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

This week will be the last voting sessions until after the April 24 primary elections.   The House will be in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.   The will meet Monday and Tuesday only.   After Wednesday, the General Assembly will be in recess until April 30.

On the Governor’s Desk

Juvenile Defendants: Senate Bill 818 (Baker-R-Luzerne) requiring a judge to publicly state the reasons for the disposition of  juvenile defendants was reported from the Senate Rules Committee on concurrence and was concurred in by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.
Bills Moving
Juvenile Defendants: Senate Bill 815 (Baker-R-Luzerne) further providing for the right to counsel by juvenile defendants was passed by the House by a vote of 196-0.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available. The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.
            NewsClips: House Approves Juvenile Counsel Bill
Expert Testimony: House Bill 1264 (Parker-D-Philadelphia) providing for expert testimony as to a victim’s reactions in case of sexual assault was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.
House Judiciary Committee
April 3– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1521 (Harper-R-Montgomery) providing for the offense of possession of a vehicle with false compartments, and  Senate Bill 775 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) further providing for the use of DNA samples.

April 30– House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on House Bill 2127 (Krieger-R-Westmoreland) further providing for the licensing and sale of firearms and background checks.

The Free Student Research Center is now OPEN. It will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9AM to 3PM. The Free Student Research Center is available for use by attorneys who are current members of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and who are court-appointed to the case for which they seek research (either state or CJA!).

The Free Student Research Center is located in the Jack Myers Memorial Lounge on the Third Floor of the CJC. You may make a research request in person or via the Criminal Justice Section website at http://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/CJResearch?appNum=1

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