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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 11:42 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Shared Telephone Contract Opt-Out for Victims of Domestic Violence
I intend to reintroduce legislation in the near future that would provide victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania with the ability to alter a shared telephone contract plan if the shared plan is with an individual whom the victim has a protection from abuse (PFA) order against.

Specifically, the bill allows a court to grant the transfer of an existing wireless telephone number as well as any numbers of a plaintiff's children in the event the defendant has had a PFA order filed against them by the plaintiff. This legislation is an attempt to safeguard victims from dangerous assailants, protect their health and well-being and even save their lives. I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

This legislation passed the senate unanimously during the 2017-18 Legislative Session. This is a reintroduction of SB 307 from the 2021-22 legislative session. Co-sponsors included: COSTA, FONTANA, HUGHES, SCHWANK, K. WARD, GORDNER, MENSCH, CAPPELLETTI, HAYWOOD, KANE, BARTOLOTTA, MARTIN and COMMITTA. 

Introduced as SB476