The fundamental difference between police (state or municipal) and the constable (or sheriff).

(It’s not who has red & blue lights on their vehicle, or who has access to J-Net, or who can write a traffic citation)

A police officer is employed by the state or a subordinate public entity; a municipality, school district, housing authority, transportation authority, etc).

Police may be terminated as employees (under the terms of a contract or at will, but with civil service protection).

The Constable (and sheriff) is elected to a term of office.

They may only be removed from office by the terms of the Pa Constitution (Impeachment – Article VI. 4,5,6 -,or by Article VI.7 – the Governor for cause & upon address of 2/3 of the Senate, or for conviction of misbehavior in office or for conviction of an infamous crime)

44 Pa. C.S. 7172  Incompetence  - The CCP inquiring into the official conduct of a constable (1) by the surety of the constable on a complaint of intemperance or neglect of duty or (2) by any person on complaint of a reason other than intemperance or neglect of duty-

Is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

The Pa Supreme Court has held that elected officials may only be removed from office by the Pa Constitution.

(Article V.18 for removal of Judicial officers and  Article VI for removal of all other public officers)

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The bill defined LEOs as those meeting the definition of ‘peace officer’ in the Crime Code (18 Pa CS 501) – (those with arrest powers for ANY offense)

It would immensely please PAFOC if all legislation affecting constables, and LEO in general, would use the definition of ‘peace officer’.

The Pa Supreme Court   In Re: Act 147-1990  598 A.2d 985     decided November 6, 1991

“Simply stated, a constable is a peace officer. A constable is a known officer charged with the conservation of the peace, and whose business it is to arrest those who have violated it.”

footnote #3.  The constable is a police officer.

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All ‘rules’ are cited as PA Rules of Court, composed by a rules committee of attorneys and judges and then approved by the Supreme Court.

The Pa Constitution -Article V.10(c)  gives the Supreme Court the right to make its own rules as to the conduct of the courts (including officers who enforce court orders – constables, sheriffs, police – as related staff).

I use the official abbreviations (how to cite a rule):

Pa. R.Crim.P. = Pa Rules of Criminal Procedure

Pa. R.C.P.D.J. = Pa Rules of Civil Procedure for District Judges  (even though they are now called MDJs)

Pa. R.J.A. = Pa. Rules of Judicial Administration

there are other rules which may, but seldom affect constables:

Pa. R.C.P. = Pa Rules of Civil Procedure

Pa. R.A.P. = Pa Rules of Appellate Procedure

Pa. R.J.C.P. = Pa Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure
Pa. R.E. = Pa Rules of Evidence

the easiest way to find the various Rules of Court is by going to Pa Code    www.pacode.com

(which I usually access from www.legis.state.pa.us – under Statutes, that way I can quickly look up:

Consolidated Statutes (Pa. C.S.): 18 (crimes code), 42 (judicial code), 44 (law & order), 75 (vehicle code)

Rules and Regulations (Pa Code)

Unofficial Purdons (P.S.): 3 (agriculture/ Dog law), 16 (county code), 24 (education), 25 (election code),

53 (municipal codes), 65 (public officers), 71 (state gov’t)

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Yes because oddly enough, 44 Pa. C.S. 7122 – a deputy constable is REQUIRED to live in the district yet in 44 Pa. C.S. 7121 –  a constable has no such residency requirement, at least spelled out in this section or chapter.  Perhaps the legislature thought it permissible to bring in a constable ‘from outside the district to clean it up’  in a vacancy but didn’t want the ‘outside’ constable to bring in a ‘gang of deputy constable thugs from outside the district’.  Who knows.  These are very old statutes.

Conversely, the county sheriff must be a county resident but the deputy sheriff can be from anywhere in the US

(16 P.S. 1206 (2) – That he is a citizen of the United States, and eighteen years of age or older.)

Also, 18 Pa. C.S. 7504  Appointment of Special Police – A Misd 3 to appoint someone not a citizen of this Commonwealth (notice it says citizen, not merely resident) as a special deputy or policeman, to preserve the public peace and prevent or quell public disturbances. but

(b) exceptions – does not apply to policeman, constables or specials appointed by municipalities for municipal purposes.

(c) organization penalty – fine not exceeding $ 5K for any corporation, company, association

This probably originated with an attempt to reform the Coal & Iron Police (notorious brutal thugs, union busters who were a main reason Pa organized the first state police force in the country in 1905).

Welcome to the exciting and confusing world of Pa legislation / law.

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2009  Act 49    PL 494    Constable re-codification  Gov. Rendell, October 9, 2009.  (added 44 Pa. C. S. 7101 – 7178)
Act 49-2009 Section 4 (4) (ii) Except as set forth in sub-paragraph (iii), any difference in language between 44 Pa. C. S. Ch 71 (Constables) …and the statutory provisions repealed in section 4 (2) of this act is intended only to conform to the style of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and is not intended to change or affect the legislative intent, judicial construction or administration and implementation of the statutory provisions repealed in section 4 (2) of this act.
2006  Act 59    PL 277     Constable Fee Bill, Gov. Rendell, June 29, 2006.  (amended 42 Pa. C. S. 2950 (Fees))
2004  Act 233  PL 1778  Constable Fees – permits the CETB to use surplus funds from the restricted account to reimburse constable for costs associated with required continuing education.   Gov. Rendell, December 1, 2004.
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7149 (Restricted account)
1998  Act 61    PL 446    Repeal of fees to constables regarding order of relief of a pauper.   Gov. Ridge, May 15, 1998.
1994  Act 44    PL 265    Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Casey,  June 15, 1994.   (added 42 Pa. C. S. 2941 – 2950, formerly 13 P. S. 61-61.9))
1992  Act 102  PL 689    Constable Fee Bill, mandates training by PCCD, CETB  Gov. Casey,  July 9, 1992.
PA Supreme Court ruled Act 147-1990 unconstitutional  (In re Act 147 of 1990, A. 2d 985, 501 Pa. 460, 1991)
1990  Act 147  PL 574     Constable Fee Bill, mandates training by AOPC, MJEB   Gov. Casey,  November 29, 1990
1987  Act 46    PL 243     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Casey,  July 9, 1987.
1974  Act 237  PL 710     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Shapp,  October 10, 1974
1974  Act 78    PL 275     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Shapp,   May 9, 1974.
1972  Act 344  PL 1641   Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Shapp,  December 28, 1972.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – Official Opinion # 21,  March 14, 1973.
1965  Act 341  PL 714     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Scranton,  November 10, 1965.
1961  Act 632  PL 1486   Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Lawrence,  September 19, 1961.
1951  Act 179  PL 931     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Fine,  June 28, 1951.
1947  Act 331  PL 773     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Duff,  June 21, 1947.
1919  Act 145  PL 274     Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Sproul, May 23, 1919.
1917  Act 401  PL 1158   Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Brumbaugh,  July 20, 1917.

1899   Act 1    PL 3        Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Stone, February 17, 1899.
1893   Act 71  PL 117    Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Pattison, May 23, 1893.
1879   Act 54  PL 56      Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Hoyt, May 19, 1879.
1878   Act 56  PL 40      Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Hartranft, May 3, 1878.
1876   Act 126 PL 154   Constable Fee Bill  Gov. Hartranft, May 8, 1876.

1996  Act 151  PL    Dog Law   definition of ‘police officer’ – …the term includes constables and dog, game, fish and forest wardens.  (changed from ‘state constabulary’)     Gov. Ridge, Dec 11, 1996.

1980  Act 177  PL 1074  to destroy and to prevent the spread of the weed known as Canada thistles, the weed known as chicory or succory or blue daisy, the weed known as Johnson grass, or the weed known as marihuanna … Section 3.  …whenever it shall come to the knowledge of either the supervisor or constable  of the existence of any such weeds thereon, it shall be his duty to notify the owner or agents of said land in writing, giving 10 days notice, to cut or destroy the same…   Gov. Thornburgh, October 16, 1980.
current statute  3 P. S. 243   (repealed as to 3 P. S. 241 and 242  by Act 74  PL 228  April 7, 1982)

1978  Act 170  PL 883    Public Official and Employee Ethics Law, established State Ethics Commission. Section 10.  Constables     Gov. Shapp, October 4, 1978.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxxvi)
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7131 (b) (Public office)
Opinion of the Commission  00-008  September 21, 2000.
92-008  December 10, 1992.
80-018  March 12, 1980.

1976  Act 121  PL 475     An act clarifying the powers of certain law enforcement officers.   Peace officers; powers and duties. Constables, county detectives, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, waterway patrolmen, and game protectors shall perform all those duties authorized or imposed on them by statute.  Gov. Shapp, June 29, 1976.  (law by motion to override the Governor’s Veto)
Repealed Act 49-2009, section 4 (2) (xxxv) (as to constables only).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7151 (General imposition of duties and grant of powers), formerly 13 P. S. 40 (transferred from 16 P. S. 1216)

1970  Act 2   PL 2     The office of constable in the City of Philadelphia is hereby abolished and the terms of office of all incumbents are hereby terminated.  The duties heretofore performed by constables under the act of April 6, 1951 (PL 69), known as “The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951,” shall be performed by the landlord and tenant officers of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia.  Gov. Shafer,  February 10, 1970.
In response to the Constitution of 1968, Article V (The Judiciary),
Section 6 and 7 (which eliminates justices of the peace in Philadelphia)
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxxiv)
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7103.  (Cities of the first class), formerly 13 P. S. 15.

1965  Act 581  PL 1656    Borough Code  Section 1126  Office of Police and Constable not incompatible.     Gov. Scranton, February 1, 1966.       Repealed Act 49-2009.

1959  Act 309  PL 814     That the qualified electors of the several townships and boroughs, in the county of Cameron, shall at their elections for township officers, in addition to the officers now elected, elect one person, to be called constable and collector, who shall have all the powers and authority, and be subject to all the duties and penalties, which the regular constable of said townships and boroughs now, or may hereafter, have, or be liable to, and shall,in addition thereto, act as collector for their respective townships and boroughs, and shall be compelled to receive…all the state, county and township or borough taxes, whether laid for road, school, or any other purpose…  Gov. Lawrence, September 8, 1959.

1959  Act 32  PL 58  Vehicle Code   ‘Peace Officer’ – A sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, member of the PSP, state highway patrolman, or other police officer, vested with authority of arrest, and such officers and soldiers…  Section 1204.  Arrests on View or With Warrant – Peace officers, when in uniform and displaying a badge or other sign of authority, may arrest, upon view, any person violating any provisions of this act, where the offense is designated a felony or misdemeanor, or in cases causing or contributing to an accident resulting in injury or death to any person…     Gov. Lawrence, April 29, 1959.

1956  Act 500  PL 1510     Disease Prevention and Control Law  Section 19.  (b) Any person afflicted with communicable tuberculosis, quarantined or caused to be quarantined  under the provisions of this act in a state institution, who leaves without the consent of the medical director of the institution may be apprehended and returned thereto by any sheriff, constable or police officer or any health officer, at the expense of the county.   Gov. Leader, April 23, 1956.
current statute   35 P. S. 521.19  Penalties, prosecutions and disposition of fines

1955  Act 441  PL 1382     It shall not be lawful for any constable to hold or exercise the office of justice of the peace or alderman.  Gov. Leader, April 3, 1955.
Repealed  Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxxii)
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7131 (Public office)

1953  Act 230  PL 723  Second Class County Code   Section 2180  Transportation license for vehicles (transporting garbage)-  …license shall be exhibited to any county or municipal police officer, county road caretaker, constable, deputy constable, or other peace officer, upon his request.   Gov. Leader, July 28, 1953.

1951  Act 558  PL 1996   Vehicle Code – ‘Peace officer’ – A sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, member of the PSP, state highway patrolman, or other police officer vested with authority of arrest.   Gov. Fine, January 14, 1952.

1951  Act 164  PL 662   prohibits a police officer of a third class city from holding the office of constable.   ..policemen shall have authority to serve and execute …all criminal process … for violations of city ordinances… and shall charge the same fees and costs as pertain by law to the constables of the city for similar services…paid into the city treasury.  Gov. Fine, June 28, 1951.
current statute  53 P. S. 37001 (Third Class City Code)( …qualifications of policeman).
current statute  53 P. S. 37005 (Third Class City Code) (Powers of Policemen to Arrest)
current statute  53 P. S. 37006 (Third Class City Code)(Service of process; fees; payment into treasury)
current statute  53 P. S. 37008 (Third Class City Code) (Extra Compensation prohibited)

1951  Act       PL 533     under the Mental Health Act …  section 611 (b) leaves of absence may be terminated by the superintendent who may, if necessary, authorize the apprehension and return of the patient by any sheriff, constable, or police officer, who shall apprehend and return the patient.    Gov. Fine,  June 12, 1951.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – Official Opinion # 649, June 18, 1954.
current statute   50 P. S. 4425 (Escapes).

1951   Philadelphia Home Rule Charter  PL 2227  April 17, 1951
Article V  Chapter 2 (Police Department)  Section 5-201  Powers of Policemen
The members of the Philadelphia Police shall have all the powers conferred by statute and ordinance upon members of the police force of cities of the first class and upon constables of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

1951  Act 14  PL 57    Fireworks Act    Section 5.  The Pennsylvania State Police, or any sheriff, police officer or constable shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner all stocks of fireworks or combustibles offered or exposed for sale, stored or held in violation of this act.   Gov. Fine, March 22, 1951.
Repealed 2004  Act 204  PL 1598    Gov. Rendell,  November 30, 2004.  (Section 7.1; as to enforcement by constables)
current statute  35 P. S. 1278  (PSP, any sheriff or police officer…shall confiscate fireworks in violation of this act)

1951  Act 1  PL  3    requirements for constables to be placed on primary election ballot.    Gov. Fine, March 6, 1951.

1949  Act 568  PL 1903  Pa Code of Military Justice  Section 5201  Apprehension-  (b) …any peace officer authorized by law, may apprehend persons subject to this part upon reasonable belief that an offense has been committed… Section 5202 Apprehension of person absent without leave – Any civil officer having authority to apprehend offenders under the laws of the United States or of a state…may summarily apprehend any person subject to this part absent without leave… Section 5204  Restraint of person charged with offenses- (b) The convening authority of any court-martial shall have the power to to issue warrants of apprehension directed to the sheriff or any constable or peace officer within the proper county to apprehend persons…  Gov. Duff, May 27, 1949.
as amended:  Act 192  PL 1506  Gov. Corbett, October 24, 2012; Act 91  PL 185  Gov. Shapp, August 1, 1975;  Act 272  PL 561  Gov. Shafer, November 24, 1967.
current statute   51  Pa. C. S. 5201 (a) (e), 5202, 5204

1949  Act 569  PL 1955   First Class Township Code   Section 1401.  Appointment. … No policeman shall at the same time hold any public office other than constable and health officer.  Section 1403.   Powers of Policemen- Policemen shall be ex-officio constables of the township and may, without warrant and on view, arrest and commit for hearing any and all persons guilty of a breach of the peace, vagrancy, riotous, or disorderly conduct or drunkenness, or who may be engaged in the commission of any unlawful act tending to imperil the personal security or endanger the property of the citizens, or violating any of the ordinances of the township for the violation of which a fine or penalty is imposed  Section 1404.  Service of Process; Fees.  Policemen shall have authority to serve and execute all criminal process for the violation of the township ordinances, which may be issued by any justice of the peace of the township, and shall charge the same fees and costs as pertain by law to constables for similar services, but such fees and costs shall be paid shall be paid to the township treasurer for the use of the township…      Gov. Duff, May 27, 1949.
revision of Act 331  PL 1206,  Gov. Pinchot, June 24, 1931.
current statute  53 P.S. 56401  (First Class Twp Code) (Appointment, compensation & training of policemen)
current statute  53 P.S. 56403  (First Class Twp Code) (Powers)
current statute  53 P.S. 56404  (First Class Twp Code) (Service of process; fees)
current statute  53 P.S. 56408  (First Class Twp Code) (Not to Receive Fees)

1947  Act    PL 1481     a police officer in a second class township is ex-officio constable of the township but is prohibited from accepting any other fees in connection with the duties of office except public awards and legal mileage allowed to constable s for traveling expenses.   Gov. Duff, July 10, 1947.

1945  Act 240  PL 584    The terms of constables… shall be for six years.  Whenever a constable shall be appointed by the court…shall serve for the unexpired term.   (formerly 13 P. S. 14).   Gov. Martin, May 16, 1945.

1945  Act 10  PL 17  Section 1207.   The constable…shall be present at the polling place… at each primary and election during the continuance thereof, and while the votes are being counted, for the purpose of preserving the peace…for performing such services shall receive not less than $ 5.00, nor more than $ 10.00…   Gov. Martin, March 2, 1945.

1943  Act    PL 821   Second Class County Code  Section 3104  Duties and powers- The fire marshal… shall also have power to call upon any constable, policeman, or citizen of any city, ward, borough or township in the county to aid and assist him… Section 3105  Arrest and commitment or bail- …fire marshal… shall have the same power to issue a warrant, directed to any constable of any ward, borough or township of the county, for the arrest… Section 3107  Disobedience of Orders; Refusal to execute warrant; Hindering or obstructing marshal-  Any constable, policeman, watchman or citizen who shall refuse or neglect to obey the orders or directions of the fire marshal…  Gov. Martin, June 3, 1943.   Amended Act 230  PL 723  Gov. Leader, July 28, 1953.
current statute  16 P. S. 6104   Attendance at fires; duties and powers; aid and assistance; investigations

1943  Act 280  PL 637    The terms of constables hereafter elected in cities of the second, second class A and third class, boroughs and townships, shall be for six years.  Whenever a constable shall be appointed by the court as provided by existing laws, the constable so appointed shall serve for the unexpired term.  Gov. Martin,  May 26, 1943.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxxi).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7111.  (Term of office), formerly 13 P. S. 14.

1943  Act 143  PL 306   Penal Code   Section 314.  Obstructing officer in the execution of process – Whoever knowingly, willfully and forcibly obstructs, resists or opposes any officer or other person duly authorized, in serving or executing any such legal process or order, or in making a lawful arrest without warrant, or assaults or beats any officer or person duly authorized, in serving or executing any such legal process or order or for and because of having served or executed the same; or in making a lawful arrest without warrant; or rescues another in legal custody; or whoever being required by any officer, neglects or refuses to assist him in the execution of his office in any criminal case, or in the preservation of the peace, or in apprehending and securing any person for a breach of the peace, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding one year or to pay a fine not exceeding $ 500, or both.   Gov. Martin, May 21, 1943.

1943  Act 58  PL 111  Vehicle Code  Section 1211 – Limitation of authority for Pa State Policemen – Such employees of the Commonwealth as are designated PSP are hereby declared peace officers, and are hereby given police power and authority throughout the Commonwealth to arrest on view, on Sunday or any other day, when in uniform, without write, rule, order, or process, any person violating any provisions of this act, in addition to any other power or authority conferred by law.   Gov. Martin, April 28, 1943.

1943  Act 48  PL 74   Vehicle Code  – ‘Peace Officer’ – A sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, member of PSP, state highway patrolman, or other police officer, vested with authority of arrest.   Gov. Martin, April 26, 1943.

1939  Act 375  PL 872     Penal Code
Section 311.  Officer voluntarily permitting convict to escape -  Any sheriff, coroner, keeper of any jail, constable or other officer, having lawful custody of any offender, convicted or accused of crime, who voluntarily permits or suffers such offender to escape and go at large, is guilty of a felony, and on conviction shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $ 2,000, or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both, and be dismissed from office.

Section 313.  Escape of prisoner through failure to execute process – An sheriff, coroner, or keeper of a jail, constable or other officer, who willfully, and without reasonable cause, refuses or omits to execute any lawful process directed to him, requiring the apprehension or confinement of any person charged with, or convicted of an offense, by which such person shall escape, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding two years, or to pay a fine not exceeding $ 1,000, or both.
Section 640.  Pollution of drinking water -  Whoever willfully enters upon enclosed land on which is erected any dam, reservoir, pond, or other artificial means for storing water used by the public for drinking purposes, and pollutes or attempts to pollute such water, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $ 500, or be imprisoned not exceeding 1 year, or both.  Any duly constituted watchman of any water company, or any constable or policeman, is hereby empowered, upon his own view of any such trespass, to make arrests and bring before any magistrate any offender found violating this section.

Section 833.  Refusal to pay over money collected on execution – Whoever, being a constable, receives money by virtue of an execution or other process, and neglects or refuses, upon application to him made by the party interested, to pay the amount thereof to the party entitled to receive the same, or to his agent or legal representative, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $ 100, and shall stand committed until the money so withheld shall be paid, together with the interest, fine and costs, and moreover shall, for seven years thereafter, be incapable of holding the office of constable, or the appointment of deputy constable.

Section 933.  Cutting or injuring trees in forest reserves – Any constable, police officer, game protector, fish warden, or forest officer is hereby authorized to arrest without warrant any person so found cutting down, injuring, destroying, or removing such trees or shrubs.  Said arrest may be made on any day, including Sunday.

Section 948.  Power to make arrests in cruelty to animal cases – Any policeman or constable, or any agent of any society…shall, upon his own view of any offense against sections 942-947 (cruelty to animals), of this act, make an arrest, and bring before a magistrate the offender found violating such provisions, and any policeman or constable, or any agent of any society, as aforesaid, shall also make arrests of such offenders on warrants duly issued according to law, when such offense is not committed in view of said officer, constable or agent.   Gov. James, June 24, 1939.

1937  Act 447  PL 2329   Vehicle Code – ‘Peace Officer’ – A sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, member of PSP, state highway patrolman, or other police officer, vested with authority of arrest.  Gov. Earle, June 29, 1937.

1937  Act 320  PL 1333  (The Election Code) Section 412.2 (g), 1207, 1822.   be present at the polling places…preserve the peace… serve at all elections.  Gov. Earle, June 3, 1937.
repeated in subsequent legislative updates of the Election Code:  Act   PL 166 Gov. James, May 17, 1939;  Act   PL 17  Gov. Martin, March 2, 1945;  Act    PL 617  Gov. Duff, April 20, 1949;  Act 29 PL 83  Gov. Shafer, June 19, 1969;   Act 122 PL 366  Gov. Shapp, June 19, 1974;  Act 124 PL 523  Gov. Shapp, July 1, 1976;  Act 108 PL 374  Gov. Thornburgh, May 5, 1982;  Act 48 PL 482  Gov. Ridge, Oct 31, 1997;  Act 3  PL 18  Gov. Schweiker, Jan 31, 2002;  Act 150  PL 1246  Gov. Schweiker, December 9, 2002;  Act 45  PL 178  Gov. Rendell, May 11, 2006.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxviii), (xxix), (xxx)
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7152.  (Elections);  7163 (Election services);   7175 (Criminal penalty)

1935  Act 219  PL 621    in serving subpoenas issued by the district attorney, returning unserved subpoenas, mileage fees, and approval of the county controller for payment of service.   Gov. Earle, July 9, 1935.  (13 P. S. 74-75).

1933  Act 3   PL 5   The returns required by law to be made by constables to the court of quarter sessions (now common pleas) may in the discretion of the court be abolished or be made at such times and relating to such subjects as the court may require.  No constable shall hereafter be entitled to any fees or mileage for making such returns, except such as are required by the court.  Gov. Pinchot, February 28, 1933.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxvii)
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7162 (Returns), formerly 13 P. S. 73.

1931  Act 331  PL 1206    First Class Twp Code  Gov. Pinchot, June 24, 1931.    – see now 1949  Act 569  PL 1955, May 27, 1949.

1931  Act 263  PL 751   Vehicle Code – Section 1203.  peace officers, which includes all constables and police, may stop violators of the Vehicle Code on view, only when in uniform and displaying a badge or other sign of authority.   Gov. Pinchot, June 22, 1931.

1931   Act 156  PL 492   an act relating to trespassing livestock. constables duties…fees of the constable…$ 1.00 for each animal impounded, $ 2.00 for each animal sold,… provided, however, that in no case shall the fees of the constable for impounding and selling amount to more than $ 4.00…   Gov. Pinchot, June 10, 1931.
repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxvi)
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7159 (Trespassing livestock) and 7159.1 (Sale of trespassing livestock)

1929   Act 483  PL 1581  Section 14.  added… malfeasance or misfeasance in office committed by him, including any act or acts of oppression of any suitor or suitors, or witness or witnesses…habits of intemperance or neglect of duty… as additional grounds for removal of any constable from office by the courts of quarter sessions and to appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy…  Gov. Fisher, May 7, 1929.
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7172 (Incompetence), formerly 13 P. S. 31.

1929  Act 459  PL 1535   Section 355.  Upon the petition of 25 taxpayers of any township, or of two or more adjacent townships, to the court of quarter sessions, representing that the safety of the citizens and the security of property requires the appointment of one or more deputy constables to act as policemen…Such appointments may be made by the court for one township, or the same deputy constables may be appointed to act for two or more adjacent townships. Section 356.  Such deputy constables shall possess and exercise all the powers of policemen of cities of the first class, in the several townships for which they are appointed.  Keepers of jails…shall receive all persons arrested by such policemen for any offense against the laws of this Commonwealth… Gov. Fisher, May 2, 1929.

1929  Act 404  PL 1005  Vehicle Code   ‘Peace Officer’  Section 703. Arrest on View or With Warrant   Gov. Fisher, May 1, 1929.

1929  Act 403  PL 905   Vehicle Code  ‘Peace Officer’ – A sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, member of PSP, state highway patrolman, or other police officer, vested with authority of arrest.  Section 1203.  Arrest on View or With Warrant.   Gov. Fisher, May 1, 1929.

1929  Act 189  PL 471  Section 358.  The deputy constables (appointed to act as policemen in townships and in townships which are adjacent) shall be paid such compensation out of the township funds, and such provisions therefrom made for the purchase of their uniforms, equipment, and means of conveyance and maintenance of the same, as may be approved by the court of quarter sessions.  They may be discharged whenever the court appointing them is satisfied that their services are no longer required.   Gov. Fisher, April 10, 1929.

1929   Act 32  PL 32   upon a vacancy (failure to elect, failure to qualify, incompetency, death, resignation, removal, or any other cause) in the office of constable, the court of quarter sessions, upon petition of not less than ten voters, to appoint a suitable person …shall serve as constable thereof for the unexpired term so vacant.   Gov. Fisher, March 20, 1929.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxv),
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7121 (Constables), formerly 13 P. S. 11.

1927  Act 461  PL 968     Section 8.  Any state police officer, county detective of the county or constable of the township, wherein a public dance hall, ballroom or academy is situated, shall have the power to cause the place, hall or room where any public dance or ball is given to be vacated, whenever any provision of any law or ordinance with regard to public dances and public balls is being violated, or whenever any indecent act shall be committed, or when any disorder of a gross or vulgar character shall take place therein.     Gov. Fisher, May 11, 1927.
current statute  53 P. S. 54258

1927  Act 452  PL 886  Vehicle Code  Section 1206.  Arrest on View – Police officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables of the cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, townships, and counties of the Commonwealth, members of PSP, and designated officers of the department, may arrest, when in uniform and displaying a badge or other sign of authority, upon view, any person violating any of the provisions of this act; and such officers shall forthwith make and file with …  Gov. Fisher, May 11, 1927.

1927  Act 336  PL         Borough Code  Section 1031-1034   High Constable …shall have the power and authority of constables of the several townships in the county…   shall give ten days notice of the biennial elections of the borough, by posting six advertisements in the most public places within the same…  if a high constable is also employed as a police officer he shall accept no fee other than his salary as a policeman, except public rewards and the legal mileage allowed to constables for traveling expenses.  Gov. Fisher, May 4, 1927.

1927  Act 291  PL 450     The superintendent of the Pennsylvania State Police may appoint and remove the chief of the fire department…or, where no such fire department exists, the burgess or constable of any borough or town, or constable or the president or chairman of the board of supervisors of any townships, as assistants to the department… assistants shall inquire into the origin, cause, and other circumstances of every fire by which any property or life has been destroyed, damaged, or endangered…     Gov. Fisher, April 27, 1927.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – Official Opinion # 36, December 2, 1957.
amended  PL 2403  June 29, 1937;  PL 123  Apr 28, 1943
current statute   35 P. S. 1181  Commissioner of state police to appoint assistants (no mention of constables)

1927  Act 275  PL 421  Section 26.  The operator of any motor vehicle shall stop upon request or signal of any constable, police officer, or member of the State Police Force…No such constable, police officer, or member of the State Police Force, or other person shall request or signal the operator of a motor vehicle to stop, for the purpose of selling tickets for charitable or other purposes, or for any form of solicitation whatever.   Gov. Fisher, April 27, 1927.

1927  Act 240  PL 374   …in cities of the third class…Section 6. …No policeman of any such city shall, after his appointment and qualification, hold at the same time the office of constable.  Gov. Fisher, April 23, 1927.

1925  Act 113  PL 155    Constables shall receive the same fees for serving writs in juvenile cases as they receive for similar services in criminal cases.   Gov. Pinchot, April 6, 1925.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxiv)
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7161.1 (c)  (Specific fees), formerly 13 P. S. 67.

1923  Act    PL 718    Section 26  … Any constable or police officer or member of the State Police Force or designated officer of the State Highway Department, who shall be in uniform or shall exhibit his badge or other sign of authority, shall have the right to stop any motor vehicle, upon request or signal, for the purpose of inspecting the said motor vehicle as to its equipment or operation, or manufacture’s number or motor number or weight, and securing such other information as may be necessary.    Gov. Pinchot, June 14, 1923.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – May 23, 1925.

1923  Act 348  PL 903  Section 14.    The proper court of the county wherein the land is actually situated shall appoint the necessary deputy constables to act with the election boards, and fill vacancies in the election boards.   Gov. Pinchot, June 28, 1923.
Repealed Act 49-2009. Section 4 (2) (xxiii)

1923  Act 216  PL 340  Section 11.  Constables…shall be allowed and be paid out of the county treasury $ 2.00 for each polling place, for advertising ward, township, district, and borough elections, but not more than $ 15.00 for this purpose for any one election; and $ 0.06 per mile for each mile necessarily traveled in the performance of said duties.  Constables shall be allowed and paid…$ 0.20 for delivering to each township officer a certificate of his election…  Gov. Pinchot, May 23, 1923.

1923  Act 58  PL 83  …constable and supervisors of townships duties regarding notifying owners of land where Canada thistle are growing.  Added duty to notify owners if the weed commonly known as chicory or succory or blue daisy and marihuana are growing.  Gov. Pinchot, April 23, 1923.
prior statute  1885  Act 11  PL 9   April 24, 1885
current statute  3 P. S. 243  Supervisors to destroy on public roads; notice to owners of unseated lands

1919  Act 283  PL 678   Vehicle Code   Section 31.  Constables and Police Officers – Constables and police officers of the State, and of the cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, townships, and counties of this Commonwealth, may arrest, upon view, any person or persons violating any provisions of this act, and such officers shall forthwith make and file with the mayor, burgess, magistrate, alderman, or justice of the peace, before whom such person arrested is taken, an affidavit setting forth in detail the offenses complained of, and at once furnish a copy thereof to the person arrested.   Gov. Sproul, June 30, 1919.

1919  Act 260   PL 535  regarding civil actions in the county court of Allegheny County… Section 7. (e) Service of the writs of summons and replevin…and execution of warrants of arrest, or other processes in desertion and nonsupport cases, shall be made in the same manner as is now provided by law…and may be made by the sheriff of the county, by a constable of the county, or by such persons as may be appointed by the court for that purpose, as shall be determined by the court.   Gov. Sproul, June 20, 1919.

1919  Act 225  PL 451   …from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise…vehicles required to have at least one white headlight…no vehicle shall pass a street passenger car that has stopped for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers… Section 5.  Constables and police officers of the cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, townships and counties and members of the State Police Force may arrest upon view and without warrant, any person violating any provisions of this act.  Gov. Sproul, June 12, 1919.

1919  Act 171   PL 357     constables required to make returns to the court of quarter sessions (now common pleas) in counties of the 6th, 7th, & 8th class.  when complaints are made to the court of quarter sessions … the court may summon the constable… and direct him to investigate such violations or conditions, and make a report of his investigation.  No compensation for making a return shall be paid to any constable unless the constable actually appeared in court, and presented his return containing information required by the court…Whenever any complaint is made to the court of quarter sessions of violations of law or of conditions which under the law the constable of the district is required to report to the court, the court may summon the constable of the district to appear before it, and direct him to investigate such violations and conditions, and make a report of his investigations.   Gov. Sproul, May 31, 1919.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxii).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7157 (Returns and appearance), formerly 13 P. S. 43, formerly 13 P. S. 44.
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7166 (Returns to court), formerly 13 P. S. 72.

1919  Act 145  PL 274   Constable Fees in elections  For attending general, special, township, ward, or borough elections, five dollars,…Provided, That where any such election be held in any township, ward, or borough in which there are more than one election districts or precincts, and a deputy constable is appointed to attend an election held at such districts or precincts, said deputy constable shall each receive the sum of five dollars.   Gov. Sproul, May 23, 1919.

1917  Act 401  PL 1158    Constable Fees    Gov. Brumbaugh, July 20, 1917.
Repealed  Act 44-1994

1917  Act 354  PL 1071  …the fees of constables…for such monthly visits (to places where liquors are sold or kept) made by a constable shall be $ 0.25 for each placed visited in his jurisdiction, and $ 0.06 for each and every mile actually traveled in making such visits…shall be verified by oath by the constable and filed with the commissioners of the respective counties.  Gov. Brumbaugh, July 18, 1917.

1917  Act 317  PL 818       Section 3 …under the term ‘police officer’ is included the chief of police or his agents of any city, the high constable of any borough, or the constable of any borough not having a high constable, the constable of any incorporated town or township, game, fish and forest wardens. … Section 18  it shall be the duty of every police officer to seize and detain any dog or dogs…found running at large and unaccompanied by its owner or keeper…   Gov. Brumbaugh, July 11, 1917.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – Opinion # 6, February 19, 1918.
current statute   3 P.S. 459-102  ‘Dog Law’    Definitions.
‘Police Officer’ …the term includes constables and dog, game, fish and forest wardens.
Act 225-1982 (December 7, 1982)  definition of ‘police officer’ used the term ‘ State constabulary’

1915  Act 192  PL 312   General Borough Act    Chapter VII Article III   High Constable   Section 1…shall take and subscribe an oath…shall give such bond with surety as is required by the borough.  Section 2.  shall have the power and authority of constables of the several townships in the county.  Section 3. shall give 10 days notice of the biennial elections of the borough by posting 6 advertisements in the most public places within the same.  Section 4.  It shall be unlawful for any high constable who is at the same time employed as a policeman in the borough, or any other part of the Commonwealth to charge or accept any compensation, in addition to the salary paid him as a policeman, for any services rendered, either as a policeman or as high constable, except public rewards and the legal mileage allowed to constables for traveling expenses.  Section 5.  any violations … to pay a fine not exceeding $ 50 and costs…

Chapter VII  Article VI   Appointed Officers  (f) Police    Section 17.  The borough police shall receive a stated salary to be fixed by ordinance; and it shall be unlawful for any borough policemen to charge or accept any fee or other compensation, in addition to his salary, for any service performed pertaining to his duties or office, except public rewards and legal mileage allowed for traveling expenses.  Section 18.  any violations… to pay a fine not exceeding $ 50 and costs…Section 19.  Borough policemen, residing in the borough, may at the same time hold and exercise the office of constable in the borough or any ward thereof, and may demand and receive all costs, fees and emoluments pertaining to such office.  Section 20.  Borough policemen may perform all the duties of high constable but shall receive no compensation therefor.
Gov. Brumbaugh, May 14, 1915.

1915  Act 43   PL 76     Section 1 … It shall be the duty of the sheriff, coroner, constable, police, or other official making the arrest, …to issue, without costs to the applicant, a certificate stating the name…the charge upon which he, she or they have been arrested…the amount of bail demanded…fail, omit, neglect, or refuse to issue a certificate…fine of not more than $ 500…      Gov. Brumbaugh, April 9, 1915.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General -    October 1, 1915.

1913  Act 342  PL 534    That on and after the passage of this act, the sole power to appoint a deputy constable, or constables, in any ward, borough, or township, shall be vested in the constable of said ward, borough, or township, subject to approval of the court of quarter sessions as provided by law; and that no person shall be appointed as a deputy constable unless he shall be, at the time of his appointment, a bona fide resident of the ward, borough, or township for which he shall have been appointed, and shall continue to be a bona fide resident for the time during which such appointment is made.   Gov. Tener,  June 19, 1913.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xxi)
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7122.  (Deputy constables), formerly 13 P. S. 21

1913  Act 308  PL 462  That any policeman or constable…is hereby authorized to destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any animal or animals in his charge, …such animal or animals appears to be injured, disabled, diseased past recovery, or unfit for any useful purpose.  Gov. Tener, June 7, 1913.
current statute  3 P. S. 325 (Authority to destroy),  3 P. S. 326 (Inquiry as to condition of animal).

1913  Act 170  PL 246     it shall be unlawful for any person…being in possession of goods and chattels belonging to another, either as storage or warehouseman, pawnbroker, second hand dealer, or junk dealer to conceal from any constable or sheriff entrusted with the execution of any writ…Gov. Tener, May 20, 1913.

1913  Act 140  PL 203     The fees of constables of townships, boroughs, and cities of the 3rd class, for such monthly visits made by a constable, shall be 25 cents  for each place visited in his jurisdiction and six cents per mile for each and every mile actually traveled in making such visits…(for visiting places where liquor was sold)    Gov. Tener, May 14, 1913  (formerly 13 P. S. 68-69).

1911  Act 299   PL 727     An act authorizing the election in first class townships of an additional constable to serve for a term of four years.  Gov. Tener, June 9, 1911.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xx).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7114 (a) (2).  (Townships), formerly 13 P. S. 3.

1909  Act 287  PL 514     Repeals Act ?  March 31, 1895 (making constables ex-officio fire wardens)  Gov. Stuart, May 11, 1909.

1909  Act 187  PL 290     Repeals Act 7 PL 9  March 30, 1897 (making constables ex-officio fire wardens)  Gov. Stuart, April 29, 1909.

1909  Act 104  PL 151     fixing specific constable fees:  for attendance on court and making returns thereto, $ 2.50 per diem.  for serving notice of their election upon township or borough officers, for each service, 15 cents.   Gov. Stuart, April 23, 1909.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xix).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7161.1 (Specific fees), formerly 13 P. S. 64.

1909  Act 92   PL 141     That sheriffs, constables, members of the state constabulary, or other persons authorized by the laws of this Commonwealth to make arrests, hereafter shall have the use, for a period not to exceed 48 hours, of  borough and township lockups and city or county prisons, for the detention of prisoners until they can be disposed of according to law..   Gov. Stuart,  April 23, 1909.
see also  Opinions of the Attorney General – Official Opinion # 121,   1958.
current statute   61 Pa. C. S. 1154 (Law enforcement use of county correctional institutions).

1907  Act 314  PL 465     …no constable of any city of the first class shall appoint any person as a deputy who is not a bona fide resident and duly qualified elector of the  ward of the city in and for which constable was elected.  That upon the removal of said deputy from said ward, or ceasing to be a qualified elector of said ward, in and for which said constable was elected, upon the petition of five duly qualified electors thereof, setting forth said facts, and upon thereof, the court of quarter sessions may revoke the appointment of said deputy.     Gov. Stuart, June 8, 1907.

1907  Act 298  PL 438    …For services performed by a constable in delivering a child under the age of 16 years to the juvenile court, 75 cents together with 3 cents for each mile actually traveled and necessary…    Gov. Stuart, June 7, 1907.

1905  Act 227  PL 361    creating the department of the state police   section 5.  …authorized and empowered to make arrests, without warrant, for all violations of the law which they may witness, and to serve and execute warrants issued by the proper local authorities.  They are also authorized and empowered to act as forest, fire, game and fish wardens; and, in general, to have the powers and prerogatives conferred by law upon members of the police force of cities of the first class, or upon constables of this Commonwealth…     Gov. Pennypacker, May 2, 1905.

1905  Act 214  PL 309   … it shall be lawful for any policemen residing in any borough, who shall be duly elected or appointed to the office of constable in said borough, or any ward thereof, to hold and exercise said office, and to demand and receive all costs, fees and emoluments pertaining thereto, as allowed by law..  Gov. Pennypacker, April 25, 1905.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xviii)
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7132 (Police officers), formerly 13 P. S. 10.

1903  Act 202  PL 268   Whereas, it is of the utmost importance to the rights of the people of this Commonwealth that the public highways of cities, boroughs, counties and townships of this Commonwealth should be as free as practicable from the reckless use of dangerous motor vehicles…Section 9.  Every person so licensed shall carry with him, when using or operating such motor vehicle upon the public highways, and when so requested by any constable or police officer of the Commonwealth shall produce the same and the certificate of registration for inspection.  Section 10.  It shall be the duty of the constables and police officers of the cities, boroughs, and townships of this Commonwealth to arrest, upon view and without a warrant, any person violating any provisions of this act…   Gov. Pennypacker, April 23, 1903.

1903  Act 44  PL 37     …That the Commissions of the Valley Forge park…shall also have power to deputize persons as special constables to maintain order within said park, protect the property from destruction, and make arrests for riots or illegal trespasses..   Gov. Pennypacker, March 19, 1903.

1903  Act 29  PL 24     … persons employed as officers by the Commissioner of Forestry… be vested with the same powers as are by existing laws conferred upon constables and other peace officers:  to arrest on view, without first procuring a warrant therefor, persons detected by them in the act of trespassing upon any forest or timber land within this Commonwealth, under such circumstances as to warrant the reasonable suspicion that such persons have committed, are committing, or are about to commit, some offense against any of the laws now enacted or hereafter to be enacted for the protection of forest and timber lands…        Gov. Pennypacker, March 11, 1903.

1903  Act 26  PL 22     That whenever a vacancy may occur in the office of high constable… or in the office of constable in any borough, ward of any borough, or township in said Commonwealth, by incompetency, death, resignation, removal, or for any other cause, it shall be the duty of the court of quarter sessions to appoint a suitable person who … shall serve as the high constable or the constable thereof, as the case may require, for the unexpired term, so vacant.    Gov. Pennypacker, March 11, 1903.
Repealed 1915  PL 312  May 14, 1915.

1901  Act 327  PL 643     Renovated butter law.  Section 11.  It shall be the duty of every constable in any city, borough, ward or township of this Commonwealth, having knowledge of any violations of this act, or whenever requested so to do by the Dairy and Food Commissioner, his agent, or attorney, or by any citizen of this Commonwealth, to make report to the court of quarter sessions of the proper county, as part of his quarterly report and return to said court…   Gov. Stone, July 10, 1901
Repealed 1978  Act 53  PL 202   April 28, 1978.
Repealed 1994  Act 70  PL 421   July 7, 1994.

1901  Act 208  PL 327   Oleomargarine law.  Section 10.  It shall be the duty of every constable in any city, borough, ward or township of this Commonwealth, having knowledge of any violation of this act, or whenever requested so to do by the Dairy and Food Commissioner, his agent, or attorney, or by any citizen of this Commonwealth, to make report to the court of quarter sessions of the proper county, as part of his quarterly report and return to said court…  Gov. Stone, May 29, 1901.

1901  Act 98  PL 131    …the fees to be charged and received by constables for executing an order of relief of a pauper or paupers shall be seventy-five cents; and for each mile…six cents…    Gov. Stone, May 2, 1901.
Repealed Act 61-1998,  Gov. Ridge, May 15, 1998.

1899  Act 118  PL 184   dealing with a mercantile license tax on vendors… Section 10.  … it shall be the duty of the constable of his respective ward, district or township to compare the list (of vendors, dealers, and businesses) and report to the county or city treasurer all omissions found, and for such service the constable shall receive a fee or 50 cents for each and every omission so reported.   Gov. Stone, May 2, 1899.

1899  Act 14    PL 17    That the constables of the various wards, boroughs and townships shall be ex-officio fire, game, and fish wardens. Section 2. It shall be the duty of said fire, game and fish wardens to enforce all statutes of this State now in force, or that may hereafter be enacted, for the protection of forests and timber lands from fire, and for the protection and propagation of game, game birds, game mammals, song and insectivorous birds, and fish, and said constables or wardens shall have authority to arrest without warrant any persons caught by them violating any of the aforesaid laws…Such arrests may also be made on Sunday…Section 3.  Said constables or wardens shall have power without warrant to search and examine any boat, conveyance, vehicle, fish box, fish basket, game bag or game coat…shall at any time seize and take possession of any and all birds, animals or fish…   Section 4.   Any constable or warden, upon arrest and prosecution of any offender to conviction… shall, in addition to the fees to which he may be entitled under existing laws, be paid for his services the sum of ten dollars…   Section 5.  Each of said constables or wardens shall, for the purposes of this act, have concurrent jurisdiction throughout his own proper county…   Gov. Stone, March 22, 1899.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General –     1919-1920
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – Opinion # 6, June 8, 1915.

1899  Act 1 PL 3   constable fee bill  Gov. Stone, February 17, 1899.  (formerly 13 P. S. 70-71)

1897  Act 209  PL 266   Section 2 and 3.  …it shall not be lawful for any high, ward, township or other constable, who is at the same time employed as a policemen in any city, borough or other part of this Commonwealth to charge or accept any fee or other compensation, in addition to the salary paid to him as a policeman, for any service rendered or performed by him pertaining to his office and duties, either as a policeman or as such high, ward or other constable, except public rewards and the legal mileage allowed to constables for traveling expenses.   Gov. Hastings, July 14, 1897.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xvi) and (xvii)  as to constables
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7132 (a) (Police officers)

1897  Act 115   PL 139    The suits against sureties in constables bond shall not be sustained, unless the same be instituted within five years after the date of such bond or obligation.   Gov. Hastings, June 10, 1897.
Repealed Act 53  PL 202, April 28, 1978.  formerly 13 P. S. 81.
now 42 Pa. C. S. 5525 (statute of limitations: 4 years on an action upon an official bond of a public official, officer or employee)

1897  Act 101  PL 121    That the policeman and constables of the several boroughs of this Commonwealth, in addition to the powers confirmed upon them, shall and may, without warrant and upon view, arrest and commit for hearing any and all persons guilty of a breach of the peace, vagrancy, riotous or disorderly conduct or drunkenness, or may be engaged in the commission of any unlawful act tending to imperil the personal security or endanger the property of the citizens, or violating any ordinances of said borough, for the violation of which a fine or penalty is imposed. … When any person is arrested on view, a complaint, on oath or affirmation, shall be immediately made….  Gov. Hastings,  June 4, 1897.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xv).
now Act 44 Pa. C. S. 7158.  (Arrest in boroughs), formerly 13 P. S. 45, formerly 13 P. S. 46.

1897  Act 25    PL 29      To authorize constables and other peace officers, without first procuring a warrant, to arrest persons reasonably suspected by them of offending against the laws protecting timber lands.   That if any person or persons shall be detected by any constable or other peace officer, in the act of trespassing upon any forest or timber land within this Commonwealth, under any circumstances as to warrant the reasonable suspicion that such person or persons have committed, are committing, or are about to commit, some offense or offenses against any law enacted or hereafter to be enacted for the protection of forest and timber land, such constable or other peace officer shall have authority at once, without first procuring a warrant therefor, to arrest on view such person or persons, with like effect as though such warrant had first been procured.  Gov. Hastings,   April 29, 1897.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xiv)
now 44 Pa.C.S. 7155.  (Arrest of offenders against forest laws)

1897  Act   7    PL 9        Making constables of townships ex-officio fire wardens for the extinction of forest fires…The constables of the various townships of the Commonwealth shall be ex-offcio fire wardens, whose duty it shall be, when fire is discovered in the forests within their respective townships, immediately to take such measures as are necessary for its extinction…the said fire wardens to receive fifteen cents per hour…one half out of the treasury of the respective county and the remaining half of said expense shall be paid by the State Treasurer…such fire warden or constable deemed guilty of willfully or negligently making a false report, or neglect of duty, and the court shall suspend him from office and direct the district attorney to indict and try him, and if found guilty, he shall be fined in a sum not exceeding fifty dollars, and undergo an imprisonment not exceeding three months, both or either, at the discretion of the court…   Gov. Hastings,  March 30, 1897.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – May 17, 1900.
amended  Act 65  PL 89   Gov. Pennypacker, March 31, 1905.

1895  Act 2      PL 375     one constable to be elected in each ward or district of a borough or township.  Gov. Hastings, June 26, 1895.   formerly 13 P. S. 2.

1895  Act 248  PL 333    That it shall be lawful…, with the approval of the court of quarter sessions of the proper county, to employ a night watchman or night watchmen for the purpose of protecting their premises and property in the night time, and all persons so appointed, with the approval aforesaid, as night watchman shall have, exercise and enjoy all rights, powers and privileges now vested by law in constables or police officers duly elected or appointed in said cities or boroughs…    Gov. Hastings, June 26, 1895.

1893  Act 318  PL 419   Section 28  It shall be the duty of the police officers, constables and deputy constables now required by law to be present at the polls to remain within the voting room, but outside the guard-rail, while the votes are being counted, and to preserve order therein.  No person except the said peace officers, when necessary for the preservation of the peace, or persons acting by their authority for the same end, shall enter the space within the guard-rail…   Gov. Pattison, June 10, 1893

1893   Act 71  PL 117   constable fees … for arresting a vagrant, disorderly person, or other offender against the laws (without process), and bringing before a justice, seventy-five cents…  Gov. Pattison, May 23, 1893.

1889   Act 175 PL 156     That upon the petition of not less than 25 taxpayers of any township…to the court of quarter sessions representing that the safety of the citizens and the security of property makes, in their opinion, necessary, the appointment of one or more deputy constables, to act as policeman…shall severally possess and exercise all powers of policemen of cities…such deputy constables shall, when on duty, severally wear a shield or badge with the words “township police” and the name of the township which appointed inscribed thereon.  That said deputy constable shall be paid such compensation as may be approved by the court of quarter sessions, and may be discharge whenever the court appointing them shall be satisfied that their services are no longer needed.  Gov. Beaver, May 9, 1889.

1889   Act 79  PL 83      That the qualified voters of each ward in cities of the second and third class shall…elect a properly qualified person for constable in each of said wards, who shall serve for three years. Whenever a constable shall be appointed by the court, as provided by existing laws, the constable so appointed shall serve for the unexpired term.   Gov. Beaver, May 4, 1889.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xiii).
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7112  (Cities of the second and third classes), formerly 13 P. S. 1.

1889  Act 5  PL 6    That the qualified voters of every borough and township, and when a borough is divided into wards, of every ward shall…vote for and elect a properly qualified person for constable, in each of said districts, who shall serve for three years.   Gov. Beaver, February 14, 1889.
Repealed Act 49-2008, Section 4 (2) (xii).  Repealed as to high constables  PL 312, May 14, 1915
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7113 (a) and 7114 (a), formerly 13 P. S. 2.

1889  Act 1  PL 3     That whenever any new ward is erected in any city of the first class…the ward is entitled to, according to the list of taxable inhabitants, such a number of constables as directed by law…   Gov. Beaver, February 12, 1889.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (xi)

1885  Act  11    PL 9       To provide for the destruction and prevent the spread of Canada thistle – … to inform by written notice any constable or supervisor of the township or district, of the existence of where Canada thistles may be growing,… give notice to cut and destroy such thistles or weeds…the officer serving such notice shall likewise be entitled to a fee of fifty cents, together with six cents mileage for each mile, circular, necessarily traveled…whenever it shall come to the knowledge of either the supervisor or constable of the existence of any Canada thistle or weeds thereon, it shall be his duty to notify the owners…if any such constable or supervisor shall neglect or refuse to perform his duties as prescribed by this act, he shall be liable to a fine of ten dollars…  Gov. Pattison,  April 24, 1885.

1883  Act 13  PL 14   …any agricultural or horticultural society of this state…is hereby authorized to appoint…policeman, as shall be necessary for their exhibitions, whose duty it shall be to preserve order within and around the grounds…said policeman shall have the same power the time said exhibition shall continue, that a constable may have by law, in serving criminal process and making arrests, and in addition, may arrest any person for the commission of any offense, mentioned in section two.    Gov. Pattison, April 26, 1883.
current statute  3 P. S.  1.  (Policemen to protect; powers)

1879  Act 196  PL 164  constable fees in civil actions (contracts, trespass, trover, conversation wherein the sum demanded does not exceed $ 300)  on all sales made final, be as follows: for all sales amounting to less than $ 50, three percent; for all sales amounting to less than $ 100, two percent; for all sales above $ 100, one percent.    Gov. Hoyt, July 7, 1879

1879  Act 117 PL 125   in matters dealing with cruelty to children and employment of children…  Section 6. …such justice or magistrate shall forthwith issue a warrant to a constable or other authorized officer, to enter such place or house and investigate the same; and such person may arrest or cause to be arrested all offenders, and bring them before any justice, magistrate or court of record for a hearing of the case; and it shall be the duty of all constables and policemen to aid in bring all such offender before said authorities for a hearing.   Section 8.  …humane society may offer similarly qualified persons to the court of common pleas of the county, whereupon such court or any judge thereof shall, if they be fit persons, commission such person to act as constables, with power to arrest all offenders against this act or any provisions thereof…all persons thus qualified under this section, shall be deemed to be constables and authorized persons within the meaning of section 6 of this act; and the keepers of jails or lock ups, or station houses, in any of said counties, are required to receive all persons arrested by such policemen or constable.     Gov. Hoyt, June 11, 1879.

1879  Act 54  PL 56   …the fees received by constables for every act in or about the arrest or commitment of vagrants, shall be twenty-five cents for each vagrant so arrested and committed, and mileage as is now allowed by law for the same service.   Gov. Hoyt, May 19, 1879.

1878  Act 159  PL 125   regarding persons traveling in or upon railroad engines or cars who ride without paying the fare, or of committing larceny, violence or destruction of property, or threatening, intimidating or assaulting travelers or other persons… Section 2.  Any constable or police officer, having knowledge or being notified of any violation of this act, shall forthwith arrest such offender and take him before any magistrate, alderman or justice of the peace or…issue a warrant or a capias for the arrest of any such offender…  Gov. Hartranft, May 24, 1878.
amended  Act 128  PL 135, Gov. Hoyt, June 11, 1879.  (unchanged as to constable duties)
current statute  18 Pa.C.S. 6161

1878  Act 109  PL 85   Section 4.  It shall be the duty of the constable of each township to make return to the court of quarter sessions of the proper county of defects in turnpike or plank roads, in the same manner and to the same extent that they now make returns in defects in public roads…  Gov. Hartranft, May 22, 1878.

1878  Act 56  PL 40   To define and suppress vagrancy.  …the fee for a constable or policeman making an arrest under this act is the sum of fifty cents each, and mileage as now provided by law when such arrest is made more than one mile from the prison or place where such vagrant shall be committed, and no mileage shall be allowed to any officer making an arrest within one mile of the prison…any willful refusal to make such arrest on the part of any constable or police officer, shall subject him to a penalty of five dollars…  Gov. Hartranft, May 3, 1878.

1877  Act 8   PL 12       Section 2.   It shall be the duty of the constable of the proper ward, district, borough or township to give at least twenty days notice, by advertisement … of the expiration of the term of the commission of any alderman or justice of the peace that may expire… and also of any vacancy that may happen by death, resignation or otherwise.   Gov. Hartranft,  March 22, 1877.
see also Opinion of the Attorney General – 1907-1908

1876  Act 148  PL 179    No person hereafter elected shall be capable of holding the office of school director, constable, path-master or commissioner of roads, and that of township or borough auditor.  Gov. Hartranft, May 18, 1876.
current statute  24 P. S. 3-322 (Eligibility, incompatible offices)

1876  Act 126  PL 154  To define and suppress vagrancy.  Section 2.  If any person shall be found offending in any township or place against this act it shall and may be lawful for any constable or police officer of such township or place, and he is hereby enjoined and required, on notice thereof given him by any inhabitants thereof, or without such notice on his own view, to apprehend and convey or cause to be conveyed such person to a justice of the peace or other committing magistrate… Section 7.  That for each arrest, hearing or commitment made under this act there shall be paid out of the county treasury…the same fees and mileage as now provided by law for like services in other cases of arrest, hearing, and commitment…any willful refusal to make such arrest on the part of the constable or police officer shall subject him to a penalty of ten dollars…    Gov. Hartranft, May 8, 1876.

1876  Act  67    PL 99     Section 1.  That any police officer or constable, upon view of the breach of any ordinance of any city of the first class, is authorized to forthwith arrest the person or persons so offending, without any process, and to take such person or persons forthwith before any police magistrate or alderman of said city…
Gov. Hartranft,  May 3, 1876.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (x) (as to constables).
current statute  53 P. S. 13349 (Summary proceedings for violation of ordinances)

1876  Act 58  PL 39  That an act to consolidate the offices of assessor and constable in the township of Brecknock, in the county of Lancaster, and Easttown and South Coventry townships, Chester County…is hereby repealed so far as the said act relates to Brecknock township, in the county of Lancaster.   Gov. Hartranft,   1876.

1872  Act 881  PL 920      burgesses, justices of the peace and constables in the county of Dauphin, shall be entitled to the same fees now allowed to alderman and constables in the city of Harrisburg.  Gov. Geary, April 4, 1872.

1872  Act 725  PL 772   That the fees to be charged by constables of the city of Philadelphia, to be charged for the following services shall be: For watchmen, to be charged to the defendant on execution or distress for rent, per day three dollars.  For collection of rent by distress or otherwise, to be charged to the landlord, apart from the commissions allowed by law, shall be five percent, on the amount actually collected.  For levying goods, and selling the same on execution, for each dollar five cents.   For each adjournment of sale, under execution or distress for rent, one dollar and costs for advertising said adjourned sale.  Gov. Geary,  April 3, 1872.

1866  Act 164  PL 190    …as far as relates to the making of returns, at each term of the court, in the county of Chester; but constables are hereby required to make return,  to the proper court of said county (Chester), in all cases of such violation or disturbance, when known to them, or when required to do so by any person, or persons, having knowledge of such illegal sales (of spirituous or intoxicating liquors), or of such disturbance, at any election, aforesaid.    Constables elect, who appear at the next court of quarter sessions of said (Chester) county, after their election, to accept or refuse, the office, shall receive the same pay and mileage as is allowed for making the return aforesaid.  Gov. Curtin, March 12, 1866.

1866  Act 154  PL 182    Section 1. That it shall be the duty of the constables of the several cities, boroughs, wards and townships, in the counties of Erie, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Pike and Crawford, to make diligent search for all persons, who shall, either directly, or indirectly, be engaged in the sale, and traffic, of liquors, wines, or other strong drinks, and make quarterly returns, thereof, under oath, to the courts of quarter sessions of the proper counties; and it shall be the duty of the courts to make diligent inquiries, of the constables, of the manner and fidelity with which they have attended to, and discharged, the requirements, hereby enjoined, upon them; and should the courts be satisfied of the unfaithfulness of any constable, in this respect, they are hereby authorized, and empowered, to suspend, or remove, him from office, and appoint another one in his place.
Section 2.  It shall be the duty of the constables, and of the several police constables, officers, or detectives, appointed by the proper authorities, in the counties aforesaid (Erie, Crawford, Luzerne, Susquehanna and Pike), and they are hereby authorized, and required, to arrest any professional thief, pick-pocket, or burglar, who may be found at any steam-boat landing, railroad depot, church, banking institution, broker’s office, place of public amusement, auction room, or common thoroughfare, in the city of Erie, Cory, Meadville, or Titusville, and carry them, forthwith…
Section 3. That the conductors, on the several railroads, while passing through either of the counties, aforesaid, shall have power to arrest anyone who may be found stealing, or picking the pockets of passengers, or others, or committing any breach of the peace, on the cars, and detain him, or her, til reaching any one of the places, Erie, Cory, Meadville, or Titusville, and then deliver him, or her, to a constable, or other police authority…. Gov. Curtin, March 12, 1866.

1864  Act 782  PL 886   That the high constable of the borough of Dauphin, in the county of Dauphin, is hereby empowered and required to perform all the duties enjoined upon constables, and shall receive the same fees for such services as are now, by law, allowed to constables.  Gov. Curtin, May 7, 1864.

1864  Act 60   PL 60      relative to the term of time for which constables are elected in the city of Philadelphia…in lieu of the term of years for which constables of the various wards, boroughs and townships of the said city are now elected, they shall hereafter be elected for the term of five years, from and after the expiration of the various terms, to which they have been elected.   Gov. Curtin, March 18, 1864.

1862  Act 64  PL 56   for collecting taxes in Greene Co for the relief of families of the volunteers of the commonwealth (civil war soldiers)  Section 3.  That before the court of quarter sessions of said county (Greene) shall appoint or qualify constables, they shall be required to give bond in the name of the commonwealth, in such sum and with such sureties as shall be approved by the said court, conditional for the payment to the proper county treasurer of the full amount of relief tax contained in any warrant and schedule which shall be delivered to them, after deducting exonerations, within four months from and after delivery of any such warrant or schedule aforesaid.  Gov. Curtin, February 27, 1862.

1858  Act 221  PL 185    That the qualified voters of the city of Philadelphia shall elect, in each ward, as many constables as they have alderman… and whenever they shall increase the number of alderman, the number of constables shall also be increased: Provided that this act shall not apply to the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th wards of said city.    Gov. Packer, March 30, 1858.

1857  Act 197   PL 170   That hereafter it shall be lawful for the sheriff, deputy sheriff or constable of any county or township, to administer the oath or affirmation required to be administered to appraisers under the act to which this is a supplement.
Gov. Pollock, April 8, 1857.

1855  Act 509   PL 479   Section 4.- When & how the baggage of boarders may be sold – …proprietor of hotels, inns, or boarding houses may make application to any alderman or justice of the peace of the proper city, borough, or county, who is hereby authorized to issue his warrant to any constable within said city, borough, or county, and cause him to expose said goods and baggage to public sale, after giving at least ten days notice by written or printed notices, put up in three or more public places in the ward of said city or borough, or in the township where said inn, hotel, or boarding house is located…   Gov. Pollock,  May 7, 1855.

1855  Act 281  PL 264    Section 15, 16, 17…  constables in Philadelphia… illegal for the receiver of taxes to place any warrant against delinquent taxpayers into the hands of any constable, until such constable shall have given security by bond and warrant… in the sum of five thousand dollars… nor have in the hands of any constable at any one time, warrants for a greater amount of taxes than the amount of such bond…required to make reports and payment of all his collections on such warrants, at least once in every week…      Gov. Pollock, April 21, 1855.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (viii) and (ix)

1850  Act 342  PL 549     Section 19.  That in all suits which may hereafter be instituted in any court of this commonwealth, in which the sheriff of any county may be a party, when there is no coroner in commission to serve process, it shall be lawful for any constable in the county where the process has been issued, to serve the same, and perform the duties in relation, thereto which coroners are authorized to do under the laws of this commonwealth   Gov. Johnston, April 22, 1850.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (vii).
now  44 Pa. C. S. 7153.  (Service of process), formerly 13 P. S. 41.

1850  Act 312  PL 452     Section 9.  That nothing in the 26th section of an act establishing a fee bill, passed on March 28, 1814, shall be deemed or taken to impose upon any sheriff, deputy sheriff or constable any penalty for taking the fee for service, or copy of any writ of summons, or other original process, at the time of receiving such process to be served.
Gov. Johnston, April 11, 1850.

1841  Act 144  PL 413     Section 8.  …within the county of Philadelphia, in consequence of any mob or riot ..and it shall be the duty of the said sheriff, alderman, constable, or justice of the peace, upon the receipt of said notice, or upon knowledge of such attack or intended riot, or disturbance, to take all legal means to protect such property so attacked, or threatened to be attacked, … if the sheriff, alderman, constable, or justice of the peace, shall neglect or refuse to perform his duties in the premises, he or they, so neglecting or refusing, shall be liable for the damages done to such property, to be recovered by an action on the case in the court of common pleas of the proper county, and shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor in office, and on conviction thereof by the proper court, his commission shall be void,     Gov. Porter, May 31, 1841.

1841  Act 141  PL 400     Section 14.  That the courts of quarter sessions of each county shall have full power, on petition of any surety of any constable, setting forth the complaint, and verified by affidavit, to inquire into official conduct of such constable, and in all cases where said court shall be satisfied that from habits of intemperance or neglect of duty, any constable is unfit or incompetent to discharge his official duties, it shall be lawful for said courts, respectively, to decree the removal of such constable from office, unless such constable gives such additional surety as the court may direct, and to appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy who shall have a freehold estate with at least one thousand dollars beyond encumbrance, or give security, as in other cases of constables, to continue in office until the next succeeding election for constable…  said court shall decree the removal of such constable from office, and fill the vacancy in the same manner as is provided herein for cases of constables incompetent to act, from habits of intemperance.  Gov. Porter, May 27, 1841.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section  4 (2) (vi).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7172 (Incompetence), formerly 13 P.S. 31

1841  Act 258  PL 1    Section 12.   …judgment against a constable for the amount of an execution together with costs, on which judgment there shall be no stay of execution, shall not be construed to deprive the constable of the right to appeal to the court of common pleas…as in the case of other defendants.   Gov. Porter, October 13, 1840.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (v)

1839  Act 149   PL 377    Section 2 …required the proper constable to immediately transmit by mail to the Governor the returns of elections of alderman and justices of the peace, and a duplicate return, shall be handed by such constable, to the prothonotary of the proper county  …to issue commissions to such persons as appeared to be duly elected.   Gov. Porter,  June 21, 1839.
Repealed Act  , April 13, 1859 (as to duties of constables).
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – April 21, 1898.
see also Opinions of the Attorney General – April 17, 1884.

1834  Act 247  PL 537     An act relating to counties and townships, and county and township officers…  Sections 107-114:
107- it shall be the duty of every person elected as constable of a township to accept or decline the office on the first day of the next court of quarter sessions, and if failing to do so be fined $ 40.  (13 P. S. 5)
108.  Constable of a township to possess a freehold estate, clear of all encumbrances, of at least $ 1,000 or be required to post a bond of constable of not less than $ 500 or more than $ 3,000, as the court shall direct.  (13 P. S. 6)
109. If (a vacancy occurs in the office of constable of a township), the court shall appoint some other respectable person…to serve as constable until the next annual election and until a successor be duly appointed.   (13 P. S. 12)
110. If a duly elected or appointed constable, with a freehold estate of proper value, shall refuse or neglect to serve as constable or shall not procure a deputy to undertake the duties thereof, shall be fined $ 40.  (13 P. S. 7)
111.  No person shall be liable (for the $ 40 fine) if they served, personally or by deputy, as constable of the same township within the past 15 years, or have paid the $ 40 fine thereof.   (13 P. S. 8 )
112. the bond to be given by constables shall be in the sum not less than $ 500 nor more than $ 3,000 and shall be taken by the clerk of court in the name of the Commonwealth, with conditions for the just and faithful discharge of the duties of the constable, and shall be held in trust for the use and benefit of all persons who may sustain injury from the constable in his official capacity by reason of neglect of duty…. (13 P. S. 9)
113.  no deputy shall be appointed by any constable, either by general or partial deputation, without approbation of the court of quarter sessions..  (13 P. S. 22)
114.  in the event of death, inability or refusal to act of his deputy, the constable of any township may, with the approbation of the court of quarter sessions, appoint another deputy, with full authority to act as such until the next regular session of such court, and for the acts of such deputy, the constable and his sureties shall be liable…the constable shall file a written copy of such deputation with the clerk of courts.  (13 P. S. 23)
116.  nothing in this act contained shall be so construed as to repeal any special provision heretofore made by law, for any city, borough, district or township in this commonwealth.  (13 P. S. 13)   Gov. Wolf,  April 15, 1834.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (iv)
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7114 (b) (c).  (Townships), formerly 13 P. S. 6,  formerly 13 P. S. 9.
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7121 (Constables), formerly 13 P. S. 12.
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7122 (Deputy constables), formerly 13 P. S. 22, formerly 13 P. S. 23.
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7178 (Failure to serve in a township), formerly 13 P. S. 5,  formerly 13 P.S. 7,  formerly 13 P. S. 8.

1834  Act 52  PL 72    That the town council of the borough of Carlisle shall have power … to appoint one of the constables of the said borough, or any other suitable citizen of the same, high constable of said borough… and such high constable so appointed shall perform all the duties, and be subject to all the penalties and provisions which are now by law proscribed and established for the regulation of the high constable in the said borough.   Gov. Wolf,  March 17, 1834.

1829   Act 216  PL 369  section 3 …where any constable has been or shall be entrusted with the execution of any process, for the collection of money, and by neglect of duty has failed or shall fail to collect the same, by means whereof the bail or security for such constable has been or shall be compelled to pay the amount of any judgement or judgements, such payment shall vest in in the person or persons paying as aforesaid, the equitable interest in such judgement…  Gov. Shulze, April 24, 1829.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (iii)
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7177 (Failure to execute process), formerly 13 P. S. 88.

1820   Chapter CVIII  PL 156     constables were required to give receipts to defendants for money received by them in all civil actions, penalty for not providing receipt.  Constables were required to execute process against other constables. Proceedings to be followed for the neglect to pay overplus to the defendant. Gov. Findlay, March 28, 1820.
Repealed Act    PL 872  section 1201, June 24, 1939.   formerly 13 P. S. 42, formerly 13 P. S. 83, formerly 13 P. S. 85.

1815  Act  PL 48    Gov. Snyder, April 12, 1815.

1814   Chapter IX  PL 28   an act allowing compensation to constables for attending the several courts within this commonwealth…  no constable shall be obliged to serve more than on week at any one time…for one dollar for each and every day he or they shall have respectively attended.   Gov. Snyder, January 21, 1814.
Repealed 1992 – Act 108  PL 717, November 24,1992, formerly 13 P. S. 51.

1810   Act 132  PL 208   Section 12 and 19.   concerns constable levies and sales, liabilities of surety of constable who may absconds or becomes insolvent.  Court may issue a writ of scire facias and proceed against the security.    Gov. Snyder, March 20, 1810.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (ii).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7156 (Executions), formerly 13 P. S.
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7174 (Action against security), formerly 13 P. S. 82, formerly 13 P. S. 87.

1799  Sm. L.  3/ 2012      the acting constable shall within six days after the election for constable, give notice in writing to the person elected to be constable, and if failing to do so, be fined $ 16.  If any person elected constable and so notified shall refuse or neglect to appear on the first day of next court of quarter sessions to decline or accept said office, be fined $ 16.  Gov. Mifflin, March 1, 1799.
Repealed Act 49-2009, Section 4 (2) (i).
now 44 Pa. C. S. 7171 (Election notice in certain areas), formerly 13 P. S. 4.

1785  2 Sm Law 275   Habeas Corpus  duty of constable to execute any writ of habeas corpus …fined 100 pounds and incapable of holding office   Feb 18, 1785

1777    Organization of the PA Militia
required compulsory enrollment by constables of all able bodied white males between the ages of 18 and 53 to repel invaders…      Act of the Assembly,   President Wharton, March 17, 1777.

1771  1 Sm Law 350   Chapter 636 (DCXXXVI)  an act dealing with the nightly watch in the city of Philadelphia, enlightening lamps (street lights), appointing Wardens… II. that the Mayor, Recorder, four Aldermen together with the wardens..shall make orders and regulations, for the better government of the said constables and watchmen…III.  that all orders, regulations, …shall be written or printed..and shall be delivered to all and every of the constables of the said city…as shall relate to the conduct and government of the watchmen so to be hired… IV. ..the night watch… from 9 PM to 6 AM (in winter) and from 10 PM to 4 AM (in summer): And the constables shall, in their several turns and courses of watching, use their best endeavors to prevent fires, murders, burglaries, robberies, and other outrages and disorders, within the said city; and to that end shall, and they are hereby empowered and required to arrest and apprehend all night-walkers, malefactors and suspected persons, who shall be found wandering, and misbehaving themselves, and shall take the person or persons who shall be so apprehended, as soon conveniently as they may, before one or more of the Justices of the Peace…shall report on any misbehavior or neglect of duty of the watchmen to the Wardens…And the said constable, for every night’s watching as aforesaid…shall be paid at the rate of three shillings per night.     Lt. Governor John Penn,

1771  1 Sm Law 313   Chapter 620 (DCXX)  duty to seize and confiscate all oysters and rockfish offered for sale between May 10 – September 1 in any year …and the Clerk of the market, or any Overseer of the poor or constable in the city of Philadelphia, or any Overseer of the poor or constable of the borough, district or township respectively, in which any fish or oysters shall be offered to sale contrary to this act, shall, and are hereby required immediately to seize the same, for the use of the poor of such city, borough, district or township…  Lt. Governor John Penn,  March 9, 1771.

17??  1 Sm Law 228   Chapter ??   prohibiting to hunt, chase or follow any deer, buck, doe, fawn or other wild beast, wild fowl, or game whatsoever or shall set traps for beaver, or other beasts, without the limits of the lands purchased of the Indians by the Proprietaries of this province     II.  That the constable of each respective township, in every county of this province, having any knowledge of any offenses against this act, shall, and he is hereby required, under the penalty of five pounds, to present, on oath or affirmation, every such offense to some one Justice of the Peace of their respective counties, or before the justices of the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the same county, together with the name or names of such offenders, that they may be tried, agreeable to the directions of this act.  Lt. Governor

1705  1 Sm Law  25   Chapter 119 (CXIX)  IV.  That no person or persons, upon the first day of the week (Sunday), shall serve or execute, or cause to be served or executed, any writ, precept, warrant, order, judgement or decree, except in cases of treason, felony, or breach of the peace…    V.  That all persons who are found drinking and tippling in ale-houses, taverns, or other public house or place, on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, or any part thereof, shall, for every offense, forfeit and pay one shilling and sixpence, to any constable that shall demand the same, to the use of the poor: And all constables are hereby empowered, and by virtue of their office required, to search public houses and places suspected to entertain such tipplers, and them, when found, quietly to disperse; but in case of refusal, to bring the persons so refusing before the next Justice of the Peace, who may commit such offenders to the stocks…   Lt. Governor John Evans, 1705

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PA Senate Bills:

SB 577  pn 550   Mar 2    Sen Greenleaf   Judiciary committee

Amends 42 Pa CS, adds section 2961,  Municipal police (and PSP) shall receive a service fee of $ 35 for

executing one or more warrants or for effectuating the payment of fines and costs by attempting to execute one or more warrants.

[Why are we still getting $ 27.50 + mileage, and they're getting a proposed flat $ 35 for serving warrants?]

[Why have a constable serve a warrant, when a municipal police officer assigned to serving warrants can easily be a 'profit center' to his municipality?]

SB 212  pn 122   Jan 15   Sen Greenleaf   Judiciary committee

Amends 18 Pa CS, adds section 4916,   Simulated legal process, impersonating public official or legal tribunal and hindering public official.

Misd 2 to attempt to be a private / unofficial court or using court like documents.

(Apparently being used by some collection agents in some cases and in other cases by individuals

who believe they possess a common law right to have a ‘constitutional’ court.)

SB 178  pn 229   Jan 27   Sen Greenleaf    State Govt committee

Amends Title 10 Pa CS (Charities), ..  deals with false representation & practices in fund raising for charitable groups

to benefit police, sheriff or deputy sheriff, constable or deputy constable, county detective, fire police or other person

who is empowered to make arrests, serve warrants, issue summons…

SB 163   pn 99    Jan 15   Sen Greenleaf    Approp committee,  1st consideration Apr 14

Amends Title 44 Pa CS, adds chapter 25, Arrest Protocols

2501 definitions..  LEO (1) PSP (2) Act 120 municipal police (3) constable & deputy constable (4) sheriff & deputy sheriff

2502 Training  ..requires addition of training in basic training and in-service training (continuing ed)

2503 guidelines upon arrest … LEO shall inquire as to minor children needing care as result of arrest,

LEO shall make reasonable effort to ensure safety / care of minor children when arresting..

SB 25    pn 10   Jan 14   Sen Greenleaf   Education committee

amends Police Officer, Firefighter, Correction Employee & National Guard Member Child Beneficiary Act, (provides certain post secondary education (community college, state owned or state related institution)  tuition waivers to children & surviving spouses of those killed in the line of duty)

[Thanks to Ian's perseverance constables are anticipated to be added to the Act    ..(4.1)(Sheriffs & deputy sheriffs ..killed.. while maintaining order and security or otherwise carrying out their duties.. hopefully will expand to include constables & deputy constables]

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Pa House Bills:

HB 1682  pn 2492  Nov 5     Rep Knowles         Judiciary committee

Amends 18 Pa CS, adds section 5103.1  Unlawful use of audio or video device in court

Misd 2 if in any manner and for any purpose uses or operates a device to record or capture any audio or video within a hearing room, courtroom, or environs without the approval of the court or hearing officer or as permitted by a rule of court.

HB 1571  pn 2251   Sep 29   Rep Caltagirone   Judiciary committee

Amends 44 Pa CS, adds section 7133

Ineligibility   – PCCD/CETB to check criminal history, ineligible if convicted of felony or required to register on Megan’s Law as sexual offender

Amends 44 Pa CS  section 7149   Increases CETA fee from $ 5 to $ 9

HB 1538  pn 2173   Sep 11   Rep M. White   Judiciary committee

Amends 44 Pa CS, adds section 511,

prohibits release of LEO’s name or identification if involved in discharge of firearms or use of force in performance of official duties until (unless) criminal charges are filed.  During investigation of incident, LEO’s name will remain confidential.

No criminal charges = no release of LEO’s name.

LEO = peace officer as defined in 18 Pa CS 501 = includes constables

HB 37  pn 1159  Apr 10  Rep Grell   State Govt committee

Amends Right to Know Law (RTKL)  Section 102  Definitions   Law Enforcement Officer – 16 categories, (16) a constable or a deputy constable

Section 708   Exceptions for public records (in RTKL)   (6) (i)  (C) The home address of a current, former or retired law enforcement officer or judge.

HB 807  pn 952  Mar 17  Rep Murt        Judiciary committee

Amends Title 44 Pa CS, adds chapter 25, Arrest Protocols

HB 763  pn 904  Mar 10  Rep C Parker  Judiciary committee

Amends Title 44 Pa CS, adds chapter 25, Arrest Protocols     (almost identical to SB 163 pn 99)

HB 514  pn 591  Feb 23  Rep Petri      Judiciary committee

Amends Title 22 Pa CS, adds Chapter 3,.. modernizing the Private Detective Act of 1953

removes the CCP (and the county DA) as the administrative licensing agency by creating within the Dept of State BPOA a professional licensing board

3 types of licenses: (1) private investigators (2) security professionals (security guards, watchmen, or private patrols) (3) fugitive recovery agents (bail enforcement, bail recovery).

Constables / deputy constables (PCCD certified, with 3 years experience & not separated by more than 5 years)

would be eligible for only a fugitive recovery agent license.

[I would suggest we lobby to be included for a security professionals license (since sheriffs / deputy sheriffs are included for that license).

Why are we likewise not eligible for this license?]

The Lethal Weapons Training Act (LWTA / Act 235) is also being modernized in this bill. Title 22 Pa CS, Chapter 11

[I would suggest we lobby to change section 1111 on active police officers being granted waivers of LWTA training / firearm qualifications to be expanded to any LEOs who have maintained firearm certification under their training agency MPOTEC (Act 120), DSETB (Act 2), CETB (Act 49), or other state LEO program (PGC WCOs / PFBC WCOs).]

HB 235  pn 229  Jan 27  Rep Heffley   Senate Judiciary committee   June 17 -passed House 189-0

Amends 18 Pa CS 4912,  making impersonation of a public servant, when impersonating a LEO, a Felony 3.

[Thanks to Ian's perseverance constables were added to the list of LEOs  (c) definition ...LEO means.. (16) a constable or a deputy constable.

Ron has concerns about other aspects of this bill dealing with the sale of used police / emergency vehicles.  75 Pa CS 4571   requiring emergency vehicle warning devices to be removed if sold to those not authorized to operate EVs.]

HB 84   pn 74   Jan 21    Rep Wheatley   State Govt committee

Amends Pa Election Code Section 913,  requires all candidates for any elected office (including constables)

to have a drug screening and attach the results for public inspection to their nominating petition.

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Enacted into Law

Act   1 -2015   May 13, 2015   HB 152  pn 1181   Rep Tallman

Amends Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act

increases time to make a claim for benefits to four years (was previously only 90 days)

(Constables are included as “Peace Officers”, Any survivor eligible for benefits may apply)

Act 16 -2015   July 2, 2015  SB 397  pn 1058  Sen Alloway

Amends 42 Pa CS (Judicial Code) Chapter 57 (Bail Bondsman)

Section 5749 – Prohibitions and Penalties

(E) Public Officials – Any law enforcement officer, … , who has, directly or indirectly, any pecuniary interest

or derives any profit from the bonding industry or activity of any bail bondsman commits a summary offense.

Act 25 -2015   July 10, 2015  HB 221 pn 464   Rep Caltagirone

Amends 42 Pa CS and 53 Pa CS, mandates training of MDJs (42 Pa CS 3118.a) and MPOTEC officers (53 Pa CS 2164)

in handling of persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and autism.

(unfortunately, no requirement for training of non-MPOTEC; sheriffs / constables)

Act 41-2015   Oct 1, 2015   SB 678  pn 1121   Sen. Smucker

Amends Public School Code authorizing campus police officers of the SSHE to enforce the vehicle code on highways and trafficways through and abutting campus.

(An Oct. 2014, Superior Court decision held that campus police lacked the authority to enforce the Vehicle Code on roads through campus)

Act 52-2015   Oct 30, 2015  HB 906 pn 1103  Rep. Harper

Amends First Class Twp. Code   53 P.S. 55604

removes CCP from declaring a vacancy of twp. officers who refuse or neglect the duties of their offices, provides that removal of elected twp. officer is only by the procedures in the Pa Constitution VI.7.

(does not apply to constables but is a model law vs 44 Pa CS 7172 which permits CCP to remove constables upon petition)

Act 55-2015   Oct 30, 2015  SB 748  pn 1313   Sen. Argall

Amends Vehicle Code  75 Pa. C.S. 3102  Obedience to authorized persons directing traffic

(1) uniformed police officer, sheriff or constable, or in an emergency, a railroad or street railway police officer

(2) any appropriately attired person, including … funeral directors

(3) any employee … of licensed and insured private security company

adds (4) any driver of a certified escort vehicle …

(preserves a constable’s authority in VC to direct traffic, Roose decision holds we cannot enforce VC unless in statute)

Act 57-2015   Nov 4, 2015   HB 138  pn 2256   Rep Farry

Amends 35 Pa. C.S. adds section 7714  Solicitation by first responder organizations

permits first responder organizations, (1) volunteer fire, rescue or EMS or (2) law enforcement personnel, who are non-profit (501-c-3), with the written approval of a municipality and PennDot or local transportation department to solicit donations at an intersection controlled with a stop sign or traffic signal, when wearing a PennDot approved traffic control vests.  Provides an exemption to 75 Pa CS 3545 Pedestrians soliciting rides or business.

Act 61-2015   Nov 4, 2015   SB  765  pn 1302  Sen Brooks

Amends Vehicle Code  75 Pa. C.S. 102  Definitions  ‘Emergency Vehicle’

adds … a vehicle owned & operated by Pa Turnpike Commission used by an emergency service responder as dispatched by PTC ‘s traffic operation center

Amends 75 Pa. C.S. 3327  Duty of a driver in emergency response areas

(f) definitions   adds (2) area where contractors or utility workers are repairing infrastructure within the first 72 hours of a declared emergency and until the expiration of a declared emergency, if making use of visual signals on authorized vehicles (yellow lights)

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Other proposed legislation of interest:

SB 1231  pn 1811  Oct 9  Sen Aument  State Gov’t committee

Amends Admin. Code of 1929 creating an independent state Inspector General, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by 2/3 of senate for a 6 year term to conduct investigations of executive depts. and agencies for criminal activity, waste, fraud, other inappropriate use of funds, etc. (This independent office could benefit PAFOC in disputes with PCCD, DGS)

SB 859  pn 926  May 29  Sen Greenleaf  Judiciary committee

Amends Title 42 & Title 61 Pa CS, would consolidate the Dept of Corrections and the Pa Bd of Probation & Parole

into a single agency, The Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation, to reduce costs, promote efficiency & coordination

SB 632  pn 646  Mar 23   Sen Greenleaf  Judiciary committee

Amends 18 Pa CS, repealing Chapter 61 (Pa Uniform Firearms Act), adds Chapter 62, Pa Firearms Act.

A re-writing to better organize & clarify firearm laws.   No substantive changes.

SB 634  pn 630  Mar 13  Sen Eichelberger  State Govt committee

Amends Pa Constitution (Article II.3),  to limit term of a senator to a term of 12 yrs

and term of a representative to  a term of 12 yrs in a members lifetime. (term limits of General Assembly)

SB 579  pn 628  Mar 2   Sen Greenleaf  Judiciary committee

Amends 44 Pa CS, adds chapters:   Chapter 31 PCCD  (Act 274-1978 PL 1166; 71 P.S. 1190.21-1190.33)

Chapter 73 Sheriffs & Deputy Sheriffs (Act 2-1984 PL 3; 71 P.S. 2101-2109)  Chapter 75 Victim Advocate (Act 111-1998 PL 882)

(No changes to existing statutes, merely codification, from P.S. into Pa. C.S.)

SB 539  pn 520  Feb 25  Sen Tomlinson  Judiciary committee

Amends 18 Pa CS, adds section 2703.2  Aggravated assault by person in custody

A person who is in custody of the police or other law enforcement agency commits a felony of the third degree if he,

while in custody, intentionally or knowingly causes or attempts to cause another to come into contact with blood,

seminal fluid, saliva, urine or feces by throwing, tossing, spitting or expelling such fluid or material.

[I would suggest we have them add.. "sheriff or constable" after police, so that there is no doubt that we are included]

SB 492  pn 627  Feb 13  Sen Yudichak  State Govt committee

Amends 65 Pa CS,  creates the Pa Public Integrity Commission to absorb the State Ethics Commission,

enlarging their powers to investigate for public corruption and misdeeds, employ law enforcement officers

(Public Integrity Commission Officer) who are authorized to use & possess firearms, must be in compliance with the Confidence in Law Enforcement Act..

SB 416  pn 335  Feb 5   Sen White   Education committee

Amends Pa Public School Code of 1949, adds section 510.2,    permitting school boards to authorize certain

school employees to possess firearms on school property to defend students, if they (1) possess a LTCF and

(2) maintain certification under Act 120 (MPOTEC), Act 2 (deputy sheriffs), Act 235 (Lethal weapons training.)

[I would suggest we have them add..maintain certification under Act 49 (constable firearm certification.]

Bills permitting early voting

(which may diminish a need for a constable to perform peacekeeping duties on election days)

HB 1560  pn 2240  Sep 29  Rep Sims   State Govt committee

Amends 25 PS section 3302  Permits absentee voting in person while applying for absentee ballot,

no excuse or reason required for absentee voting

HB 1454  pn 2044  July 16  Rep Cohen  State Govt committee

Amends Pa Constitution VII.14, to insure those in the military may vote by absentee ballot

HB 208  pn 198  Jan 23  Rep Pashinski  State Govt committee

Amends 25 PS adding section 1201-A  Conduct of early voting

permits registered electors to vote up to 30 days before election day,

permits voting from 0700-1900 hours, for min. 8 hrs per weekday & min. 8 hrs per weekend at main office of county election bd or other sites

SB 742  pn 767  Apr 16  Sen Leach        State Govt committee

Amends 25 Pa CS adding section 3303  Early voting

permits registered electors to vote up to 2 weeks before election day,

permits voting from 0700-2000 hours, for min. 8 hrs per weekday & min. 8 hrs per weekend at city hall or designated public libraries

SB 206  pn  117  Jan 15  Sen Schwank  State Govt committee

Amends Pa Election Code, any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot (permits early voting)

SB 205  pn  116   Jan 15  Sen Schwank State Govt committee

Amends Pa Constitution VII.14, any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot (permits early voting)

HB 1676   pn 2488  Nov 5   Rep Gibbons     State Govt committee

Amends Pa Constitution adding section VI.8 and amends 65 P.S.

Authorizes recall of elected state and local legislative and executive officers by petition & referendum for malfeasance and nonfeasance

HB  1564  pn 2244  Sep 29  Rep Lawrence  State Govt committee

Amends 25 PS  various sections of Election Code

Requires drug testing to run for office by state elected officials -

Gov, Lt Gov, AG, Treasurer, OAG, Senator, Rep, Supreme/Superior/Commonwealth courts

HB 1455  pn 2461  July 20  Rep Pashinski  Urban Affairs committee  Oct 28 House

Amends 75 Pa CS 6109 (h) extends authority to parking authorities of 2nd class A city (Scranton) and 3rd class cities to enforce and administer parking ordinances enacted by the city (already statute for 1st class city – Phila, 75 Pa CS 6109 (g) and 2nd class city – Pittsburgh, 75 Pa CS 6109 (h) and under 53 Pa CS Chapter 55

[an attempt to decriminalize parking offenses, remove prosecution of parking offences as TR offenses from MDJ courts, which is a significant source of warrants issued to constables]

HB 1236  pn 1621  May 18  Rep Briggs   Judiciary committee

Amends 18 Pa CS adds section 914  Possession of weapons within certain facilities

possession in a casino of a deadly weapon, a stun gun or similar device without express

written permission of the Pa Gaming Control Board is a misdemeanor 3.

HB 1006  pn 1288   Apr 20   Rep Murt  Game  Fisheries committee

Amends 30 Pa CS  section 901  Powers and duties of waterways conservation officers,

adds, (18) Enforce all laws of this Commonwealth relating to trespass.

HB 955  pn 1171  April 10   Rep Longietti   State Govt committee

Amends Pa Election  Code section 907,  eliminates incumbent MDJs from having to circulate nominating petitions,

incumbent MDJs would instead file a declaration of candidacy & a candidate affidavit by Jan 15 with county board of elections

to be listed for reelection on any party’s ballot.

Claim that MDJs are at risk by going door to door to seek signatures on nominating petitions.

HB 823  pn 968  Mar 24  Rep Greiner  Local Govt committee

Amends Local Tax Collection Law

removes county clerk of courts from holding tax collector bond (instead DCED holds bond)

[Should we consider something similar, where a constable sends bond and proof of liability insurance to PCCD and not to clerk of courts?]

requires nominating petitions / papers to include a criminal history record from PSP (CHRI)

to be eligible to be included on the ballot by the county election board

prohibits those from submitting nominating petitions / papers who have been convicted of any offense under 18 Pa CS:

Chapter 35 (Burglary), Chapter 37 (Robbery), Chapter 39 (Theft & related offenses), Chapter 41 (Forgery & fraudulent practices),

Article E (Offenses against public administration; Chapters 45, 47, 49, 51, 53), Chapter 76 (Hacking & similar offenses)

HB 793  pn 939  Mar 13  Rep Rozzi   Judiciary committee

Amends 44 Pa CS, adds Chapter 9,  Confidential Informants

HB 733  pn 920   Mar 6   Rep Mahoney  Judiciary committee

Amends 53 Pa CS, adds section 2111,  Office of Sheriff   authorizes sheriffs & deputies to same standing & authority

as municipal police officers, training  & certification to be through  MPOTEC, sheriff to be chief LEO of county owned

or leased property (courthouse, annex buildings, jail, county parks)

HB 89  pn 79  Jan 21  Rep Harper   Feb 10 House passage (154-44),  Oct 28 Senate 2nd consideration

Amends 42 Pa C.S. 3351 Automatic retirement on age

Judges and MDJs shall be retired upon attaining the age of 75 (currently 70).

and placing on ballot statewide amendment to Pa Constitution Article V. 16 (b) – mandatory retirement at age 75

Enforce Vehicle Code (75 Pa CS)  for ‘other’ LEO

SB 678  pn 711    Apr  8   Sen Smucker Education committee               clarifies powers of campus police (SSHE) to enforce Title 75

HB 673  pn 781   Mar 2   Rep Hanna   Game & Fisheries committee    expands powers of PFBC WCO to enforce Title 75

HB 674  pn 782   Mar 2   Rep Hanna   Game & Fisheries committee    expands powers of PGC WCO   to enforce Title 75

HB 676  pn 796   Mar 2   Rep Hanna   Transportation committee         expands powers of DCNR rangers to enforce Title 75 outside of state parks / forests

HB 622  pn 722   Feb 26   Rep Harhai   Education committee

Amends Pa Public School Code of 1949 adding  section 778.1, Training requirements for school security officers.

requires a min. of 60 hours of training within 1st year of employment & 20 hours of annual continuing education,

requires certification in first aid, CPR, AED, applies also to school police officers

Radar & Lidar for MPOTEC Police

SB 559  pn 536   Feb 25  Sen Rafferty       Transportation committee

SB 535  pn 492   Feb 20  Sen Vulakovich  Transportation committee

HB 71   pn 62      Jan 21  Rep Readshaw   Transportation committee

Amends 18 Pa CS section 2702  Aggravated Assault), (c) officers, employees, etc. enumerated,

HB  1463  pn 2058 July 21 Rep Harhart  Judiciary committee

adds (39) municipal code official

HB 1219  pn 1600  May 14   Rep Ward  Judiciary committee

adds (39) health care practitioner in a health care facility

HB 628  pn 728  Feb 26  Rep Donatucci  Judiciary committee

adds (39) any elected or appointed government official or employee of any municipality, authority, school district

HB 279  pn 278   Feb 2  Rep Schweyer    Judiciary committee

adds (39) employee of a transportation company

HB 120  pn 105  Jan 21  Rep Dom Costa  Judiciary committee

to clarify definition of assault of

(2) firefighter… adds, including volunteer firefighters and special fire police  …

(27) school personnel.. adds, including a crossing guard

Emergency vehicle definition (75 Pa CS)

SB 270  pn 150  Jan 16  Sen Tartaglione  Transportation committee   Adds Salvation Army vehicle used for emergency disaster services to the definition of EVs

HB 1068  pn 1349  Apr 24  Rep R Brown  Transportation committee  Adds Rescue Service Vehicle -

a vehicle used to provide rescue services by a volunteer nonprofit corporation, association or organization in this Commonwealth

HB 898  pn 1121  Apr 8    Rep Boyle          Senate 2nd                                    passed House 06-10-15 (120-68)

Adds Phila Prison System (PPS) prisoner transport vans to definition of EVs to use red & blue lights

Emergency service provider definition (75 Pa CS)

SB    765  pn 824    Sen Brooks   July 14  Transportation committee            passed Senate 07-14-15 (46-0)

HB 1169  pn 1540  May 12   Rep Ward   Transportation committee

Amends 75 Pa CS  Section 102  Definitions   “Emergency Service Responder”

Adds Electric cooperative personnel and electric utility personnel

[Constables and deputy constables should be added; police and sheriffs are listed, What if we are directing traffic or assisting at a highway emergency?]

2015 scheduled session days

House                                                       Senate

Sep    21, 22, 29, 30                                                     14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

Oct     5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28                          13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

Nov    16, 17, 18, 23, 24                                              16, 17, 18

Dec    7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16                                               7, 8, 9

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