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10 MC Judges transferred to CP Trial Division through February 15

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October 16 is deadline to comment on proposed Appellate Rule on fugitives

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Session schedule

The House returns to session for October 15, 16 and 17.  The Senate returns to session for October 15 and 16.

Bills moving

Concealing Child Death: House Bill 20 (Simmons-R-Lehigh) concealing the death of a child– summary– was removed from the Table and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Confidential 911 Information: House Bill 1041 (Hackett-R-Delaware) prohibiting the release of certain emergency telephone information– summary– was removed from the Table and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

NewsClips:

House Bill May Restrict Release Of 911 Calls

Editorial: Don’t Restrict 911 Data

Child Protection: Senate Bill 21 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) clarifies who is a “mandatory reporter” of child abuse (amended), Senate Bill 22 (Ward-R-Westmoreland)  increases penalties for failure to report child abuse– summarySenate Bill 23 (Baker-R-Luzerne) updates the definition of “perpetrator” and expands definition of “person responsible for a child’s welfare” (amended),  Senate Bill 27 (Mensch-R- Lehigh) improves the exchange of information among medical practitioners and county agencies– summarySenate Bill 30 (Erickson-R-Delaware) establishes accountability and due process protections for individuals working with delinquent children in juvenile detention facilities and residential rehabilitative institutions (amended), Senate Bill 33 (Mensch-R-Lehigh) provides employee whistleblower protection for child abuse reporting (amended) were reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate.  The bills now go to the House for consideration.

NewsClips:

Senate OKs Package Of Child Abuse Bills

Senate Advances 6 Bills On Child Abuse

Legal Services: House Bill 1337 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing additional funding for Pennsylvania Legal Services– summary– was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Judicial Retirement: House Bill 79 (Harper-R-Montgomery) increasing the retirement age of judges–summary– was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Attorney Background Checks: Senate Bill 894 (Alloway-R-Franklin) requiring background checks of individuals applying for admission to the PA Bar– summary– was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 391 (Soloby-D-Washington) further providing for criminal record expungement was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  A summary andSenate Fiscal Note are available.

Child Protection II: Senate Bill 31 (Fontana-D-Allegheny) requiring certain individuals to report child abuse was amended and reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Child Protection III: Senate Bill 28 (Browne-R-Lehigh) related to child protection and assaults was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Child Abuse Investigation: Senate Bill 1116 (Washington-D-Philadelphia) further providing for the investigation of child abuse reports was amended and reported from the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Arson Penalty: Senate Bill 1024 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) increasing the penalties for arson– summary– was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Animal Cruelty: Senate Bill 863 (Dinniman-D-Chester) further providing for the offense of cruelty to animals–summary– was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Toll-Free Child Abuse Line: Senate Bill 26 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne) establishing a toll-free child abuse reporting telephone line was amended and reported from the Senate Communications and Technology Committee and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Child Protection Database: Senate Bill 24 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) establishing a statewide child protection database was amended and reported out of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Reporting Of Newborns: Senate Bill 29 (Vance-R-Cumberland) providing for the reporting of infants in child probation services was amended and reported from the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Committee meetings

October 16– House Children and Youth Committee meets to consider House Bill 162 (Benninghoff-R-Mifflin) further providing for original birth records– summary.  Room 60 East Wing.  10:00.

October 29– Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on legal representation of the indigent.  Koppers Building, 436 7th Ave, 9th Floor, Grant Room, Pittsburgh. 1:00.

Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capital Digest

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