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CCK Priority Legislation03 Feb

This page features information about legislation which is a priority for the Catholic Conference. . With a staff of three, one of whom, is dedicated to education issues, we cannot work on every piece of legislation before the General Assembly. In their December meeting, the bishops decided on priorities and this page reflects that decision. It will be updated throughout the session. Readers who want to stay current should visit this page frequently. You can click on the links to a bill to see its summary, its text, and actions taken by the members of the General Assembly on each bill.

Click here to read all the posts associated with this year’s session of the General assembly.

Click on link to download a pdf of the Powerpoint used during Catholics@theCapitol: C@C 2014 Final. And here to reflect on the excellent homily of Bishop Ronald Gainer, newly appointed to the diocese of Harrisburg PA. The Catholic Conference deeply appreciates his attendance and participation in Catholics@theCapitol for the past 11 years.

Or you can view the program here.

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill 3: SUPPORT – Commonly known as the “informed consent” bill, this legislation requires that an abortion provider or someone delegated by the provider must have a face-to-face meeting with the woman considering an abortion. For more background information click on this link or search our site for articles posted in past legislative sessions.

Senate Bill 8: SUPPORT – Commonly referred to as the “ultrasound” bill, this legislation requires the doctor to perform an ultrasound with the patient seeking an abortion. The patient is given a choice to view or not view the results.

Senate Bill 77 – repeals the death penalty and establishes life without benefit of parole or pardon as the most severe penalty when convicted of a capital murder. One important resource mailed to all members of the General Assembly was a booklet of stories of murder victim family members who oppose the use of the death penalty. You can read and download a copy of No need to kill: Reflections of murder victims’ family members”  here.

HOUSE BILLS

House Bill 330 – repeals the death penalty and establishes life without benefit of parole or pardon as the most severe penalty when convicted of a capital murder. One important resource mailed to all members of the General Assembly was a booklet of stories of murder victim family members who oppose the use of the death penalty. You can read and download a copy of No need to kill: Reflections of murder victims’ family members”  here.

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