Dec. 06, 2019

WHAT: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a voting meeting of the committee to consider the following criminal justice reform bills:
House Bill 440 (Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Butler/Mercer) – Would mandate expungement of an individual’s record if he or she has been pardoned or acquitted of all charges, based on the same conduct or arising from the same alleged criminal episode. The Commonwealth would receive notice of a potential expungement and would have an opportunity to object and conduct a hearing.
House Bill 1477 (Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland) – Would define when a board, commission or department of the Commonwealth may deny the issuance or renewal of an occupational license as a result of a criminal conviction.
House Bill 1555 (Delozier) – Would limit the possible length of any probationary term, detail a new procedure regarding the revocation of probation, restrict the sanctions for probation violators, provide various means by which a person on probation can reduce the length of probation and apply these changes retroactively.
House Bill 2040 (Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia) – Would create the PA Second Chance Jobs website to provide a free and voluntary website where employers may advertise employment opportunities for former offenders.
Senate Bill 500 (Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) – Would establish an advisory committee on adult county probation within the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, establish Justice Reinvestment grants, and reinvest costs savings into county probation and parole.
Senate Bill 501 (Sen. Tom Killion, R-Chester/Delaware) – Would incorporate the county intermediate punishment program into county probation, rename the state intermediate punishment program as the state drug treatment program, provide for presumptive parole for certain short-term minimum sentences in state correctional institutions, amend the duties of the PA Sentencing Commission and add other correctional system and sentencing changes commonly known as “Justice Reinvestment Initiative 2.”
Senate Bill 502 (Sen. Camera Bartolotta, D-Beaver/Greene/Washington) – Would make changes to the Crime Victims Act regarding victims’ rights, the responsibilities of agencies that deal with victims and the award of crime victim compensation.
House Resolution 619 (Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia/Delaware) – Would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study to collect and organize data regarding historic funding and caseloads relating to indigent criminal defense in Pennsylvania.
House Resolution 620 (Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks) – Would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study regarding identification and evaluation of all categories of individuals authorized by state law to exercise arrest or other police powers.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Room 140, Majority Caucus Room, Capitol Building, Harrisburg.


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