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

The House and Senate are out of session this week.  The House and Senate return to session on May 21.

On the Governor’s desk

Impaired Driving: Senate Bill 539 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for alcohol or drug impaired driving was signed into law on May 8  as Act 39.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Juvenile Judges Commission:  House Bill 1546 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) expanding the role of the Juvenile Judges’ Commission passed the the House on a concurrence vote of 190-0 on May 7 and was presented to the Governor on May 9. A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Bills Moving

Drug Sales Around Minors:  House Bill 1289 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) providing for sentencing enhancement for trafficking drugs in the presence of a minor was passed by the House by 197-0.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.  Click for House Fiscal Note and Summary.  The Bill goes to the Senate for consideration.

Human Trafficking:  House Bill 2016 (Ellis-R-Butler) further providing for human trafficking (click for House Fiscal Note and Summary) and House Bill 856 (Kauffman-R-Cumberland) further providing for the trafficking of persons (Click for House Fiscal Note and Summary) were passed by the House and sent to the Senate for consideration.  House Bill 2016 passed by 191-0.  House Bill 856 passed by 167-23.

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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