By Tom Beveridge. Apparently, Philadelphia City Council decided that the Commonwealth is moving too slow on the issue of decriminalization of marijuana. City Council recently approved a bill - by 13 to 3 vote (split directly between Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed) - which was introduced by Councilman Jim Kenney earlier this year. … Continue reading Philadelphia City Council Moves to Decriminalize Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana !!!
By Tom Beveridge ..... The Pa Supreme Court has ruled that cops DO NOT need a warrant to search your vehicle during a traffic stop if they have "reasonable" probable cause!!!! What does this mean????? In the case of Commonwealth v. Gery, decided on April 29, 2014, Philly police pulled over a SUV because they … Continue reading Pulled Over??? PAY ATTENTION !!! Pennsylvania Police DO NOT Need a Warrant to Search Your Vehicle !!!!
By Tom Beveridge. Recently, I found that nothing raises the hackles of Pennsylvanians like the discussion about the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth - be it for personal use or medical purposes. Over the past two years, legislators in both the House and Senate introduced bills in support of each of these options. However, … Continue reading Pennsylvania’s Marijuana Legislation – How Many Bills Are Now Up in Smoke?
By Tom Beveridge. Pennsylvania predator hunters may soon be able to use semiautomatic rifles to hunt fox, coyotes and woodchucks. On May 1, 2014, House Bill 2230 was introduced by Representative Gregory Lucas (R-Crawford and Erie Counties) and referred to the Committee on Game and Fisheries. The Bill - co-sponsored by sixteen other Representatives … Continue reading FINALLY !!! Pennsylvania Considers Permitting the Use of Semiautomatic Rifles to Hunt Predators!
By Tom Beveridge. Last year, I reviewed and outlined House Bill 1249 which seeks to regulate the tattoo and piercing industry in Pennsylvania. See, https://blog.princelaw.com/2013/07/31/pennsylvania-legislature-seeking-to-regulate-the-tattoo-and-piercing-industry/ . On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Bill passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 181-16. The Bill will now move on to the Senate for consideration.This Bill, … Continue reading UPDATE !! Body Art Establishment Regulation Act Passes the PA House of Representatives !
By Tom Beveridge Jack Coble of Perry County believes in his constitutional rights. In fact, he spent thousands of dollars to fight a citation he received from a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer - and he won! On November 7, 2012, a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Steven Shaffer entered Mr. Coble's farm to investigate a tip … Continue reading The Constitutional Right Against Self Incrimination Applies Even to the PA Game Commission
By Tom Beveridge. On February 26, 2014, Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, testified before Congress regarding the Social Security Administration’s efforts to investigate and stop disability fraud. Commissioner Colvin indicated that fraud rate in the Administration’s disability programs is actually less than 1 percent; however, no amount of fraud is tolerable. … Continue reading Social Security Fraud
By Tom Beveridge. Over the Holidays, I had the opportunity to run a trapline in Northwestern Pennsylvania with some good friends of mine. We connected with some beavers and a gray fox, as well as two mature coyotes. Several people encouraged us to contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission to collect our "bounty" on these two … Continue reading PA’s Coyote Control Incentive Program Legislation
By Tom Beveridge. On November 27, 2013, Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 763 into law which amends Section 2324 of Title 34 (commonly referred to as the Game and Wildlife Code) effectively eliminating the mandatory requirement of maintaining a "roster" of the individuals who are hunting deer, bear, elk or turkey "together or in unison … Continue reading Big Game Hunting Rosters Requirement for PA Hunters – Gone Like Our Paper Licenses? Maybe….
By Tom Beveridge -- In follow up to my last blog, I am pleased to advise that Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 648 into law on November 1, 2013. This law, which amends Title 34, Section 924 of the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code to protect landowners who grant permission to individuals who are … Continue reading UPDATE !!! Governor Corbett Signs SB 648 Into Law – Landowners Protected At Last !!