Restrictions to domestic abusers gun ownership pass House

Restrictions to domestic abusers gun ownership pass House

After months of caucusing and discussion, the Pennsylvania House finally passed a bill aimed to limit domestic abusers access to firearms.

By a 131-62 vote, the House approved HB 2060 which requires convicted domestic abusers or final PFA recipients hand over their guns within 24 hours to a lawyer, sheriff or gun dealer.

Previously, convicted domestic abusers had 60 days to hand over weapons and could give them to a friend for safekeeping.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Corman on statute of limitations: "I’m just pointing out the glaring problems with the bill that prevent us from concurring."

Soaring rhetoric and thunderous applause greeted the Pennsylvania House’s amendment of the civil window into a statute of limitations bill Monday.

"I don't give a damn if [abuse] happened 40 minutes ago or 40 years ago,” Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) said on the floor to a round of cheers from fellow members and the gallery filled with victims of abuse.

After the amended SB 261 moved out of the House by a vote of 173-21 Tuesday however, the Senate expressed no desire to quickly concur on the legislation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

Following up on a pledge to move government reform legislation, House leadership has set up an attempt to amend a previously referred Senate bill, SB 1034, with a new congressional redistricting plan.

Three amendments - two from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and one from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) are on the table.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pipeline protest bill amended in committee, but civil rights concerns remain

Pipeline protest bill amended in committee, but civil rights concerns remain

A controversial Senate bill that civil rights advocates fear would unnecessarily punish pipeline protesters was toned down in committee Tuesday morning.

SB 652 from Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland) would have created special criminal trespass charges for incidents on "critical infrastructure projects, including near existing or under construction pipelines.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Nuclear caucus looks at national security concerns to rally support for ailing industry

Nuclear caucus looks at national security concerns to rally support for ailing industry

In their fourth hearing, the bicameral, bipartisan Nuclear Caucus heard from current and former federal officials who pushed the role that splitting an atom still held for America’s national security even if it is losing out in the market.

“If things turn bad in the South China Sea, we need to make sure our ports in San Diego and Long Beach have electricity so they can ship ammunition overseas,” said Paul Stockton, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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