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Session schedule

The General Assembly has completed its work for its term.  The General Assembly has recessed until November 12.  November 12 will be a non-voting session, where the causes will organize for the next session and administrative work will be completed.

On the Governor’s desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor’s desk for action–

Mobile Tracking Information: Senate Bill 1290 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) providing for disclosure of wireless device location.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  It was signed into law as Act 181.

Reporting Child Abuse: House Bill 435 (Moul-R-Adams) expanding the requirements for background checks for employees working with children.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  It was signed into law as Act 153.

Exchange Of Child Protection Information: Senate Bill 27 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) further providing for the exchange of information in child protective services. A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  It was signed into law as Act 176.

Standing To Challenge Local Firearms Ordinances: House Bill 80 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) giving “membership organizations” (read the NRA) standing to challenge local ordinances regulating firearms, along with other provisions.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Public hearing

November 20 (change of date) House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Department of Corrections staffing levels. Bellefonte Courthouse Annex, Bellefounte. 10 a.m.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Honorable Kevin Dougherty appointed Administrative Judge of Trial Division

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