Capital Reports

Senate Approves Increase in Common Pleas Judgeships

By Victoria Hudgins |

The state Senate passed an amendment, SB 222, that would create new judge positions in Pennsylvania's Courts of Common Pleas. Out of the seven changes the bill calls for, none are decreases, but Senate voting documents show legislators went back-and-forth on how many judges should preside in Delaware County's Court of Common Pleas.

House Bill Would Revise Professional Licensure Rules

By Victoria Hudgins |

The state Senate passed a bill that would require physicians, engineers, accountants and others who hold a license, certificate or registration from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report arrests or professional disciplinary sanctions against them within 30 days. The bill would also set guidelines for the bureau in suspending and revoking licenses.

House OKs Bill That Would Restore Controversial Gun Law

By Victoria Hudgins |

By a 134-53 vote, the state House passed an amendment to Title 18 of Pennsylvania’s consolidated statues that would restore a controversial law allowing the National Rifle Association and other membership organizations to sue municipalities in Pennsylvania over local gun ordinances.

No Telemarketer Calls on Federal Holidays, if Bill Passes

By Victoria Hudgins |

Telemarketers won’t be allowed to call you on Christmas, Thanksgiving and other federal holidays, and businesses using “robocallers” will face caller opt-out requirements if a House bill becomes law.

New Mortgage Lender, Servicer Rules Passed by House

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House has passed a bill that would add more rules and provisions for mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers.

Senate: Higher Market Value Needed for Township Property Auctions

By Victoria Hudgins |

The state Senate OK'd a bill bumping up the minimum fair market value second-class townships' personal property needs to have if it is being sold in public auctions or disposed of.

Bill Would Change How Township Board Vacancies Are Filled

By Victoria Hudgins |

A House bill would require a vacancy board or a county's court of common pleas to quickly fill any empty seats on a township's board of supervisors.

New Blighted Properties Maintenance Fund Proposed

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House introduced a bill that would create the Municipal Property Maintenance Code Assistance Fund to finance an enforcement entity to "prevent and eradicate blighted property conditions."

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing May Be Coming Back to Pa.

By Victoria Hudgins |

The state House passed a bill that would establish mandatory minimum sentencing for offenses involving firearms, drug sales to minors, impersonating law enforcement, failure of sex offenders to register and offenses committed against infants and the elderly, a well as on public transportation.

Bill Restricts ID'ing Police Involved in Violent Incidents

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House passed a bill that would place restrictions on the release of a law enforcement officer’s name and identifying information following an incident in which force or a firearm was used.

Senator Set to Reintroduce 'Right-to-Work' Bill in Pa.

By Victoria Hudgins |

Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Dauphin, is set to reintroduce a bill to make Pennsylvania a "Right-to-Work" state.

House OKs Increase of Tax Credits for Donations to Education

By Victoria Hudgins |

The House passed Bill 250, an amendment to the Public School Code of 1949 that increases the amount businesses can claim as a tax credit after donating to education-based organizations or scholarships.

House OKs Increase of Tax Credits for Donations to Education

The House passed Bill 250, an amendment to the Public School Code of 1949 that increases the amount businesses can claim as a tax credit after donating to education-based organizations or scholarships.

Bill Would Require Response to Auditor General's Office

Following is a listing of executive action from the week of March 6. Members of the state House of Representatives were set to return to session Monday. The Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to reconvene on March 20.

Senator Proposes Auto-Voter Registration

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, issued a memo March 15 declaring his plan to reintroduce a bill that would create an auto-voter registration process in the state.