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

The House and Senate are in session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on House Bill 40 (Perry-R-Cumberland) which would expand the Castle Doctrine. Under the bill, the right to use deadly force in self-defense would be expanded from the house to the porch, patio and a person’s vehicle. A similar measure Senate Bill 273, introduced by Senator Richard Alloway (R-Adams, Franklin, York). passed the Senate on March 7 and was sent to the House. The bill is in the House Judiciary Committee.

The House Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to consider House Bill 804 (Masser-R-Columbia) which would allow persons who had served a full term on the State-wide investigating grand jury to opt out of jury duty. The House Judiciary Committee will also consider House Bill 1121(Reichley-R-Berks) further providing penalties for association with a criminal street gang.

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to consider the nomination of John Wetzel as Secretary of Corrections and to consider Senate Bill 850 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) establishing the offense of cyberbullying and sexting and providing for expungement and juvenile record information and House Bill 38 (Caltagirone-D-Berks) providing for the disposition of fines and penalties in Philadelphia courts.

Free legal research available on State and Federal court appointed cases from the Student Research Center. http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch?appNum=4

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