Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week

Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week

A bill that would restore the arrest powers of school police officers could get a final vote as early as next Monday, according to a spokesperson from the House Republican Caucus.

House Bill 49, which originally focused on high school personal finance courses, was amended in the Senate this week to restore school police arrest powers that were inadvertently stripped away by legislation signed into law in June.
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses

Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses

Representatives Perry Warren (D-Bucks) and Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) joined Senators Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria) and John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) to push for their legislation that would make 18 the legal age to obtain a marriage license. 

The House recently passed Warren and Topper's legislation, HB 360, and the senators are confident that their bill will pass the Senate floor. SB 81 passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee unanimously and is waiting to be brought up on the floor. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans joined in the East Wing Rotunda to push for the passage of a package of legislation that would help combat opioid addiction across the state. 

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) noted that last year over 4,000 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

A panel of lawmakers voted to approve a measure that would preempt local gun control ordinances, barring municipalities from approving stricter regulations than what the state has passed.

The bill, authored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), is nearly identical to a provision of Act 192 of 2014, which the state Supreme Court rendered unconstitutional in 2014. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs

It was a slow week in Harrisburg, with lawmakers returning to their districts prior to next week’s session. But just because state legislators weren’t in the Capitol doesn’t mean they weren’t busy introducing new legislation. This week there were a number of new proposals introduced as co-sponsorship memos, detailing upcoming bills in the state legislature. 

If you missed this week’s new co-sponsorship memos, continue reading to learn about the many ideas lawmakers have for Pennsylvania and to keep track of what proposals could become law.
Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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