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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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Governor  Jerry Brown signed a bill to end bail on Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. The bill makes California the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial.

 

California law to abolish cash bail draws critics on left and right.

Click to report from New York Magazine, August 29, 2018.

Click for report from the Marshall Project, April 30, 2018.

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Session Schedule

Senate  

September 24, 25, 26;  October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17;  November 14.

House

September 12 (non-voting), 13 (non-voting), 24, 25, 26;  October 1 (non-voting), 2 (non-voting), 9, 10, 15, 16, 27: November 13.

Commission on Sentencing

September 5-6–meetings. State College. (formal notice)

Public Hearings

September 6– House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee holds a hearing on House Bill 2549 (Hennessey-R-Chester) amending the Older Adults Protective Services Act to further provide for criminal background checks (sponsor summary). Room 205 Ryan Building. 1:00.

September 6 — House Democratic Policy Committee holds a public hearing on House Bill 1987 (Barbin-D-Cambria) amending the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act providing for dispensing of fentanyl. (sponsor summary). University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown. 10:00.

September 6 — House Republican Policy Committee holds a regional roundtable discussion with Rep. Tim O’Neal on the opioid epidemic. North Strabane Township Building, 1929 State Route 519, Canonsburg. 10:00. 

Senator Scarnati: Cannot solve child abuse statute of limitations Issue without amending Constitution

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) Wednesday saying the statute of limitations reform for victims of child sexual abuse cannot be solved without amending the state’s constitution.  Sen. Scarnti also supported the formation of a Victims Compensation Fund by all 6 dioceses named in the grand jury report  Read more here.

Governor Wolf comments on Grand Jury’s proposal for victims fund

On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf issued a statement opposing a Victims Fund saying, “The reforms laid out in the Grand Jury report would deliver what victims deserve. In my view, a limited victims fund outside the judicial system would not.”  Read more here.

Attorney General Shapiro unveils College Campus Safety Report On Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Wednesday announced a new campus safety report providing recommendations for colleges and universities to better address drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues and sexual assault on campuses across Pennsylvania. Click Here for a copy of the report.  For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Campus Safety webpage. Read more here.

Governor Wolf, Auditor General DePasquale Issue Primary School Safety Task Force Report

Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Monday released the full report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force created by Gov. Wolf and the Auditor General in March after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Read more here.

PA Supreme Court Selects six counties for initiative supporting abused, neglected children

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Wednesday announced the selection of six counties to participate in the Pennsylvania State Roundtable’s Family Engagement Initiative. The roundtable is a collaborative effort among state and national court and child welfare leaders. The selected counties – Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Snyder, Tioga and Venango – join seven other counties who received training last year and began applying new techniques to local child dependency systems in January 2018. Read more here.

(Pennsylvania items above from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest).

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September 2, 1945.  General Douglas MacArthur accepts surrender of Japan: “Let us pray that peace now be restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always.  These proceedings are closed.”

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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, 13, 24, 25, & 26.

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

November 13

The Weeks Ahead    

September 5 — Commission On Sentencing meetings. State College. (formal notice)

September 6 — House Democratic Policy Committee holds a public hearing on House Bill 1987(Barbin-D-Cambria) amending the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act providing for dispensing of fentanyl. (sponsor summary). University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown. 10:00.

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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, 13, 24, 25, & 26.

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

November 13

Weeks Ahead                                                                                              

August 22– Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees hearing on criminal justice reforms.  SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Road, Dallas, Luzerne County. 10:00.

September 5-6– Commission On Sentencing meetings. State College. (formal notice)

September 6– NEW. House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee holds a hearing on House Bill 2549 (Hennessey-R-Chester) amending the Older Adults Protective Services Act to further provide for criminal background checks (sponsor summary). Room 205 Ryan Building. 1:00.

August 21, 1959.  Hawaii Statehood.

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Session Schedule

The House meets September 24, 25, 26; October 1 (nonvoting), October 2 (nonvoting), 9, 10, 15, 16, 17; November 13.

The Senate meets September 24, 25, 25; October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17; November 14.

Public Hearings

The Commission on Sentencing meets September 5-6 in State College.

The Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees will hold a hearing on criminal justice reforms at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas on August 22.

(From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

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August 15, 1969.  Woodstock.

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