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The Pennsylvania General Assembly has posted an excellent source to find current Pennsylvania legislation beginning in their "Electronic Bill Room" However, the search does not always work as expected, or if javascripting is disabled. In that case, a second search option is provided to access bills. Also from the state site, there is a useful Explanation to facilitate reading of Legislative Bills.
    Direct links (we've already done the search) to state legislation are provided below to some of the bills referenced in our PADNET pages. These links open to a page from which you can choose to view a pdf or txt file, and can see the history of the particular bill. These links may expire without notice, please notify our webmaster if a link does not work.
    Federal legislation can be searched via the Thomas Directory. Federal bills are not as easily linked directly. Please refer to the Thomas site for the full text, status, and further information on these.
    The United States Code, the official, subject matter order, compilation of the Federal laws of a general and permanent nature that are currently in force, is available at http://www.usflag.org/us.code36.html (This link will open in a separate browser window.)


  • House Bill 592 . . ."providing for the display of the United States flag and relating ceremonies, . . . FOR MEDITATION AND PRAYER PERIODS . . ."  related article
  • House Bill 1493Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), defining Ethnic intimidation.
  • House Bill 1707 . . . "establish and direct the conduct of an appropriate ceremony at the beginning of the school day for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance or the singing of the National Anthem. "
  • Senate Bill 26  Amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, prohibiting the imposition of the death sentence in cases of mental retardation.  related article
  • Death Penalty Bills (links to listing provided by Pennsyvlania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty)