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

The General Assembly wrapped up its work last week.  No more bills will be passed this year.  The Senate will be in session on November 14 for leadership elections.  The House will be in session on November 13 and 14.  Much of these sessions will involve housekeeping details and farewell speeches by retiring legislators.

Bills On Governor’s Desk
The following bills were given final approval by the House and Senate and are now on the Governor’s desk for his action

Aggravated Assault: House Bill 1417 (Staback-D- Schuylkill) further providing for the offense of aggravated assault on Game and Fish and Boat Commission officers.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.           

NewsClip: Gang Crackdown Bill Goes To Governor

Street Gangs: House Bill 1121 (Reichley-R-Berks) further providing for the offense of recruiting criminal gang members.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Corrections Reform: House Bill 135 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) corrections reforms Part 2.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Juvenile Mandatory Sentencing/Sexting/Cyberbullying: Senate Bill 850 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for the offense of cyberbullying and sexting by minors.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

NewsClips: Legislature Passes Juvenile Sexting Bill

Juvenile Sentencing Bill Goes To Governor

House Votes To Alter Juvenile Murder Sentences

Senate OKs Juvenile Murder Sentences Options

Sexting: House Bill 815 (Grove-R-York) further providing penalties for sexting by minors.  A summary andSenate Fiscal Note are available.

NewsClip: Legislature Passes Juvenile Sexting Bill

Child Labor: House Bill 1548 (Murt-R-Montgomery) further regulating child labor. A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

NewsClips: Bill With Child Labor Rule Changes Goes To Corbett

PA Law Soon To Protect Child Stars

Op-Ed: House Bill Gives Workers’ Tax Payments To Employers

Criminal History: House Bill 2407 (Hackett-R-Delaware) further providing for criminal history review under the Older Adults Protective Services Act.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Wiretap Reform: House Bill 2400 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) wiretap reform.   A summary and Senate Fiscal Noteare available.

International Jurisdiction: Senate Bill 79 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) making changes to the basis of jurisdiction and interstate and international procedure..  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Firearms: House Bill 898 (Toepel-R-Montgomery) further providing for the sale or transfer of firearms.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

NewsClip: Straw Purchase Gun Bill Heads To Governor

Human Trafficking: House Bill 235 (Clymer-R- Bucks) providing for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Bills of interest not going to the Governor
 

DNA Use: Senate Bill 775 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) authorizing more DNA testing in criminal cases was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee, passed by the House, was amended again by the Senate, but not concurred in by the House.  This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Alcohol Penalties II: Senate Bill 943 (Corman-R-Centre) imposing an alcohol offense prevention fee in certain municipalities (amended on House Floor) were referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action (except the House has adjourned voting session for the year). This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Administrative Subpoenas: House Bill 2590 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) further providing for administrative subpoenas was Tabled.  This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Street Gangs: House Bill 2507 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing for sentencing for offenses committee in association with a criminal street gang was Tabled.  This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Online Impersonation: House Bill 2249 (Watson-R-Bucks) providing for the offense of online impersonation was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action (except the Senate has adjourned for the session).  This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Metals Theft: House Bill 2032 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) further providing for the theft of metals was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action (except the Senate has adjourned for the session).  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.  This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Criminal Determinations: House Bill 1405 (Grell-R-Cumberland) criminal justice determinations related to the Mental Health Procedures Act was Tabled.  This bill is dead for this session.  It will have to be reintroduced in 2013-2014.

Public Hearing in Philadelphia

October 23– NEW. House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on parole policies.  MaST Community Charter School, Philadelphia. 9:00.

Pennsylvania Courts to offer PFA forms in 10 languages

Click for news release 

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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