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.
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