Legislative News

Here is where you can learn about new and existing legislation that effects offenders or ex-offenders. 

*** Below are some of the latest Legislative Bills that have been presented and / or voted on within the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please be duly informed that this information is accurate as of September 21, 2014. ***

 

BILL No./

PRINTER No.

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BILL

CHIEF

SPONSOR

PAsentencing.com

POSITION

HB 115

PN 106

Amends the current Right-To-Know Law (Act of February 14, 2008, P.L. 6, No.3), and allows an agency to deny access to a public record if the requestor is an “inmate” as defined by 61 Pa.C.S. Section 102. (Hearings to be held on this bill in July 2014.)

R. SWANGER

(State Rep.)

(Republican)

Lebanon County

OPPOSE

*** This violates the 14th Amendment’s “Equal Protection” Clause, for treating inmates as a separate class of citizens concerning access to public information.

HB 1504

PN 2068

Requires annual police training to include recognition of mental health deficiencies and disabilities, proper techniques on how to deescalate situations with such persons, and provides for alternative services or diversionary options. (Passed House on 10/1/13, 195-0;   In Senate since 12/4/13.)

T. CALTAGIRONE

(State Rep.)

(Democrat)

Berks County

SUPPORT

*** However, minority ethnicities need to be provided the same “mentally disabled” designation as Caucasians. Also, there needs to be sanctions and consequences formally specified for officers whom do not properly utilize this new training.

HR 330

PN 1844

Resolution asking the PA Dept. of Corrections to establish the FACT program (Fathers and Children Together) at every prison in Pennsylvania. (In House Judiciary since 5/17/13.)

R. WATERS

(State Rep.)

(Democrat)

Philadelphia County

SUPPORT

*** The relationship between a child and a father that cares about their well-being is an immeasurable factor that can end the epidemic of mass incarceration.

*** Below are some of the latest Legislative Bills that have been presented and / or voted on within the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please be duly informed that this information is accurate as of November 24, 2013. ***

 

BILL NO. /

PRINTER NO.

 

SUMMARY OF

LEGISLATIVE BILL

 

CHIEF

SPONSOR

 

PAsentencing.com

POSITION

 

HB 492

PN 1424

Gives a victim, or a victim’s representative, the right to appear in front of the parole board or provide electronic testimony in the case of a petition to deny parole once the offender’s minimum sentence expires. Victim and representatives information remains confidential.

(Approved by Senate 3/19/13; Approved by House 6/10/13; Signed by Governor Corbett on 6/18/13)

M. Vereb

(State Senator)

(Republican)

Montgomery County

OPPOSE

*** This bill does not address or allow a parole applicant’s family or other advocate to testify at the parole hearing.

 

HB 1347

PN 1741

Called the “Lottery Winnings and State Income Tax Refunds Attachment Act.” Pursuant to this Bill, the Department of Revenue will search records of all PA State Lottery winners of at least $2,500. If it is discovered that the winner owes any outstanding court-ordered fees or court-ordered restitution, the sum owed will be automatically deducted from the lottery winnings. Also, if any PA tax-payer is entitled to a tax refund of at least $2,500, the Department of Revenue will deduct any court-ordered fees from the amount the tax-payer owed.

(The result of this Bill’s voting process is still pending.)

 

S. Harkins

(State Rep.)

(Democrat)

Erie County

OPPOSE

 

HB 115

PN 106

Amends the current Right-To-Know Law

(Act of February 14, 2008, P.L. 6, No. 3), and allows an agency to deny access to a public record if the requestor is an “inmate” as defined by 61 Pa.C.S. Section 102.

 

(The result of this Bill’s voting process is still pending.)

 

R. Swanger

(State Rep.)

(Republican)

Lebanon County

OPPOSE

*** This violates the 14th Amendment’s “Equal Protection”, for treating inmates as a separate class of citizens.

 

HB 480

PN 503

 

(Formerly HB 485)

Amends the current Right-To-Know Law

(Act of February 14, 2008, P.L. 6, No. 3), and denies access of records containing personal identification information of PA Department of Corrections employees to convicted felons, unless such information is subpoenaed by court order.

(The result of this Bill’s voting process is still pending.)

 

R. Kauffman

(State Rep.)

(Republican)

Cumberland &

Franklin Counties

OPPOSE

 

SB 1087

PN 1361

 

Prohibits the use of the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

(The result of this Bill’s voting process is still pending.)

 

D. Leach

(State Senator)

(Democrat)

Montgomery County

SUPPORT

 

See FREEDOM PACKET, 1st Edition.

The PA General Assembly has adjourned for the summer. Legislators expect to return to work in Harrisburg on September 24, 2012. Please not that this list is current as of July 31, 2012

BILL No./

PRINTER No.

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BILL

CHIEF

SPONSOR

PAsentencing.com POSITION

HB 75

PN 3827

ACT 91

Extensively revises provisions relating to registration of sexual offenders including registration for transient or those that are homeless.

Rep. Ron Marsico
R-Dauphin County

Undecided

HB 2553

PN 3918

Abolishing Life Without Parole for those under the  age of 18 (JLWOP); provides for the possibility of parole after 25 years. 

Rep. Harold James
D-Philadelphia County

Support, but oppose the lack of parole eligibility for all life.

SB 100

PN 2272

ACT 122

Prison Reform and Justice Reinvestment provides for the following provisions:
-implementing risk assessment tools
-adding to the definition of crimes of violence
-changes in eligibility for CIP, SIP and Boot Camps
-intensive probation in counties
-deleting pre-release option for prisoners
-clarifying official prison visitation
-Safe Community Reentry Program to help reduce recidivism
-changing CCCs and CCFs for new offenders so that technical parole violators and parolees in good standing will be diverted there as opposed to prison.
-and much more

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf
R-Bucks and Montgomery counties

Generally support, but oppose of deletion of pre-release.

HB 135

PN 1710

Set standards for duties of public agencies and officers in reporting criminal statistics.

Rep. J Sabatina
D-Philadelphia County

Support

HB 1994

PN 3326

Calls for sentence reductions for those sentenced, under the age of 18, to 10 years or up to life without parole.

Rep. J Preston
D-Allegheny County

Support

STREET TEAM EVENTS

 

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PAsentencing.com STREET TEAM Meeting

Date: November 8, 2014;  12(noon) – 2:30 P.M.

Where: Shepard Rec Center (West Philly)

5700 Haverford Ave

Philadelphia, Pa 19101

 
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Date: April 25, 2014;  12(noon) – 1pm

Where: Shepard Rec Center (West Philly)

5700 Haverford Ave

Philadelphia, Pa 19101

 

And

 

Date: June 7, 2014;  11am – 12(noon)

Where: Shepard Rec Center (West Philly)

5700 Haverford Ave

Philadelphia, Pa 19101

 

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