Roll Call: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Votes involving lawmakers from northeastern Pennsylvania in the state House and Senate this past week:
SMALL-GAMES EXEMPTION: Senate Bill 444 would exempt licensed clubs with annual proceeds of less than $2,500 from small games of chance from complying with annual reporting and background check requirements under a recent state law. The Senate approved the measure 46-3 and sent it to the House for concurrence. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Sens. David Argall, R-29, Tamaqua; Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp.; John Blake, D-22, Archbald; Lisa Boscola, D-18, Bethlehem Twp.; Pat Browne, R-16, Allentown; John Gordner, R-27, Berwick; Gene Yaw, R-23, Williamsport and John Yudichak, D-14, Nanticoke.
GANG RECRUITMENT: House Bill 1121 would crack down on criminal gang activity by creating a new criminal offense of recruiting gang members. The Senate approved the measure 45-3 and sent it back to the House for concurrence. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Sens. Argall, Baker, Blake, Boscola, Browne, Gordner, Yaw, Yudichak.
PET EUTHANASIA: House Bill would set standards for the euthanasia of dogs, cats and other pets by banning the use of carbon monoxide and requiring shelters to use only drugs approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The House approved the measure 189-6 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Reps. Matt Baker, R-68, Wellsboro; Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake; Rosemary Brown, R-189, Middle Smithfield Twp.; Mike Carroll, D-118, Hughestown; Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, Rockefeller Twp.; Neal Goodman, D-123, Mahanoy City; Doyle Heffley, D-122, Lower Towamensing Twp.; Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor; Jerry Knowles, R-124, Tamaqua; Sandra Major, R-111, Montrose; Kurt Masser, D-107, Ralpho Twp.; Gerald Mullery, D-119, Newport Twp.; Phyllis Mundy, D-120, Kingston; Kevin Murphy, D-113, Scranton; Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre; Mike Peifer, R-139, Honesdale; Tina Pickett, R-110, Towanda; Mario Scavello, R-176, Mount Pocono Ken Smith, D-112, Dunmore; Ed Staback, D-115, Olyphant; Mike Tobash, R-125, Pottsville; Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp.
VETERANS STATUS: House Bill 2428 would provide for a special designation for military veterans on state driver's licenses and ID cards. The House approved the measure 196-0 and sent it to the Senate. A yes vote supported the bill.
Voting yes: Reps. Baker, Boback, Brown, Carroll, Culver, Goodman, Heffley, Kavulich, Knowles, Major, Masser, Mullery, Mundy, Murphy, Pashinski, Peifer, Pickett, Scavello, Smith, Staback, Tobash, Toohil.
Compiled by The Times-Shamrock Harrisburg Bureau.