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The clock is ticking.

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that the State budget be enacted by June 30.  On Saturday, the House passed a Republican backed budget and sent it to the Senate.  Will the Democratic Governor sign it or veto it?  Click for report.  The General Assembly will be meeting up to the budget deadline as follows:

Senate

June 28, 29, 30

House

June 27, 28, 29, 30

Bills moving

House

Collection Of Restitution: House Bill 1070 (D.Costa-D-Allegheny) further providing for the collection of restitution by counties was reported from the House Rules Committee, considered 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.

Collection Of Restitution: House Bill 758 (Toepel-R-Luzerne) further providing for the collection of restitution by counties was reported out of the House Rules Committee, 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.

Liability For Phishing: House Bill 969 (Neuman-D-Washington) further providing for liability under the offense of phishing (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Consumer Affairs Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee.

Medical Marijuana: Senate Bill 3 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) authorizing the use of medical marijuana was reported from the House Health Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee.

Senate

Child Support: Senate Bill 663 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for rape survivor child custody and support was amended on the Senate Floor and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action. (The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider this bill on June 28.)

Vaping Tobacco: Senate Bill 751 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) prohibit sale of electronic cigarettes to minors (sponsor summary) was amended on the Senate Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Abandoned Contraband: Senate Bill 533 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) relating to the disposition of abandoned contraband by Probation and Parole (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and are now on the Senate Calendar for action

Child Protection: House Bill 1276 (Watson-R-Bucks) further changes to child protection laws was amended and reported out of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

False Alarm: Senate Bill 296 (Hughes-D- Philadelphia) relating to sentencing for false alarms (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Committee hearings

June 28– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 663 (Vulakovich-R-Allegheny) further providing for rape survivor child custody and support. Room 205 Ryan Building. 2:30.

June 28– Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 1276 (Watson-R-Bucks) further changes to child protection laws. Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

June 30– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 851 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing a safe harbor for human trafficking (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 859 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) consolidating Corrections and Probation and Parole    (sponsor summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

Adoption of amendment to Sentencing Guidelines

The Commission on Sentencing published notice in the June 27 PA Bulletin of the adoption of amendment 3 to the 7th edition of Sentencing Guidelines (page 3457).

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