Legislation 2017-2018 Session

*Denotes introduction in previous legislative sessions

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Senate Bill 26 − Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act Amendment*

Increases the municipal cap on damages to businesses and individuals.

Senate Bill 27  − Title 18 Firearms-related Amendment*

Requires an individual to serve a mandatory minimum one-year sentence for unlawfully carrying firearms on their person or in a vehicle without a license.

Senate Bill 28 − Title 18 Firearms-related Amendment*

Temporarily bars individuals charged with violent felonies from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

Senate Bill 29 − Title 18 Firearms-related Amendment*

Prohibits adults convicted as juveniles of certain serious drug offenses from possessing or purchasing firearms.

Senate Bill 95 − Anti-SLAPP*

Discourages frivolous lawsuits by creating a swift judicial process for dismissing such cases.

Senate Bill 96 − Hate Crimes*

Adds ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity to the state’s ethnic intimidation clause to increase crime penalties based on actual or perceived associations.

Senate Bill 98 − Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Illegal Firearm Carry in Philadelphia*

Creates a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia. Based on policy in NYC that helped reduce gun violence significantly after its passage.

Senate Bill 116 − Firearms Safety Training*

Based on legislation in Florida, requires firearms safety training course be completed before concealed carry permit is issued.

Senate Bill 384 − Property Assessor Certification in Philadelphia*

Ensures employees carrying out property assessments in the City of Philadelphia are properly trained in appraisals and assessments according to statewide standards set by the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers. These employees are currently exempted from these requirements.

Senate Bill 385 − Freedom of Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities

Prohibits the intentional use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services. Also prohibits intentional property damage of a facility providing reproductive health services. This legislation does not ban peaceful protest and does not interfere with the First Amendment Rights of lawful protesters.

Senate Bill 386 − Penalties for Straw Purchasing and Criminal Attempt to Purchase a Firearm*

Increases penalties straw purchasers can be charged with, as well as addresses increased penalties for any person prohibited from owning a firearm who attempts to get their hands on one.

Senate Bill 387 − Limitations on “Pay-to-Play” Political Contributions*

Limits political contributions from those seeking to do business with the state.

Senate Resolution 32 − Youth Courts Study

Directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee consisting of public education officials, the legal community, the law enforcement community and experts on the issues of youth courts and juvenile justice to study the use and effectiveness of youth courts as a reformative juvenile justice tool

Pending Introduction in 2017-2018

  • Hotel Occupancy Tax for the Online Marketplace*
  • Animal Abuse Registry*
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax for the Online Marketplace*
  • Public Pension Forfeiture for Megan’s Law Offenses*
  • CPR and AED Certification in Schools*
  • Delinquent Liquor Tax Collection for Philadelphia Schools*
  • Sentencing Option for Casino Trespassers on Self-Exclusion List
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax Reform for Online Travel Companies*
  • Transparency in Campaign Fund Transfers
  • Disclosure of Gifts from Friends on Financial Interest Statements
  • Increasing Collection and Remittance of State Sales by Online Retailers and Purchasers
  • Hit and Run*
  • PA Fairness Act*
  • PA Pathways to College Act*
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax Reform for Online Travel Companies