VIDEO: Bill to limit who firearms can be handed over to passes House Judiciary

VIDEO: Bill to limit who firearms can be handed over to passes House Judiciary

On Tuesday morning the House Judiciary Committee met to consider a handful of firearm bills. 

The committee started off the meeting with Rep. Marguerite Quinn's (R-Bucks) House Bill 2060, which would require an individual who is found guilty and sentenced before a judge to hand over their firearms to a law enforcement officer or a licensed dealer. This bill would also shorten the amount of time that firearms must be forfeited from the current deadline of 60 days to 48 hours for an individual convicted of the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 

Rep. Quinn spoke with The PLS Reporter after the meeting.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Prison closure bill primed for amendments after House hearing

Legislation to add procedures as to how public safety buildings are shuttered has worked its way through the General Assembly, and House State Government Committee focused on it at a hearing Monday.

SB 748, from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuykill), and its companion HB 1606 from Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming), would require 12-months’ written notice to local and state officials before a prison or state police building is closed down.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Debate to act now or build a case on capitol sexual harassment flares up on House floor

Debate to act now or build a case on capitol sexual harassment flares up on House floor

Testy floor debate Monday preceded the final passage of two House resolutions to study sexual harassment in the workplace.

The two resolutions, HR 828 and 829, will set up a task force to review harassment laws and also order the Joint State Government Commission to review harassment within the Capitol itself.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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VIDEO: Rep. Delozier's clean slate legislation heads to the Senate floor

VIDEO: Rep. Delozier's clean slate legislation heads to the Senate floor

On Monday afternoon Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) hosted a press conference in support of House Bill 1419.

The bill, which was passed by the House in April, builds upon Act 5 of 2016 and would automatically seal low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, summary offenses and non-conviction records with no action required by the person after remaining crime-free for 10 years. The bill was unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon and now will head to the Senate Floor.

Monday, June 18, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Another week into June, and details on the budget are still slow coming, but Capitol observers think that could just be a sign that a deal is near.

In fact, one of the few disagreements to bubble up has had more to do with federal policy trickling down than the state level problems.

Saturday, June 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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