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Friday, March 4, 2011

Pennsylvania House Action for the Week of March 7, 2011P

Personal and Public Safety, as well as Local Government Reform, on the PA House Agenda

The state House returns to session on Monday, March 7, to deal with various issues of importance.

Castle Doctrine: Protecting Victims Instead of Criminals

The Castle Doctrine, legislation allowing citizens to defend themselves and their families while in their homes, vehicles and any place they have a lawful right to be, will be taken up by the House this coming week. The legislation gives the benefit of the doubt to the victim of a crime, rather than the criminal as current law allows. The bill also strengthens the penalties related to the trafficking of stolen guns.

Local Government Reforms

The House will vote on several local government reforms dealing with online auctions (such as E-Bay). The bills will allow municipalities to auction personal property through online auctions.

Public Safety: From Drunks to Sexual Predators

When operating a vehicle, whether on the road or a waterway, penalties for driving under the influence should be consistent. House Bill 78 was introduced after a 12-year-old child was killed by a person who was previously convicted of a DUI and was operating a boat under the influence. The district attorney and judge both felt hampered by current law; had the death occurred on a road instead of a waterway, the defendant would have faced a much tougher penalty. Therefore, this bill makes penalties consistent for homicides under the influence. Other public safety items on this week’s agenda include House Bill 208, which deals with hit-and-run accidents involving homicides; and House Bill 317, which adds an “aggravating circumstance” to be considered in conjunction with a murder conviction (whether the defendant perpetrated a sexually violent offense and was a registered sex offender).

The Weekly Schedule

Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House Floor. The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted HERE.



1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Is HB855 similar to or leading up to what is going on in Wisconson, Ohio, and other states concerning
union employees?