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Session schedule

The House and Senate meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Supreme Court decision in Commonwealth v. Batts gives hope to juveniles convicted of murder.  

Click to Report in TribLive.

Click for Majority Opinion.

Click for Concurring Opinion.

House Judiciary Committee to consider Resolution on rules to delay release of information on arrest warrants

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will consider House Resolution 150 (Kortz-D-Allegheny) urging the Supreme Court to adopt a proposed amendment to Criminal Procedure Rule 513 and proposed new Criminal Procedure Rule 513.1.  The changes were proposed by the Criminal Rules Committee in 2008.  The changes would provide for the delay of release of information about arrest warrants.

Click for report from Criminal Rules Committee.

Click for Memorandum from House of Represenatatives.

Click for text of House Resolution 150.

House Judiciary Committee to consider bill to define commercial sex and trafficking in persons.  

On Tuesday,  the House Judiciary Committee will consider House Bill 663 (EllisR-Butler) which defines offenses relating to commercial sex and trafficking in persons.  Ignorance of age would not be a defense for such offenses.

Senate Judiciary Committee to consider bill to prevent child abduction

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Senate Bill 689 which would adopt the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act.  Click for Senate Memorandum.

Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing in Philadelphia on the concept of determinate sentences.

The hearings will be April 25 at the Philadelphia Bar Association at 10 a.m.

 

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