Legislative Overtime: What passed and what was snubbed by lawmakers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The legislative session is wrapping up and pension reform is no closer to reality.

House members spent a frantic morning shuffling bills around, but pension reform did not come up for a vote in either the House or the Senate.

The Senate is adjourned until mid-November, but they do have two days that they could use to look at House legislation that has been tweaked, amended or re-written and passed back to them.

That includes a bill on gaming. It addresses some court-ordered casino issues and regulates online gaming and fantasy sports. We’re told it likely won’t pass before the final day of the on Nov. 30.

Also still up in the air is a package of animal abuse laws. It makes torture of animals a felony and includes Libre’s Law, named after the abused Boston terrier turned celebrity.

Supporters say the legislation was held up because the bill was slightly altered and needs a 24-hour window before it can be voted on. It’s possible it could come up for a vote on Nov. 14. If not, like the other abandoned bills, it will be scratched. To re-enter the legislative world in January, it will have to start from scratch.

Two bills that are on their way to the governor’s desk include one dealing with six-packs and one dealing with police. The beer bill allows distributors to sell beer in six-packs and other quantities. Gov. Tom Wolf says he will sign it.

The governor has not said if he will support a bill passed by the House and Senate that would make it illegal for public officials to identify a police officer involved in firing a weapon or using force that kills or severely injures someone for 30 days.

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