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Session Schedule

The State budget must be passed by June 30.  Thereafter, the House and Senate will adjourn for the summer.  The House is scheduled to return to session on September 23.

Child Protection

The House passed three bills relating to protection of children.  The bills were sent to the Senate.

House Bill 435 (Moul-R-Adams) provides for child protection for prospective child-care personnel, family-care homes and other circumstances (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available).

House Bill 436 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) provides for reporting child abuse (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available).

House Bill 726 (Petri-R-Bucks) further provides for founded and indicated reports involving child abuse (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available).

Judicial Retirement

House Bill 79 (Harper-R-Montgomery), which to amend the Constitution to raise the age for mandatory judicial retirement from 70 to 75 was passed by the House and sent to the Senate.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Safe Haven

House Bill 1090 (Youngblood-D-Philadelphia) which would add a police station as a location where an newborn infant can be left without sanction, was approved by the House  Rules Committee and placed on the House Calendar for action.  Presently newborn infants can be left at hospitals.  Click for Memorandum.

Rape Victims Payments

House Bill 836 (Schlossberg-D- Lehigh) further providing for liability for support payments in cases of rape– summary— was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and was then referred to the House Rules Committee.

Reporting Child Abuse

Senate Bill 31 (Fontana-D-Allegheny) further providing for reporting suspected child abuse by school employees was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee– summary.

Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Stevens for Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Correale Stevens to a vacancy on the Supreme Court.  His nomination goes to the full Senate for approval.  Click for news report.

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