May. 24, 2021

WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a meeting to vote on the following bills:

House Bill 488 (Rep. Karen Boback, R- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) would amend the offense of “endangering welfare of children” to specify a parent, guardian or other person commits an offense if they, with reckless disregard for the risk of harm to the child or for the health, safety or welfare of the child, fail to report to a law enforcement agency the disappearance of a child to whom they owe a duty of care.
House Bill 659 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R- Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) would amend the Uniform Firearms Act to provide for “constitutional carry” of a firearm. It would remove provisions requiring a person obtain a license to carry firearm (LTCF) in order to carry a firearm in a vehicle or concealed on or about his person. It would also convert the current procedure for obtaining a LTCF into an optional license.
House Bill 979 (Rep. Matt Dowling, R-Fayette/Somerset) would provide remedies and legal standing for challenges to unlawful municipal regulation of firearms and ammunition preempted by state law. The bill also would state that the General Assembly has always intended and continues to intend to occupy the entire field of regulation of firearms.
House Bill 1095 (Kauffman) would address the Superior Court decision of Commonwealth v. Haynes in which a defendant’s conviction for third-degree murder in tandem with a conviction for murder of an unborn child did not result in a life sentence, as should have been required under Section 9715. The reason the court did not apply Section 9715 was because it reasoned, as a matter of statutory interpretation, that the offense of murder of an unborn child did not technically constitute “murder.” This bill would correct the statute, making the murder of an unborn child the same as any other murder for sentencing purposes.

WHO: Kauffman and members of the House Judiciary Committee.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Room 140, Capitol Building, Harrisburg.


Media contact: Tricia Lehman, 717.772.9840,