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



Session schedule

The Senate and House return to voting session this week to begin the sprint to the July 1 finish line to pass a state budget for next year.

The House Republicans passed a budget on April 4.  The Senate Republicans have yet to put pen to paper with their own budget proposal.

Legislators are still bravely saying there will be an “on time budget” this year.


June 4. 5, 6, 7 (non-voting), 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


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

Public hearings

June 6– NEW. House Health Committee meets to consider House Bill 353 (Nesbit-R-Butler) requiring electronic prescriptions for opioids (sponsor summary).  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 9:30.

June 7– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) unlawful use of unmanned aircraft (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Note and summary), Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras.  Room 140 Main Capitol.  10:00.


Wolf Administration launches webpage for proposed combined Department of Criminal Justice

Governor Tom Wolf Wednesday announced the launch of an informational webpage that details the proposed unification of the Department of Corrections and the PA Board of Probation and Parole , into the new Department of Criminal Justice.

The new Department of Criminal Justice will maintain the state system for the custody and rehabilitation of criminally convicted individuals, and the eventual supervision of reentrants on parole, helping them to continue to reintegrate into society.

The webpage details the cost savings, the role of the unified department, and new org charts, as well as feedback mechanisms, and an overview of the legislation that if passed will create the Department of Criminal Justice.

Sponsored by Sen. Stuart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), the unification legislation, Senate Bills 522 and 523, are currently in the House. The bills passed the Senate on May 24: Senate Bill 522 by a vote of 38-12 and Senate Bill 523 by a vote of 48-2.

The legislation creates an independent Parole Board, Office of Victim Advocate, and Sex Offenders Assessment Board while unifying the remainder of Parole’s functions with the Department of Corrections. The new department’s responsibility entails all supervision from reception to sentence completion.

For more information, visit the Department of Criminal Justice webpage.

The information above is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.



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