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


Session Schedule
The Senate returns to session on July 8 to vote on the Fiscal Code bill. The next scheduled Senate session is September 15. The House returns to session on September 15.


The General Assembly passed the 2014-2015 State budget on June 30 as required by the State Constitution.  The Governor has until July 11 to approve the budget.  The Governor is balking at signing the budget unless their is reform of public pensions.  The Budget totals $29 billion.  It increases spending for the Attorney General by $5 million and prisons by $20 million.  Spending for the judiciary will be flat.

Link:  Proposed State Budget increases prison spending

On the Governor’s Desk

Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 75 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing penalties for human trafficking.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Legal Aid: House Bill 1337 (Toohil-R-Luzerne) providing funding for legal services for low-income citizens.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

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.

Intimate Images: House Bill 2107 (Murt-R-Adams) providing penalties for dissemination of intimate images.  A summary and House 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

Public Hearing

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

Source:  Crisci Associates’ PA Capitol Digest




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