LEGISLATIVE UPDATE October 11, 2018

  • Oct 11, 2018

  • The House was in session this week and the House and Senate return 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).  
  • 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 was voted on the House Floor on final consideration this week. The bill requires public notice, at least one public hearing and a written report. Rep. Wheeland offered a PNA amendment on the Floor, which states that notice of the hearing shall be given in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of such hearings. 
  • 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 was voted on the House Floor. 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 voted on House Bill 1704, sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) this week, which establishes the Office of Information Technology and creates a Legislative Cybersecurity Oversight Committee. PNA has proposed a minor amendment regarding the Sunshine Act.  

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