State-by-State 2011 Legislative Year in Review: Pennsylvania

New laws or resolutions affecting the courts enacted or adopted by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2011 include the following:

HB 15 Establishes searchable budget database-driven Internet website detailing certain information concerning taxpayer expenditures and investments by judicial and other agencies.

HB 38 Aligns the filing fees with the jurisdictional limits for the Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Magisterial District Judges. The Philadelphia Municipal Court’s upper limit for fees is raised from $10,000 to $12,000, and the upper limit for Magisterial District Judges’ fees is raised from $8,000 to $12,000.

HR 69 Proclaims May 2011 as “National Drug Treatment Court Month” in Pennsylvania.

HR 275 Recognizes May 2011 as “Drug Treatment Court Month” in Pennsylvania.

SB 834 Requires all “governing authorities”, including the Supreme Court for these purposes, to required fiscal security through bonding, blanket bonding and insuring of elected and appointed county officers and employees. Sets form, amount and payment of premiums for and the filing and recording of the required security and for the subsequent issuance of official commissions