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Session Schedule

The House and Senate meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Committee Meetings

January 28– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1852 (Stephens-R-Bucks) requiring disclosure of wireless device location information- sponsor summary,   House Bill 1874 (Farry-R-Bucks) further providing for counseling of secually violent predators- sponsor summarySenate Bill 84(Greenleaf-R-Montgomery)  further providing for six months limitation and for deficiency judgments- sponsor summary.  Room 205 Ryan Building. 10:00.

January 28– Senate Law and Justice Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 1182 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) legalizing medical marijuana.  Room 156. 10:30.

Child Abduction Bill Signed into Law

Senate Bill 689 (Corman-R-Centre) further providing for the prevention of abduction of children– Senate Fiscal Note— was signed into law as Act 5.

Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Proposed Amendments to Criminal Rules 431, 452, 456, and 461

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amend Rules 431 (Procedures When Defendant Arrested with Warrant), 452 (Collateral), and 461 (Stays) to provide guidance for the setting of collateral in summary cases and to amend Rule 456 (Default Procures:  Restitution, Fines and Costs) to set a time limit for when a payment determination hearing must be held.  This proposal has not been submitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  The comment period ends March 7.

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Proposed New Criminal Rule 771 and Comment Revision to Rule 471

The Criminal Procedural Rules Committee is considering recommending that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopt new Rule 771 (Dispostion Report to the Department of Transportation) to require that the court case dispositions required by 71 Pa.C.S. Section 6323 to be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation be done so electronically and revise the Comment to Rule 471 (Disposition Report) to remove an archaic provision.  This proposal has not been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  The comment period ends March 7.

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