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House Bill 1336 introduced to amend Constitution to provide for merit selection of appellate judges

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Session schedule

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that the State budget be adopted by June 30.

Senate

June 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30

House

June 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Bills moving

House

Vaping Tobacco: House Bill 954 (Rapp-R-Forest) further providing for the offense of selling “vaping” tobacco products to minors was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary are available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Child Protection: House Bill 1276 (Watson-R-Bucks) further providing for child protection (sponsor summary) was amended on the House Floor, referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary are available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Limits On Civil Actions For Child Protection: House Bill 655 (Bishop-D-Philadelphia) further providing for a statute of limitations for civil actions for serious crimes committed against children (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee.

Fines, Restitution, Penalties: House Bill 1070 (Costa-D-Allegheny) further providing for collection of restitution by counties (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee.

“If a county does not already use a collection agency, firm or in-house resources to help ensure that restitution is made to a victim, the provisions contained in House Bill 1070 are designed to help the county implement a system that is thorough and efficient,” Rep. Costa said. “As a member of the Judiciary Committee and a former police officer, I cannot understate the value that restitution plays in the delivery of justice. Without it, victims will remain that much further from financial and mental closure. Every county should be equipped to stay on top of these orders.

“This bill specifically addresses concerns outlined by the report and would require counties to establish collection-enforcement units with staff who focus solely on collection efforts within the jurisdiction,” Rep. Costa said. “It also contains provisions for annual reviews and would seek to keep a balance between the collections and county-assessed prison room and board rates, other county-established fees and other priorities.”

Senate

Safe Campuses: Senate Bill 202 (Schwank-D-Berks) establishing the Safe Campuses Act (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary are available.

Rape Survivor Child Custody: Senate Bill 663 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for rape survivor child custody and support was amended on the Senate Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Public hearing

June 23– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to hold a hearing on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions and to consider Senate Bill 296 (Hughes-D- Philadelphia) relating to sentencing for false alarms (sponsor summary). Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 10 a.m.

Happy Summer.

ESL

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