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


Budget update:  Senate to return to session on Monday.

At midnight last Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf allowed the $31.996 billion General Fund budget bill– House Bill 218(Saylor-R-York)–  to become law without his signature.   It’s the third General Fund budget bill in a row he didn’t sign.

A day later, the House and Senate left town after failing to agree on a revenue package to support the budget that is now law.

House Majority Leader David Reed (R-Indiana) said Tuesday the House would not return to Harrisburg unless there was an agreement on the revenue package.

The Senate Friday announced it would return to voting session on Monday, July 17 and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told members to be prepared to stay in session for three days.—Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

The House is on a six hour call.—Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.                                                                                                                             

Bills Moving


Administrative Code: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R- Delaware) amends the Administrative Code to adopt standards for recovery houses was amended significantly and reported out of the House Appropriations Committee, was amended on the House Floor and remains on the House Calendar for action.  The Bill also provides–

Makeup Of PA Commission On Crime And Delinquency:  Section 310. Changing the makeup of the Board. (page 14)

State Police Fees: Section 616-A: Increase fees for Criminal History Record checks by State Police service.(page 53)

— Attorney General Administrative Account: Section 922.1 related to the collection of administrative account fees by the Office of Attorney General. (page 54)

— Notice of Correctional institution Closure:  Section 915-B. (page 54)

Senior Judge Grants: Section 2801-E: Providing for Senior Judge Operational Support Grants. (page 65)

A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.


Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery) further providing for drivers license loss due to substance abuse was concurred in by the Senate and now goes to the Governor for his action.  AHouse Fiscal Note and summary.

Forfeiture Of Bail: House Bill 280 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) provides for forfeiture and allocation of bail monies (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended on the Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Restitution To Crime Victims: House Bill 285 (Stephens-R- Montgomery) further providing for restitution by criminals to victims was amended on the Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.


Wrong-Way Corrigan, July 17, 1938


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