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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Session Schedule

Senate

May 22, 23, 24

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

House

May 22, 23, & 24

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

On the Governor’s Desk

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) has passes both Houses and awaits action by the Governor.

Bills Moving

House

Federal REAL ID: Senate Bill 133 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) making changes to comply with the federal REAL ID Act was amended and reported out of the House State Government Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Merit Selection: House Bill 111 (Cutler-R- Lancaster) providing for merit selection of statewide appellate court judges (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Child Pornography: House Bill 561 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) repealing sunset provision for administrative subpoenas in child pornography investigations (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Cameras In Courtrooms: House Bill 149 (Knowles-R-Schuylkill) prohibiting use of cell phone cameras in court in violation of a rule of court (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Excluding Gun Locks From Sales Tax: House Bill 718 (F.Keller-R-Snyder) excluding gun locks and gun sales from Sales Tax was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee (House Fiscal Note and summary) and is now on the House Calendar for action.

OxyContin Prescriptions For Teens: House Resolution 17 (Burns-D-Cambria) urging the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its directive allowing OxyContin to be prescribed to children 11 to 16 years of age was reported from the House Human Services Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

DUI Penalties: House Bill 1049 (Hahn-R-Northampton) further providing penalties for driving under suspension as a result of a DUI (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Transportation Committee and Tabled.

Senate

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 passed by the Senate without amendment and now goes to the Governor for his action.

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) authorizing the use of body cameras for police officers was amended on the Senate Floor and was passed by the Senate. The bill now goes to the House for action.

Common Pleas Judges: Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for additional Common Pleas judges was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was amended on the Senate Floor and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House 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 referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 461 (Killion-R- Delaware) further providing for the use of DNA testing (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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

Police Shootings: House Bill 27 (M.White-R-Philadelphia) release of information from a shooting incident involving a police officer (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Police Training Commission: Senate Bill 403 (Brewster-D-Allegheny) municipal police officer education and training commission appointments (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Rape Kit Testing: 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) was reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

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

Cruelty To Animals: Senate Bill 636 (Dinniman-D-Chester) further providing for cruelty to animal prevention related to heat exposure (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Animal Cruelty: Senate Bill 298 (Alloway-R- Franklin) related to the offense of cruelty to animals – Libre’s Law (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Public Hearings

May 18– Joint Hearing of Senate Aging & Youth, Appropriations, Health & Human Services and Intergovernmental Operations Committees on consolidations of the departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol.  Plumbers Local 690 Union Hall, 2791 Southampton Rd., Philadelphia. Noon.

May 22– NEW. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Judiciary Committees hold joint hearing on mandatory minimum sentencing.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  9:30 a.m.

May 23– House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Family Law holds a hearing on House Bill 1250 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) alimony pendente lite reform (sponsor summary), House Bill 983 (Lawrence-R-Chester) ensuring a victim of domestic violence is not forced to pay their abuser alimony pendente lite (sponsor summary).  Room 140.  9:30 a.m.

May 23– NEW. Senate Law and Justice Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 258 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) contracting for State Police service (sponsor summary).  Hearing Room 1, North Office. 10 a.m.

May 25– NEW. House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on proposed consolidation of Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole.  Room 140.  10 a.m.

Applications on line for approval of laboratories for testing medical marijuana

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy Friday announced applications are now available online for laboratories to become an approved laboratory for the testing of medical marijuana for the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program.

“Testing laboratories are an essential part of our medically focused program,” Secretary Murphy said. “Once selected, these facilities will ensure the medication patients receive at dispensaries is safe and effective.”

A laboratory must first be approved by the Department of Health to identify, collect, handle or conduct tests on medical marijuana samples from a grower/processor, or conduct tests on test samples for the department.

The approval is valid for two years from the date of issuance for the approved laboratory location specified in the application.

Click Here for more information on the application.  Visit the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana webpage for more information on the program.

 

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