Gov. Wolf Signs Domestic Violence Bill, Other Legislation

June 05, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 275 today, which allows previous convictions of strangulation to be considered in sentencings for subsequent cases and in child custody proceedings. A 2016 law made strangulation a criminal offense and this legislation integrates it with other offenses under state law.

“Domestic violence is a horrific crime and we must do everything we can to hold abusers accountable,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This new law is an appropriate step to protect victims and their children as they address the trauma caused by these experiences.”

The law takes effect August 4, 2020.

Other bills signed by the governor today include the following:

House Bill 102, which amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses, further providing for eligibility for license.

House Bill 1036, which amends Title 8 (Boroughs and Incorporated Towns) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in creation and alteration, further providing for definitions and for judicial adjustment; in elections of officers, further providing for decrease in number of members of council; and, in manufacture and supply of electricity, further providing for specific powers.

House Bill 1048, which amends the act of April 12, 1951 (P.L.90, No.21), known as the Liquor Code, in licenses and regulations for liquor, alcohol and malt and brewed beverages, further providing for issuance, transfer or extension of hotel, restaurant and club liquor licenses, for sale of malt or brewed beverages by liquor licensees, for wine expanded permits, for malt and brewed beverages manufacturers’, distributors’ and importing distributors’ licenses, for malt and brewed beverages retail licenses, for retail dispensers’ restrictions on purchases and sales and for renewal of licenses and temporary provisions for licensees in armed service.

House Bill 1210, which amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949.

House Bill 1907, designating the bridge carrying State Route 1025 over U.S. Route 11/15 in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, as the Senator Hal Mowery Memorial Bridge.

Senate Bill 863, which amends Title 48 (Lodging and Housing) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hotels, further providing for definitions, for hotelkeepers, for notice to boarders to lock rooms, for lien, warrant, sale and right of redemption, for liability for property loss or damage, for special arrangements for safe deposit of valuables, for duty of guest, for other liability, for exemption from levy or sale, for baggage, for baggage sale requirements, for sale proceeds, providing for abandoned property and further providing for tourist camp heater safety.

Senate Bill 1030, which amends the act of January 24, 1966 (1965 P.L.1535, No.537), known as the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, further providing for official plans. Read the governor’s signing statement for SB 1030 here.

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