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Supreme Court amends Appellate Rule 2572 on time for remand of record

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(The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Session schedule

Senate

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

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

Budget hearings

February 22–  Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings:  3:00- Attorney General. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. Click Here to watch Senate hearings live.

February 23– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings:  3:30- Attorney General.  Room 140.   Click Here to watch hearings live.

February 23– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings:  1:00- State Police/Homeland Security; Moved To March 8- 3:00- Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  Click Here to watch Senate hearings live.

February 27– Joint Legislative Budget & Finance Committee meeting to consider reports on Commonwealth’s Access To Justice Act and the Department of Corrections Overtime Study.  Room 14 East Wing.

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.   Click Here to watch hearings live.

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

March 2– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Department of Corrections/Board of Probation & Parole.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

March 8– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- State Police/ Homeland Security.  Room 140.  Click Here to watch hearings live.

Commission on Sentencing meets March 15-16

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Bipartisan bill to end gerrymandering introduced in Senate

Senators Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh) and Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) have introduced bipartisan legislation– Senate Bill 22(not yet online)— to establish an independent commission to draw up Pennsylvania’s legislative maps.

Senate Bill 22 would establish an 11-member independent commission comprised by four individuals registered with the largest political party in the Commonwealth, four registered with the second-largest party, and three people not affiliated with either major political party.

The commission would draw up both Congressional and state legislative district maps. It would take a majority of seven – with support from a qualified majority of Commission members — for a redistricting plan to win approval.

Commission members would not be allowed to hold political or party office, be related to those who hold office, or work for those who hold office. Scavello and Boscola said state legislative districts would be redrawn using modern technology and software, and focus on standards such as ideal population balance in accordance with existing federal and state laws.

 

 

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