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

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Session Schedule

Senate

April 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 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

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 reported out of the House Appropriations Committee and passed by the House.  The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

At Risk Children: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing for the differentiating cases of placing a child at risk (sponsor summary) was amended on the House Floor and was refereed to the House Appropriations Committee.

Theft Of Metals: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R- Butler) relating to the theft of secondary metals (sponsor summary) was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Epilepsy Drug Exemption From Prescription Monitoring: House Bill 395 (DiGirolamo-R- Bucks) providing for an exemption from prescription monitoring for epilepsy drug (sponsor summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Preempting Local Firearms Ordinances: House Bill 671 (M.Keller-R- Cumberland) state preemption over local firearms and ammunition regulations (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Unwanted Phone Calls: House Bill 448 (Topper-R-Bedford) further providing for unwanted telephone solicitation calls related to elder abuse (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House Consumer Affairs Committee with a request that it be referred to the House Aging and Older Adults Committee and it was.

Do Not Call List: House Bill 105 (Cox-R-Berks) further providing for changes to the do not call list (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House Consumer Affairs Committee and Tabled.

Indecent Exposure: House Bill 489 (Quigley-R-Montgomery) further providing penalties for indecent exposure (sponsor summary) was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Stolen Valor: House Bill 168 (Saccone-R- Allegheny) Stolen Valor Act (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and Tabled.

Senate

Movers Penalties: Senate Bill 458 (Argall-R-Schuylkill) strengthening penalties for illegal household goods movers operating in Pennsylvania (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) further providing for civil asset forfeiture reform was amended and reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Safe Harbor In Human Trafficking: Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) immunize the child victims of human trafficking from criminal prosecution (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is 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 reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Sanctuary Campuses: Senate Bill 273 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) withholding state funding from institutions of higher education adopting sanctuary campuses policy (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Education Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Epinephrine Auto-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 referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Driver Drug/Alcohol Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) further providing for testing of drivers for drugs or alcohol was Tabled.

Legislative Hearings

April 24– Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing to examine DNA testing and post-conviction relief.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 10:00.

April 25–  Senate Bill 461 (Killion-R-Delaware) further providing for the use of DNA testing (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 496 (Scavello-R-Monroe) providing additional sentencing options for gambling disorders (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 510 (Reschenthaler-R- Allegheny) increasing penalties for threatening law enforcement officers (sponsor summary). Room 8E-B East Wing.  11:30.

May 8–  House State Government Committee hearing on House Bill 466 (Marshall-R- Beaver) authorizing sheriffs and deputy sheriffs to enforce the same laws as municipal police officers (sponsor summary). Room G-50 Irvis Building. 10:00.

(Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

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