cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center


The list below contains the Tenth Amendment related legislation which we are currently tracking in the Pennsylvania legislature. Changes from our last update include:

  • SB3 was dropped from tracking as it claims its authority under the PPACA, not the Tenth Amendment.
  • HB1653 changed committees on June 23, 2011
  • HB42 is the subject of a petition currently circulating among grassroots groups in the state.  Use our contact page to reach us if you would like to receive a copy for yourself or your group to sign and submit.


Detailed Legislation Status

Asserting Pennsylvania’s State Prerogatives under the Tenth Amendment

Health Care Freedom – Asserting Tenth Amendment Authority over Health Care in Pennsylvania

Protecting Pennsylvanians from Unconstitutional TSA Intrusions

  • HR16 – A Resolution memorializing Congress to address concerns raised by security screening methods employed by the Transportation Security Administration. – Representative TALLMAN – Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Jan 20, 2011.
  • HB852 – An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for indecent assault during the course of body search. – Representative TALLMAN – Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Feb 28, 2011.

Protecting Pennsylvanians’ privacy from Unconstitutional National ID requirements

Protecting Pennsylvanians’ right to bear arms from Commerce Clause scope creep

  • HB752 – An Act prohibiting certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to Federal law or Federal regulation. – Representative GABLER – Referred to JUDICIARY, Feb 17, 2011.

* How a Bill Becomes a Law in Pennsylvania, describes the process a bill goes through to become a law in Pennsylvania. In short, every bill must be voted out of committee, and undergo three considerations in both the PA House and Senate before going to the Governor to be signed into law. If either house amends the bill so that the versions passed by the House and Senate differ, the differences must be resolved by a “conference committee” and reapproved by votes in both houses.

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