A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

20160315rldstatecapitol01-3

PA Supreme Court forms task force to review operations of investigating grand juries and recommend updates

Click for news release.

September 14 is deadline to comment to proposed changes to Criminal Rules

Click for text and reports

Rule 462 Summary Appeal Remand
 

Rules 229 and 230 Disclosure of Investigating Grand Jury Testimony

imgres

New York statehood, July 26, 1788

PA Budget stalemate continues

On Saturday, House Republicans failed to get an agreement on a revenue package to fill the $2.2 billion deficit and support the $31.996 billion budget passed June 30, according to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), and decided to go home.  The Senate is on six-hour call.–Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.

On the Governor’s Desk

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) further providing for drivers license loss due to substance abuse.  A House Fiscal Note and summary.  The bill was signed into law as Act 30.

Attorney General Shapiro pushes for continued Title IX protections

State attorneys general are urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to preserve protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro submitted a letter to DeVos signed by 19 other state attorneys general, all Democrats, on Wednesday.

“We’re calling on Secretary DeVos to listen to law enforcement and trust survivors of sexual assault by keeping these protections in place and putting student safety first,” Shapiro said in a statement .

Click for full report from Tribune Review.

PA Supreme Court rejects retroactive application of SORNA

Click for report from The Morning Call.

Click for Opinions in Commonwealth v. Muniz

Opinion announcing Judgment of the Court 

Concurring Opinion 

Dissenting Opinion 

ESL

22438379-mmmain

Budget update:  Senate to return to session on Monday.

At midnight last Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf allowed the $31.996 billion General Fund budget bill– House Bill 218(Saylor-R-York)–  to become law without his signature.   It’s the third General Fund budget bill in a row he didn’t sign.

A day later, the House and Senate left town after failing to agree on a revenue package to support the budget that is now law.

House Majority Leader David Reed (R-Indiana) said Tuesday the House would not return to Harrisburg unless there was an agreement on the revenue package.

The Senate Friday announced it would return to voting session on Monday, July 17 and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told members to be prepared to stay in session for three days.—Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

The House is on a six hour call.—Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.                                                                                                                             

Bills Moving

House

Administrative Code: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R- Delaware) amends the Administrative Code to adopt standards for recovery houses was amended significantly and reported out of the House Appropriations Committee, was amended on the House Floor and remains on the House Calendar for action.  The Bill also provides–

Makeup Of PA Commission On Crime And Delinquency:  Section 310. Changing the makeup of the Board. (page 14)

State Police Fees: Section 616-A: Increase fees for Criminal History Record checks by State Police service.(page 53)

— Attorney General Administrative Account: Section 922.1 related to the collection of administrative account fees by the Office of Attorney General. (page 54)

— Notice of Correctional institution Closure:  Section 915-B. (page 54)

Senior Judge Grants: Section 2801-E: Providing for Senior Judge Operational Support Grants. (page 65)

A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.

Senate

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) further providing for drivers license loss due to substance abuse was concurred in by the Senate and now goes to the Governor for his action.  AHouse Fiscal Note and summary.

Forfeiture Of Bail: House Bill 280 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) provides for forfeiture and allocation of bail monies (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended on the Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Restitution To Crime Victims: House Bill 285 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) further providing for restitution by criminals to victims was amended on the Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

images

Wrong-Way Corrigan, July 17, 1938

l_state_capitol_night_1200-1

General Assembly back in session

The House returned to voting session Friday and the Senate plans to start a 4 day session run on Saturday to do the hard part of state budgeting– paying for the $31.996 billion General Fund budget the passed on June 30 and overcoming a $2.2 billion budget without raising broad-based taxes.

Drew Crompton, chief of staff for Senate President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), said Thursday in a Tweet– “If age 50 is the new 40, then July 10th is the new June 30th” — in legislative time of course.

Lawmakers and Gov. Wolf are working against a midnight July 10 deadline to take final action on the last pieces of the budget, but as always, deadlines don’t mean that much in Harrisburg.

At midnight Monday, the Commonwealth ceases to have the ability to spend money unless the General Fund budget bill– House Bill 218 (Saylor-R-York)–  is signed into law by Gov. Wolf or allowed to become law without his signature as the last two budgets have.

In play to be amended to implement the final budget agreement are the Code bills: Fiscal Code and Administrative Code– bills where anything and everything has been added in the past; Tax Code, Education and Human Resources Codes and gaming and liquor bills as needed.

Bills Moving

House

[ From House Friday/Saturday session ]

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) further providing for drivers license loss due to substance abuse was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House with amendments.   A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Providing For Access To Drug Information: House Bill 1532 (Phillips-Hill-R- York) authorizing Medicaid Managed Care Organizations access to information in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to help deal with the opioid crisis was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Hot Vehicle Child: House Bill 1152 (Boback-R-Lackawanna) provides civil immunity to individuals forcing their way into a hot car to rescue a child was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Hot Vehicle Animal: House Bill 1216 (Farry-R-Bucks) prohibit the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle during hot weather was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House. A House Fiscal Note and summary is available. The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Lobbyist Disclosure Penalties: House Bill 1175 (Cutler-R-Lancaster) further providing for lobbyist disclosure penalties was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Drone Aircraft: House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for the unlawful use of drone aircraft for surveillance in a private place was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Child Protection Phone Line: House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Adams) providing for a statewide toll-free telephone line for child protective services was reported from the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Recovery Houses: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R- Delaware) amends the Administrative Code to adopt standards for recovery houses was considered and House voted 111 to 79 to revert to the prior printer’s number, amended on the House Floor and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Ban The Box: House Resolution 296 (Murt-R-Montgomery) adopting a ban the box policy on providing state employment application information on criminal records (sponsor summary) was referred to the House State Government Committee.

Senate

[ From Saturday Senate session ]

Restitution Collection: House Bill 234 (Costa-D-Allegheny) further providing for the collection of restitution (House Fiscal Note and summary) was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Restitution Wage Attachments: House Bill 236 (Corbin-R-Chester) restitution wage attachments (House Fiscal Note and summary) was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Restitution: House Bill 285 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) further providing for restitution by criminals to victims was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sexual Offenders: House Bill 631 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) probation tail for sex offenders was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

DNA Testing: House Bill 1523 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for DNA testing was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Epinephrine Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) expanding the authorized users of epinephrine auto-injectors was Tabled.

Megan’s Law Violators: House Bill 508 (Cox-R-Berks) preventing Megan’s Law violators from receiving welfare benefits (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was referred back to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

On the Governor’s Desk

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of police body cameras on concurrence (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 22.

Information above from Crisci Associations PA Capitol Digest

July 31 is deadline for applications for Supreme Court Committees

Criminal Procedural Rules Committee more information
Committee on Rules of Evidence more information

 

imgres

Wyoming Statehood, July 10, 1890

 

banner-agency2

Administrative Governing Board approves higher counsel fees.

Click for Order  AGB approved COUNSEL FEE ORDER

The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

General Assembly passes State budget and sends it to Governor 

The Senate, House and Governor Wolf reached a bipartisan agreement Thursday on a $31.996 billion General Fund budget– House Bill 218 (Saylor-R-York)– which the Senate (43-7) and House (173-27) passed Friday and sent to the Governor.

The budget includes more money for schools, pension obligations and services, but demands across-the-board cuts state government agencies and in Medicaid.

The General Assembly also agreed to combine the departments of Human Services and Health, but it does not include the departments of Aging and Drug and Alcohol Programs.     They will also combine the Department of Corrections and the Office of Probation and Parole.

But, the spending plan has a $2 billion hole to fill and there is no agreement on how to fill it.  The revenue plan will have to wait until after July 4.  The Senate is likely to come back to session July 5 and House July 6, but both chambers adjourned to the call of the chair.

Governor signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Governor Tom Wolf Thursday signed Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) into law as Act 13 of 2017. The bipartisan bill reforms asset forfeitures, which are civil proceedings against property that allow law enforcement to take possession of property of certain persons suspected of crime.

The new law creates significant changes to civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania in several key areas, including:

— Higher burdens of proof imposed on the Commonwealth;

— Protection for third-party owners by placing an additional burden of proof on the Commonwealth;

— Improved transparency in auditing and reporting;

— Specific and additional protection in real property cases by prohibiting the pre-forfeiture seizure of real property without a hearing, and;

— An extra level of protection for anyone acquitted of a related crime who is seeking the return of their property.

A Senate Fiscal Note and summary is available.

Senate approves Clean Slate bill to seal criminal records for minor offenses

The Senate Wednesday unanimously approved bipartisan legislation– Senate Bill 529— sponsored by Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) and Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) to provide for automatic sealing of criminal records for minor offenses.

Senate Bill 529 would allow for the automatic sealing of low level, non-violent criminal offenses, eliminating the need for individuals to petition the court. This “clean slate” measure and a companion bill– House Bill 1419 (Delozier-R-Cumberland)– are the first of their kind in the nation.

Under the legislation, misdemeanors would be sealed after 10 years of the individual being crime-free and as long as court obligations have been met. Non-convictions would be sealed after 60 days and fulfillment of court obligations.

It also exempts individuals with a sealed record from having to disclose criminal history records. This is often a huge hurdle for individuals attempting to obtain a job or housing.

The bills applies only to non-violent misdemeanors. Offenses that do NOT qualify under Clean Slate include–

— Offenses involving danger to the person;

— Offenses against the family;

— Offenses relating to firearms and other dangerous articles;

— Offenses relating to registration of sexual offenders;

— A violation relating to indecent exposure;

— A violation relating to failure to comply with registration requirements;

— A violation relating to weapons or implements for escape;

— A violation relating to cruelty to animals; and

— A violation relating to corruption of minors.

Senate Bill 529 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Bills moving

House

School Drug Curriculum Update: House Bill 121 (Kaufer-R- Luzerne) updating school curricula on opioid and drug abuse was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Noteand summary.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Providing For Further Access To Drug Information: House Bill 1532 (Phillips-Hill-R- York) authorizing Medicaid Managed Care Organizations access to information in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to help deal with the opioid crisis (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House Health Committee, referred into and out of the House Rules Committee, amended on the House Floor and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Child Protection Hotline: House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Adams) providing for a statewide toll-free telephone line for child protective services was reported out of the House Rules Committee, amended on the House Floor and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Driver Substance Abuse: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for drivers license loss due to substance abuse was amended and reported out of the House Transportation Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Senate

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of police body cameras on concurrence (House Fiscal Note and summary) was concurred in by the Senate and now goes to the Governor for his action.

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses was passed by the Senate.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Drug Delivery Penalties: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery was amended on the Senate Floor and was passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 461 (Killion-R-Delaware) expanding DNA testing was amended on the Senate Floor and was passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Sex Offender Probation: House Bill 631 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) probation tail for sex offenders was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Bail Money Forfeiture: House Bill 280 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) provides for forfeiture and allocation of bail monies (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Collection Of Restitution: House Bill 234 (Costa-D-Allegheny) further providing for the collection of restitution (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Criminal Restitution: House Bill 285 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing for restitution by criminals to victims was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

On the Governor’s desk

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of police body cameras on concurrence (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Stolen Valor: House Bill 168 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) Stolen Military Valor Act (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 9.

Animal Abuse: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 10.

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 12.

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 13.

Session schedule

The Senate may meet on July 5 and the House may meet on July 6.

 
imgres-1

22438379-mmmain

Senate Bill 76 introduced to eliminate school property tax.  It’s present version would not impose tax on legal services.

A bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers have introduced a plan– Senate Bill 76 (Argall-R- Schuylkill) — to eliminate school property taxes for the state’s 500 public school districts, except for the property taxes earmarked to pay off debt incurred by the districts (sponsor summary).

Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, would replace the revenue generated by the property tax for public schools with an increase to the Personal Income Tax rate from 3.07 percent to 4.95 percent and an increase in the Sales and Use Tax from 6 to 7 percent. The tax would also be expanded to cover more goods and services that are currently exempt.

Senate Bill 76 was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.  A sponsor summary is available.

The issue was last voted on November 23, 2015, when it was defeated on a 24-24 tie vote. The Lieutenant Governor then broke the tie, voting no, making the final tally 24 votes for, with 25 votes against.

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–

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Note and summary).

Stolen Valor: House Bill 168 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) Stolen Military Valor Act (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Animal Abuse: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary).

Theft Of Metals: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of metals (House Fiscal Note and summary).  The bill was signed into law as Act 9.

Bills moving

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

House

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote. (The Senate Rules Committee has scheduled a meeting on the bill for Monday, June 26.)

Electronic Opioid Prescriptions: House Bill 353 (Nesbit-R-Butler) requiring electronic prescriptions for opioids was reported out of the House Rules Committee, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Protecting Newborns: House Bill 1139 (Topper-R-Bedford) further providing for the protection of newborns was reported out of the House Rules Committee, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Assaults On Healthcare Practitioners: House Bill 646 (Ward-R-Blair) relating to the assault of a healthcare practitioner was reported out of the House Rules Committee, was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

DNA Testing: House Bill 1523 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for DNA testing was reported out of the House Rules Committee, was amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate.

School Curricula On Opioid/Drug Abuse: House Bill 121 (Kaufer-R- Luzerne) updating school curricula on opioid and drug abuse (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the House Education Committee, referred into and out of the House Rules Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Senate

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate without change.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Animal Abuse: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate without changes.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Legal Services: Senate Bill 741 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing funding for courts and indigent legal services (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for driver chemical testing was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for action.

Organ Donation: Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) extensive revision to Donate Life PA Act related to organ and tissue donations was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate. A Senate Fiscal Note and summary.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Recovery Houses: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) setting standards for drug and alcohol recovery houses (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was amended on the Floor and was passed by the Senate. The bill now goes to the House for action.

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Body Cameras: House Bill 27 (M.White-R- Philadelphia) release of information from a shooting incident involving a police officer (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Animal Cruelty: Senate Bill 636 (Dinniman-D-Chester) further providing for cruelty to animal prevention related to heat exposure (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Electronic Notarization: Senate Bill 595 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) providing for electronic notarization of documents was recommitted to the Senate State Government Committee.

Drug Delivery Penalties: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and are now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Senate Bill 655 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) setting revised opioid prescribing guidelines (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Right To Try: House Bill 45 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) Right To Try pharmaceuticals, biological products and medical devices was amended and reported from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Banning Cell Phone Use By Novice Drivers: Senate Bill 786 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) banning cell phone use by novice drivers (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Transportation Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Session schedule

Senate

June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The State budget must be enacted by Friday.

Public hearings

Note: This is budget week.  House and Senate committees can add and cancel meetings with little notice.

June 26– Senate Rules Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) use of police body cameras on concurrence (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capital Digest)

 

images

July 1, 150th anniversary of Confederation

20160315rldstatecapitol01-3

Order approving the revision of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 902

Click for Order

Click for Text of revision

Click for Final Report

The items below are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Bills moving

House

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras was amended on the House Floor and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Noteand summary) was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Child Abuse Posters: House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Montgomery) requiring schools to display posters with toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Children and Youth Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

DNA Testing: House Bill 1523 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for DNA testing was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Assaults On Healthcare Practitioners: House Bill 646 (Ward-R-Blair) relating to the assault of a healthcare practitioner (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Protecting Newborns: House Bill 1139 (Topper-R-Bedford) further providing for the protection of newborns (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Sanctuary Cities: House Bill 28 (White-R-Philadelphia) holding a sanctuary city liable for damages to persons or property as a result of criminal activities by unauthorized aliens (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House State Government Committee and was referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Senate

Theft Of Metals: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of metals (House Fiscal Note and summary) was passed by the Senate without amendment and now goes to the Governor for action.

Gambling Disorder Penalties: Senate Bill 496 (Scavello-R-Monroe) providing additional sentencing options for gambling disorders (sponsor summary) was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for action.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 461 (Killion-R- Delaware) further providing for the use of DNA testing (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is on the Senate Calendar for action.

Legal Services Funding: Senate Bill 741 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing funding for courts and indigent legal services (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Drug Delivery Penalties: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Recovery Houses: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) setting standards for drug and alcohol recovery houses (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Land Banks: e Senate Appropriations Committee and are on the Senate Calendar for action.

Epinephrine Injectors: House Bill 126 (M.Baker-R-Tioga) further providing for the use of epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for driver chemical testing was removed from the Table, was amended on the Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Stolen Valor Act: House Bill 168 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) Stolen Military Valor Act (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Session schedule

Senate

June 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

June 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

 

Winter Games NZ - Day 11: Giant Slalom - Womens + Adaptive

June 21, first day of winter in New Zealand

State Capitol Complex

The items below are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.

Session Schedule

Senate

June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

 June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Bills Moving

House

Lawsuits Involving Childhood Sexual Assaults: Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) further providing for civil actions regarding childhood sexual assault was Tabled.

Civil Forfeitures: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Proof Of Citizenship: House Bill 1095 (Heffley-R-Carbon) requiring proof of citizenship prior to obtaining state benefits (sponsor summary) was reported from the House State Government Committee and was referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Decedent’s Remains: House Bill 383 (Readshaw-D-Allegheny) further providing for the disposal of decedent’s remains (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Electronic Opioid Prescriptions: House Bill 353 (Nesbit-R-Butler) requiring electronic prescriptions for opioids (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Health Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Senate

Penalties For Drug Delivery: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Expungement Of Criminal Offenses: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Public Hearings
.

June 13– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 646 (Ward-R-Blair) relating to the assault of a healthcare practitioner (sponsor summary).  Room 140 Main Capitol. 10:00.

June 13– NEW. House Children and Youth Committee meets to consider House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Montgomery) requiring schools to display posters with toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse (sponsor summary).  Room B-31 Main Capitol.  10:00.

June 13– NEW. House State Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 28 (White-R-Philadelphia) holding a sanctuary city liable for damages to persons or property as a result of criminal activities by unauthorized aliens (sponsor summary).  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 10:00

Flag Day, June 14images

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: