HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Richard Alloway and state Rep. Rob Kauffman have started the 2011 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly by reintroducing their favored legislation that didn't pass in previous years.
Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, introduced a bill that would expand the Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania to protect gun owners who act in self-defense. According to a news release, Senate Bill 273 would remove the "duty to retreat" clause when an individual is threatened by an attacker in any place that an individual has a right to be, including the individual's home or vehicle.
"The bill would provide important protections against criminal prosecution or civil litigation for those who act to defend themselves," Alloway said in the news release.
Alloway said the legislature expanded the Castle Doctrine last year, but then-Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed the bill. He said he is hopeful Gov. Tom Corbett will show his support for the proposal.
Under Alloway's bill, an individual would need to demonstrate a reasonable belief that he or she was in imminent danger in order to use lethal force, the news release stated.
Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, reintroduced legislation that would prohibit members of the General Assembly from serving on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board during their time in office and for one year following the end of their term.
"The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established to tightly regulate the gaming industry in the Commonwealth. ... It was not meant to be a place for former legislators to live large in retirement and further pad their state pensions," Kauffman said in a news release.
The seven-member Gaming Control Board has three members appointed by the governor and the remaining four each appointed by the speaker of the House, the minority leader of the House, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the minority leader of the Senate.
Kauffman's legislation, House Bill 198, would add a subsection to the law that reads in part, "No member of the Senate or House of Representatives shall be eligible for appointment as a member of the board during the term of office for which the person was elected and for a period of 12 months thereafter."
House Bill 198 was referred to the House Gaming Oversight Committee for consideration.