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Supreme Court amends Rule Juvenile Rule 407 concerning admissions

On January 23, 2017, the Court amended Juvenile Court Procedural Rule 407 to further simplify the admission form and to require an addendum when the juvenile is admitting to an act of sexual violence.

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(The items below are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Session schedule

January 30, 31

February 1, 6, 7, 8

March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24

June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

February 6, 7, & 8.

March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22.

April 3, 4, 5 , 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26.

May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, & 24.

June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Governor’s budget address is scheduled for February 7.

Senate Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to consider Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R- Lebanon) reintroduction of the civil forfeiture reform proposal (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 146 (Boscola-D-Lehigh) lottery winnings and individual tax refunds as restitution (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 176 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) child and animal abuse cross reporting (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for additional Common Pleas judges (including Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties) (sponsor summary).

State Government Committee meets Tuesday to consider Senate Bill 9 (Stefano-R-Fayette) requiring proof of citizenship before receiving certain state benefits (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 169 (Laughlin-R-Erie) further providing for lobbyist disclosure requirements (sponsor summary).

Bills moving

Senate

Cruelty To Horses: Senate Bill 69 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) relating to cruelty to horses was amended and reported out of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sanctuary Cities: Senate Bill 10 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) prohibits municipalities, cities and counties from adopting sanctuary city policies, removes the sovereign immunity of those who do from lawsuits and makes other changes (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Local Government Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  News report:  PA Bill Would Restrict State Funding For Sanctuary Cities In PA

Bills introduced

Cybersecurity/Personal Information Breach: House Bill 32 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) establishing a Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence Commission (sponsor summary).  House Bill 33 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) update of cybersecurity breach notification procedures (sponsor summary); House Bill 35 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) further providing for the disposal of materials containing personal information; House Bill 36 (Thomas-D-Philadelphia) further providing for notification if a breach of personal information occurs.  These bills did not get out of committee last session.

Prohibiting Sale Of Novelty Lighters: House Bill 66 (Burns-D-Burns) prohibiting the retail sale and distribution of novelty lighters (sponsor summary). This bill failed to get out of committee last session.

Headlines (click for full report)

Murphy: Wolf To Propose Consolidating 4 Agencies Into 1

AP: Wolf To Close Pittsburgh Prison To Save $80M Annually

Governor Fires Head Of Drug And Alcohol Office

AP: Fired Cabinet Secretary Says Lobbyist Didn’t Sway Hiring

Esack: Porn And Politics Give Way To Ethics In Attorney General’s Office

Budget hearings

February 22–  Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 3 p.m.- Attorney General. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 23– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 3:30 p.m.- Attorney General.  Room 140.

February 23– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings:  1 p.m.- State Police/Homeland Security; 3 p.m.- Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 28- House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10 a.m.- Judiciary; 1 p.m.- Department of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole; 3 p.m.- Department of Health/ Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs .  Room 140.

February 28– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 3 p.m.- Judiciary. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

March 8– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10 a.m.- State Police/ Homeland Security.  Room 140.

SCOTUS

This week in history:  February 1, 1790, First session of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Click for report from History.com.

 

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