prescription drug monitoring

The House Human Services Committee heard from health professionals Tuesday on the effectiveness of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which collects information on controlled substance prescriptions in the state. And while the program has proven to be an effective tool for combatting the prescription of opioids in Pennsylvania, officials and legislators alike believe there is room for improvement in the PDMP to better address opioid addiction. 
 
Meghna Patel, director of the Pennsylvania PDMP office, said since being launched in August 2016, the PDMP system has provided prescribers and dispensers access to important prescription information that helps them prescribe medication in a safe manner. 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Getting online home rentals onto tax rolls advances out of committee

Getting online home rentals onto tax rolls advances out of committee

A law to make AirBnb and other home sharing platforms register with local governments moved out of committee Thursday.

The bill, HB 1810, would require that the websites share information on every host in the state with both the state Department of Treasury and county treasurers’ offices.

Thursday, May 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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