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Bills for the 2019-20 legislative session coming soon.

  • HB 111 | Merit-based judicial selection
    HB 111 amends the state constitution to replace the current system of electing state appeals court judges in partisan elections with a merit-based selection process.
  • HB 1388 | CHIP Reauthorization
    HB 1388 renews the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, through 2019. The bill drew scorn from civil rights advocates after a Senate committee amended it to prohibit insurance coverage for trans-related healthcare services.
  • HB 1419 | Clean Slate
    HB 1419 allows minor, non-violent cases to be automatically sealed from public view after time has passed without conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor. For misdemeanors, that period is 10 years. For summary offenses, it is 5 years. Non-convictions would be sealed when the outcome of the case is final. Offenses sealed under HB 1419 need not be reported to employers, landlords, colleges, or others, nor may they be used to deny state occupational licenses.
  • HB 149 | Camera use in courtrooms
    HB 149 criminalizes the use of cameras or other recording devices inside and in the “environs” of a courtroom without the consent of the court or the presiding judge by making the offense a second-degree misdemeanor.
  • HB 163 | License suspension for non-driving offenses
    HB 163 repeals Pennsylvania's automatic driver's license suspension for drug-related offenses, in addition to other non-drug related convictions - many of which disproportionately affect juveniles - such as carrying false identification, underage purchase of tobacco, and underage purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of alcohol.
  • HB 1933 | Trans-related healthcare exclusion
    HB 1933 would prohibit CHIP and Medicaid from covering a range of transition-related services for the nearly three million Pennsylvanian children and adults who are insured through these programs.
  • HB 2050 | Abortion ban following fetal diagnosis
    HB 2050 amends the Pennsylvania crimes code to prohibit terminating a pregnancy based solely on a “prenatal diagnosis of, or belief that the unborn child has, Down syndrome.” Any violation of this provision would constitute a third-degree felony.
  • HB 2227 | Extreme Risk Protective Orders
    HB 2227 would permit Pennsylvania judges to issue extreme risk protective orders (ERPO) in order to “temporarily prohibit individuals who demonstrate an extreme risk of causing harm to themselves or others from possessing firearms or ammunition in addition to any other relief necessary.” Individuals subject to an ERPO are not alleged to have committed any crime. Rather, issuing an ERPO is based on speculation about a person's risk of possible violence, resulting in likely violations of privacy and due process constitutional protections.
  • HB 27 | Police identity concealment
    HB 27 conceals from the public the name or identity of a police officer involved in a discharge of a firearm or use of force for 30 days after the incident. Any public official who violates this gag order would be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
  • HB 28 | Liability for "sanctuary cities"
    HB 28 threatens to withhold state funding from municipalities that establish policies regarding employees' communication or cooperation with federal immigration officials. It also holds “sanctuary municipalities” liable for damages to a person or to property that result from criminal activity by an unauthorized immigrant.
  • HB 561 | Warrantless ISP searches
    HB 561 removes the sunset provision of Act 151, which allows law enforcement to obtain internet users’ personally identifying information from internet service providers (ISPs) without a search warrant.
  • HB 741 | Mandatory minimum sentencing
    HB 741 reinstates Pennsylvania's currently-invalidated mandatory minimum sentencing scheme by applying a procedural fix in order to make the use of mandatory minimums constitutional.
  • HB 90 | Hate crimes protection for police, fire, EMTs
    HB 90 adds “employment as a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services provider” as a protected class under the Ethnic Intimidation (a.k.a. "hate crimes") statute.
  • HB 982 | First responder intimidation
    HB 982 establishes "first responder intimidation" as a new crime under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. Penalties for assault and property crimes against police officers, fire fighters, and EMTs are graded one degree higher than the underlying offense.
  • SB 10 | Liability for "sanctuary cities"
    SB 10 removes decision-making power from local law enforcement by prohibiting certain immigration-related policies while also mandating potentially discriminatory and unconstitutional compliance with federal immigration agencies. The bill grants standing to residents to sue a municipality with a prohibited policy (as defined under SB 10). If a municipality is sued and loses, localities must also pay steep fines. If a municipality is sued for due process or Fourth Amendment violations, the Attorney General's office must represent the municipality and the state will indemnify the municipality for all costs, damages, and fees.
  • SB 1011 | Marsy's Law
    Known as Marsy’s Law, SB 1011 proposes an amendment to Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish a crime victims’ ‘bill of rights.’ This resolution aims to grant crime victims comparable–and enforceable–rights to “justice and due process” equal to those provided to the accused and requires that their rights are “protected in a manner no less vigorous than the rights afforded to the accused” in criminal and juvenile proceedings.
  • SB 133 | REAL ID
    SB 133 repeals Act 38 of 2012, which prohibits Pennsylvania from participating in the federal Real ID Act of 2005, and will create a two-ID system to allow consumers to choose a driver's license or non-driving identification card that is not compliant with Real ID.
  • SB 196 | Electronic monitoring of PFA defendants
    SB 196 gives civil courts the authority to mandate that anyone subject to a protection from abuse (PFA) order wear an electronic monitoring device.
  • SB 3 | Abortion ban
    SB 3 would criminalize abortion at 20 weeks gestation and would make it a crime for a doctor to perform a D&E procedure at any point during a pregnancy. The bill includes no exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities.
  • SB 560 | Police-worn body cameras
    SB 560 amends the Wiretap Act to enable police officers to use audio and visual recording devices, such as body-worn cameras. Public disclosure of this footage is exempt from Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know law.
  • SB 652 | Critical infrastructure facilities
    SB 652 purports to enhance penalties for people who criminally trespass on "critical infrastructure facilities." However, the provisions in the bill are redundant, as they are already covered under current criminal statutes.
  • SB 8 | Civil asset forfeiture reform
    SB 8 reforms the process that law enforcement follows to take possession of the property of individuals suspected of a crime and establishes new procedures and substantive rights that apply to civil asset forfeiture, including new requirements for pre-forfeiture seizures, motions for return of property for illegal seizures, and release of property based on hardship.
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