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


Session Schedule

The General Assembly has recessed for the election.  The House and Senate return to session on November 12.

On the Governor’s Desk

Judicial Retirement: House Bill 79 (Harper-R-Montgomery) would amend the Constitution to raise the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  It was signed into law as Pamphlet Law Resolution No. 3.  The bill has to be passed by the next General Assembly before it can be placed on the ballot for approval of the voters.

Bills Moving


Autopsies: House Bill 207 (Godshall-R- Montgomery) further providing for autopsies– summary— was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.


Attorney Background Checks: Senate Bill 894 (Alloway-R-Franklin) requiring background checks of individuals applying for admission to the PA Bar was amended on the Senate Floor and was passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Identity Theft: House Bill 714 (Baker-R- Tioga) further providing for the offense of identity theft– summary— was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Online Impersonation: House Bill 764 (Watson-R-Bucks) further providing for damages in actions for online impersonation– summary and House Fiscal Note— was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Legal Services Funding: House Bill 1337 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing additional funding for Pennsylvania Legal Services– summary— was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Committee Hearings

October 29– Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on legal representation of the indigent.  Koppers Building, 436 7th Ave, 9th Floor, Grant Room, Pittsburgh. 1:00.

November 12– House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 150 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) further providing for the collection and use of DNA.  Room 140. 10:00.

 Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

December 6 is deadline to comment on proposed rule change on verdicts

Click for Report from Criminal Procedural Rules Committee

November 18 is deadline to comment on proposed Juvenile rules on role of counsel

Click for Report from Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee


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