Judiciary Committee Senator Lisa Baker, Chair

Confirmation Hearing and Voting Meeting to consider HB 146, HB 940, HB 2039, HB 2271, HB 2464, and HB 2525

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B

Agenda

A confirmation hearing to consider one nomination to the Pennsylvania Parole Board, 13 nominations to the Court of Common Pleas, and a voting meeting to consider House Bill 146, House Bill 940, House Bill 2039, House Bill 2271, House Bill 2464 and House Bill 2525. 

Schedule

Call to Order

Pennsylvania Parole Board Confirmation Hearing

  • 11:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Bolton Penna, Esquire, appointee for the Pennsylvania Parole Board. (Senator Langerholc) 

Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Confirmation Hearing

  • 11:05 a.m. – Karen Mansfield, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster County. (Senator Martin) *Appointee Via Zoom
  • 11:10 a.m. – Shawn Long, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster County. (Senator Aument)
  • 11:15 a.m. – Nicole Forzato Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Chester County. (Senator Kearney)
  • 11:20 a.m. – Jill Koestel, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Berks County.  (Senator Schwank)
  • 11:25 a.m. – IIissa Zimmerman, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Blair County. (Senator J. Ward)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Brian McLaughlin, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. (Senator Dillon)
  • 11:35 a.m. – William Carlucci, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Lycoming County. (Senator Yaw)
  • 11:40 a.m. – Richard Knecht, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Columbia and Montour Counties. (Senator Gordner)
  • 11:45 a.m. – Kenneth Joel, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. (Senator Saval)
  • 11:50 a.m. – John Padova, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. (Senator Saval)
  • 11:55 a.m. – Tamika Washington, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. (Senator Haywood)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Andrew Szefi, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County. (Senator Robinson)
  • 12:05 p.m. – Louis Mincarelli, Esquire, appointee for the Court of Common Pleas, Chester County. (Senator Muth)

Voting Meeting

House Bill 146 (Bernstine) – Amends Section 6137 of Title 61 to restrict when the Pennsylvania Parole Board can parole an inmate after the expiration of his or her minimum sentence if the inmate was convicted of a violent offense or an obstruction of justice offense while incarcerated.

House Bill 940 (Rigby) – Amends Title 18 by (i) requiring sentence enhancements for burglary and criminal trespass if a domestic animal is harmed or killed, and (ii) making it illegal for a person to either recklessly harm a police animal or to harm a police animal during the commission of a felony.  Finally, requires the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to establish police officer canine training standards. 

  • Amendment A01892 (Langerholc) – An amendment relating to the care and transportation of police animals.

House Bill 2039 (Pennycuick) – Amends the Crime Victims Act to require that a victim be notified of court proceedings during which a defendant’s bail could be modified and gives the victim the opportunity to offer comment.

House Bill 2271 (Tomlinson) – Amends Title 18 (Crimes Code) to create a sentencing enhancement in sexual extortion cases where the victim attempts or commits suicide.

House Bill 2464 (Delozier) – Amends the Crime Victims Act to grant victims legal standing to assert and enforce rights otherwise afforded to crime victims by law.

House Bill 2525 (Kaufer) – Adds Subchapter F.1 (Crime Victim Right of Access) to Chapter 91 (Criminal History Record Information) of Title 18 (Crimes Code) to create a procedure by which a crime victim or a defendant in a civil action in which a crime victim is a party may obtain criminal history investigative information.

Amendment A04933 (Baker) – An amendment containing technical modifications to the bill, clarifying when dissemination of information regarding certain victims may not occur, and providing an exemption for the dissemination of certain highly confidential information. 

Adjourn

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