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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2012 02:43 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: School administration drug penalties
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce two pieces of legislation that would increase the penalties for school administrators, teachers or employees convicted of drug possession or delivery on school property.

In 2007, a middle-school principal in my district was arrested as he sat at his desk with a glass pipe, $200 in marked money and crystal methamphetamine. He confessed to using and dealing drugs in his office and pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of crystal meth and one count of possession with intent to deliver. He served a 2-year minimum sentence before receiving parole.

The following year, a maintenance worker in this same school district pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell cocaine on school property and received probation—with no jail time.

Schools are meant to be drug-free zones for our youth. We need to increase the penalties for those administrators, teachers or employees using or selling drugs inside of the schools.

These bills are the reintroduction of Senate Bills 197 and 198 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors of both bills included Senators Washington, Tartaglione, Fontana, Solobay, Rafferty, Erickson, Alloway, Waugh, Farnese and D. White.

Document #1

Introduced as SB89

Description: My first bill would amend Title 18 (Drug-free zones) to impose an additional two years to an individual’s sentence as an aggravating circumstance.

Document #2

Introduced as SB90

Description: The second bill would make such a conviction automatically include forfeiture of an individual’s public pension.