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PA Supreme Court’s 72 page Opinion on civil forfeiture

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JFK–100th Birthday, May 29

The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Real ID signed into law

Senate Bill 133 (Ward-R- Westmoreland) making changes to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.  A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.  The Governor signed it into law as Act 3.

PennLive:  What you need to know about Real ID

Bills moving

House

Driving Under Suspension: House Bill 1049 (Hahn-R-Northampton) further providing for driving under suspension as a result of a DUI was removed from the Table, amended on the House Floor,  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.

Natural Gas Vehicle Weight: House Bill 603 (Metzgar-R-Bedford) exempting heavy duty natural gas-fueled vehicles from weight limits 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.

In Court Recording Devices: House Bill 149 (Knowles-R-Schuylkill) prohibiting use of cell phone cameras in court in violation of a rule of court was referred into and 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.

Child Pornography: House Bill 561 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) repealing sunset provision for administrative subpoenas in child pornography investigations 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.

Gun Locks/Gun Sales: House Bill 718 (F.Keller-R- Snyder) excluding gun locks and gun sales from Sales Tax was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

National Drug Court Month: House Resolution 319 (McClinton-D-Delaware) recognizing May as National Drug Court Month (sponsor summary) was adopted by the House.

Senate

Merging Corrections/Probation & Parole: Senate Bill 522 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Probation and Parole was amended on the Senate Floor and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Threats To Law Enforcement Officers: Senate Bill 510 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) increasing penalties for threatening law enforcement officers (sponsor summary) was amended on the Senate Floor and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Animal Abuse Task Force: Senate Resolution 35 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an Animal Abuse Prevention Task Force (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Unprocessed Rape Kits: 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 adopted by the Senate.

Session schedule

Senate

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

House

 June 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

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Memorial Day, May 29

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