HB 993, legislation to change the name of Pennsylvania'sDepartment of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services, was voted on after the name change was stripped from Public Welfare Code Bill.
The legislation passed the full House by a vote of 137 to 65. The vote on House Bill 993, authored by Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) came after a series of parliamentary maneuvers related to the 2013-2014 state budget.
Changing the name of the Welfare Department has had broad support in the House and Senate, with 109 cosponsors in the 203-member House and 39 in the 50-member Senate.
The bill is expected to be taken up by the Senate when they reconvene in the Fall. Continue to reach out to the Governor to voice your support for the name change!