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Farry Crime Labs Bill Poised for Senate Vote
11/19/2013
HARRISBURG – The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced legislation, authored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), which would level the playing field by giving all counties with crime labs access to much-needed funding to support their operations.

Specifically, House Bill 1274 would allow counties that operate their own criminal laboratory to receive the money generated by the criminal laboratory user fee imposed on defendants within that county. In counties that do not operate their own criminal laboratory, the fees imposed on defendants will be deposited into the Criminal Laboratory User Fee Fund for use by the Pennsylvania State Police criminal laboratories.
“I am pleased to see my Senate colleagues advance this legislation,” said Farry. “Permitting county crime labs to recover fees will shift the burden of these costs away from the law-abiding taxpayers to those who necessitate such expenses by committing a crime.”

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said crime labs have a bigger job today with the influx of designer drugs on the market.  He said Farry’s legislation would enable labs to keep pace with the latest testing procedures.
“We are seeing a growth in the number of individuals who are driving impaired or committing other crimes while under the influence of designer drugs,” said Heckler.  “This means we constantly have to update our testing procedures, which is expensive.  This bill appropriately ensures that those costs are borne by perpetrators of crime, not taxpayers.”

Bucks County is a 2A Class County that operates a county-run crime lab. It has been estimated that the fees received by the county could be upward of $300,000.
House Bill 1274 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

RepFarry.com
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