Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation

Harrisburg—Today, Senator Greenleaf, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced the committee’s approval of six bills.  The legislation may now be considered by the full Senate. 

SB 742—Introduced by Senator Greenleaf, this legislation would enhance the rights of the victims of sexual assault by guaranteeing that rape kits are preserved free of charge and victims are immediately informed of progress in their investigation.
SB 790—Introduced by Senator Hughes, the legislation establishes the First Chance Trust Fund to support scholarships and grants for young people age 24 and under residing in regions of the Commonwealth where high school drop-out rates are high.
SB 827—Introduced by Senator Killion, the legislation allows access to a decedent’s e-mail and digital assets by those who manage trusts and estates.
SB 854—Introduced by Senator Greenleaf, this bill removes “interference with custody of children” from the Tier I sex offenses for which an offender must register with the Pennsylvania State Police.  Investigative reporting by the Doylestown Intelligencer revealed many registered sex offenders charged with this offense who had never committed a sexual act.

SB 883—Introduced by Senators Greenleaf and Leach, this legislation would provide automatic expungement of a criminal record for offenders who receive a pardon.

HB 561—Introduced by Representative Saccone, this bill eliminates the sunset provision in the section of the Wiretap Act that authorizes the Attorney General and District Attorneys to serve administrative subpoenas on internet service providers in investigations of child sexual exploitation.