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

With the budget deadline of June 30 approaching the House and Senate will be in session all week.

Bills Passed

False Compartments: House Bill 1521 (Harper-R-Montgomery) providing penalties for possession of a vehicle with false compartments was  passed by the House by a vote of .  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The bill now moves to the Senate for action.

NewsClip: House OKs Ban On Secret Vehicle Compartments

Records Subpoenas: Senate Bill 1535 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for subpoena of records was passed by the Senate 47-0.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.  The bill now goes to the House for action.  The bill will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Prison/Parole Reform: Senate Bill 100 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for parole and sentencing reform was reported from the Senate Rules Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for a concurrence vote on House amendments.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

On this week’s voting calendars

Gun Rights:  SenateBill 273 (Alloway-R-Franklin) is on the House voting calendar.   The original version of the bill expanded the Castle doctrine on the right to use deadly force in self-defense.  The present version does not address the Castle doctrine but expands gun rights.  The current version has already passed the Senate.

Drunk Driving:  Senate Bill 1184 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) relating to illegal operation of a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock is on the Senate voting calendar.

Sex Crimes:   Senate Bill 1413 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) further providing for the failure to report cases of child molesting and House Bill 75 (Marisco-R-Dauphin) further providing for registration of sexual offenders are on the Senate voting calendar.  House Bill 75 previously passed the House.


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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