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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest


May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24

June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, & 24

June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Public Hearings

May 8– Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for additional Common Pleas judges, Senate Bill 522 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Probation and Parole (sponsor summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

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.

May 9– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 111 (Cutler-R- Lancaster) providing for merit selection of statewide appellate court judges (sponsor summary). Room 205 Ryan Building. Off the Floor.

May 9– Senate Law and Justice Committee meets to consider Senate Resolution 75 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the extent to which rape kits remain unprocessed (sponsor summary), House Bill 27 (M.White-R-Philadelphia) release of information from a shooting incident involving a police officer (sponsor summary).  Room 8E-A East Wing.  12:30.

Governor Wolf bans criminal conviction box on non-civil service employee applications

Governor Tom Wolf Friday announced a Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that will remove the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.

“In Pennsylvania, we have a robust system of supervision and rehabilitative services that gives reentrants to the community all the tools they need to put their lives back on track, get the skills they need to get a job, and get moving again. But too often, one small checkmark can jeopardize the future that we all need them to pursue and reach,” Governor Wolf said. “Banning the box will allow prospective applicants with criminal records to be judged on their skills and qualifications and not solely on their criminal history, while preserving a hiring agency’s ability to appropriately screen applicants as part of the hiring process.”

The governor, speaking alongside Representative Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) at a drug and alcohol recovery facility in Philadelphia, said the policy reaffirms the Wolf Administration’s commitment to reducing barriers for Pennsylvanians who seek the opportunity to work and contribute to their communities, and recognizes that everyone should have a meaningful chance to compete for jobs in the commonwealth.

The new policy will be effective July 1, 2017 for non-civil service applicants. The Office of Administration will provide guidance and training to agencies prior to the implementation of the policy, and anticipates that the policy will be applied to civil service applicants by December 2017.

Exceptions to the policy will be made for positions where a criminal conviction makes an applicant ineligible under law and for positions responsible for the safeguarding or security of people or property, law enforcement or those involving contact with vulnerable populations.

Agencies are to continue to use the EEOC guidelines in determining whether an applicant’s criminal history affects their candidacy for the position they are seeking.

Click Here for a copy of the full policy.


VE Day, May 8, 1945


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