HARRISBURG – The Senate Appropriations Committee approved four juvenile justice reform bills sponsored by Luzerne County Sen. Lisa Baker. The bipartisan legislation was introduced as a result of the report released last year by the Juvenile Justice Task Force. Baker said it’s critical that we find the appropriate balance to implement fair reforms that institute greater respect, hold juveniles accountable for their actions, and encourage positive growth. Senate Bill 1226 would create a standardized statewide expungement process. Senate Bill 1227 would amend the Human Services Code to include both juvenile justice and child welfare funding goals. Senate Bill 1228 would keep youth in out-of-home placement no longer than the time frame supported by research. Senate Bill 1229 amends the Human Services Code to provide funding for indigent juvenile defense services. The four bill package now advance to the full state Senate for consideration.