My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Legislation Introduced to Allow Law Enforcement to Temporarily Seize Guns from Those Who Are a Danger to Themselves and Others - 5/22/2018
Legislation to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Pennsylvania that would allow law enforcement and family members to request a court temporarily seize the guns of someone who is a danger to themselves or others was unveiled this week in Harrisburg. House Bill 2227, sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), was introduced in reaction to recent mass shooting incidents where perpetrators were allowed to purchase or have access to firearms despite exhibiting signs of emotional or mental health problems. The bill has support from gun reform advocacy groups and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Rep. Stephens offered the following comments at the press conference.
Rep. Stephens Discusses Legislation He Plans to Introduce to Deal with Philadelphia City Council Proposals to Eliminate the Use of Bulletproof Glass in Convenience Stores on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show - 12/15/2017
Rep. Todd Stephens discussed legislation he is working on in reaction to recent proposals by Philadelphia City Council members to eliminate the use of bulletproof glass in convenience stores located in high crime areas on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show on Friday December 15.
Rep. Stephens Discusses Philadelphia City Council Proposals to Eliminate the Use of Bulletproof Glass in Convenience Stores on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show - 12/6/2017
Rep. Todd Stephens discussed recent proposals by Philadelphia City Council members to eliminate the use of bulletproof glass in convenience stores located in high crime areas on WPHT Radio's Dom Giordano Show on Wednesday December 6.
Stephens' Animal Protection Bill Signed into Law - 6/29/2017
Legislation that updates Pennsylvania’s animal abuse statutes has been signed into law. House Bill 1238, now Act 10 of 2017, known as Libre’s Law, has been hailed as the most comprehensive animal protection bill in the history of the Commonwealth, addressing issues of neglect and abuse, as well as clearly defining the scope of authority and providing limited immunity for humane society officers.
Stephens Comments on First Wine Sales at Montgomeryville Wegmans - 10/28/2016
Legislation recently took effect to begin dismantling the Commonwealth’s monopoly on wine and spirit sales within the state. Due to the new law, wine is now being sold in Pennsylvania grocery stores for the first time since prohibition. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined Wegmans officials on Friday for the grand opening of wine sales at its Montgomeryville store. Stephens said the move toward privatization will only bring better options for consumers in PA.
Rep. Stephenson Comments on Introduction of a Package of Bills Aimed at Dealing with Opioid Addiction - 11/17/2015
A package of legislation aimed at dealing with a broad range of problems brought about by the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications in Pennsylvania was recently introduced in Harrisburg. The six bills are the result of a comprehensive review by a legislative task force of the widespread use of opioid drugs and what actions are presently being taken by state agencies, law enforcement, healthcare organizations and addiction service providers. At a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said he is pleased to see this package of bills introduced because opioid addiction is a driving force behind a wide number of crimes in the state of Pennsylvania.
Rep. Stephens Comments on New Law to Prosecute Animal Fighting Perpetrators - 9/23/2015
Law enforcement officials will have a new tool to combat perpetrators of animal fighting, thanks to a recently enacted law in Pennsylvania. Act 24 of 2015 creates the offense of “possession of animal fighting paraphernalia,” with punishment of up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine. Prime sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), said police will no longer have to catch an animal fight in progress to prosecute those who abuse animals for profit.
Rep. Stephens Comments on Budget Delay, Governor's Obsession With Increased Taxes - 7/20/2015
House members from the Delaware and Montgomery County Republican delegation voiced their criticism of tactics used by Gov. Tom Wolf in the current budget standoff during a news conference held Monday at the Montgomery County Court House. In early July the governor acted to veto a balanced spending plan for 2015-16 that would have increased school funding without need for any tax increase, and subsequently vetoed landmark pension reform and liquor privatization legislation. Republican House members characterized the governor’s actions as counterproductive and condemned the tactic of using a Washington DC headquartered lobbying group to wage a negative campaign against Republican House members who voted to hold the line on tax increases.
Stephens Supports Judiciary Committee Move to Condemn Governor Wolf’s Failure to Implement PA Death Penalty - 6/9/2015
Less than a week after Pennsylvania’s governor failed for the second time since taking office to carry out a lawfully imposed death sentence, the House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a resolution condemning his actions. House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said the governor’s unilateral action to bypass the court ordered death sentences for convicted murderers fails to provide true justice for the crime victims and their families.
Stephens’ Bill to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence Signed into Law - 11/18/2014
Legislation to ensure crime victims are not being targeted by unfair local regulations when calling for emergency assistance was signed into law this week by the governor. Act 200 is aimed at changing local government ordinances used across the state that deal with nuisance rental properties by penalizing the residents or landlords when police or emergency units are repeatedly dispatched to a specific address. Bill sponsor Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said his legislation was based on the experience of a local domestic crime victim who found herself facing eviction from her home simply for calling the police for help.