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Session Schedule

Senate

February 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 Tuesday.

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Bills moving

Child Abuse Claims: Senate Bill 261 (Scranti-R-Jefferson) providing for an extension of the statute of limitation on child abuse lawsuits without retroactive provisions was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee, was referred into and out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Cruelty To Horses: Senate Bill 69 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) relating to cruelty to horses was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for action.

Restitution: Senate Bill 146 (Boscola-D-Lehigh) lottery winnings and individual tax refunds as restitution was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Child/Animal Abuse Cross Reporting: Senate Bill 176 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) child and animal abuse cross reporting (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Providing Dextromethorphan: Senate Bill 221 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for the offense of selling or furnishing dextromethorphan to minors (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Proof Of Citizenship: Senate Bill 9 (Stefano-R-Fayette) requiring proof of citizenship before receiving certain state benefits (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate State Government Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sanctuary City: 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 referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Civil Forfeiture Reform: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R- Lebanon) reintroduction of the civil forfeiture reform proposal was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Key Reforms in Senate Bill 8 Include:

— Higher burdens of proof imposed on the Commonwealth;

— Protections for third party owners by placing additional burdens of proof on the Commonwealth;

— Improved transparency in auditing and reporting at both the county and state levels;

— Specific and additional protection in real property cases by prohibiting the pre-forfeiture seizure of real property without a hearing; and

— Additional procedural protections for property owners, such as returning property to the forfeiture proceeding if there is undue hardship, and an extra level of protection for anyone acquitted of a related crime who is trying to get their property back.

Public hearings

February 7– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 234 (Costa-D- Allegheny) further providing for collection of restitution and fines (sponsor summary), House Bill 236 (Corbin-R-Chester) providing for restitution attachments for support obligations and restitution payments (sponsor summary). Room 140 Main Capitol. 10:00.

February 7– NEW. Senate Education Committee considers the nomination of Estelle Richman to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 3:00.

 February 8– NEW. House Health Committee meets to consider House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) further authorizing the use of epinephrine auto-injectors (sponsor summary).  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 9:30.

February 22–  Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Department of State; 1:00- Auditor General; 3:00- Attorney General. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

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

February 23– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings:  1:00- State Police/Homeland Security; 3:00- Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

February 28- House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Judiciary; 1:00- Department of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole; 3:00- Department of Health/ Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs .  Room 140.

February 28– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 3:00- Judiciary. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

March 2– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Department of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole; 1:00- Liquor Control Board; 3:00- PA Emergency Management Agency/State Fire Commissioner.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

March 8 — House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- State Police/ Homeland Security.  Room 140.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Aaron Marcus appointed to Criminal Procedural Rules Committee

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Resistance meets resistance as bills target demonstrators

Lawmakers in eight states are considering measures aimed at protesters who block roads and cause damage. Their sponsors said they reflect the public’s frustration with prolonged, disruptive protests; critics called them “undoubtedly unconstitutional.”

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Massachusetts ratifies Constitution, February 6, 1788

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