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

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April 8 is deadline to comment on proposed public access policy on appellate and trial court records

Click for report from Pennsylvania Bulletin

Governor Wolf issues moratorium on death penalty

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Click for test of Governor’s statement

Click for statement from Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association

Supreme Court adopts changes to rules on expungement and record keeping of juvenile records

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Click for Rules

Session Schedule

Senate

February 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

March 2, 3, 4

April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30

House (Updated)

February 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

March 2, 3, 4, 30, 31

April 1, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Bills Moving

House

Judicial Retirement Ages: House Bill 89 (Harper-R-Montgomery) constitutional amendment raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available) and House Bill 90 (Harper-R-Montgomery) raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available) were referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider these bills on February 17, along with a Senate Bill 207(Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) increasing retirement age of judges to 75 (sponsor summary).

Care-Dependent Person Neglect: House Bill 215 (Gingrich-R- Lebanon) further providing for the offense of neglect of care-dependent persons (sponsor summary) was amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House. A summary and House Fiscal Note are available.  It now goes to the Senate for action.

Mental Health Training: House Bill 221 (Caltagirone-D-Berks) further providing for training of law enforcement and Minor judiciary to recognize individuals suffering from mental health conditions or intellectual disability was amended on the House Floor, 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 goes to the Senate for consideration.

Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission testifies before House Judiciary Committee

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The weeks ahead

February 17– NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 166 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for the expungement of criminal history records (sponsor summary). Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

February 17– NEW. Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 130 (Gordner-R-Columbia) further providing for community service sentencing (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 207 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) increasing retirement age of judges to 75 (sponsor summary); House Bill 89 (Harper-R-Montgomery) constitutional amendment raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available); House Bill 90(Harper-R-Montgomery) raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 (a summary and House Fiscal Note are available).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

February 24– CANCELED. Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to discuss the collateral consequences of being convicted of a crime.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  10:30.

March 3 — Governor’s Budget Address (tentative).

March 10– Change. House Appropriations Committee budget hearing:  1 p.m.- Attorney General.

March 18– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing: 9:30 a.m. Judiciary, 1:00- State Police, Homeland Security, 3:00- Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Hearing Room 1 North Office Building.

March 18– House Appropriations Committee budget hearing: 9:30- State Police/ Homeland Security, 11 a.m.- Dept. Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole, 1:30 p.m. State Court System.  Room 140 Main Capitol.

March 25– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing: 1 p.m.- Dept. of Corrections, Office of Probation and Parole. Hearing Room 1 North Office Building.

Happy President’s Day

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