In Pennsylvania, the law currently provides an exception in the criminal code that prohibits the prosecution of the crimes of harassment, stalking, and threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction if those otherwise criminal acts are done as part of a labor dispute. Beginning last year, an effort was undertaken in the state legislature to close that loophole.
Former House Bill 1154 was the subject of much maneuvering between the State Senate and the State House as Governor Corbett prepared to leave office last year. Due to differences between leaders in the two chambers, two separate versions were passed and never reconciled in conference committee. As a result, the session expired without a final version being passed and sent to the Governor for signature.