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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

This week

The House and Senate return to Harrisburg this week, before their Memorial Day break. Merit selection of appellate court judges– House Bill 111 (Cutler-R-Lancaster) (sponsor summary) is scheduled to be considered for a final vote in the House.

Bill signing

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 signed into law as Act 2.

Governor, Attorney General create Reentry Council

Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf Monday joined representatives from communities throughout Pennsylvania, along with officials from local, state and federal agencies, to announce the creation of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council, an innovative effort to make communities safer by reducing recidivism and improving prisoner reentry across the Commonwealth.

Four state agencies — the Office of Attorney General, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Department of Corrections, and the Board of Probation and Parole — will coordinate the Pennsylvania Reentry Council.

These lead agencies will be joined by eight other state agencies, 21 Reentry Coalitions from communities across the Commonwealth, all three U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Pennsylvania, and other re-entry experts.

The Pennsylvania Reentry Council also held its first meeting Monday in the Office of Attorney General. The Council will meet quarterly as it works through addressing the primary challenges facing returning citizens and communities.

Those challenges include:

— Access to housing (majority of landlords screen out tenants with criminal records);

— Access to education (40 percent of incarcerated adults have no high school diploma);

— Barriers to employment (Ban the box and related issues);

— Access to treatment for healthcare, addiction, mental health; and

— Access to driver’s licenses, social security cards and documents essential to obtaining employment, housing, other assistance.

Sentencing Commission meeting

The Commission on Sentencing published notice in the May 20 PA Bulletin of its upcoming meetings on May 31 and June 1.



May 24, 1934–Notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.


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