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10-28-16

House Bill 2025 on Governor's Desk

by Charles Umbenhauer

Harrisburg, PA - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 The House of Representatives concurred in Senate Amendments to House Bill 2025. HB 2025 was a Transportation omnibus bill which included provisions of HB 853 - Daniel's Law. The past two weeks have been a cat and mouse game to get this finished before the Legislature adjourned for the session, which will happen tonight at 11 PM. No more of the good old days when we had to hang around the capitol until 2 or 3 AM while the Legislature was in a lame duck session. Can't say that I miss those days. The bill is now on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature. The bill increases penalties against those who are texting and driving and cause serious injury or death. This bill just didn't happen, it was the work of many ABATE members starting with the Lawrence County Chapter of ABATE. We also had the support of the American Motorcyclist Association. Michelle Gallatin-Baughman and her family were the driving force behind this legislation in memory of Daniel Gallatin, her father who was hit by a texting driver that resulted in Daniel's death. Much of the credit goes to Representative Jaret Gibbon's who worked tirelessly for two years to see this to a successful conclusion. Thee will be much more about this in the December ABATE newsletter and also at the 2017 L & L Seminar.

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