A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

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Criminal records bill on Governor’s desk

Senate Bill 166 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) started as an expungement bill.  In its latest version it provides for limited access to non criminal justice agencies where a conviction was for a misdemeanor of the second degree or lesser offense, and the individual has been arrest-fee for 10 years after the conclusion of his sentence.  This description sets out the general, but not specific terms.  The bill is complicated and you are urged to read it.  Click for text of final version.

House Judiciary Committee approves DNA data/testing bill

Senate Bill 683 (Pileggi-R- Delaware) use of DNA data and testing and use (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Session schedule

Senate

February 8, 9, 10

Budget Hearings: Feb. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (no session during hearings)

March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

February 8, 9, 10

March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

May 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Upcoming public hearings and events

February 9– Gov. Wolf’s Second Budget Address. [Also Fastnacht Day, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday]

February 23– Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings: 10 a.m.- Judiciary. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 24– Senate Appropriations Committee 1 p.m.- State Police/Homeland Security; 3 p.m.- Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Programs. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 24– House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing: 9:30- Gaming Control Board; 11:00- Dept. of Aging; 1:00- Public Utility Commission; 3:00- PUC Consumer Advocate and Small Business Advocate. Room 140 Main Capitol.

February 25– Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings:  3 p.m.- Attorney General. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 25– House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing: 9:30- Liquor Control Board; 1:00- PA Higher Education Assistance Agency; 2:00- Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Room 140 Main Capitol.

February 29– Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings: 10 a.m.- Dept. of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 29– House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing: 3:30 p.m.- Attorney General. Room 140 Main Capitol.

March 1– Senate Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings: 10:00- Dept. of General Services; 1:00- Dept. of Labor & Industry; 3:00- Dept. of Agriculture. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

March 1– House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing:  1 p.m.- State Police/Homeland Security; 3:00- Dept. of Health/Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Programs. Room 140 Main Capitol.

March 3– House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing: 9:30 a.m.- Dept. of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole. Room 140 Main Capitol.

(Source for above items:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

New leadership for First Judicial District

The Supreme Court has appointed the Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper as chair of the Administrative Governing Board.  The Supreme Court has appointed the Honorable Jacqueline Allen as Administrative Judge for the Trial Division of the Court of Common Pleas.  There will be no liaison Supreme Court Justice to the First Judicial District.

Click for Order concerning Administrative Governing Board

Click for Order concerning liaison Justice

Click for Order concerning Judge Woods-Skipper

Click for Order concerning Judge Allen

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