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

Session schedule.

Bar Association lobbyist Tony Crisci advises that legislation not passed this week, will die.  The Senate will meet October 15, 16, 17;  November 14 for election of leadership for next session.  The House will meet October 15, 16, 17, 18.  The House will meet in lame-duck sessions on November 13, 14, 19, 20.

Accordingly, the Senate has three and the House has four voting sessions before the end of the term.  The Leadership of both houses have stated that no legislation will be voted upon after the November 6 election.  Therefore, legislation which does not reach the Governor’s desk by the end of the October will die.

House Voting Calendar

Cyberbulling & Sexting: Senate Bill 850 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for the offense of cyberbullying and sexting by minors.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 775 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) authorizing more DNA testing in criminal cases.

Subpoenas: House Bill 2590 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) further providing for administrative subpoenas.

Gang Violence: House Bill 2507 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing for sentencing for offenses committee in association with a criminal street gang.

Castle Doctrine.  Senate Bill 273 (Alloway-R-Adams, Franklin, York).  Expands self-protection.

Senate Voting Calendar

Mental Health Procedures:   House Bill 1405 (Grell-R-Cumberland) criminal justice determinations related to the Mental Health Procedures Act.

Game and Fish Officers:  House Bill 1417 (Staback-D- Schuylkill) further providing for the offense of aggravated assault on Game and Fish and Boat Commission officers.

Laboratory Fees:   House Bill 1769(Farry-R-Bucks) further providing for criminal laboratory user fee.

Firearms: House Bill 2331 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) further providing for the possession of firearms and setting penalties.

October 15 Committee Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee

Sexting:  House Bill 815 (Grove-R-York) further providing penalties for sexting by minors. 

Wiretaps:  House Bill 2400 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) wiretap reform.

House Judiciary Committee:  Agenda to be announced.

Senate Judiciary Committee

Firearms:   House Bill 898 (Toepel-R-Montgomery) further providing for the sale or transfer of firearms,

Online Impersonation:  House Bill 2249 (Watson-R-Bucks) providing for the offense of online impersonation.



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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