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Judiciary 2021-2022

The Judiciary Committee meeting met on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to consider the following bills:

SB 521 (Mensch) amends Title 18 Pa.C.S. §7507.1 (Invasion of Privacy).  The bill would increase the penalty for an invasion of privacy offence offense under this section if the offender is a teacher/adult and the victim is a student/minor.

  • The bill was unanimously reported out of committee.

HB 184 (Keefer)  amends Title 18 Pa.C.S. §2505 (Causing or Aiding Suicide) by directing the PA Commission on Sentencing to create a sentencing enhancement if the person who dies by suicide under this section is under the age of 18, has an intellectual disability, or an autism spectrum disorder.

  • The bill was reported out of committee by a vote of 13 (Y) – 1 (N).

 

HB 951 (Rozzi) amends Title 42 Pa.C.S. (Judiciary and Judicial Procedures) to provide for a temporary two-year window to bring civil claims for sexual abuse that were previously barred by the statute of limitation and to further provide exceptions to sovereign immunity and governmental immunity for sexual abuse claims.

  • A00768 further clarified provisions around the temporary two-year window and the expanded the sovereign and governmental immunity exemptions to include sexual abuse claims involving individuals age of 18-23.  The amendment was adopted unanimously.
  • The amended bill was reported out of committee by a vote of 11 (Y) – 3(N).

The Judiciary Committee meeting met on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 to consider the following bills:

SB 420 (Yaw) amends the County Code by requiring District Attorneys to maintain an active law license throughout their term, and providing for vacancies and the replacement of District Attorneys that have been disbarred or had their law license suspended.

  • A00558 was a technical amendment to clarify the distinction between a vacancy due to disbarment and a temporary replacement due to suspension of a law license.
  • The amended bill was unanimously reported out of committee.

SB 457 (Baker) is a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the Attorney General to maintain an active law license throughout their term, and providing for vacancies and the replacement of an Attorney General that has been disbarred or had their law license suspended.

  • A00557 was a technical amendment to clarify the distinction between a vacancy due to disbarment and a temporary replacement due to suspension of a law license.
  • The amended bill was unanimously reported out of committee

 

The Judiciary Committee meeting met on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 and reported the following:

HB 14 — The bill amends the Pennsylvania Constitution providing for a two-year window reviving claims related to childhood sexual assault.  (Reported as amended 10-4)

A00457 Making the bill and Emergency Joint Resolution and including specific provisions waiving Sovereign Immunity and Damage Caps for government entities. (Adopted 10-4)

SB 137 — Creating the Drug Recognition Expert Training Fund which is paid for by a $5 surcharge on all DUI offenses. Reported as committed Unanimously.

SB 400 — Statutorily merges the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Board of Probation and Parole (BPP).  Reported as committed Unanimously.


The Judiciary Committee meeting met on Monday, January 25, 2021 to and unanimously reported the following bills:

SB 8 – Sen. Baker Amends Section 11 of Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution by creating a two-year period in which victims of childhood sexual abuse may commence an action in cases where the statute of limitations period has already expired.

SB 81 – Sen. Langerholc – Amends Section 5920 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to expand the list of offenses in which an expert may testify.

SB 86 – Sen. Martin – Amends Section 2962 of Title 53 by preventing home rule charter counties from modifying the procedure for the filling of vacancies in the office of district attorney.

SB 85 – Sen. Martin – Amends Section 1404 of the Second Class County Code by requiring that vacancies in the office of district attorney be filled by the first assistant district attorney.

SB  84 – Sen. Martin Amends Section 1404 of the County Code by requiring that vacancies in the office of district attorney be filled by the first assistant district attorney.

SB 87 – Sen. Baker/Sen. Arnold  – This legislation amends Titles 18 (Crimes Code), 23 (Family Code), and 42 (Judicial Code) to increase the penalties for those convicted of child pornography, to establish a task force on child pornography and to permit the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to create a sentencing enhancement for those convicted of the sexual abuse of children, when the victim is known to the defendant.

SB 78 – Sen. Baker/Sen. Santarsiero – Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) and Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) regarding the awarding of custody of a child.


Senator Steve Santarsiero

Senator Steve Santarsiero

Committee Chair