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