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

Session schedule.

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

Bills moving in the House

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 775 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) authorizing more DNA testing in criminal cases was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and was Tabled.

Online Impersonation: House Bill 2249 (Watson-R-Bucks)  relating to online impersonation was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Cyberbulling & Sexting: Senate Bill 850 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for the offense of cyberbullying and sexting by minors was amended by the House Judiciary Committee and held over in Committee.

Gang Violence: House Bill 2507 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing for sentencing for offenses committee in association with a criminal street gang was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Subpoenas: House Bill 2590 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) further providing for administrative subpoenas was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Controlled Substances: House Bill 2480 (Quinn-R-Bucks) providing for the control of providing for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine and electronic tracking was amended and reported from the House Health Committee and Tabled.

Bills moving in the Senate

Employee Criminal History: House Bill 2407 (Hackett-R-Delaware) further providing for criminal history of employees under the Older Adults Protective Services Act was reported from the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and is on the Senate Calendar for action.

Firearms: Senate Bill 903 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for the possession of firearms in a court facility was amended and reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is on the Senate Calendar for action.

Firearms II: House Bill 2331 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) further providing for the possession of firearms and setting penalties was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Wiretap Reform: House Bill 2400 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for wiretaps was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Gang Violence: Senate Bill 965 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) further providing for sentencing for gang members and House Bill 1121 (Reichley-R-Berks) providing for sentencing for offenses committed in association with a criminal street gang were amended and reported out by the Senate Judiciary Committee and are now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Committee hearings

October 1– NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 1417 (Staback-D-Schuylkill) further providing for the offense of aggravated assault on Game and Fish and Boat Commission officers.  Rules Room  Off The Floor.

October 2– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1405 (Grell-R-Cumberland) criminal justice determinations related to the Mental Health Procedures Act, House Bill 1769 (Farry-R-Bucks) further providing for criminal laboratory user fee, House Bill 2032 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) further defining the offense of theft of secondary metal.   Room 8E-B East Wing. 11:30.

October 3– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets — Agenda To Be Announced.  Room G-50 Irvis Building.  10:00.

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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