Legislative Progress

The PASS Act was written over seven months and completed in March 2012. Ranking members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives – Education Committee were integrally involved in drafting the legislation along with students.


The Pennsylvania House of Representatives
September 14th, 2012: Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) sends co-sponsorship memo for the PASS Act to all House members.

September 21st, 2012: Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) introduces the PASS Act, House Bill 2636, into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with 13 cosponsors.

October 1st, 2012: PASS Act garners a total of 30 cosponsors.

October 10th, 2012: Students advocates, along with Tammy Simpson, testify at a House Education Committee hearing on bullying legislation in the Pennsylvania Capitol in support of the PASS Act. House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Clymer (R-145) becomes a cosponsor of the bill.

January 23rd, 2013: Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) reintroduces the PASS Act, now House Bill 156, into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with 62 cosponsors.

February 8th, 2013: The PASS Act garners 70 cosponsors for the first time.

March 18th, 2013: A PASS Act Day of Action is planned to take place on April 25th, 2013 in the State Capitol.

April 25th, 2013: Approximately 75 PASS Act supporters fill up the House Education Committee hearing on bullying and suicide. The Anti-Defamation League and Pennsylvania State Education Association provide testimony in support of the PASS Act. Rep. Dan Truitt holds a press conference with students in the Capitol Rotunda to rally for the bill.

July 30th, 2013: Rep. Mike Regan (R-92) becomes the 94th co-sponsor of the PASS Act. In total, there are now 47 Republicans and 47 Democrats on the bill.

November 12, 2014: The PASS Act does not make it out of the House Education Committee by the last day of the 2013-2014 legislative session. The bill had garnered 106 co-sponsors, which is over half of the House members.

January 26, 2015: Rep. Dan Truitt distributes a co-sponsorship memo for the PASS Act’s introduction for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

 


The Pennsylvania State Senate
Advocates are working on building support of the PASS Act in the Senate. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.