Meeting to consider SB 1317, SB 1321, SB 1333, HB 103, HB 185, HB 875, HB 1393, HB 1929 and HB 2527

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, September 20 | 11:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Meeting to consider SB 1317, SB 1321, SB 1333, HB 103, HB 185, HB 875, HB 1393, HB 1929 and HB 2527


I. Call to Order

II. Committee Meeting

Senate Bill 1317 (Browne) – Amends the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Law by creating the Indigent Defense Advisory Committee and the Indigent Defense Grant Fund.

A05558 (Baker) – Contains a number of technical amendments, makes the ED of the Public Defender Association of Pa a voting member, provides that the representatives of the PDAA, the Office of Victim Advocate and the Chiefs of Police will not participate in discussions of standards and provides that certain information provided to the Committee shall remain confidential.

Senate Bill 1321 (Baker) – Amends sections 302 and 305 of the Tax Reform Code of 1971 to specifically provide that the grantor of a trust who is treated as the owner of the trust pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (generally by electing to either retain or to grant to a trustee certain powers specified in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), shall be obligated to pay the appropriate Pennsylvania income taxes.

Senate Bill 1333 (Baker) – Amends Section 5511 of Title 20 to require that counsel be appointed to represent an unrepresented alleged incapacitated person and providing for the certification of any guardian that represents three or more incapacitated persons. Amends Section 5512.1 of Title 20 to require certain findings regarding less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. 

House Bill 103 (Schmitt) – Amends Section 2703 of Title 18 to create the offense of harassment of law enforcement officer.

Amendment A05476 (Regan) – Removes references to HIV and hepatitis B from the statute, defines “communicable disease,” makes the grading of the offense against law enforcement the same as the grading of the offense against corrections officers and provides that the offense may be upgraded if the fluid involved contains a communicable disease and that communicable disease is communicable through the method used by the perpetrator to bring the CO or law enforcement in contact with it.

House Bill 185 (Struzzi) – Amends Title 18 to provide that a person is guilty of aggravated assault if he attempts to cause or intentionally causes bodily injury to an individual with a physical or intellectual disability or with autism spectrum disorder.

House Bill 875 (Irvin) – Amends Section 3323 of Title 23 to require an order to accompany a decree of divorce or annulment which must include a provision informing the parties of the effect of the divorce on certain beneficiary designations.

House Bill 1393 (Struzzi) – Amends the definition of drug paraphernalia in Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to expressly exclude any testing product utilized in determining whether a controlled substance contains chemicals, toxic substances, or hazardous chemicals in quantities which can cause physical harm or death.

House Bill 1929 (Causer) – Amends Section 908 of Title 18 by removing from the definition of offensive weapons certain cutting instruments which feature a blade that can be exposed in an automatic way by a switch, push button or spring mechanism.

House Bill 2527 (Quinn) – Amends Section 13.8 of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act to replace the term “naloxone” with the generic and defined term “opioid antagonist”.

III. Adjourn

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