Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Five Bills

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee approved five bills, according to committee chairman, State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, Montgomery, Bucks).  

SB 499 (Senator Gordner) – Legislation permitting the Board of Prison Inspectors in counties of the 8th class to meet quarterly instead of monthly.

SB 844 (Senator White) – The legislation expands legal standing for individuals seeking to gain custody of children where both biological parents are absent, whether due to death or for other reasons. This proposal is especially relevant for individuals / relatives that are increasingly assuming the role of primary caregivers due to the opioid and heroin epidemic in the Commonwealth.

HB 203 (Rep. Longietti) – This bill would increase from $5,000 to $10,000 the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for the decedent’s final paycheck.

HB 352 (Rep. Schlegel-Culver) – Under this legislation, an individual could obtain a clear title to a property under adverse possession in 10 years instead of the 21 years required by current law. The property must be less than one-half acre in size and contain a single-family home. 

HB 1139 (Rep. Topper) – Legislation amending Pennsylvania’s Newborn Protection Act to provide for an expanded list of caregivers to whom a parent may surrender a newborn, and a program to install incubators so that newborns who are surrendered may be kept safely in a controlled environment.

The bills may now be considered by the full Senate.