THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY CRUZ, YOUNGBLOOD, MUSTIO, CALTAGIRONE, KORTZ, REICHLEY, READSHAW, SABATINA, SIPTROTH AND THOMAS, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in pupils and attendance, further
prohibiting possession of telephone pagers and certain
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1317.1 of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.
30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, added
December 22, 1989 (P.L.749, No.103), is amended to read:
Section 1317.1. Possession of [Telephone Pagers] Electronic
Devices Prohibited.--(a) The possession by students of
telephone paging devices, commonly referred to as beepers,
cellular telephones and portable electronic devices that record
or play audio or video material shall be prohibited on school
grounds, at school sponsored activities and on buses or other
vehicles provided by the school district.
(b) The prohibition against beepers and cellular telephones
contained in subsection (a) shall not apply in the following
cases, provided that the school authorities approve of the
presence of the beeper or cellular telephone in each case:
(1) A student who is a member of a volunteer fire company,
ambulance or rescue squad.
(2) A student who has a need for a beeper or cellular
telephone due to the medical condition of an immediate family
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.