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SESSION SCHEDULE

Senate

February 5, 6 (Governor’s Budget Address), 7

Budget Hearings: Feb. 20 – March 8

March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30

May 1, 2, 21, 22, 23

June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

House

February 5, 6, 7

Budget Hearings: Feb. 20 to March 8

March 12, 13, 14

April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30

May 1, 2, 22, 23

June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

BILLS MOVING

Sex Offenders: House Bill 631 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for sentencing sex offenders (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was removed from the Table and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Victims’ Bill Of Rights: Senate Bill 1011 (Reschenthaler-R-Allegheny) enacting a victims’ bill of rights (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AMENDMENTS TO SENTENCING GUIDELINES

The Commission on Sentencing published notice of the February 3 PA Bulletin (page 716) of an amendment to the sentencing guidelines.

THE WEEKS AHEAD

February 5– House Judiciary Committee informational meeting on PA Judiciary Statewide Judicial Needs Assessment Study.  Room 140. Noon.  Click Here to watch the hearing online.

February 5– Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 1952 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) further providing for sexual offender registration (House Fiscal Note and summary). Hearing Room 1 North Office Building.  10:30.

February 5–  Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider House Bill 1952 (Marsico-R- Dauphin) further providing for sexual offender registration (House Fiscal Note and summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

February 6– Governor’s Budget Address.  Noonish.

February 7– House Transportation Committee meets to consider  House Resolution 76 (Miller-D-Allegheny) concurrent resolution removing mandatory drivers’ license suspension for individuals convicted of a drug offense (sponsor summary). Room 205 Ryan Building.  Off the Floor.

February 21– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 3:00- Attorney General.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.   Click Here: Hearings are typically webcast on the Committee webpage.

February 22– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 1:00- State Police/Homeland Security.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  Click Here: Hearings are typically webcast on the Committee webpage.

February 27– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- State Related Universities; 1:00- Judiciary; 4:00- Inspector General.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  Click Here: Hearings are typically webcast on the Committee webpage.

February 27– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Reducing Costs in the Correctional System – Department of Corrections & Board of Probation & Parole.  Click Here to watch the hearing online.

February 28– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 1:00- Liquor Control Board. Room 140 Main Capitol.  Click Here to watch the hearing online.

March 1– Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Department of Corrections/ Board of Probation & Parole; 1:00- Liquor Control Board.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  Click Here: Hearings are typically webcast on the Committee webpage.

March 1– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- Combating Opioids – Departments of Health and Drug & Alcohol Programs; 1:00- Combating Opioids – Attorney General. Room 140 Main Capitol.  Click Here to watch the hearing online.

March 7– House Appropriations Committee budget hearings: 10:00- State Police – Homeland Security; 1:00- Office of Inspector General. Room 140 Main Capitol.  Click Here to watch the hearing online.

March 13– Special Election to fill Congressman Murphy’s seat in Western PA.

May 15– Pennsylvania Primary Election

May 15– Special House Elections to fill two House vacancies in Allegheny/Washington and Bucks counties.  Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington) and Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) resigned December 31 to take other jobs.

(The items above are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

NEWS ITEMS from City & State Pennsylvania, February 2, 2018

* State Rep. Jordan Harris will introduce a bill that would vacate past marijuana convictions for PA residents who recently qualified for medical marijuana cards, the Inquirer writes.

* Philadelphia City Council voted to approve a resolution calling for ending cash bail, according to WHYY.

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