A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

State Capitol Complex

SESSION SCHEDULE

Senate 

April 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

Senate

Federal REAL ID: Senate Bill 133 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) fix for federal REAL ID issues was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and was passed by the Senate.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the House 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 adopted by the Senate.  No further legislative action is needed.

Anatomical Gifts: Senate Bill 108 (Sabatina-D-Philadelphia) prohibit discrimination against disabled people in need of organ transplants (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Animal Abuse Task Force: Senate Resolution 35 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an Animal Abuse Prevention Task Force (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Testing Of Drivers: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for testing of drivers for drugs or alcohol was reported from the Senate Transportation Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Epinephrine Injectors: House Bill 224 (Simmons-D-Philadelphia) authorizing school bus drivers and school crossing guards to use epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Education Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Police Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) authorizing the use of body cameras for police officers (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Safe Harbor In Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) immunize the child victims of human trafficking from criminal prosecution (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

April 4– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 90 (Zimmerman-R-Lancaster) expanding the Ethnic Intimidation law to include police and other first responders (sponsor summary), House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of secondary metals (sponsor summary), House Bill 489 (Quigley-R-Montgomery) further providing penalties for indecent exposure (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) further providing for civil actions regarding childhood sexual assault (Senate Fiscal Note and summary).  Room 140 Main Capitol.  10:00.

April 5– Joint Hearing of House Aging & Older Adult Services, Health and Human Services Committees on Gov. Wolf’s proposal to merge the departments of Aging, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Health and Human Services.  Room 140 Main Capitol. 9:00.

April 17– House Aging & Older Adult Services, Health and Human Services Committees hold a joint hearing on proposal to combine the departments of Aging, Health, Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Programs.  Room 140 Main Capitol.  1:00.

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

EVENTS

April 3—Appellate Courts Committee.  Newest members of Superior Court (Judges Moulton, Ransom, and Solano), noon, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street.

April 4—Chancellor’s Forum, candidates for District Attorney, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.,The Great Hall at Moore College of Art located at 20th Street and the Parkway.

April 5—Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee, 12:30 p.m., 11th Floor, 1101 Market Street.

April 18—Chancellor’s Forum, candidates for Superior Court, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Philadelphia Bar Association Conference Center, 11th Floor, 1101 Market Street.

NEWS

PA Supreme Court approves language access plan for courts.   Click for news release

House Bill 741 (restoring mandatory sentences voted out of House Judiciary Committee.  Click for bill history and text.

Prosecutors back bill to restore mandatory minimum sentences.  Click for report from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COMMENTARY

Eugene Volokh:  Court overturns probation condition limiting use of devices that contain ‘any encryption … software.’    Click for column in Washington Post

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Martin Luther King died April 4, 1968

 

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