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

Summer is over!

The General Assembly returns to session on Tuesday.  All bills on the Senate Calendar have been tabled.  Therefore, only bills which have already passed the Senate and are in the House could become law by the end of the legislative session.

Committee hearings will be conducted mostly to publicize bills which will be introduced in the next General Assembly.

Session schedule.

The Senate will meet September 24, 25;   October 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17;  November 14 for election of leadership for next session.  The House will meet September 24, 25;  October 1, 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 17, 18.  The House will meet in lame-duck sessions on November 13, 14, 19, 20.

Public Hearings

September 24– Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider  Senate Bill 903 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for the possession of firearms in a court facility, Senate Bill 1449 (Corman-R-Centre) providing for prevention of abduction of children.  Room 461.  12:30.

September 25– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 2029 (Swanger-R- Lebanon) prohibiting the application of foreign law which would impair constitutional rights, House Bill 2249 (Watson-R-Bucks)  relating to online impersonation, House Bill 2507 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing for sentencing for offenses committee in association with a criminal street gang, House Bill 2590 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) further providing for administrative subpoenas, Senate Bill 775 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) further providing for DNA testing and use, Senate Bill 941 (Corman-R- Centre) further providing for public drunkenness, Senate Bill 943  (Corman-R-Centre) imposing an alcohol offense prevention fee in certain municipalities, Senate Bill 850 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for the offense of cyberbullying and sexting by minors.  Room 205 Ryan Building.  10:00.

September 25– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1121 (Reichley-R-Berks) providing for sentencing for offenses committed in association with a criminal street gang, House Bill 2331 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing for the possession of firearms and setting penalties, House Bill 2400 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for wiretaps.  Room 8E-B East Wing.  11:30.

House Voting Calendar

Senate Bill 273 (Alloway-R-Franklin) further providing for the use of force for self-protection.  This bill passed the Senate 43-4 on March 8, 2011.  This bill expands the Castle Doctrine.

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 by clicking here.

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