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Landmark Domestic Violence Law in PA

10/3/18 – Strengthening Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders in Pennsylvania (HB 2060)

On October 3rd, the Pennsylvania Senate passed landmark domestic violence legislation by a wide margin.  House Bill 2060 earned a vote of 43-5 in the Senate and was then sent to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature.

House Bill 2060 contains legislative language from Senate Bill 501, a bill I authored that passed the Senate unanimously on March 21st.

This legislation will get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, and it has been my top priority during the current legislative session.

There are two key components of House Bill 2060:

  • Removing Guns from Abusers – Individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence will have 24 hours to relinquish their firearms as opposed to 60 days under current law.  In addition, abusers who have a final Protection From Abuse order filed against them must also relinquish their guns within 24 hours, unless otherwise agreed to by the victim.
  • Banning Dangerous Gun Storage – Under this new law, Pennsylvania will end its dangerous practice of allowing the friends and family members of abusers to store perpetrators’ guns.  Instead, only the police, sheriffs, attorneys and licensed gun dealers may store abusers’ weapons during the period they are prohibited from possessing firearms.  This will make it impossible for abusers to retrieve their weapons and commit further acts of violence.

In 2017, we tragically had the highest number of domestic violence deaths in Pennsylvania in the last decade.  Last year, 117 people were killed in domestic violence-related incidents, 78 of them by gun violence.

Victims of domestic abuse have been living in fear of gun violence for far too long.  This new law will protect women, children, men and the law enforcement community during dangerous domestic disputes.  It will save lives.


The Killion Report

Killion Report - Department of Aging

I recently interviewed Secretary Teresa Osborne of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.  We discussed the great services offered by the Department of Aging and important issues, such as addressing elder abuse.


On October 1st, I spoke at the Capitol in remembrance of the 117 people who lost their lives last year to domestic violence in our state.  This somber event was organized by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Senate Resolution on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10/1/18 – Resolution on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Over 12 million women and men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner every year in the United States.  I offered a Resolution that designates October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  This passed in the Senate unanimously.  Thank you to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many others for working to end domestic abuse.


Governor Signs Killion Social Worker Bill

I was pleased to join Governor Tom Wolf on October 2nd for the ceremonial signing of my bill that provides much-needed changes to the licensure requirements and scope of practice guidelines for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors.

This new law creates better treatment options for individuals who need the services of a professional, clarifies who may provide these services and defines who may call themselves a licensed professional.  It will also improve consumer protections for those treated by social workers. 

We were joined at the bill signing by the PA Society for Clinical Social Work, National Association of Social Workers of PA, PA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and PA Counseling Association.  My legislation, Senate Bill 530, is officially Act 76 of 2018.


Members of the Pennsylvania Providers Coalition Association joined me in the Senate chamber earlier this month.  This organization works to provide long term care services to adults with disabilities and seniors in Pennsylvania.


Representatives of Pennsylvania’s elevator industry recently visited the Capitol to discuss elevator safety issues with legislators. Sadly, a Luzerne County corrections officer and an inmate died two years ago after falling in an elevator shaft during a struggle, prompting safety reforms in the state.


Another Successful Senior Expo!

The October 4th Senior Expo I hosted with State Representative Chris Quinn was a tremendously successful event.  We had 75 exhibitors at the expo and well over 500 people in attendance.

It was wonderful to see so many residents at this year’s expo.  Many people commented on the quality of the exhibitors as well as the great entertainment and activities at the event.  Government agencies, nonprofit organizations and companies once again provided valuable information to older adults in the region.

We hope to see many residents join us again next year for this great event!



Assistance for Veterans Available

 

My partnership with the Pennsylvania American Legion to assist veterans at my Brookhaven office, located at 4110 Edgmont Avenue is continuing this month.  A representative from this organization will be at my office on Wednesday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

I would like to encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment for these assistance hours.  Appointments can be made by contacting the office at (610) 447 – 3163.  This service will be offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.

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How I Can Help

My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.

  • Free notary service
  • Pennsylvania birth certificates
  • SEPTA Key Senior Photo IDs
  • PennDOT assistance with driver’s licenses and forms
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education
  • Assistance with preparation of Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones
  • Assistance with PA insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP
  • Fishing and hunting information
  • Pennsylvania personal income tax forms
  • Pennsylvania road maps
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups
  • Unemployment compensation issues
  • Assistance with state agency related issues

How to Contact Me

Please visit my website at www.SenatorKillion.com.

I have staffed two offices in the district to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries. Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Locations are noted below.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with an issue relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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