HARRISBURG - A bill that draws together various state laws related to constables is on its way to the House floor following unanimous passage yesterday by the Judiciary Committee.

Judiciary Chairman Thomas R. Caltagirone (D., Berks) called the measure a first step and said he would introduce a follow-up bill later in the current session to improve constable operations, their training and qualifications.

Caltagirone's consolidation bill assembles the laws in one place and repeals outdated laws that refer to constables, including one that goes back to the 18th century.

Pennsylvania's 1,200 active constables serve warrants, transport prisoners, and perform other jobs for district courts throughout the state. - AP