09 June 2011

PA Senate Bill 361 Given First Consideration

Since 2007 genealogists have come together under the organizational head of PaHR-Access for the purpose of making Pennsylvania Vital Records open for genealogical research.

Last session the bill made it unanimously past the PA Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee for the first time (September 2010) before the 2 year legislative session ended.

Half way through the first year of this new session our bill has reached that same point.
For this I am thankful!

June 8: PA Senate Bill 361's First Consideration on the floor of the state senate.

To understand the process the bill will be going through please read [PDF] Law Making in Pennsylvania.

June 14: Referred to the PA State Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate staff sources suggest this bill will remain there into the Fall season.

If you would like to help this bill move through the legislative process please contact the Senate Appropriations Committee Chair and members.

There is a chance the bill will move sooner with enough expressed interest.