Bipartisan Crime Victims Package Passed by State Senate

(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a package of bills that seeks to increase safety and protection for crime victims in the Commonwealth, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). 

“I was pleased to support this bi-partisan Senate effort to protect victims of domestic violence by passing a comprehensive package of bills earlier today,” said Senator Gordner.  “It is my hope that the House takes up these measures quickly and gets them to the Governor’s desk.”

The package of 7 bills includes the following:

Senate Bill 313, which makes it easier for domestic violence victims to remove the name of an abuser from a shared telephone plan.

Senate Bill 449, which allows Magisterial District Judges to use a risk assessment tool when determining bail in domestic violence cases.

Senate Bill 500, which ensures that law enforcement protection is available to a victim before or while PFA orders are being served.

Senate Bill 501, which removes family third-party safe keeping as an option for a domestic violence defendant ordered by the court to relinquish firearms.

Senate Bill 502, which makes it easier for the court to extend a PFA order when an abuser is released from custody.

Senate Bill 919, which allows domestic violence victims who live in public housing to be relocated to another unit.

Senate Bill 1011, which amends the state Constitution to create a Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights.

Senate Bill 449 heads to the Governor for his signature.  The rest of the bills will now be sent to the House of Representatives for its consideration. 

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens (717) 787-8928