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General Assembly

The Senate returns to session next week. The House returns to session the following week. Here is the voting schedule until the end of the year:

Senate
September 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
November 1, 14, 15, 16
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

House

September 26, 27, 28
October 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
November 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

Supreme Court TV begins September 12

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will hold the first day of its September session in the historic Supreme Court Chamber in Old City Hall in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park to commemorate Constitution Week which is from September 12-17.

Under an agreement announced last month with the Pennsylvania Cable Network to allow gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments, PCN intends to air the historic Independence Hall session the evening of September 13 at 7 p.m.

The courtroom in Old City Hall at the corner of 5th and Chestnut streets has seats for 20 observers. Members of the public who wish to watch the proceedings will be given seats on a first-come-first-served basis. Six arguments are scheduled for the session. Arguments typically take between 20 and 30 minutes each.

Observers will be required to sit for an entire argument, but may leave the courtroom during the two-minute break between cases. If observers do not intend to return, the next person on the waiting list will be allowed to take the vacant seats. The Court does not normally take a break between cases, but is doing so in this instance as a way to give more people a chance to experience this occasion.

The same rules that exist for a proceeding in the state’s other three Supreme Court courtrooms will be in effect for the special session at Old City Hall. That includes the prohibition of cell phones in the courtroom and the requirement that those in the gallery are appropriately attired. Children who are of an age that can be expected to sit quietly through an argument will be permitted with an adult.

Source: Crisci Associates “PA Capitol Digest” Click for full text

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