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Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Senate Bill 400 concerning review of police use of deadly force

On March 27 the Senate Judiciary Committee  will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 400 (Haywood-D- Philadelphia-Montgomery).  See  sponsor summary.   The bill would take review and prosecution of deadly force incident at the hand of police officers out of the jurisdiction of the local district attorney and put it in the hands of a special prosecutor.
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The bill would require the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor whenever there is a deadly force incident and a police officer is involved. The special prosecutor would serve as an impartial prosecutor and remove the perceived conflict a district attorney might have prosecuting a local police officer.

The hearing will be at 10 a.m. in Room 8E-B East Wing Capitol Building.

Senator Art Haywood

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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Session Schedule

Senate

March 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

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

Bills Moving

House

Law Enforcement Officers: House Bill 27 (White-R- Philadelphia) further providing for the release of law enforcement information in the event of a officers involved in a shooting was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Bail Forfeiture: House Bill 280 (Delozier-R- Cumberland) further providing for forfeiture and allocation of bail monies was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Crime Restitution: House Bill 285 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) requiring criminals to pay restitution to crime victims was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: House Bill 126 (Baker-R-Tioga) further authorizing the use of epinephrine auto-injectors was removed from the Table, was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Child Assaults & Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition: House Bill 594 (Benninghoff-R- Mifflin) prohibit persons charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or assault against a child from being placed into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Sex Offenders: House Bill 631 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) further providing for probation for sex offenders (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Gun Safety Devices: House Bill 718 (F.Keller-R-Snyder) excluding lockable gun safety devices from Sales Tax (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Finance Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Condominium Dispute Resolution: House Bill 595 (R.Brown-R-Monroe) further providing for alternative dispute resolution related to condominiums (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House Urban Affairs Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Reporting Convictions: House Bill 548 (Readshaw-D-Allegheny) requiring DOS Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report convictions within 30 days (sponsor summary)           was reported from the House Professional Licensure Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Mandatory Minimums: House Bill 741 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearms violations was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Pediatric Cancer Tax Check-Off: House Bill 46 (Caltagirone-D- Berks) providing for a Pediatric Cancer Research State Income Tax Check-Off (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Finance Committee and Tabled.

Investigational Drugs: House Bill 45 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) providing for the use of investigational drugs, biological products and devices by terminally ill patients “Right To Try” legislation was amended and reported out of the House Human Services Committee and Tabled.

Senate

Federal REAL ID Compliance: Senate Bill 133 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) fix for federal REAL ID issues (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  (The Committee has scheduled a meeting for March 27 to consider the bill.)

Animal Abuse: Senate Bill 176 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) child and animal abuse cross reporting (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Children Of Incarcerated Parents: Senate Bill 62 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for adopt and grounds for involuntary termination related to children of incarcerated parents (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

PA Stolen Valor Act: Senate Bill 42 (Williams-D-Philadelphia) establishing the PA Stolen Valor Act (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Combine Corrections/Probation & Parole:  Senate Bill 522 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Probation and Parole (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Additional Common Pleas Judges:  Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for additional Common Pleas Court judges was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.  The bill includes new Judges for Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Animal Abuse: Senate Bill 298 (Alloway-R-Franklin) enacting the Libre’s animal abuse law (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Feds & Medical Marijuana:  Senate Resolution 36 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) urging Congress to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the Senate State Government Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

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