Municipal gun ordinance challenge legislation has clear path in House

An amendment to House Bill 80 that would provide standing to membership organizations to challenge municipal gun ordinances when members are aggrieved by the ordinances garnered a lot of debate before it was adopted on the Senate floor Wednesday night.

The full bill, with amendment, passed the full Senate Thursday by a vote of 34-14.

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Prescription drug monitoring bill draws additional concerns as it heads to governor’s desk

The Senate Thursday finally passed Senate Bill 1180, which would provide a prescription drug monitoring database which has been argued to help curb the increase in opiate addiction.

As previously reported by The PLS Reporter, the legislation has been dogged by privacy concerns as it made its way through the General Assembly in a process that has gone on for more than a decade.

However, as the bill moved through the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Thursday, the lone negative vote came from Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), who voiced concerns other than those related to privacy. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal gun ordinances can be challenged by pro-Second Amendment groups under adopted Senate amendment

After more than an hour of debate, an amendment by Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) to House Bill 80 that would allow municipal gun ordinances to be challenged in court by pro-Second Amendment gun rights groups ultimately passed by a vote of 32-16.

According to Sen. Alloway, the amendment would prohibit municipalities from adopting ordinances antithetical to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and similar provisions in the Pennsylvania Constitution and give standing to membership organizations to challenge the ordinances on behalf of aggrieved members if their rights are violated by the municipality.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bills drawing concern from environmental advocates headed for governor’s signature

Two bills that have drawn criticism from various environmental advocates and organizations over the last several months were sent to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature late afternoon Wednesday.

House Bill 2354—introduced by Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene)—would provide legislative oversight of the Commonwealth’s compliance plan related to the US EPA’s new carbon emissions standards.

House Bill 1565, introduced by Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) would change the current law requiring mandatory riparian buffers that prohibit earth disturbances within 150 feet of a certain rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, ponds or reservoirs when the project site is located in an exceptional value or high quality watershed attaining its designated use.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Limited paycheck protection measure fails to win Senate approval

An amendment offered by Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) to House Bill 803 to provide for limited so-called “paycheck protection,” which would stop the automatic deduction of union dues from public school employee paychecks, failed to gain a majority of Senate votes Wednesday afternoon.

The amendment, unlike other similar proposals, would have only applied to public school employee unions and not all public sector unions since it sought to amend a bill that amends the Public School Code.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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