PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 1657
PRINTER'S NO. 1698
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1128
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY BAKER, FARNESE, KILLION, K. WARD, J. WARD, REGAN,
MENSCH, STEFANO, ARNOLD, SCAVELLO AND IOVINO, APRIL 23, 2020
AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, MAY 12, 2020
AN ACT
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in licensing of drivers, providing for declaration
of judicial emergencies.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 1533.1. Declaration of judicial emergencies.
(a) Judicial emergencies.--Notwithstanding any other
provision of this chapter, upon the IN THE EVENT OF A
declaration of a judicial emergency under Article V of the
Constitution of Pennsylvania, a law of this Commonwealth, a rule
of court or other judicial order by the Supreme Court or any
agency or unit of the unified judicial system exercising a power
or performing a duty under 42 Pa.C.S. § 1721 (relating to
delegation of powers), the department shall not suspend the
operating privilege of a person under section 1533 (relating to
suspension of operating privilege for failure to respond to
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citation) or withhold the renewal of the driver's license of a
person under section 1503(a) (relating to persons ineligible for
licensing; license issuance to minors; junior driver's license),
if the time period for taking the action or making the payment
required under section 1533(a) or (b) expires during the
declared judicial emergency PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE
EARLIEST TO OCCUR OF THE ADDITIONAL 30-DAY PERIODS SPECIFIED
UNDER SUBSECTION (B)(1)(I), (II) OR (III) .
(b) Additional compliance period.-- Upon the expiration of a
declared judicial emergency under subsection (a), a person shall
have an additional 30 days to take the action or make the
payment required under section 1533(a) or (b). If a person takes
the action or makes the payment required under section 1533(a)
or (b) within the additional 30-day time period specified under
this subsection, the person shall be deemed in compliance with
section 1533(a) or (b).
(c) Applicability.--
(1) This section shall apply to any judicial district
for which a judicial emergency is declared. If a Statewide
judicial emergency is declared, this section shall apply to
all judicial districts.
(2) This section shall be retroactive to March 18, 2020.
(1) A PERSON SHALL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 DAYS TO TAKE
THE ACTION OR MAKE THE PAYMENT REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 1533(A)
OR (B) AFTER ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST:
(I) THE EXPIRATION OF THE DECLARED JUDICIAL
EMERGENCY UNDER SUBSECTION (A).
(II) THE JUDICIAL DISTRICT ESTABLISHES A METHOD BY
WHICH THE ACTION OR PAYMENT MAY BE COMMENCED BY RULE OF
COURT OR OTHER JUDICIAL ORDER DURING THE DECLARED
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JUDICIAL EMERGENCY.
(III) THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY
IF THE JUDICIAL DISTRICT HAS ESTABLISHED A METHOD BY
WHICH THE ACTION OR PAYMENT MAY BE COMMENCED BY RULE OF
COURT OR OTHER JUDICIAL ORDER PRIOR TO SUCH EFFECTIVE
DATE.
(2) IF A PERSON TAKES THE ACTION OR MAKES THE PAYMENT
REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 1533(A) OR (B) WITHIN THE ADDITIONAL
30-DAY PERIODS SPECIFIED UNDER PARAGRAPH (1)(I), (II) OR
(III), THE PERSON SHALL BE DEEMED IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION
1533(A) OR (B).
(C) APPLICABILITY.--
(1) THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ANY JUDICIAL DISTRICT
FOR WHICH A JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IS DECLARED. IF A STATEWIDE
JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IS DECLARED, THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO
ALL JUDICIAL DISTRICTS.
(2) THIS SECTION SHALL BE RETROACTIVE TO MARCH 18, 2020.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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