House passes Clean Slate bill to seal low level criminal records.
The House Wednesday passed House Bill 1419 sponsored by Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), that would create the Pennsylvania Clean State Law.
Building upon Act 5 of 2016, House Bill 1419 would be the first bill of its kind anywhere in the United States. The bill would automatically seal low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, summary offenses and non-conviction records – with no action required by the person.
Rep. Harris, Chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, called the passage of the legislation a major milestone in criminal justice reform for the nation. Act 5 of 2016 allows for sealing of records if a petition is filed by the accused.
“House Bill 1419 will change criminal justice reform in the United States as we know it,” Rep. Harris said. “People would no longer have to suffer for mistakes they made years ago. They would no longer be subjected to life as a second-class citizen and would now be able to find gainful employment and successfully pursue a post-secondary education, among many other things. Today, we are sending a clear message that everyone deserves a second chance, regardless of your race, age, ZIP code or level of education.”
“People who had a criminal conviction from decades past and have turned their lives around, without any other police involvement, have faced employment barriers due to their prior bad actions,” Rep. Delozier said. “By sealing from public view minor criminal offenses which are at least 10 years old, individuals can have a clean slate to move on with their lives. In addition, this discourages recidivism, as well as requires restitution and court costs be paid for eligibility.”
A House Fiscal Note and summary is available.
Child Abuse Reporting: House Bill 1527 (Stephens-R-Montgomery) further requiring the reporting of suspected to child abuse was reported from 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.
Criminal Records: House Bill 1419 (Delozier-R-Cumberland) related to criminal record expungement was reported from 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.
Destruction Of Documents: House Bill 1894 (Dush-R-Indiana) making destruction of Right-To-Know documents a criminal offense (sponsor summary) was reported out of the House State Government Committee and Tabled.
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Domestic Violence: Senate Bill 449 (Bartolotta-R-Washington) related to probable cause arrests in domestic violence cases (House Fiscal Noteand summary) was reported from the Senate Rules Committee and concurred in by the Senate. The bill now goes to the Governor for his action.
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The Weeks Ahead.
April 16– NEW. Senate Appropriations Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 742 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights (sponsor summary), Senate Bill 915 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) providing for post-conviction relief (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 916(Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) further providing for DNA testing (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 1070 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) establishing a County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 1071 (Greenleaf-R- Montgomery) streamlining the process for placement in State Intermediate Punishment, allowing parole agents to quickly detain parolees for violations, and streamlining the process for paroling people who receive a short sentence to prison (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 1072 (Greenleaf-R-Montgomery) amends the Crime Victims Act to better provide information and compensation to victims (sponsor summary); Senate Bill 1090 (Corman-R- Centre) anti-hazing bill (sponsor summary). Rules Room. Off the Floor.
April 17– Time Change. House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to discuss public/school safety/gun legislation. Room 140 Main Capitol. 9:30. Committee meetings are typically webcast through the House Republican Caucus website.
April 18– NEW. House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to discuss public/school safety/gun legislation. Room 140 Main Capitol. 9:30. Committee meetings are typically webcast through the House Republican Caucus website.
April 20– House Transportation and Judiciary Committees joint hearing evaluating the effects of DUI and drugged driving laws and programs. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia. 10:30. Committee meetings are typically webcast through the House Republican Caucus website.
April 24– NEW. House Labor and Industry Committee holds a hearing on harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. Room 140 Main Capitol. 10:00. Committee meetings are typically webcast through the House Republican Caucus website.
April 24– NEW. House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. Northeast Baptist Church, 4744 Tackawanna Street, Philadelphia. 10:00.
April 25– NEW. House Democratic Policy Committee holds a hearing on House Bill 1243 (Sims-D-Philadelphia) providing for equal pay for women (sponsor summary). Kimmel Center, Hamilton Gardens, 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. 10:00.
May 15– Pennsylvania Primary Election
May 15– Special House Elections to fill 3 House vacancies in Allegheny/Washington, Bradford/Potter/Tioga and Bucks counties to replace Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington)- District 48, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga)-District 68 and Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks)- District 178 who all resigned to take other jobs.
Judge Temin appointed to Criminal Procedural Rules Committee.
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April 30 is deadline to apply for Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee.
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This Week in History
Sacco and Vanzetti. On April 15, 1920, a paymaster and guard for a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, were robbed and killed. Anarchists Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right) were charged, resulting in a protracted legal struggle and years of protest. They were executed in 1927.
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