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The Senate returns to session on December 3.  The House returns to session on December 9.

Supreme Court adopts new rule on retention of alternate jurors

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On the Governor’s desk

House Bill 714, (Baker-R-Tioga) which raises by one grade the offense of identity theft, where the victim is under the age of 18, has passed the Senate and was presented to the Governor for action.  The bill passed the House in May.  The law already raises the offense by one grade where the victim is over the age of 60 or care dependent.

Bills Moving

House

Autopsy Information: House Bill 207 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) further providing for the release of autopsy information was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Use Of DNA: Senate Bill 150 (Pileggi-R- Delaware) further providing for the collection and use of DNA was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Victims Of Violence: Senate Bill 681 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for the protection of victims of sexual violence was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Child Abuse Training: House Resolution 537 (Grell-R-Cumberland) recognizing ChildFirst PA for its commitment to training child abuse investigative teams was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Intimidation/False Child Abuse Reports: Senate Bill 28 (Browne-R-Lehigh) further providing for falsification and intimidation in child abuse cases was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Child Abuse Investigations: Senate Bill 1116 (Washington-D-Philadelphia) further providing for prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse cases was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Child Record Expunction: Senate Bill 30 (Erickson-R-Delaware) and Senate Bill 23 (Baker-R-Luzerne)  further providing for amendment or expunction of information in juvenile cases were amended and reported from the House Children and Youth Committee and are now on the House Calendar for action.

Child Abuse Reporting: Senate Bill 21 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) further providing for child abuse reporting and updates was amended and reported from the House Children and Youth Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Senate

Identify Theft: House Bill 714 (Baker-R- Tioga) further providing for the offense of identity theft– summary– was passed by the Senate without amendment and the bill goes to the Governor for his action.

Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 75 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further prohibiting human trafficking–summary–  was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Child Protection Training: House Bill 431 (Gingrich-R-Lebanon) further providing for child protective services– summary House Fiscal Note– was amended and reported out of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Criminal Lab Fees: House Bill 1274 (Farry-R-Bucks) further providing for criminal laboratory fees- summary– was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Victims Of Abuse: House Bill 1201 (Barbin-D-Cambria) further providing for post-trial matters in cases of victims of sexual or physical abuse– a summary and House Fiscal Note are available– was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Commission on Sentencing meets December 4-5

December 4– dinner at Harrisburg Hilton 6 p.m.  December 5–Policy Committee 9 a.m., Commission meeting 1 p.m., Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Harrisburg. (formal notice)

Judge Patricia Jenkins nominated for Superior Court

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Joseph Cosgrove named chief counsel to AOPC

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