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

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September 12 is deadline to comment on proposed changes to PCRA rules

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Amendment to PA Sentencing Guidelines

The PA Commission on Sentencing published notice of revised amendments to sentencing guidelines (PA Bulletin, page 4071).

Session Schedule

The House and Senate have voting sessions scheduled for Sunday and Monday.  The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that the State budget be approved by June 30.

Bills on Governor’s Desk

Protection Of Newborns: House Bill 1090 (Youngblood-D- Philadelphia) further providing for protective custody of newborn children.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Power Of Attorney: House Bill 1429 (M.Keller-R-Franklin) further providing for power of attorney.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Scrap Metal Theft From Railroads: Senate Bill 1077 (Argall-R-Schuylkill) further providing for scrap material theft with respect to railroads.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The bill was signed into law as Act 79.

Bills Moving

House

Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 75 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing penalties for human trafficking was amended on the House Floor and referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  The bill now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Collection of Restitution: House Bill 2386 (Stephens-R-Montgomery), House Bill 2384 (Costa-D-Allegheny) and House Bill 2383 (Toepel-R-Montgomery) further providing for the collection of restitution, reparation, fees and costs were reported from the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Providing For Bail: House Bill 2385 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) further providing for bail bonds and recognizances was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Senate

Protection Of Newborns: House Bill 1090 (Youngblood-D- Philadelphia) further providing for protective custody of newborn children was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate without amendment.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.  The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.

Public Hearing

July 23– House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on PA Fingerprint Reporting.  Room 140. 10:00.

(Legislative information from Crisci Associates’ PA Capitol Digest.)

 

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