White Bill to Update PA Code of Military Justice Heads for
Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango) to
provide the first update to the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice in nearly
40 years was approved by the House of Representatives today and will be sent to
the governor for enactment.
Senate Bill 1442 was passed by the Senate earlier this month.
The Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice (PCMJ) enforces order and
discipline upon the Pennsylvania National Guardsmen who are not in active
federal service. The PCMJ has not been extensively updated since 1975 and many
of the current provisions date back to the Military Code of 1949.
Some of the key revisions and major policy issues addressed by Senate Bill
- Maximum Punishments
- Non-Judicial Punishment
- Review and Appeals
- Military Offenses
- Absent without Leave (AWOL)
- Mental Responsibility and Incapacity
Senate Bill 1442 also establishes a State Military Justice Fund to pay
expenses incurred in the administration of military justice and funded by fees
and other monies paid to the commonwealth under the PCMJ.