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



Session schedule


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


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

Public hearings

April 4– Senate Rules Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 3 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) legalizing medical marijuana (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

April 4–  Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 1156 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) further providing for background checks of hospital employees and doctors (sponsor summary).   Room 461.  Noon.

April 5– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meeting to consider House Bill 655 (Gainey-D-Allegheny) eliminating statute of limitations in child abuse cases (sponsor summary).  Room 140.  10 a.m.  [Note: This bill must first be reported out of House Rules Committee.]

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Distracted driving citations on the rise in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG— Distracted driving citations increased by 43% statewide between 2014 and 2015 – with more men being cited (67%) than women (31%). In Pennsylvania, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or e-mail, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion. Data is based on the following state law: Title 75, sections 1621, 1622, 3316 (texting), and 3314 (headphones). The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about distracted drivers in Pennsylvania with the exception of Philadelphia County (data maintained by Philadelphia Municipal Court, traffic division). Or download a high-resolution file of the graphic. Click link below for graphic.

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Washington Post:  Report on how the American government ignores its 23 million citizens who are felons.

The United States today is home to two huge but essentially invisible populations. Each of them is widely stigmatized and largely composed of people living in the shadows. The government does not know who they are, where they are or how well they are doing.

Click for full report.


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