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1) Our Pennsylvania interest rate cap on abusive payday loans is in jeopardy again. We understand HR 3299 is coming to the US House floor next week. Please call Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (202-225-4276 or 215-579-8102) to urge him to vote AGAINST this bill, which would allow payday lenders to find banks willing to help them get around our state interest rate cap. We do NOT want predatory lenders to take away Pennsylvania’s ability to protect our residents from a dangerous product that traps people in a cycle of debt.
PA STATE FOCUS THIS MONTH:
1) SB501 Domestic Violence Abuser Gun Relinquishment Bill – Two mass shootings in Texans and California have taking place in November by individuals who are known domestic abusers and our Harrisburg Senators still cannot pass SB 501. This bill closes dangerous loopholes by requiring those under a Protection from Abuse Order to surrender guns to a sheriff or judge. Currently, firearms can be surrendered to a third party, which could be a friend or family member. The person with the PFA must surrender the gun within 24 hours (although there is a discussion to add an amendment of 48 hours.) Currently, the firearms may be surrendered within 60 days.
Call your state Senator and urge him to pressure the leadership to move SB 501 out of the PA Judiciary Committee. Call Senator Greenleaf, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and request that he at least hold public hearings. Thank Senators McIlhinney and Tomlinson for sponsoring this bill. Call your representative and ask him or her to submit a similar bill in the PA House.
2) For years, the BCWAC has been advocating to give nurse practitioners full practice authority in PA. We believe there are enough votes to pass this legislation now. The PA Senate passed SB 25 in April by a vote of 39-to-10. The companion House bill is HB100 and sits in the Professional Licensure Committee. Bucks County Reps Marguerite Quinn (R) and Tina Davis (D) sit on this committee. The bipartisan legislation will improve health care quality, expand access, and lower costs, and help keep Pennsylvania’s Nurse Practitioners, in Pennsylvania. In our letter to the PA Representatives this week, we list multiple reasons why they should support this legislation. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Academy of Medicine, AARP Pennsylvania, the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pa. Rural Health Association, and many other organizations have endorsed reform and it is past time that our state Representative passed this bill.