Meeting to consider SB 988 and SB 812; and the nomination of Christian Stephens to the Pennsylvania Parole Board

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, June 25 | 11:30 a.m.

Hearing Room 1, NOB


Voting Meeting:

  • Senate Bill 988, P.N. 1654 (Farry) – Amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) by expanding the DNA Collection Act, 44 Pa.C.S. §2301 et seq., to authorize the collection of DNA for certain offenses at the time of arrest.
    • Amendment No. 05110 (Baker) – Adds inchoate offenses to definition of “criminal homicide” and “other specified offenses”; modifies offenses eligible for DNA collection at time of arrest; removes provisions regarding modified DNA searches; amends effective date; and makes other technical changes.
  • Senate Bill 812, P.N. 952 (Hughes) – Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) by updating section 4905 (relating to false alarm to agencies of public safety) to criminalize the act of “swatting.”
    • Amendment No. 5146 (Baker)– Updates the definition of “law enforcement
      agency” and adds definition of “law enforcement officer.”

    Confirmation Hearing:

    • Nomination of Christian Stephens, Pennsylvania Parole Board
      • Swearing-in of the Nominee: Senator Baker
      • Introduction of the Nominee: Senator Baker
      • Remarks: Christian Stephens
      • Questions and Comments: Members of the Committee
      • Consideration of Nomination


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