Municipal gun ordinance preemption bills get PA legislative spotlight

Municipal gun ordinance preemption bills get PA legislative spotlight

The Pennsylvania Senate Tuesday afternoon passed by a 34-16 vote a bill that would allow membership organizations such as the NRA to sue municipalities on behalf of aggrieved members over gun ordinances that are already preempted by state law.

 

The House considered amendments to similar legislation that was ultimately unchanged despite several dozen amendments being filed to the proposal.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal gun ordinance preemption bill clears House committee

Municipal gun ordinance preemption bill clears House committee

Legislation that would largely reenact the municipal gun ordinance preemption provisions of Act 192 of 2014 overwhelmingly passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

 

The bill, House Bill 2258, would grant standing to Pennsylvania residents who are lawfully able to possess a firearm and membership organizations representing a similarly situated individual to challenge municipal gun ordinances they believe are preempted by state law.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

Work began in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly Tuesday to delay a ballot question set to appear during April’s primary election that, if approved, would increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf waives background check fees for volunteers

As the House continues to advance legislation that would significantly alter the background check provisions of a 2014 child protection law, Gov. Tom Wolf took care of one of the issues some took with the legislation and waived background check and child abuse clearance fees for volunteers working with children.

The $10 fee for those employed to work with children has been reduced to $8 under the governor’s order.

The changes will become effective July 25, 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House poised to vote on resolution condemning Gov. Wolf

House poised to vote on resolution condemning Gov. Wolf

The House Judiciary Committee moved to the full House a resolution calling Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty unconstitutional and condemning his actions in instituting the moratorium and issuing continued death penalty reprieves.

Three Democrats joined all Republicans on the committee in supporting the resolution.

“Pennsylvania law currently provides the use of the death penalty as punishment for some of the Commonwealth’s most ruthless, heinous criminals,” said Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of the resolution. “Shortly after taking office, the governor announced he was unilaterally implementing a moratorium on death penalty executions.”

In February, Gov. Wolf said he was issuing the moratorium until he receives and reviews the report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Capital Punishment and any recommendations in the report are addressed. The report was due in December 2013.

Monday, June 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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