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Session Schedule

Senate (unless sooner recalled)

November 16, 17, 18

December 7, 8, 9

House 

November 4 & 5 (non-voting), 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 (non-voting)

December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

On the Governor’s Desk

Union Intimidation: House Bill 874 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for the offenses of harassment, stalking and threat to use weapons of mass destruction.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.

NewsClip:

Union Intimidation Bill Going To Governor For His Action

State Police Escorts: Senate Bill 748 (Argall-R-Schuylkill) eliminating State Police escorts for super load vehicles.  AHouse Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill was signed into law as Act 55.

Bills moving

House

Union Intimidation: House Bill 874 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for the offenses of harassment, stalking and threat to use weapons of mass destruction was concurred in by the House and the bill now goes to the Governor for his action.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.

NewsClip:

Union Intimidation Bill Going To Governor For His Action

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 166 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) relating to the expungement of criminal records was amended on the House Floor and was passed by the House.  The bill now goes to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

(NOTE:  The present version of Senate Bill 166 does not address expungements.  The present version of Senate Bill 166 would restrict public access of records of some misdemeanors arrests and old convictions.–Aaron Finestone)

Offenses Committed With Firearms: House Bill 44 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) further providing for mandatory sentences for offenses committed with firearms were referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Offenses Committed With Firearms: House Bill 1632 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) restoring mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes committed with firearms was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Offenses On Public Transportation: House Bill 1601 (Vereb-R-Montgomery) further providing for sentences for offenses committed on public transportation was amended and referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Senate

Retirement Age For Judge: House Bill 89 (Harper-R-Montgomery) and House Bill 90 (Harper-R-Montgomery) increasing the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 were reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and are now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Police Body Cameras: Senate Bill 976 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for definitions and exemptions related to wiretapping and electronic surveillance related to police officer body cameras (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 851 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing further penalties for human trafficking and prostitution (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Digital Assets: Senate Bill 518 (Pileggi-R- Delaware) providing for fiduciary access to digital assets (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sanctuary Cities: Senate Bill 997 (Alloway-R-Franklin) providing for sanctuary cities and the reporting of immigration status (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the Senate Local Government Committee and was then referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

January 8 is deadline to comment on Rules changes on hearsay

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.E. 803(6), (8), (10) with Revision of the Comment to Pa.R.E. 803(7) and New-Pa.R.E. 902(13)

Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.E. 803.1 and Pa.R.E. 804

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