The House and Senate meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then goes into recess until June 2.
On the Governor’s desk
Lawyer Background Checks: Senate Bill 894 (Alloway-R-Franklin) requiring criminal background checks and fingerprinting for applicants for admission to the bar. A summary and House Fiscal Notice are available.
Child Abuse By School Employees: Senate Bill 31 (Fontana-D-Allegheny) reporting and other provisions related to suspected child abuse by school employees was passed by the House. A summary and House Fiscal Note are available. The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.
Dealing In Infant Children: House Bill 2088 (Hackett-R-Delaware) providing for the offense of dealing in infant children was removed from the Table and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.
Information Breach: House Bill 2167 (Swanger-R- Lebanon) requiring further steps be taken under the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act- sponsor summary– was reported out of the House Commerce Committee and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Dissemination of Intimate Images: House Bill 2107 (Murt-R-Adams) further providing for the offense of dissemination of intimate images was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.
False Compartments: House Bill 1537 (Harper-R- Montgomery) providing for the offense of a vehicle with false compartments was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.
Wireless Device Location: House Bill 1852 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) requiring disclosure of wireless device location information– sponsor summary— was reported from the House Consumer Affairs Committee and Tabled.
Juvenile Act Study: Senate Resolution 304 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to study the Juvenile Act and related issues- sponsor summary– was adopted by the Senate.
May 5– House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on a presentation on the Restitution Task Force. Room 205 Ryan Building. 10:00.
Tax bill on professional services
A public hearing was conducted last week on Senate Bill 76 which would abolish local property taxes, fund school districts, and raise and expand the sales tax. The bill would impose a sales tax on some professional services. The bill appears to exempt legal fees in criminal cases, domestic relations cases, and contingent fee cases involving a percentage of the recovery. Click for text of bill.
Reports of the public hearing are below.
Source: Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest