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

The House and Senate are in session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the Governor’s desk

Impaired Driving: Senate Bill 539 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for alcohol or drug impaired driving.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Bills Moving

Juvenile Judges Commission:  House Bill 1546 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) expanding the role of the Juvenile Judges’ Commission passed the Senate 44-0 and was returned to the House for concurrence on amendments.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.  Click for report from thetimes-tribune.com

Committee hearings

May 8– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1521 (Harper-R-Montgomery) providing penalties for possession of a vehicle with false compartments, and House Bill 2331 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) providing five year mandatory prison sentences for certain crimes committed with a firearm.

May 8–Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 1449 (Corman-R-Centre) which would enact a Uniform Child Abduction Prevnion statute, and House Bill 804 (Masser-R-Columbia) which would permit people who had served full terms on State-wide investigating grand juries to opt out of jury service.

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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