The General Assembly is recessed this week for the primary election. The House returns to session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The Senate meets only on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Three bills of interest to criminal law practitioners passed the House last week and were sent to the Senate:
Wireless Device Use: House Bill 9 (Watson-R-Bucks) further providing for use of wireless devices while driving by a junior driver. Vote 175-21.
Distracted Driver Fund: House Bill 896 (Ross-R-Chester) establishing the Driver Distraction Awareness Fund by imposing an addition fee on distracted driver citations. Vote: 184-12.
School Background Checks: House Bill 1352 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing for background checks of school employees. Vote: 191-0. A similar bill, Senate Bill 224 (Piccola-R-Dauphin) passed the Senate and was sent to the House. Vote: 47-2.
Tort reform hearings in Philadelphia
The Senate Judiciary Committee meets May 19 at 11 a.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Arch Street, to hear testimony on Senate Bill 2 (Corman-R-Centre) and Senate Bill 500 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) concerning tort reform.