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Quick hits: Pennsylvania news in brief for Wednesday, Oct. 30


Bill would prohibit local candidates from seeking nominations from multiple parties

State Reps. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette, and Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh, are filing a bill that would prohibit candidates for local school boards, district judges and Common pleas courts from seeking nominations for multiple political parties.

“The positions were originally intended to be nonpartisan, but with the advent of money in politics and a hyperpartisan political system, these positions have turned partisan,” Dowling said. “Also, it can be confusing for voters when a candidate is nominated for more than one party, leaving them uncertain about which one truly aligns with their philosophical beliefs.”

Removing the option to cross file will “allow greater transparency for the electorate,” Simmons said.

The House State Government Committee is expected to consider the bill.

Williams introduces bill requiring municipalities to approve supervised injection sites

Municipalities will be required to hold three public hearings before supervised injection sites could be approved under a bill proposed by state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia.

Williams has opposed plans by the nonprofit Safehouse to put a facility in Philadelphia. The injection site, which would be the first in the country, would allow drug users to inject substances under medical supervision.

Williams previously supported a bill banning supervised injection sites. His latest proposed legislation would not only require municipal approval but will make it a felony for sites that don’t operate with city approval and with a medical professional on site. The sites would be allowed to provide drug paraphernalia if approved.

Senate passes bill that will pass digital assets on to beneficiaries after a person dies

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that treats digital assets such as online books and movies the same as a person’s physical assets in a person’s estate.

Senate Bill 320 sponsored by state Sen. Tom Killion, R-Middletown, eliminates barriers for beneficiaries who want to access a person’s digital assets once they die.

The bill is supported by the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for approval.

Senate to consider bill protecting student sexual assault victims

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would require a student convicted of assaulting another student to be removed from school as well.

Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, sponsored the bill after a student in one of his districts was assaulted. After the perpetrator served his sentence, he returned to the same school as his victim.

“No victim should have to go to school every day with the looming possibility of being forced to see and interact with the person who hurt them,” Martin said. “Young sexual assault survivors deserve nothing less than our unconditional support, love and understanding in the aftermath of their assault, and I am thankful we are one step closer to giving them the additional protection they deserve.”