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Legislative Report for June 19, 2017

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Order approving the revision of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 902

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The items below are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Bills moving

House

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras was amended on the House Floor and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Noteand summary) was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Child Abuse Posters: House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Montgomery) requiring schools to display posters with toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Children and Youth Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

DNA Testing: House Bill 1523 (Marsico-R-Dauphin) further providing for DNA testing was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Assaults On Healthcare Practitioners: House Bill 646 (Ward-R-Blair) relating to the assault of a healthcare practitioner (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Protecting Newborns: House Bill 1139 (Topper-R-Bedford) further providing for the protection of newborns (sponsor summary) was amended and reported out of the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Sanctuary Cities: House Bill 28 (White-R-Philadelphia) holding a sanctuary city liable for damages to persons or property as a result of criminal activities by unauthorized aliens (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House State Government Committee and was referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Senate

Theft Of Metals: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of metals (House Fiscal Note and summary) was passed by the Senate without amendment and now goes to the Governor for action.

Gambling Disorder Penalties: Senate Bill 496 (Scavello-R-Monroe) providing additional sentencing options for gambling disorders (sponsor summary) was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House for action.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 461 (Killion-R- Delaware) further providing for the use of DNA testing (sponsor summary) was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is on the Senate Calendar for action.

Legal Services Funding: Senate Bill 741 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing funding for courts and indigent legal services (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Criminal Record Expungement: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Child Endangerment: House Bill 217 (Kauffman-R-Franklin) further providing penalties for child endangerment (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul: House Bill 1238 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) Animal Abuse Statute overhaul (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Drug Delivery Penalties: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Recovery Houses: Senate Bill 446 (McGarrigle-R-Delaware) setting standards for drug and alcohol recovery houses (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Land Banks: e Senate Appropriations Committee and are on the Senate Calendar for action.

Epinephrine Injectors: House Bill 126 (M.Baker-R-Tioga) further providing for the use of epinephrine auto-injectors (House Fiscal Note and summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Driver Chemical Testing: Senate Bill 553 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) further providing for driver chemical testing was removed from the Table, was amended on the Floor and remains on the Senate Calendar for action.

Stolen Valor Act: House Bill 168 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) Stolen Military Valor Act (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Session schedule

Senate

June 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

House

June 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

 

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Legislative Report for June 12, 2017

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The items below are from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest.

Session Schedule

Senate

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

House

 June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Bills Moving

House

Lawsuits Involving Childhood Sexual Assaults: Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) further providing for civil actions regarding childhood sexual assault was Tabled.

Civil Forfeitures: Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) civil asset forfeiture reform (Senate Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) use of police body cameras was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Proof Of Citizenship: House Bill 1095 (Heffley-R-Carbon) requiring proof of citizenship prior to obtaining state benefits (sponsor summary) was reported from the House State Government Committee and was referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Decedent’s Remains: House Bill 383 (Readshaw-D-Allegheny) further providing for the disposal of decedent’s remains (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Electronic Opioid Prescriptions: House Bill 353 (Nesbit-R-Butler) requiring electronic prescriptions for opioids (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Health Committee and referred to the House Rules Committee as all bills are this time of year.

Senate

Penalties For Drug Delivery: Senate Bill 662 ( Bartolotta-R-Washington) further providing penalties for injuries during drug delivery (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Expungement Of Criminal Offenses: Senate Bill 529 (Wagner-R-York) further providing for the expungement of criminal offenses (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Public Hearings
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June 13– NEW. House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 646 (Ward-R-Blair) relating to the assault of a healthcare practitioner (sponsor summary).  Room 140 Main Capitol. 10:00.

June 13– NEW. House Children and Youth Committee meets to consider House Bill 1232 (Murt-R-Montgomery) requiring schools to display posters with toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse (sponsor summary).  Room B-31 Main Capitol.  10:00.

June 13– NEW. House State Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 28 (White-R-Philadelphia) holding a sanctuary city liable for damages to persons or property as a result of criminal activities by unauthorized aliens (sponsor summary).  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 10:00

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Legislative Report for June 5, 2017

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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.

Senate 

June 4. 5, 6, 7 (non-voting), 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

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
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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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Legislative Report for May 29, 2017

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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

Legislative Report for May 22, 2017

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Supreme Court amends Rules on detaining juveniles

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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.

 

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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.

Legislative Report for May 16, 2017

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Juvenile Rules amended to provide post-disposition rights colloquy. 

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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Session Schedule

Senate

May 22, 23, 24

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

House

May 22, 23, & 24

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

On the Governor’s Desk

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) has passes both Houses and awaits action by the Governor.

Bills Moving

House

Federal REAL ID: Senate Bill 133 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) making changes to comply with the federal REAL ID Act was amended and reported out of the House State Government Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Merit Selection: House Bill 111 (Cutler-R- Lancaster) providing for merit selection of statewide appellate court judges (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Child Pornography: House Bill 561 (Saccone-R-Allegheny) repealing sunset provision for administrative subpoenas in child pornography investigations (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Cameras In Courtrooms: House Bill 149 (Knowles-R-Schuylkill) prohibiting use of cell phone cameras in court in violation of a rule of court (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Judiciary Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

Excluding Gun Locks From Sales Tax: House Bill 718 (F.Keller-R-Snyder) excluding gun locks and gun sales from Sales Tax was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee (House Fiscal Note and summary) and is now on the House Calendar for action.

OxyContin Prescriptions For Teens: House Resolution 17 (Burns-D-Cambria) urging the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its directive allowing OxyContin to be prescribed to children 11 to 16 years of age was reported from the House Human Services Committee and is now on the House Calendar for action.

DUI Penalties: House Bill 1049 (Hahn-R-Northampton) further providing penalties for driving under suspension as a result of a DUI (sponsor summary) was reported from the House Transportation Committee and Tabled.

Senate

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 passed by the Senate without amendment and now goes to the Governor for his action.

Body Cameras: Senate Bill 560 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) authorizing the use of body cameras for police officers was amended on the Senate Floor and was passed by the Senate. The bill now goes to the House for action.

Common Pleas Judges: Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) providing for additional Common Pleas judges was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was amended on the Senate Floor and passed by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House for action.

Sanctuary Campuses: Senate Bill 273 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery) withholding state funding from institutions of higher education adopting sanctuary campuses policy (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

DNA Testing: Senate Bill 461 (Killion-R- Delaware) further providing for the use of DNA testing (sponsor summary) was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Corrections/Probation & Parole Consolidation: Senate Bill 522 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Probation and Parole (sponsor summary) was amended and reported from the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Police Shootings: House Bill 27 (M.White-R-Philadelphia) release of information from a shooting incident involving a police officer (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Police Training Commission: Senate Bill 403 (Brewster-D-Allegheny) municipal police officer education and training commission appointments (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Rape Kit Testing: 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 reported from the Senate Law and Justice Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Metals Theft: House Bill 267 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) relating to the theft of metals (House Fiscal Note and summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Cruelty To Animals: Senate Bill 636 (Dinniman-D-Chester) further providing for cruelty to animal prevention related to heat exposure (sponsor summary) was reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar for action.

Animal Cruelty: Senate Bill 298 (Alloway-R- Franklin) related to the offense of cruelty to animals – Libre’s Law (sponsor summary) was Tabled.

Public Hearings

May 18– Joint Hearing of Senate Aging & Youth, Appropriations, Health & Human Services and Intergovernmental Operations Committees on consolidations of the departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol.  Plumbers Local 690 Union Hall, 2791 Southampton Rd., Philadelphia. Noon.

May 22– NEW. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Judiciary Committees hold joint hearing on mandatory minimum sentencing.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  9:30 a.m.

May 23– House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Family Law holds a hearing on House Bill 1250 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) alimony pendente lite reform (sponsor summary), House Bill 983 (Lawrence-R-Chester) ensuring a victim of domestic violence is not forced to pay their abuser alimony pendente lite (sponsor summary).  Room 140.  9:30 a.m.

May 23– NEW. Senate Law and Justice Committee holds a hearing on Senate Bill 258 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) contracting for State Police service (sponsor summary).  Hearing Room 1, North Office. 10 a.m.

May 25– NEW. House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on proposed consolidation of Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole.  Room 140.  10 a.m.

Applications on line for approval of laboratories for testing medical marijuana

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy Friday announced applications are now available online for laboratories to become an approved laboratory for the testing of medical marijuana for the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program.

“Testing laboratories are an essential part of our medically focused program,” Secretary Murphy said. “Once selected, these facilities will ensure the medication patients receive at dispensaries is safe and effective.”

A laboratory must first be approved by the Department of Health to identify, collect, handle or conduct tests on medical marijuana samples from a grower/processor, or conduct tests on test samples for the department.

The approval is valid for two years from the date of issuance for the approved laboratory location specified in the application.

Click Here for more information on the application.  Visit the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana webpage for more information on the program.

 

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Legislative Report for May 8, 2017

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Criminal Rules 531 and 536 concerning surety and bail are amended

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The information below is from Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

Senate

May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24

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

House

May 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, & 24

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

Public Hearings

May 8– Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 222 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for additional Common Pleas judges, Senate Bill 522 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Probation and Parole (sponsor summary).  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.

May 8– House State Government Committee hearing on House Bill 466 (Marshall-R-Beaver) authorizing sheriffs and deputy sheriffs to enforce the same laws as municipal police officers (sponsor summary). Room G-50 Irvis Building. 10:00.

May 9– House Judiciary Committee meets to consider House Bill 111 (Cutler-R- Lancaster) providing for merit selection of statewide appellate court judges (sponsor summary). Room 205 Ryan Building. Off the Floor.

May 9– Senate Law and Justice Committee meets to consider 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), House Bill 27 (M.White-R-Philadelphia) release of information from a shooting incident involving a police officer (sponsor summary).  Room 8E-A East Wing.  12:30.

Governor Wolf bans criminal conviction box on non-civil service employee applications
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Governor Tom Wolf Friday announced a Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that will remove the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.

“In Pennsylvania, we have a robust system of supervision and rehabilitative services that gives reentrants to the community all the tools they need to put their lives back on track, get the skills they need to get a job, and get moving again. But too often, one small checkmark can jeopardize the future that we all need them to pursue and reach,” Governor Wolf said. “Banning the box will allow prospective applicants with criminal records to be judged on their skills and qualifications and not solely on their criminal history, while preserving a hiring agency’s ability to appropriately screen applicants as part of the hiring process.”

The governor, speaking alongside Representative Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) at a drug and alcohol recovery facility in Philadelphia, said the policy reaffirms the Wolf Administration’s commitment to reducing barriers for Pennsylvanians who seek the opportunity to work and contribute to their communities, and recognizes that everyone should have a meaningful chance to compete for jobs in the commonwealth.

The new policy will be effective July 1, 2017 for non-civil service applicants. The Office of Administration will provide guidance and training to agencies prior to the implementation of the policy, and anticipates that the policy will be applied to civil service applicants by December 2017.

Exceptions to the policy will be made for positions where a criminal conviction makes an applicant ineligible under law and for positions responsible for the safeguarding or security of people or property, law enforcement or those involving contact with vulnerable populations.

Agencies are to continue to use the EEOC guidelines in determining whether an applicant’s criminal history affects their candidacy for the position they are seeking.

Click Here for a copy of the full policy.

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VE Day, May 8, 1945

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