HB 2257 Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act.
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Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. Establishes the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act which clearly enumerates those rights available to crime victims and witnesses. The bill defines “victim” for the purposes of the Act to include anyone suffering physical, psychological or economic harm as the result of a felony or a misdemeanor “against the person” and includes spouses, children, parents and guardians of certain victims within the definition of “victim.” It also requires victim-witness assistance programs in each jurisdiction to provide services not reserved to other agencies or entities. Victims have the right to remain in the courtroom during trial and all attendant proceedings which the defendant may attend, and the attorney for the Commonwealth must give prior notice to victims of such proceedings. A victim of a felony may in all cases present a Victim Impact Statement to the court, whether prepared by court personnel or himself. A defendant, in every case where there is a feasible way to do so, must make at least partial restitution to a victim of a felony or misdemeanor against the person. Finally, notice must be given to victims by sheriffs, jail superintendents and the Department of Corrections of the transfer, escape or change of name of a prisoner.

Full text:
01/23/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD3457112  pdf
02/05/95  House: Committee substitute printed LD3473112-H1  pdf
02/16/95  Senate: Committee substitute printed LD6378112-S1  pdf
02/27/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2257ER)  pdf
04/03/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0687)  pdf

01/23/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD3457112
01/23/95  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/95  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 1
02/05/95  House: Reported from C. J. with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/05/95  House: Committee substitute printed LD3473112-H1
02/05/95  House: Read first time
02/06/95  House: Read second time
02/06/95  House: Committee substitute agreed to LD3473112-H1
02/06/95  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. LD3473112-H1
02/07/95  House: Read third time and passed House (Block Vote) (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/95  House: Communicated to Senate
02/08/95  Senate: Read first time
02/08/95  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/95  Senate: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: Criminal Law
02/15/95  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/sub. (15-Y 0-N)
02/16/95  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/16/95  Senate: Committee substitute printed LD6378112-S1
02/16/95  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (38-Y 0-N)
02/17/95  Senate: Read third time
02/17/95  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/17/95  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to LD6378112-S1
02/17/95  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. LD6378112-S1
02/17/95  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/95  House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/95  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
02/21/95  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
02/27/95  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2257ER)
03/06/95  House: Enrolled
03/06/95  Senate: Signed by President
03/07/95  House: Signed by Speaker
03/26/95  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 687 (effective 7/1/95)
04/03/95  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0687)