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Session Schedule

The House and Senate have scheduled October 15, 16, and 17 as the final voting dates in the 2017-2018 legislative session.  The current session officially ends on November 30.  Any bills introduced that do not become law by the time the session ends will die and would need to be reintroduced in the next legislation session (2019-2020).  The House meets November 13 and the Senate meets November 14 to select leaders for the next legislative session.

Bills Moving

House

Anatomical Gifts: Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for anatomical gifts (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Rules Committee and was concurred in by the House.  The bill now goes to the governor for his action.

Student Hazing: Senate Bill 1090 (Corman-R-Centre) providing penalties for hazing (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote. (Note: The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to consider this bill on Monday, October 15.)

Price Gouging: Senate Bill 1172 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for enforcement of price gouging provisions during an emergency declaration (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Anatomical Gifts: Senate Bill 108 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) further providing for anatomical gifts (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Suicide Prevention: House Bill 1822 (Schlossberg-D-Lehigh) requiring institutions of higher education to establish student mental health and suicide prevention plans (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Female Mutilation: House Bill 2526 (Murt-R-Montgomery) providing for the offense of female mutilation (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action. (Note: The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider these bills Monday, October 15.)

Firearms: House Bill 2476 (Reed-R-Indiana) correction officers personal firearms was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action. (Note: The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider these bills Monday, October 15.)

DNA Testing: House Bill 2307 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief Act and DNA statute (House Fiscal Note and summary), House Bill 2308 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief and DNA statute (House Fiscal Note and summary) were referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and were passed by the House.  The bills now go to the Senate for action. (Note: The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider these bills Monday, October 15.)

Strangulation: House Bill 2437 (Corbin-R-Chester) providing for the criminal offense of strangulation (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended on the House Floor, was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing safe harbor in human trafficking was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Municipal Sanctuaries: Senate Bill 10 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) preventing municipalities and cities from designating themselves as sanctuary cities was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Protection From Abuse: Senate Bill 500 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for protection from abuse proceedings was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Protection From Abuse: Senate Bill 502 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) further providing for protection from abuse proceedings was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Restitution: Senate Bill 897 (Stefano-R-Fayette) expand restitution law to include governmental entities was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Post-Conviction Relief: Senate Bill 915 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for victim and witness outreach and to extend the time frame for filing certain post conviction relief petitions (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 916 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing an update to the state DNA testing law (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

DUI Vehicle Homicides: Senate Bill 961 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for homicide by vehicle in DUI cases was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Domestic Violence: Senate Bill 1092 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) creating an offense for domestic violence in front of children (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Food Stamp Trafficking: Senate Bill 1127 (Aument-R-Lancaster) further providing for Food Stamp Program trafficking penalties was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Rape Kit Backlog: Senate Bill 1209 (Langerholc-R-Bedford) addressing the untested rape kit backlog (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Bills On Governor’s Desk                                                                                   

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor’s desk for action–

PFA & Firearms: House Bill 2060 (M.Quinn-R- Bucks) providing for the relinquishment of firearms following conviction for domestic violence (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Signed into law as Act 79.  Read more here.

Anatomical Gifts: Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for anatomical gifts (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary)

PennDOT Work Zones: Senate Bill 172 (Argall-R- Schuylkill) further providing for construction worker safety in active work zones (House Fiscal Note and summary)

Drones: House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for the regulation of unmanned aircraft (Senate Fiscal Note and summary).

Legislative Hearings                                                                                           

October 15– NEW. Senate Rules Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 1090 (Corman-R- Centre) providing penalties for hazing (House Fiscal Note and summary). Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

October 15– Time Change. House State Government Committee hearing on election integrity and reforms.  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 9:00.

October 15– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1951 (Toohil-R- Luzerne) preventing the abuse of dextromethorphan (House Fiscal Note and summary), House Bill 2307 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief Act and DNA statute (House Fiscal Note and summary), House Bill 2308 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief and DNA statute (House Fiscal Note and summary), House Bill 2476 (Reed-R-Indiana) correction officers personal firearms, House Bill 2526 (Murt-R-Montgomery) providing for the offense of female mutilation (House Fiscal Note and summary). Rules Room. Office the Floor.

October 15– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing examining occupational licenses and barriers to reentry for criminal offenders.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 10:30. Click Here to see if the hearing will be webcast.

October 15– NEW. Senate Education Committee meets to consider House Bill 1822 (Schlossberg-D-Lehigh) requiring institutions of higher education to establish student mental health and suicide prevention plans (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Rules Room. Off the Floor.

October 17– Senate State Government Committee holds a hearing on several resolutions calling for the amending of the U.S. Constitution – Senate Resolution 133 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) to require a balanced budget and member term limits (sponsor summary), Senate Resolution 134 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) to add a Regulation Freedom amendment to require the adoption of a regulation by Congress when one quarter of its members object to a regulation (sponsor summary), Senate Resolution 254 (Costa-D-Allegheny) Free and Fair Elections amendment requiring campaign finance disclosure (sponsor summary). Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 9:00. 

The information above is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.

October 16, 1859.  John Brown raids Federal armory at Harpers Ferry.    

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Horace Pippin painting of John Brown being transported to his hanging.

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October 31 is deadline to apply for Supreme Court boards and committees.

Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.  Applicants should have a strong interest in promoting non-discrimination. more information

Minor Court Rules Committee.  Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Conduct, Office Standards and Civil Procedure for magisterial district judges and courts, and experienced in magisterial district court practice. more information

Continuing Legal Education Board.  Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar with their primary residency in Pennsylvania. In addition, applicants should be knowledgeable about legal practice and procedures in Pa state or federal courts. more information

Voter Registration Deadline is October 9.

Pennsylvanians have only a handful of days left to register to vote in the November 6 election. Register and and check registration status online by visiting votesPA.com.

The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.

Legislature Passes First Law To Limit Guns Since 2005, No Action On Child Abuse.

The General Assembly last week sent legislation to the Governor allowing courts to force individuals involved in domestic violence cases to surrender their guns.  Read more here.

No action was taken by the Senate on one of the other hot button issues– creating a window for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits.

Bills Moving.

House

Workplace Violence: House Bill 2071 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) authorize employers to implement safeguards against workplace violence and to provide municipalities from prohibiting those safeguards (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.

Firearms: House Bill 2476 (Reed-R-Indiana) correction officers personal firearms was amended on the House Floor and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Female Mutilation: House Bill 2526 (Murt-R-Montgomery) providing for the offense of female mutilation was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing safe harbor in human trafficking was amended on the House Floor and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Hazing: Senate Bill 1090 (Corman-R-Centre) providing penalties for hazing was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Suicide Prevention: House Bill 1822 (Schlossberg-D-Lehigh) requiring institutions of higher education to establish student mental health and suicide prevention plans was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Strangulation: House Bill 2437 (Corbin-R-Chester) providing for the criminal offense of strangulation (sponsor summary)  was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action.

DNA Testing: House Bill 2308 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief and DNA statute (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action.

DNA Testing: House Bill 2307 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief Act and DNA statute (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Grand Jury Clergy Child Abuse Recommendations: House Bill 2641 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) making changes to law consistent with the grand jury report on clergy child abuse (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Children and Youth Committee and Tabled.

Senate

PFA & Firearms: House Bill 2060 (M.Quinn-R- Bucks) providing for the relinquishment of firearms following conviction for domestic violence (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee, referred into and out of Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate without amendment.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Rules Committee and was concurred in by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

PennDOT Work Zones: Senate Bill 172 (Argall-R- Schuylkill) further providing for construction worker safety in active work zones (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Rules Committee and was concurred in by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Anatomical Gifts: Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for anatomical gifts (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported out of the Senate Rules Committee and sent to the House for a concurrence vote.

Small Games: House Bill 864 (Mustio-R-Allegheny) further providing for Small Games of Chance (Senate Fiscal Note and summary)– the Senate agreed to a motion to revert to the prior printer’s number and the bill remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Infant Trafficking: House Bill 128 (Jozwiak-R-Berks) increasing penalties for infant trafficking (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Trespass: House Bill 1931 (Taylor-D-Philadelphia) providing for the public removal of trespassers was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Juvenile Justice Reform: Senate Bill 1245 (Greenleaf- R-Montgomery) making changes in law based on recommendations of the 2017 PA Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Plan (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Senior Exploitation: Senate Bill 1207 (Haywood-D-Philadelphia) providing for judicial relief for financial exploitation of seniors was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Limiting Parole: Senate Bill 1023 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) limiting parole re-applications for sexually violent predators was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Bills On Governor’s Desk.                

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary)

PennDOT Work Zones: Senate Bill 172 (Argall-R- Schuylkill) further providing for construction worker safety in active work zones (House Fiscal Note and summary)

Drones: House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for the regulation of unmanned aircraft (Senate Fiscal Note and summary).

Session Schedule.  

Senate

October 15, 16, 17

November 14

House

October 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17

November 13

Public Hearings.              

House Committee meetings are typically webcast at the House Republican Caucus website.

Senate Committee meetings are typically webcast at the Senate Republican Caucus website.

October 9House Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 1822 (Schlossberg-D- Lehigh) requiring institutions of higher education to establish student mental health and suicide prevention plans, House Bill 2476 (Reed-R-Indiana) correction officers personal firearms, House Bill 2526 (Murt-R-Montgomery) providing for the offense of female mutilation, Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing safe harbor in human trafficking, Senate Bill 1090 (Corman-R-Centre) providing penalties for hazing.  Room 140. Off the Floor.

October 9House Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 500 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for protection from abuse proceedings, Senate Bill 502 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) further providing for protection from abuse proceedings, Senate Bill 897 (Stefano-R-Fayette) expand restitution law to include governmental entities, Senate Bill 915 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for victim and witness outreach and to extend the time frame for filing certain post conviction relief petitions (Senate Fiscal Note and summary), Senate Bill 916 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing an update to the state DNA testing law (Senate Fiscal Note and summary), Senate Bill 961 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for homicide by vehicle in DUI cases, Senate Bill 1092 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) creating an offense for domestic violence in front of children (Senate Fiscal Note and summary), Senate Bill 1127 (Aument-R-Lancaster) further providing for Food Stamp Program trafficking penalties, Senate Bill 1209 (Langerholc-R-Bedford) addressing the untested rape kit backlog (Senate Fiscal Note and summary). Room 140.  9:30.

October 17—  Senate State Government Committee holds a hearing on several resolutions calling for the amending of the U.S. Constitution – Senate Resolution 133 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) to require a balanced budget and member term limits (sponsor summary), Senate Resolution 134 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) to add a Regulation Freedom amendment to require the adoption of a regulation by Congress when one quarter of its members object to a regulation (sponsor summary), Senate Resolution 254 (Costa-D-Allegheny) Free and Fair Elections amendment requiring campaign finance disclosure (sponsor summary). Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 9:00.  Click Here to see if the hearing will be webcast.

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October 12, 1492.  Columbus discovers America. 

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Session Schedule

Senate

October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17

November 14

House

October 1, 2 (Non-Voting), 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17.

November 13

House Passes 2-Year Window For Child Sex Abuse Victims To Sue, Senate Has Issues

The House passed legislation giving victims of child sex abuse victims a 2-year window to file civil lawsuits sending the bill back to the Senate for action.  Senate Republican leadership said the bill had “glaring problems,” but promised they would address the concerns “within days.”  Other recommendations for changes in law by the grand jury investigating clerical child sex abuse did not see action.

Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate last week–

House

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported from the House Rules Committee and passed by the House. It now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Child Sex Abuse Window To File Lawsuits: Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson) further providing for statute of limitations on child sex abuse legal action was amended on the House Floor to provide a 2 year window for victims to file legal actions was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House (House Fiscal Note and summary). The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Relinquishing Firearms: House Bill 2060 (M.Quinn-R-Bucks) providing for the relinquishment of firearms following conviction for domestic violence (House Fiscal Note and summary) was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for action. [Scheduled for consideration October 1 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.]

Extreme Risk Protective Order: House Bill 2227 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) providing for an extreme risk protective order to take firearms from individuals demonstrating an extreme risk was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar

Workplace Violence: House Bill 2071 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) authorize employers to implement safeguards against workplace violence and to provide municipalities from prohibiting those safeguards was removed from the Table, amended on the House Floor and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Correction Officer Firearms: House Bill 2476 (Reed-R-Indiana) correction officers personal firearms was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Grand Jury Clergy Child Abuse Recommendations: House Bill 2641 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) making changes to law consistent with the grand jury report on clergy child abuse (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee with a request to refer the bill to the House Children and Youth Committee.

Cybersecutirty: House Bill 32 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) establish the Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence Commission (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Commerce Committee and Tabled.

Assault Of Code Officials: House Bill 901 (Taylor-R- Philadelphia) providing penalties for aggravated assault of local code enforcement officials (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

DNA Testing: House Bill 2307 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief Act and DNA testing statute was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

DNA Testing: House Bill 2308 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief and DNA testing statute was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Strangulation: House Bill 2437 (Corbin-R-Chester) providing for the criminal offense of strangulation (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Impaired Drivers: House Bill 2547 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for post-accident alcohol and drug testing of drivers (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Transportation Committee and Tabled.

Senate

Drones: House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for the regulation of unmanned aircraft (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was passed by the Senate without amendments and now goes to the Governor for his action.

Rape Kit Testing: Senate Bill 1209 (Langerholc-R-Bedford) addressing untested rape kit backlog (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate.  It now goes to the House for action.

Sextortion: Senate Bill 1134 (Schwank-D- Berks) providing penalties for sextortion was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for action.

Drug Treatment: Senate Bill 623 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) codification of orders for life sustaining treatment (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee, was amended on the Senate Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Assistance Of Victims In Court: House Bill 2325 (Everett-R-Lycoming) providing for the assistance of victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to participate in court proceedings (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Child Statements: House Bill 2321 (Bloom-R-Cumberland) further providing for admittance of an out-of-court statement of a child or child witness in certain criminal or civil proceedings (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee, referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sexual Victimization: House Bill 2324 (Barbin-D- Cambria) providing that past sexual victimization may be excluded from evidence in certain criminal trials (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Drivers’ License Suspension: House Resolution 76 (D.Miller-D-Allegheny) remove drivers’ license suspensions for drug offenses (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Transportation Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Child Abuse Reporting: House Bill 1527 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing for suspected child abuse reporting (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Criminal Records: Senate Bill 1043 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of criminal records by employers was Tabled.

Restitution: House Bill 236 (Corbin-R-Chester) related to restitution wage attachment (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was Tabled.

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

Public Hearings

October 1– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 1245 (Greenleaf- R-Montgomery) making changes in law based on recommendations of the 2017 PA Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Plan (sponsor summary).  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 11:00.

October 1– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 2060 (M.Quinn-R- Bucks) providing for the relinquishment of firearms following conviction for domestic violence (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Rules Room. Off the Floor.

October 2– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 942 (Street-D- Philadelphia) relating to parole eligibility for life sentences (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 1023 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) limiting parole re-application for sexually violent predators (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 1154 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) pet store sales ban on non-rescue animals (sponsor summary). Room 8E-B East Wing.  11:30.

October 1, 1946.  Sentences imposed at Nuremberg war crimes trial.

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Hermann Goehring in witness box, March 16, 1946.

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General Assembly returns to session on Monday.

Senate

September 24, 25, 26

October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17

November 14

House

September 24, 25, & 26.

October 1 (Non-Voting), 2 (Non-Voting), 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17.

November 13

Public Hearings

September 24– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 2321 (Bloom-R-Cumberland) further providing for admittance of an out-of-court statement of a child or child witness in certain criminal or civil proceedings (House Fiscal Note and summary), House Bill 2324 (Barbin-D- Cambria) providing that past sexual victimization may be excluded from evidence in certain criminal trials (House Fiscal Note and summary), House Bill 2325 (Everett-R-Lycoming) providing for the assistance of victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism to participate in court proceedings (House Fiscal Note and summary). Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

 

September 24– NEW. Senate Aging and Youth Committee meets to consider House Bill 1527 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing for suspected child abuse reporting (House Fiscal Note and summary). Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

 

September 25– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 901 (Taylor-R- Philadelphia) providing penalties for aggravated assault of local code enforcement officials (sponsor summary), House Bill 2307 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief Act and DNA statute (sponsor summary), House Bill 2308 (Nesbit-R-Blair) amending the Post Conviction Relief and DNA statute (sponsor summary), House Bill 2437 (Corbin-R-Chester) providing for the criminal offense of strangulation (sponsor summary), House Bill 2476 (Reed-R-Indiana) authorizing personal firearms storage at work by state corrections officers (sponsor summary),  House Bill 2641 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) making changes to law consistent with the grand jury report on clergy child abuse (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 1129 (DiSanto-R-Cumberland) relating to adoptions and alternative procedures for relinquishment.  Room 205 Ryan Building. 9:00.

 

September 25– NEW. House Health Committee meets to consider House Bill 2504 (Cox-R- Berks) adding narcan, Naloxone to ABC-MAP (sponsor summary), House Resolution 943 (Tallman-R-Adams) urging the federal Food And Drug Administration to promptly consider candidates for Lyme disease vaccinations and Senate Bill 6 (Regan-R-Cumberland) eradicating waste, fraud and abuse within the Commonwealth’s Public Welfare Code (sponsor summary). Room 205 Ryan Building. Off the Floor.

 
September 25– NEW.  House Children and Youth Committee meets to consider House Bill 2641 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) making changes to law consistent with the grand jury report on clergy child abuse (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 1129 (DiSanto-R-Cumberland) relating to adoptions and alternative procedures for relinquishment. [Note: Both these bills are in the House Judiciary Committee at the moment.] Room 60 East Wing.  Off the Floor.

 

This Week in Pennsylvania Politics

 

State House Speaker Mike Turzai’s Fall Wish List

GOP State House Speaker Mike Turzai, in an interview with John Baer from the Inquirer, outlined his priorities for the fall session. Those priorities include redistricting reform and reducing the size of the legislature. Turzai also indicated he wants to add more session days to the nine currently scheduled session days for the House the rest of the year. Read more here.

 

Governor  Wolf: Legislature Must Step-Up And Deliver For Victims Of Crime Abuse

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday issued a call-to-action for the General Assembly to prioritize and deliver to his desk various outstanding and stalled legislative reforms to empower, protect and support victims of crime, abuse and harassment. They include proposals on child sexual abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, gun violence, sexual harassment, hate crimes and discrimination, human trafficking and hazing. Read more here.

 

AG Shapiro, Legislators Support Strengthening Mandatory Reporting Of Sexual Abuse

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Tuesday hosted a roundtable and press conference with state legislators, district attorneys, survivors of child sexual abuse and others to highlight the need for the General Assembly to approve four key reforms recommended by a statewide grand jury that investigated sexual abuse of minors by Catholic Church clergy and decades of institutional cover up by church leaders.  Read more here.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

 

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The Judiciary Act of 1789, officially titled “An Act to Establish the Judicial Courts of the United States,” was signed into law by President George Washington on September 24, 1789. Article III of the Constitution established a Supreme Court, but left to Congress the authority to create lower federal courts as needed. Principally authored by Senator Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut, the Judiciary Act of 1789 established the structure and jurisdiction of the federal court system and created the position of attorney general. Although amended throughout the years by Congress, the basic outline of the federal court system established by the First Congress remains largely intact today.  Click for source from Library of Congress.

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Session Schedule

Senate

Recessed to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 24, 25, 26

October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17

November 14

 

House

Recessed to the call of the House Speaker

September 24, 25, & 26.

October 1 (Non-Voting), 2 (Non-Voting), 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17.

November 13

This week in history.
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September 17, 1787.  Constitutional Convention approves Constitution and sends it to States for ratification.

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September 19, 1893.  New Zealand enacts women’s suffrage.  Photo of first page of suffrage petition submitted to New Zealand Parliament on July 28, 1893.  New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

 

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Session Schedule

Senate

Recessed to the call of the President Pro Tempore

September 24, 25, 26

October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17

November 14

House

Recessed to the call of the House Speaker

September 12 (non-voting), 13 (non-voting), 24, 25, & 26.

October 1 (Non-Voting), 2 (Non-Voting), 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17.

November 13

Governor Wolf urges swift passage of campus safety legislation

On September 6, 2018, Governor Wolf issued a news release calling upon the General Assembly to enact the following bills:

  • Amnesty for students who report domestic violence or sexual assault: requires postsecondary schools to have policies to protect the students from discipline for violating other school policies, such as drug and alcohol use. (HB1757 sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Dean and SB 871 sponsored by Senator Judy Schwank)
  • Online, anonymous reporting of sexual misconduct: requires postsecondary schools to create the reporting option for students. (SB 874 sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker and HB 1756 sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel)
  • Affirmative consent standards: requires postsecondary institutions adopt standards for responding to allegations of sexual violence and expand K-12 health education standards to explicitly address areas of consent and healthy relationships in middle and high school. (HB 1755 sponsored by Rep. Mary Jo Daley)
  • Comprehensive anti-violence and anti-harassment policies: consolidate existing requirements for K-12 schools around bullying, harassment, and violence, requiring districts to implement anonymous reporting systems and report statistics to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (SB 872 sponsored by Sen. Art Haywood and HB 1754 sponsored by Rep. Dan Miller)
  • Expand the Office for Safe Schools: requires the office within PDE to provide resources and support to postsecondary as well as K-12 institutions. The Office will award grants, monitor and assist with compliance with federal laws, and offer training and resources to educational institutions. (SB 870 sponsored by Sen. Vincent Hughes and HB 1752 sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback)
  • Annual report card on sexual violence and harassment: requires school entities and postsecondary institutions to submit information on sexual violence and harassment incidents that occur at the institution and requiring PDE to publish annual report cards. (HB 1753 sponsored by Rep. Brian Sims)

All of the bills remain in the House or Senate Education Committees.

Click for news release from Governor’s website.

The information above is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.

September 15, 1857.   Chief Justice and former President William Howard Taft is born.

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Chief Justice Taft being sworn into office.  Click for item in This Day in History.

 

 

It is with great sadness that I share with you the tragic news of Stuart Schuman‘s passing.  Just days before he was scheduled to retire, Stu was hospitalized.  On July 2, Stu passed.  For close to 50 years, Stu set the standard for what it means to be a public defender.  Not only was Stu a great lawyer, he was a great teacher.  Every lawyer trained by Stu was provided the necessary tools for zealous indigent defense, dedication, resilience, and compassion.  As I reflect on Stu’s life, I know that his legacy will be carried on with each and every lawyer he trained, each and every client he represented as well as every person he encountered throughout his career.  We invite you to share your stories in celebration of Stu’s life on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Courtroom 653, City Hall at 4 p.m.

I hope to see you there.

PAUL J. HETZNECKER, President, Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

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