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Proposed changes to Sentencing Guidelines

The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing has published proposed new Guidelines in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  The proposal begins at page 1967.  Click for April 5 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Chief Justice asks lawyers to support access to justice for all

Click for news release

Session schedule

The House and Senate will be in session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then recess until April 28.

Child abuse bills are on the Governor’s desk after approval by the House and Senate

The following bills passed the House and Senate and were sent to the Governor for final action.

Child Abuse: Senate Bill 24 (Vulakovich-R-Beaver).  This 54 page bill deals with the reporting and investigation of allegations of child abuse and expungement of records of the reports.  See House Fiscal Note.

Child Protection Training: House Bill 431 (Gingrich-R-Lebanon).  This bill deals with the training an education of mandated reporters of suspected child abuse.  See House Fiscal Note.

Bills moving

House

Child Abuse: Senate Bill 33 (Mensch-R-Lehigh) further providing for persons required to report suspected child abuse was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Child Abuse: Senate Bill 21 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) further providing for child abuse reporting was amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee, amended again on the House Floor and remains on the House Calendar for action.

Firearms: House Bill 1498 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) relating to the sentences for offenses relating to felons using firearms was amended on the Floor and referred into and out of House Appropriations Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.  House Bill 1091 (Taylor-R-Philadelphia) relating to the offense of carrying firearms on public streets in Philadelphia was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Senate

Child Abuse: House Bill 436 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing for penalties for failure to report child abuse was removed from the Table, amended on the Senate Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Public hearings

April 7– Senate Rules Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 33 (Mensch-R-Lehigh) further providing for persons required to report suspected child abuse on concurrence.  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

April 7– House Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 1778 (Petri-R-Bucks) providing for abolishment of jury commissioners– sponsor summary.  Room 140.  Off the Floor.

April 8– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 2088 (Hackett-R- Delaware) providing for the offense of dealing in infant children- sponsor summarySenate Bill 894 (Alloway-R-Franklin) requiring criminal background checks for lawyers.  Room 205 Ryan Building.  10:00.

April 8– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 979 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) establishing the PA Center for Effective Indigent Defense Legal Representation- sponsor summarySenate Resolution 304 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to study the Juvenile Act and related issues- sponsor summary.  Room 8E-B East Wing Capitol Building.  11:30.

April 24– Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 1095 (Farnese-D- Philadelphia) amending the anti-SLAPP lawsuit provisions– sponsor summary.  Philadelphia Bar Association Office, 1101 Market-Frankford Line, Philadelphia.  9:30.

April 29– Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 1215 (White-R- Indiana) transferring Clerks of Court and Prothonotaries to the Judicial System– sponsor summary.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 10:30.

Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

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