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Session schedule

October 24, 25 and 26 are the last three scheduled days for the two-year legislative session.  Any bills not given final action and moved to the Governor’s desk will die and need to start over in January.  The House will meet on November 14 and 15.  The Senate will meet on November 16.  The November sessions will be for administrative matters, rather than voting.  The present session of the General Assembly expires on November 30.

Bills moving

House

Child Abuse: Senate Bill 1311 (Vance-R-Cumberland) relating to adoption and child abuse was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Sanctuary Cities: House Bill 1885 (White-R-Philadelphia) further providing for exemptions from municipal immunity related to sanctuary cities was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House 136 to 55.   A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.

The bill was reported out of the Senate Local Government Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Adoption By Incarcerated Parent: House Bill 1530 (Lewis-R-Chester) witnessing consent to adoption by an incarcerated parent was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Opioid Prescriptions For Minors: Senate Bill 1367 (Yaw-R- Lycoming) putting limits on prescribing opioids to minors was amended and reported from the House Health Committee and Tabled.

Indecent Exposure: House Bill 2266 (Quigley-R-Montgomery) further providing for indecent exposure penalties when children are present (sponsor summary), was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Child In Hot Car: House Bill 2276 (Boback-R-Lackawanna) civil immunity for rescuing a child in a hot car was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Mutilation Of A Corpse: House Bill 2284 (Harhart-R-Lehigh)  “Jessica’s Law” providing further penalties for desecration or mutilation of a corpse (sponsor summary)  was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Applicability Of Foreign Laws: House Bill 1288 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) prohibits a Pennsylvania court from considering a foreign legal code or system which does not grant the parties affected by a ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties affirmed under the United States Constitution (sponsor summary) was reported from the House State Government Committee and Tabled.

Senate

Unlawful Hunting Weapons: House Bill 263 (Gabler-R-Clearfield) removing the prohibition of air, chemical or gas cylinder powered weapons for hunting was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

DUI Blood Draws: House Bill 2058 (Farry-R-Bucks) authorizing blood draws by EMTs in DUI cases (House Fiscal Noteand summary) was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Gun Law Preemption: Senate Bill 1330 (Alloway-R-Adams) preemption statute regarding local firearms and ammunition ordinances was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for consideration.

Police Body Cameras: Senate Bill 976 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) authorizing police officers to use body cameras was removed from the Table, amended on the House Floor and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Additional Judges: Senate Bill 1365 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) increasing the number of judges in certain districts was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was amended on the Senate Floor and was passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.  The bill would create two new judgeships for Bucks County and one new judgeship for Montgomery County.

Firearm Discharges: House Bill 1538 (White-R- Philadelphia) further providing for the release of law enforcement officer information when a firearm is discharged or force is used (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Public hearings

October 24– Senate Rules Committee meets to consider  Senate Bill 1311 (Vance-R- Cumberland) relating to adoption and child abuse.  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

October 25– House Judiciary Committee holds an informational meeting on the status of PA’s Medical Marijuana Program from the Department of Health. Room 140 Main Capitol. 10 a.m.

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Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

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