• Oct 08, 2018

  • The Senate and House were in session this week and the House returns to session next week.
  • The House of Representatives passed House Resolution 477 for National Newspaper Week, October 7-13 unanimously, sponsored by Representative John Maher (R-Allegheny, Washington). The Senate also passed Senate Resolution 455, sponsored by Senator Pat Stefano (R-Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland) this week.
  • SB 748, sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill), which enacts the Public Safety Facilities Act, establishing a clear process for consideration of proposed closures of state correctional institutions as well as other structures that house state law enforcement is scheduled for a vote on the House Floor next week. The bill requires public notice, at least one public hearing and a written report.
  • SB 1078, sponsored by Senator Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks), which amends the Sunshine Act allowing for security and safety matters for municipalities and school districts to be discussed in Executive Session is scheduled for a vote on the House Floor next week. PNA proposed an amendment and we will continue to advocate for stricter enforcement of the Sunshine Act.
  • HB 1346 (R-Pyle), which amends the Crimes Code regarding unmanned aerial systems ("drones"), is on its way to the Governor’s Desk.
  • The House State Government Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1704, sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) Tuesday, which establishes the Office of Information Technology and creates a Legislative Cybersecurity Oversight Committee. PNA has proposed a minor amendment regarding the Sunshine Act.
  • Representative Bernstine (R-Beaver, Butler, Lawrence) has introduced House Bill 2675, which subjects members of the Board of Trustees and other employees of state-related institutions who are responsible for taking or recommending official action to the requirements of Pennsylvania's Ethics Act. This is part of a three-bill package promoting transparency and accountability in Pennsylvania's state-related institutions. View the co-sponsor memo. Proposal #1 which expands the extent of documents and financial information that is statutorily required for state-related institutions through the Right-to-Know law. Proposal #3 makes substantial changes to structure and operation of the Penn State Board of Trustees, many of which are also recommendations noted by the Auditor General in a recent performance audit report.

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