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PRINTER'S NO. 1613
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1194
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY BAKER, PENNYCUICK, VOGEL, SANTARSIERO, SCHWANK,
J. WARD AND ROBINSON, MAY 17, 2024
REFERRED TO GAME AND FISHERIES, MAY 17, 2024
AN ACT
Amending Titles 30 (Fish) and 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in enforcement, further providing for
powers and duties of waterways conservation officers and
deputies; and, in enforcement, further providing for powers
and duties of enforcement officers.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 901(c) of Title 30 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 901. Powers and duties of waterways conservation officers and
deputies.
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(c) Exception to the prohibition of interception and
disclosure of communications.--A waterways conservation officer
whose duty it is to enforce this title and who has received
training on the use of body cameras in a course approved by the
Pennsylvania State Police shall be defined as a law enforcement
officer for the purpose of 18 Pa.C.S. § 5704(16)(iii) (relating
to exceptions to prohibition of interception and disclosure of
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communications). Such waterways conservation officers may wear
body cameras in the performance of their official duties. [This
subsection shall not apply to a deputy waterways conservation
officer.]
Section 2. Section 901(b.1) of Title 34 is amended to read:
§ 901. Powers and duties of enforcement officers.
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(b.1) Exception to the prohibition of interception and
disclosure of communications.--An officer whose duty it is to
enforce this title and who has received training on the use of
an electronic, mechanical or other device which has been
approved under 18 Pa.C.S. § 5706(b)(4) (relating to exceptions
to prohibitions in possession, sale, distribution, manufacture
or advertisement of electronic, mechanical or other devices) in
a course approved by the Pennsylvania State Police shall be an
investigative or law enforcement officer as defined under 18
Pa.C.S. § 5702 (relating to definitions). Such officers may wear
an electronic, mechanical or other device in the performance of
their official duties. [This subsection shall not apply to a
deputy Game Commission officer or deputy wildlife conservation
officer.]
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Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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