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imgresDemocrats endorse Judges Dougherty and Wecht for Supreme Court

The Democratic State Committee Saturday endorsed Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty of Philadelphia County and Superior Court Judge David Wecht of Allegheny County for election to two of the three vacancies on the Supreme Court.  The Democratic State Committee did not endorse a candidate for the third seat.

Session schedule

Senate

February 23, 24, 25

March 2, 3 (Budget Address), 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

February 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

March 2, 3 (Budget Address), 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

Judicial Retirement Age: 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 reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and are now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Community Service: Senate Bill 130 (Gordner-R-Columbia) further providing for community service sentencing (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Criminal Records: Senate Bill 166 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) further providing for the expungement of criminal history records was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  A summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available.

Bill Calendar

Senate (February 23):  Senate Bill 130 (Gordner-R-Columbia) further providing for community service sentencing (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 166 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) further providing for the expungement of criminal history records (Senate Fiscal Note);  House Bill 89 (Harper-R-Montgomery) constitutional amendment raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 (House Fiscal Note) and House Bill 90 (Harper-R-Montgomery) raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 (House Fiscal Note).

Public hearings

February 24– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 446 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for probation for certain sexual offenders (sponsor summary).  Room 140. 10 a.m..

February 24– NEW. House State Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 143 (Petri-R-Bucks) providing for the confidentiality of personal information of public safety officials (sponsor summary).  Room 205 Ryan Building. 10 a.m..

February 24– NEW. Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 352 (Vogel-R-Beaver) making changes in penalties, oversight and tax structure to fund regulatory oversight and drug testing (sponsor summary).  Room 461. 10 a.m..

February 24– CANCELED. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on collateral consequences of being convicted of a crime.

February 25– Senate State Government Committee holds a hearing on medical cannabis.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 9:00 a.m.

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

March 17– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing: 9:30 a.m.- Attorney General

March 17– House Appropriations Committee budget hearing:  2 p.m.- Departments of Health, Drug & Alcohol Programs

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

March 18– House Appropriations Committee budget hearing: 9:30- State Police/ Homeland Security, 11:00- Dept. Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole, 1:30- State Court System

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

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

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