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

The House and Senate are in recess until April 30.

Senate Bill 818 (Baker-R-Luzerne) requiring a judge to publicly state the reasons for the disposition of  juvenile defendants was signed into law on April 3 by the Governor as Act 22.

The following bills are awaiting signature by the Govenor.

Juvenile Justice: Senate Bill 815 (Baker-R-Luzerne) further providing for the right to counsel by juvenile defendants was reported out of the Senate Rules Committee and was concurred in by the Senate.   On April 5, the bill was sent to the Governor.    Click for summary and House fiscal note.

Impaired Driving: Senate Bill 539 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for alcohol or drug impaired driving passed the House on April 3 by a vote of 193-1.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.  Click for summary and House fiscal note.

 

The following bills advanced last week.

Juvenile Restraints: Senate Bill 817 (Baker-R-Luzerne) further providing for the use of restraints on juveniles passed the House on April 3 by a vote of 194-0.  Click for summary and House Fiscal Note. The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

 

House Judiciary Committee hearing

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 bill would conform Pennsylvania law with the National Instant Criminal Background Check system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act,

Sen. Alloway To Introduce Bill To Deport Illegal Aliens Convicted Of Non-Violent Crimes
Sen. Rich Alloway II (R-Franklin) announced plans to introduce legislation in the near future to allow illegal aliens who are convicted of non-violent crimes to face deportation hearings immediately.  Under current law, illegal aliens who are convicted of non-violent offenses are not subject to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Hearing until after they serve their minimum sentence and are released on parole.
“It is unreasonable for the state to pay for several years to incarcerate criminals who will immediately face deportation upon their release,” Sen. Alloway said. “This step would ensure taxpayers are not asked to foot the bill for the exorbitant costs of incarcerating illegal aliens.”
There are currently 265 non-violent illegal alien offenders being housed in state prisons across the Commonwealth, and dozens more enter the system each year.  Sen. Alloway’s legislation could save state taxpayers approximately $1.5 million per year.  Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel recently endorsed the concept of Alloway’s legislation as an important step to reduce prison costs.

From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

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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