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Session schedule

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that the State Budget be enacted by June 30.

Senate

June 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30

House

June 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Bills moving

House

Vaping In Schools: House Bill 954 (Rapp-R-Forest) further providing for the offense of selling “vaping” tobacco products to minors was reported out of the House Rules Committee and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.  (The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider this bill June 15.)

Child Protection: House Bill 1276 (Watson-R-Bucks) further providing for child protection (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Children and Youth Committee, referred into and out of the House Rules Committee, amended on the House Floor and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Death Penalty: House Resolution 143 (Vereb-R-Montgomery) condemning Gov. Wolf’s death penalty moratorium (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and passed by the House 119 to 71.

Senate

Rape Survivor Child Support: Senate Bill 663 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for rape survivor child custody and support was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary are available.

DNA Collection: Senate Bill 683 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) further providing for the use and collection of DNA in criminal cases was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.   A Senate Fiscal Note and summary are available.

Mental Health Training: House Bill 221 (Caltagirone- D-Berks) providing for law enforcement training to recognize mental health conditions (summary and Senate Fiscal Note are available) was Tabled.

Bail Bondsmen: Senate Bill 397 (Alloway-R-Franklin) further regulating bail bondsmen was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Public hearings

June 15–  Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 202 (Schwank-D-Berks) establishing the Safe Campuses Act (sponsor summary).  Rules Room.  Of The Floor.

June 15–  House Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 954 (Rapp-R-Forest) further providing for the offense of selling “vaping” tobacco products to minors.  Room 140.  Off the Floor.

June 16–  Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 859 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for the consolidation of Corrections and Parole (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 518 (Pileggi-R-Delaware) providing for access to digital assets (sponsor summary).  Room 8E-B East Wing. 11:30 a.m.

June 18– House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on House Bill 322 (Gingrich-R- Lebanon) further providing for the gambling self-exclusion list (sponsor summary).        Room 205 Ryan Building. 10 a.m.

News items

House Passes Resolution On Wolf Death Penalty Moratorium

Federal Court Rejects Ban On Death Penalty Defenders Group

Bill Advances To Limit Background Checks To Work With Children

Background Check Fee Waiver Turns Into Political Football

Wolf Waives Fees For Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Legislation Would Assist Victims Of Human Trafficking

Happy Magna Carta Day

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Magna Carta was first agreed upon by King John on 15 June 1215

Read account of anniversary celebrations from BBC

Read the Magna Carta.  It does not say what you may think it says.

Click for text of Magna Carta, 1215 version

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