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Session schedule

Senate

April 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

April 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

Bills moving

House

Statute Of Limitation Child Abuse: House Bill 1947 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) eliminating the statute of limitations for child abuse was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Ignition Interlock: Senate Bill 290 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for ignition interlocks was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Abortion Restrictions: House Bill 1948 (Rapp-R-Forest) putting additional state restrictions on abortion was introduced April 1, reported out of the House Health Committee on April 4, was given Second Consideration after a motion to delay action on the bill failed 73 to 114.  The bill was then referred to the House Appropriations Committee.  The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the bill in an Off the Floor meeting April 11.

Judicial Retirement Question: House Resolution 783 (Harper-R-Montgomery) concurrent resolution urging the Secretary of the Commonwealth delay judicial retirement question to November election was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee, referred into and out of the House Rules Committee and passed by the House 110 to 77 and was sent to the Senate for consideration.  The Senate Rules Committee has scheduled a meeting to consider this resolution April 11.

Senate

Law & Justice Code Codification: Senate Bill 579 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) Law and Justice Code codification (sponsor summary) was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for consideration.

Background Checks: Senate Bill 1156 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) further providing for background checks of hospital employees and doctors (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

House panel approves bill to reform statute of limitations on sex crimes

Click for report from PennLive

Bills introduced

Cybersecurity: House Bill 1909 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) establishing a Cybersecurity Innovation and excellence Commission (sponsor summary); House Bill 1910 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) updating the definition of information breach under the PA Breach of Personal Information Notification Act (sponsor summary);House Bill 1911 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) updating cybersecurity breach notification requirements (sponsor summary).

Statute Of Limitation Child Abuse: House Bill 1947 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) eliminating the statute of limitations for child abuse.

Judicial Retirement Question: House Resolution 783 (Harper-R-Montgomery) concurrent resolution urging the Secretary of the Commonwealth delay judicial retirement question to November election.

Judicial Retirement Question: Senate Resolution 321 (Corman-R-Centre) concurrent resolution urging the Secretary of the Commonwealth delay judicial retirement question to November election.

Public hearings

April 11– Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice hearing to review issues related to the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole.  Room 8E-B East Wing. 10 a.m.  Click Here to check if the hearing will be webcast.

April 11–  Senate Rules Committee meets to consider House Resolution 783 (Harper-R-Montgomery) concurrent resolution urging the Secretary of the Commonwealth delay judicial retirement question to November election.  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

April 11– House Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 1948 (Rapp-R-Forest) putting additional state restrictions on abortion.  Room 140.  Off the Floor.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest).

Maryland bill to abolish some mandatory minimums nears passage

A panel of Maryland lawmakers reached a compromise late Saturday on a far-reaching criminal justice bill that eliminates mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, increases penalties for several violent crimes and allows some nonviolent criminals to be released from prison earlier.

The measure aims to reduce the state’s prison population and costs by changing how drug offenders are sentenced, shifting the focus to treatment rather than prison.

Click for report from the Washington Post

Lynn Marks steps down as head of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

Click for news report

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