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Supreme Court revises Comment to Criminal Rule 578 on pretrial resolution of admissibility of expert testimony

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District Attorney candidates forum, September 26, 5 p.m., 11th floor, Bar Association, 1101 Market Street.  The event is free but you must register in advance.  Click to register.

Criminal Justice Section membership meeting, September 28, noon, 11th floor, Bar Association, 1101 Market Street.

Legislative actions

Bills moving

Senate

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Senate Bill 655 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) further providing for opioid prescribing guidelines (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Epilepsy Drug Exemption: Senate Bill 728 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) exempting an epilepsy drug from ABC-MAP (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action

Emergency Prescriptions: Senate Bill 542 (Browne-R-Lehigh) further providing for filling emergency prescriptions (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill Of Rights: Senate Bill 742 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sexual Offender Registration: Senate Bill 854 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) sexual offender registration (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Criminal Record History: Senate Bill 883 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) automatic expungement of criminal history record after pardon  (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Child Pornography Investigations: House Bill 561 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) repealing sunset for administrative subpoenas in child pornography investigations (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Access To Digital Assets: Senate Bill 827 (Killion-R-Delaware) fiduciary access to digital assets (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Bail Bonds: House Bill 280 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) provides for forfeiture and allocation of bail monies was Tabled by the Senate.

Session schedule

Senate

6-Hour Call

October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

House

September 25, 26, 27

October 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Public hearings

September 26-– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 401 (Grove-R- York) forming a statewide commerce court (sponsor summary), House Bill 1124 (Cox-R-Berks) relating to the neglect, abuse of care dependent persons (sponsor summary), House Bill 1196 (Cutler-R- Lancaster) codification of orders for life sustaining treatment (sponsor summary).  Room 140.  10:00.

October 4– House Judiciary Subcommittee on Family Law holds an information meeting on House Bill 1644 (Klunk-R-York- establishing a uniform standard of practice for collaborative law (sponsor summary). Room 140. 10:00.

October 17– House Judiciary Committee hold an informational meeting on current trends in opiate abuse and other illegal drug use.  Room 140.  10:00.

(Legislative actions are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

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Congress passes Bill of Rights, September 25, 1789

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Bill Moving

Proof Of Lawful Presence In U.S.: House Bill 1095 (Heffley-R-Carbon) requiring proof of lawful presence in the United States as prerequisite to certain public benefits (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action

Session Schedule

Senate

September 18, 19, 20

October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

House

September 25, 26, 27

October 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Public Hearings

September 19– Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on LCB enforcement of Stop and Go’s in Philadelphia and legal gambling devices. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11 a.m.

September 19– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 742 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 854 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) sexual offender registration (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 883 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) automatic expungement of criminal history record after pardon  (sponsor summary); House Bill 561 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) repealing sunset for administrative subpoenas in child pornography investigations (sponsor summary).  Room 8E-B East Wing. 11:30 a.m.

October 4– House Judiciary Subcommittee on Family Law holds an information meeting on House Bill 1644 (Klunk-R-York- establishing a uniform standard of practice for collaborative law (sponsor summary). Room 140. 10 a.m.

October 17– House Judiciary Committee hold an informational meeting on current trends in opiate abuse and other illegal drug use.  Room 140.  10 a.m.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee meets September 19, 12:30 p.m., 11th Floor Committee Room South.Chancellor's Forum - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro


Chancellor’s Forum
Pennsylvania Attorney General
Josh Shapiro
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Speaker PhotoThe Philadelphia Bar Association will host Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a Chancellor’s Forum onTuesday, Sept. 19. The Association is pleased to offer this opportunity to meet and ask meaningful questions of Pennsylvania’s new attorney general as a free, members-only event.

Light refreshments will be served.

Introduced by
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Deborah R. Gross
Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association


Date:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time:
4 – 6 p.m.

Location:
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market St.
11th Fl. Conference Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Registration Info:
This program is FREE for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and member-exclusive. Registration is required.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Cornerstone of U.S. Capitol is laid, September 18, 1793

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Session Schedule

Senate

In recess to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 18, 19, 20

October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

House 

September 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 25, 26, 27

October 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Public Meetings and Hearings

September 13-14– Commission on Sentencing.  (formal notice)

September 19– Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on LCB enforcement of Stop and Go’s in Philadelphia and legal gambling devices. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11 a.m.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Community Forum - the Philadelphia District Attorney Race


Candidates:

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Beth Grossman
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Lawrence Krasner

Community Forum:
Philadelphia District Attorney Race
Tuesday, September 26, 2017The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will host candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney at a Community Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Association’s 11th floor Conference Center. The event will be introduced by Chancellor Deborah R. Gross.

The District Attorney race is of the utmost importance, directly impacting Philadelphians and the city’s rule of law. This Community Forum will be an opportunity for members of the Association and public to learn about the candidates’ positions, and ask meaningful questions.

Introduced by
Speaker Photo
Deborah R. Gross
Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association


Date:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time:
5 – 6 p.m.

Location:
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market St.
11th Fl. Conference Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Registration Info:
This program is FREE for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and members of the community.Registration is required for all attendees.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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PA Bulletin: Sentencing Commission Publishes Changes To Sentencing Guidelines
The PA Commission on Sentencing published a final set of changes to sentencing guidelines in the September 2 PA Bulletin (page 5141).

Public hearings and meetings

September 13-14– Commission on Sentencing.  (formal notice)

September 19– Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on LCB enforcement of Stop and Go’s in Philadelphia and legal gambling devices. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11 a.m.

Session schedule

Senate

In recess to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 18, 19, 20

October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

House

6-hour call of the House Speaker

September 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27

October 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Representative Tom Marino chosen as drug czar.  

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The materials above are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

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Happy Labor Day.

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September 29 is deadline to comment on proposed changes to Pa.R.A.P. 511 concerning cross-appeals.

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September 29 is deadline to comment on proposed changes to Pa.R.A.P. 904 and 907 concerning captioning in cases involving minors

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October 12 is deadline to comment on proposed changes to Criminal and Appellate Rules concerning competency to be executed.

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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Session Schedule

Senate

In recess to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 18, 19, 20

October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

House

6-hour call of the House Speaker

September 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27

October 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

News Clippings

New DUI law in effect.  Click for full report.

Pa. small courts improve access to translators in criminal cases, still lag in other areas.  Click for full report.

Meetings and Hearings

September 13– House Children and Youth Committee meets to consider House Bill 1707 (Watson-R-Bucks) requiring the reporting of all cases of diagnosed substance-exposed newborns by health care providers (sponsor summary).  Room 60 East Wing 10:00.

September 13-14– Commission on Sentencing.  (formal notice)

September 19– Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on LCB enforcement of Stop and Go’s in Philadelphia and legal gambling devices. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11:00.

 

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Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, August 30, 1967.  

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Extension of temporary assignment of 26 Municipal Court Judges to Court of Common Pleas

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Two Senators propose legislation to allow governments, and non-human entities to receive restitution payments

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Commission on Sentencing meets September 13-14

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Public Hearing

September 19– Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on LCB enforcement of Stop and Go’s in Philadelphia and legal gambling devices. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11 a.m.

 

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Hawaii Statehood, August 21, 1959

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September 12 is deadline to comment on proposed Recommendation 112 on public access.

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September 29 is deadline to comment on proposed Recommendation 139 on captioning.

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October 12 is deadline to comment on Publication Report on competency to be executed.

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The items below are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Session Schedule

Senate

In recess to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 18, 19, 20

October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

House

6-hour call of the House Speaker

September 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27

October 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Public Hearing

September 19– Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on LCB enforcement of Stop and Go’s in Philadelphia and legal gambling devices. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11:00.

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Woodstock, August 15-17, 1969

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