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Risk assessment and proposed revision to Sentencing Guidelines

The Commission on Sentencing published notice in the April 8 PA Bulletin of proposed revisions to the sentencing guidelines and a risk assessment instrument for public comment. (PA Bulletin, Page 1999).  Five public hearings are scheduled in May to gather comments.  Comments are due May 19.

Session Schedule

The House and Senate are not meeting this week.

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 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

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 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.

Sex Offenders: House Bill 631 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) further providing for probation for sex offenders 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.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences: House Bill 741 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further providing mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearms and drug violations violations was removed from the Table, amended on the House Floor, was referred into and out of the House Appropriations Committee and was passed by the House by a vote of 122 to 67.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.  (Last session similar legislation was not taken up by the Senate.)

Reporting Convictions: House Bill 548 (Readshaw-D-Allegheny) requiring DOS Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report convictions within 30 days was referred into and 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.

Metals Theft: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of secondary metals (sponsor summary) reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Indecent Exposure: House Bill 489 (Quigley-R- Montgomery) further providing penalties for indecent exposure (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Child Sexual Assaults Civil Actions: Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) further providing for civil actions regarding childhood sexual assault was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is on the House Calendar for action.

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing for the differentiating cases of placing a child at risk (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is on the House Calendar for action.

Public hearings in Philadelphia and Reading areas

April 12– House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on pretrial and bail procedure reform.  South West Leadership Academy, 7101 Paschall Ave., Philadelphia. 2:00.

April 13– Joint Hearing By Senate Appropriations, Aging & Youth, Health & Human Services and Intergovernmental Operations on Gov. Wolf’s proposal to consolidate the departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol Programs.  Reading Hospital, Conference Center, R Building, Ground Floor, 420 South 5th Ave., West Reading. 11:00.

April 13– House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on intersection of early education and criminal justice.  Saint Joseph’s University Center, Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center, 390 North Latches Lane, Merion Station, Montgomery County. 10:00

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

Supreme Court amends Juvenile rules changing title of “Master” to “Juvenile Court Hearing Officer.”

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April 30 is deadline to apply for Appellate Court Rules Committee

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Distracted driving citations continue to rise in Pennsylvania

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April 12, 1861–The American Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina.

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