Landmark Election Reform Legislation Passes Senate
This week the Senate passed landmark legislation that will fundamentally change how Pennsylvanians are able to vote.
I proudly co-sponsored and voted in favor of this legislation, Senate Bill 421. This major election reform measure will:
In addition to these reforms, Senate Bill 421 contains several other changes affecting our elections. The legislation also creates a permanent absentee ballot status for the disabled by eliminating a requirement to resubmit a statement to election officials every four years. In addition, Senate Bill 421 eliminates an onerous requirement for notaries to be used for candidate nomination petitions, making the ballot access process easier for candidates.
While I am pleased this legislation was passed by the General Assembly and sent to Governor Wolf for his signature, more must be done to reform Pennsylvania’s election system.
With this in mind, I am co-sponsoring Senate Bill 300, legislation that would allow the state’s nearly 800,000 unaffiliated voters to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries every spring. We must end the practice of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania voters who are not permitted to vote in the state’s annual Primary, especially when considering these individuals are taxpayers who are also helping to pay for these elections.
You will find a Daily Times editorial about this week’s historic election reform vote HERE.
Session Week In-Review
My Senate colleagues and I passed legislation this week protecting health care practitioners from on-the-job assault, my bill allowing Pennsylvanians to transfer digital music, books, photos and similar assets at death in the same way they can bequeath tangible property, and landmark legislation bringing PA’s elections into the 21st century. Check out my Session Week In-Review message for the details!
Heather Mitts voices her support of Victoria’s Law
It was an honor to welcome three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts to the Capitol. The retired soccer star and Delaware County resident made the trip to voice her support for Victoria’s Law. This legislation which I’ve sponsored will move the retail pet market towards more humane sources such as rescues and shelters and help end the cruelty of puppy mills.
My Digital Assets Protection Bill Passes Unanimously
This week the Senate unanimously passed my legislation on digital assets, Senate Bill 320. This bill allows Pennsylvanians to transfer their digital property when they die. This property includes items stored on cloud-based computer servers, including personal photos, music, e-books and documents. The legislation now heads to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for consideration.
More information about my Senate Bill 320 can be found HERE.
Assistance for Veterans
I partner with the Pennsylvania American Legion every month to assist local veterans at my Brookhaven office. A representative from this organization will be helping veterans with issues on:
Date: Wednesday, November 27th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Senator Killion’s Brookhaven Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA
I encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment during these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting my office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
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