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Session schedule

The House and Senate meet Tuesday and Wednesday and then recess until after the election.   The House and Senate meet on November 12  to elect leaders for the next General Assembly and take care of administrative business.

Bills moving

House

Mobile Tracking Information: Senate Bill 1290 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) providing for disclosure of wireless device location was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House. The Senate concurred in House amendments and the bill now goes to the Governor for his action.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Child Protective Services: Senate Bill 27 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) further providing for the exchange of information in child protective services was removed from the Table, amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  The bill now goes back to the Senate for a concurrence vote.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available

Sexual Offenders: House Bill 2465 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) further providing for mandatory period of probation for certain sexual offenders was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Crime Victims: House Bill 2464 (Hackett-R-Delaware) further providing for victims rights was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Collection Of Restitution: House Bill 2384 (Costa-D-Allegheny) further providing for the collection of restitution, reparation, fees, costs and penalties was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for action.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Payment Of Restitution: House Bill 2383 (Toepel-R-  further providing for payment of court costs, restitution and fines was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.  A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.

Jury Duty Exemption: House Bill 2102 (Tobash-R-Berks) exempting persons 75 years of age and older from jury duty was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.  A summary andHouse Fiscal Note are available.

Firearms: House Bill 1091 (Taylor-R-Philadelphia) relating to the offense of carrying firearms on public streets in Philadelphia (A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.) and House Bill 1243 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) relating to the sale or transfer of firearms background checks related to mental illness (A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.) were passed by the House and now goes to the Senate for action.

NewsClips:

House Votes To Advance 2 Gun Bills

Op-Ed: Let Communities Deal With Guns

Ethnic Intimidation: House Bill 177 (Boyle-D-Montgomery) further providing for the offense of ethnic intimidation related to sexual orientation- sponsor summary— was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

NewsClip: Bill Broadening Hate Crimes Advances In House

Senate

Reporting Child Abuse: House Bill 435 (Moul-R-Adams) expanding the requirements for background checks for employees working with children was amended by the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate.  The bill returns to the House for a concurrence vote.

Online Impersonation: House Bill 764 (Watson-R-Bucks) relating to online impersonation was amended and reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate.  The bill now returns to the House for a concurrence vote.

Regulating Bondsmen: Senate Bill 1441 (Alloway-R-Franklin) providing for the regulation of the bail bondsman industry was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for consideration.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Community Service Sentencing: Senate Bill 1367 (Gordner-R-Columbia) providing for sentence of community service- sponsor summary— was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for consideration.

NewsClip: Senate Axes Practice Of Buying Out Of Community Service

Sexual Predators: House Bill 1874 (Farry-R-Bucks) further providing for counseling of sexually violent predators was amended on the Senate Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Autopsies: House Bill 207 (Godshall-R- Montgomery) providing for autopsies- summary House Fiscal Note was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Public hearings

October 14-–  Senate Rules Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 27 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) further providing for the exchange of information in child protective services. Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

October 14– House Human Services Committee holds a public hearing on mental health courts.  Room 60 East Wing. 9 a.m.

November 14–  House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Department of Corrections staffing levels. Bellefonte Courthouse Annex, Bellefounte. 10 a.m.

Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

 

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