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General Assembly concludes legislative agenda

The General Assembly has completed its legislative work for this session.  The General Assembly has recessed until after the November 8 election.  The House meets on November 14 and 15.  The Senate meets November 16.  The November session days will cover administrative tasks including farewell speeches by retiring members.  The current session of the General Assembly expires on November 30.  The term of the newly elected General Assembly begins on December 1.   All bills not passed by the end of last week have died and will have to be reintroduced after the new General Assembly is sworn-in in January.

The following bills have been passed and sent to the Governor for action

Child Abuse: Senate Bill 1311 (Vance-R- Cumberland) relating to adoption and child abuse (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 11

Inspector General: House Bill 1618 (Fee-R-Lancaster) amending the Administrative Code to establish the Office of State Inspector General (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was vetoed by the Governor.  Click Here for veto message.  The Senate passed the bill 29 to 18 and the House 120 to 74, neither veto-proof margins.

Drawing Blood In DUI Cases: House Bill 2058 (Farry-R-Bucks) authorizing blood draws by EMTs in DUI cases (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Independent Counsel: House Bill 1118 (Vereb-R-Montgomery) authorize the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate wrongdoing by the Attorney General and others (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Opioid Prescriptions For Minors: Senate Bill 1367 (Yaw-R- Lycoming) putting limits on prescribing opioids (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Firearm Use Penalty: House Bill 1496 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) increasing penalties for felons possessing firearms.

Hunting Weapons: House Bill 263 (Gabler-R-Clearfield) removing the prohibition of air, chemical or gas cylinder powered, semi-automatic weapons for hunting.

Withholding Officer Names Involved In Shootings: 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 Noteand summary).

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

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Applications invited for Committees of the Supreme Court

Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness Deadline November 15, 2016 more information
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