The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, which I chair, held a public hearing on Wednesday to hear testimony on House Bill 1638, which would allow photo and video appraisals for auto insurance claims. The Committee heard from insurance company officials, appraisers and auto body shop representatives.
Click here for video from the hearing.
The Special Committee on Senate Address issued its recommendations Wednesday to the full Senate on whether the chamber should proceed to vote on the removal of Attorney General Kathleen Kane due to the suspension of her law license.
The Committee recommended:
· That the Senate not proceed with a removal vote until the Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes a determination it will not consider the Attorney General’s current Application for Extraordinary relief for restoration of her law license.
· That if the Supreme Court decides to consider the Attorney General’s Application, the Senate not proceed with a removal vote unless the Court rules against the Application.
· That the Senate should not proceed with a removal vote if the Court rules in favor of the Attorney General’s Application.
· That after fulfilling the due notice and full hearing requirements of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the Committee recommends the Senate vote on removal provided the conditions of the first two recommendations are met.
The Special Committee on Senate Address was charged with determining whether Kathleen Kane can fulfill the legal duties of the office with an indefinitely suspended law license. A complete history of the Committee’s work, including all votes, reports, testimony and hearing videos may be found at www.senateaddress.pasen.gov
Two bills to remove outdated provisions from state law received final legislative approval this week and were sent to the Governor for his signature and enactment.
Senate Bill 494 repeals a requirement that the General Assembly be furnished with a printed copy of an annual report required under the Flood Insurance Education and Information Act of 1996. The written report is not needed since that information and other flood-related insurance data are available online at the Department of Insurance website.
House Bill 1201 repeals Act 131 of 1943, which authorized the state or municipalities to adopt and take over public roads and highways constructed by the federal government in the exercise of war power. That law is archaic because the federal government no longer builds World War II roads.
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