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The House Judiciary Committee will hold a voting meeting Tuesday to consider the following bills, which focus on criminal justice reforms:

  • House Bill 44 (Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington) – Give corrections officers the opportunity to submit a written statement or testify in-person at parole hearings. 
  • House Bill 256 (Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Somerset/Bedford) – Redefine assault on a prison staff member to reflect there is a lower threshold for an assault to occur when committed by an inmate against staff.
  • House Bill 257 (Metzgar) – Impose a mandatory five-year sentence for those convicted of staff assault, served consecutive to a prior sentence, and a $5,000 fine against the inmate’s commissary account.
  • House Bill 1781 (Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Centre/Clinton) – Allow the governing authority of a county to permit its county corrections officers to carry and store a handgun and ammunition in a vehicle at a county correctional institution.
  • House Bill 1855 (Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) – Preclude the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole from paroling an inmate at 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 Resolution 178 (Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana) – Recommend the Department of Corrections provide identification badges for corrections officers.

The committee will also consider House Resolution 579, sponsored by Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware), designating Nov. 25, 2019, “Elimination of Violence Against Women Day” in Pennsylvania.

Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, is the committee’s chairman.

WHEN:       Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
WHERE:     Room G-50, Irvis Office Building, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

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