Confirmation hearing for Andrew Bender, Esq. for appointment as Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Juniata and Perry Counties and for Sabrina Korbel, Esq., for Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, and a meeting to consider HB 930

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Confirmation hearing for Andrew Bender, Esq. for appointment as Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Juniata and Perry Counties and for Sabrina Korbel, Esq., for Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, and a meeting to consider HB 930

Schedule

Hearing Confirmations

  • Andrew Bender, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Juniata and Perry Counties.
  • Sabrina Korbel, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County.

Committee Meeting

  • HB 930 (Schlegel Culver), Amends Title 18 to add requirements that law enforcement deliver the DNA of a missing child and collect and submit the DNA of an unidentified deceased child to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and provide that DNA to the PSP for submission to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS). Amends Title 44 to provide that forensic DNA stored by the PSP is to be submitted to NAMUS and provides for the collection and submission to NAMUS of DNA in certain investigations.

Adjourn

Meeting to consider SB 814, SB 904, SB 905 and SB 913

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB814, SB904, SB905 and SB913

SCHEDULE

  • Senate Bill 814 (Yudichak) – An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in obstructing governmental operations, providing for the offense of evading arrest or detention on foot and for the offense of harming a police animal while evading arrest or detention.
  • Senate Bill 904 (Baker) – An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in other criminal provisions, further providing for definitions and providing for meetings.
  • Senate Bill 905 (Baker) – An Act amending the act of November 22, 1978 (P.L.1166, No.274), referred to as the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Law, further providing for County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee.
  • Senate Bill 913 (Baker) – An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in sentencing, further providing for conditions of probation and for modification or revocation of order of probation.

 

Public hearing to focus on probation reform issues as well as the recommendations of the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee

Monday, September 20, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Agenda

This hearing will focus on probation reform issues as well as the status of the recommendations on probation being made by the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee.

Schedule

Panel 1 (Recommendations of the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee):

Honorable Russell D. Shurtleff, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Wyoming & Sullivan Counties – Testimony

Honorable Charles A. Ehrlich, Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County

Panel 2 (Probation Reform Issues Generally):

Erin Haney, National Policy Director, Reform Alliance – Testimony

Panel 3 (Probation Reform Issues Generally):

Kevin Kane, Senior Government Affairs Specialist, Commonwealth Foundation

Panel 4 (Probation Reform Issues Generally):

April J. Billet, Deputy District Court Administrator, Chief Probation Officer, Administrative Office of York County Courts – Testimony

Panel 5 (Probation Reform Issues Generally):

David Sunday, York County District Attorney – Testimony

 

Written Testimony

Justice Action Network – Testimony

 

Meeting to consider SB 565 and SR 146 and nominations

Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 and Virtual Participation


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Marcus Brown for appointment as a member of the Pennsylvania Parole Board.

The committee will further consider the following bills: 

HR 146 – Aument – A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a study of the current liability limitations under 42 Pa.C.S. § 8528 and issue a report of its findings and recommendations to the Senate.

SB 565 – Dush – Amends Chapter 61 of Title 18, Uniform Firearms Act, by eliminating the need to obtain a license to carry a firearm in any vehicle or to carry a concealed firearm.  Provides for an optional concealed carry license and retains the sportsman’s firearm permit.

Meeting to consider HB 1431 and HB 1429

Senate Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Meeting to consider HB 1431 and HB 1429

HB  1431 – Klunk – Amends Section 2731.1 of Title 18 concerning abuse of a care-dependent person.

HB 1429 – Culver – Amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) to add criminal offenses for those who use their position of trust to financially exploit older adults or care-dependent individuals and provides for concurrent jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the crimes.

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Meeting to consider HB 246, HB 843, HB 954, and HB 1147

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Meeting to consider HB 246, HB 843, HB 954, and HB 1147

HB 246 – Mihalek – Amends Section 3018 of Title 18 to clarify that the protections afforded to victims of sexual abuse under the Rape Shield Law are also applied to victims of human trafficking. 

HB 843 – Rowe – Amends Section 5329 of Title 23 to expand the list of criminal convictions of a party or member of a party’s household that a court must consider before making a custody determination.

HB 954 – Stephens – Amends Title 18, Section 9106 and Title 23, Section 6365 to allow law enforcement agencies to share child abuse information.

HB 1147 – Gaydos – Amends title 42, Section 9718.1 regarding sexual offender treatment.

To consider the nomination of Suzanne Estrella as Victim Advocate, and consideration of SB 708, SB 726, and HB 156

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B and Virtual Participation


To consider Suzanne V. Estrella for appointment to the position of Victim Advocate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will also meet to consider the following bills:

HB 156 – Owlett – Amends Section 5985.1 of Title 42 regarding the applicability of the tender years hearsay exception.

SB 708 – Bartolotta – Amends the Crime Victims Act (Act 111 of 1998) to make numerous changes to victims’ rights and compensation.

SB 726 – Phillips-Hill – Amends Title 76 by adding Subchapter F that makes the possession, use, sale or the threat to use ransomware a crime, authorizes civil actions by victims of a ransomware attack and requires the Office of Administration to study the susceptibility, preparedness and the ability of the Commonwealth to respond to a ransomware attack. 

Meeting to consider SB 305, SB 516, SB 588, SB 703, and SB 704

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 11: 30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 (and Virtual Participation)


SB 305 – Brooks – Adds “urgent care centers” to the list of locations that a parent may leave a newborn (under certain enumerated circumstances) without facing criminal liability.

SB 516 –  Browne – Amends Title 42, Section 9730 to provide that if a defendant defaults in the payment of court costs, restitution and fines and fails to appear at a hearing to determine the defendant’s ability to pay, the delinquent account may be turned over to a private collection agency.

SB 588 – Gordner – Amends Section 110 of Title 18 by adding language which provides that a former prosecution of an offense is not a bar to a subsequent prosecution of an offense which arises out of the same conduct or criminal episode if, among other things, the former prosecution was for a summary offense or a summary traffic offense.

SB 703 – Baker – Amends Title 18, Section 2709.1 to specifically cover the use of social media and internet platforms to stalk another and to upgrade the grading of a first offense under certain circumstances.

SB 704 – Baker – Amends Title 18, Section 3124.2 by providing that a caregiver is guilty of institutional sexual assault if he or she engages in certain sexual activities with a care-dependent person.

Meeting to consider SB 521, HB 184, and HB 951

 

Senate Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


SB 521 – Mensch – Amends Section 7507.1 of Title 18 to increase the grading for a conviction of invasion of privacy if the offender is a teacher and the victim is a student or if the offender is an adult and the victim is a minor.

HB 184 – Keefer – Amends Section 2505 of Title 18 by requiring the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to provide a sentencing enhancement for a conviction of causing a suicide or for aiding or soliciting a person to die by suicide when the person dying by suicide is either under 18 years of age, has an intellectual disability or has autism spectrum disorder.

HB 951 – Rozzi – Amends Title 42 (Judicial Code) to provide a two-year window during which civil lawsuits arising out of childhood sexual abuse may be brought notwithstanding an otherwise applicable statute of limitations defense; and to state explicitly that current waivers of sovereign and governmental immunity for civil actions alleging sexual abuse of a minor shall apply both prospectively and retroactively. Amendment to be offered by Sen. Baker.

Meeting to consider SB 420 and SB 457

 

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Meeting to consider bills

SB 420 – Sen. Yaw – Amends Sections 1401 and 1404 of the County Code to require district attorneys in counties of the second class A or third class as well as district attorneys in counties of the fourth through eighth classes to have an active license to practice law. (Amendment forthcoming)

SB 457 – Sen. Baker – Amends Section 5 of Article IV of the Pennsylvania Constitution and amends Section 6 of Article IV by adding subsections 6 (b) and 6 (c). This constitutional amendment will require the Attorney General to hold an active law license in the Commonwealth and provides that if the Attorney General is disbarred from the practice of law, the office of Attorney General shall be declared vacant, and if the Attorney General’s license to practice law is suspended, the Attorney General shall be suspended from the office of Attorney General until the suspension is dissolved or until the next election.