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A06140
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1910
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY WILLIAMS, KINSEY, HILL-EVANS, KIRKLAND,
CALTAGIRONE, HARRIS, FRANKEL, CIRESI, T. DAVIS, FREEMAN,
READSHAW, HOWARD, SHUSTERMAN, FITZGERALD, FIEDLER, ROZZI AND
YOUNGBLOOD, OCTOBER 11, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Titles 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) and 53
(Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in selection and retention of judicial officers,
further providing for content of course of instruction and
examination; and, in employees, further providing for powers
and duties of commission.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 3113(b) of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 3113. Content of course of instruction and examination.
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(b) Content of course.--The course of training and
instruction shall not exceed four weeks in duration and shall
consist of a minimum of 40 hours of class instruction in civil
and criminal law, including evidence and procedure, summary
proceedings, motor vehicles, the identification and reporting of
suspected child abuse as defined in 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating
to child protective services), court proceedings involving
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children and courses in judicial ethics, in the case of all such
officials except arraignment court magistrates, in which case
the course of training shall consist of a minimum of 30 hours of
class instruction in criminal law, search and seizure, arrest
and bail practices and procedures, and except judges of the
Traffic Court of Philadelphia, in which case the course of
training shall consist of a minimum of 20 hours of class
instruction in summary proceedings and laws relating to motor
vehicles.
Section 2. Section 2164 of Title 53 is amended by adding a
paragraph to read:
Section 2. Section 2164(1.1) and (6) are amended and the
section is amended by adding a paragraph to read:
§ 2164. Powers and duties of commission.
The powers and duties of the commission shall be as follows:
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(1.1) To provide training for police officers with
respect to:
(i) Recognition of mental illness, intellectual
disabilities and autism.
(ii) Proper techniques to interact with and de-
escalate individuals engaging in behavior indicative of
mental illness, intellectual disability or autism.
(iii) Instruction on services available to
individuals with mental illness, intellectual
disabilities or autism.
(iv) Instruction on interacting with individuals of
diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
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(6) To require every police officer to attend a minimum
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number of hours of in-service training as provided for by
regulation to maintain certification by the commission,
unless the officer's employer files a show cause document
with the commission requesting additional time for the
officer to comply with the in-service training requirements.
Approval of this request shall be made by the commission on a
case-by-case basis. In-service training shall require annual
instruction on the use of force, including deadly force, de-
escalation and harm reduction techniques, and shall include
on a biennial basis instruction in community and cultural
awareness, implicit bias, procedural justice and
reconciliation techniques as developed by the commission.
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(17) To train police officers with respect to:
(i) Recognizing child abuse.
(ii) The provisions regarding reporting suspected
child abuse under 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to child
protective services).
(iii) The efficacy of conducting forensic
interviewing of victims of child abuse within the setting
of a children's advocacy center.
As used in this paragraph, the terms "child abuse" and
"children's advocacy center" shall have the meanings given to
them in 23 Pa.C.S. § 6303 (relating to definitions).
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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