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The House and Senate are conducting budget hearings.  Both houses return to session on March 11.

Attorney General requests more funds at budget hearings

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Attorney General Kathleen Kane has requested an additional $12 million appropriation beyond the $78.1 million provided for in the Governor’s budget.  Click for news story.  She said that because of the increased costs of salaries and benefits, the Governor’s proposed budget means a six per cent decrease in funds available for the work of the Attorney General’s office.  Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Video, Written Testimony.  Senators John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) and John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) have announced support of increased funding for the Attorney General’s office.  Click for news report from Crisci Associates.

New appointment to Criminal Procedural Rules Committee

The Supreme Court has appointed Simquita R. Bridges, Esquire of Allegheny County to the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee.  Her term expires on January 1, 2016.  She has served in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office since 1996.   Click for news report.

Pennsylvania courts collect $469 million in 2012

Magisterial district and Common Pleas criminal courts throughout Pennsylvania collected and disbursed to the state, counties, municipalities and victims a total of $469 million in fees, fines, costs and restitution.  Click for new report from Crisci Associates.

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