The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation that would ban vaccine passports. The measure would prohibit the state, as well as counties, municipalities, school districts and colleges that are subsidized by state taxpayers from requiring proof of vaccination, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28) and Judy Ward (R-30). Senate Bill 618 was introduced after other states moved forward with various proposals to require proof of vaccination. The proposal was amended in the Senate to prohibit the PA Department of Health Secretary from requiring face masks, travel restrictions, and closures of privately owned businesses. The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Yesterday, the PA General Assembly passed House Resolution 106 that would immediately terminate Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration. In a separate bill approved by lawmakers Thursday, existing regulatory flexibilities will be extended until September 30th.
A Perry County man has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. According to State Police, 23-year-old Joseph Fasick of Elliottsburg was taken into custody on Wednesday following a search by authorities at Frog Hollow Road in Juniata Township. A team from the State Police Central Computer Crime Unit found images and videos of child pornography in Fasick’s possession. He was placed in the Perry County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Pennsylvania Hunting and furtaker licenses for 2021-22 will go on sale Monday (June 14th), and the new license year begins July 1st. The Game Commission says general hunting licenses cost $20.97 for Pennsylvania residents, and $101.97 for nonresidents. Resident senior hunters and furtakers age 65 and older can purchase one-year licenses for $13.97, or lifetime licenses for $51.97. A complete list of licensing requirements can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.
Also, now that Pennsylvania’s spring turkey season has ended, the Game Commission is reminding hunters to report their 2021 turkey harvests.