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Senate Judiciary committee has three bills on Jan 22

January 21, 2015

Police-CapOn Thursday, January 22nd, at 8:00 AM the Senate Judiciary committee will take up two bills. In addition they have this on the agenda: Greg Sattizahn, Unified Judicial System, Restitution in the Court System.

SB 13 – Require certain persons convicted for human trafficking to register as sex offenders.

The Office of the Attorney General asked for this one. This bill adds two types of crimes to those that require registering as a sex offender. These two are first degree human trafficking if the victim is a minor and second degree human trafficking involving the prostitution of a minor. This bill I wonder about, because either of these convictions seem to possibly fit under current types of crimes that already require registering as a sex offender.

SB 11 – Restore the chief agent of the Division of Criminal Investigation or the superintendent of the Highway Patrol or their deputies to a former position under certain circumstances.

Another AG office bill. This bill is simple. It simply states if the people in the stated positions are removed for unjust cause, then they must get their job back (or equivalent) and receive pay commensurate with the person’s years of service. Even though the bill is simple, I don’t think it is a good one. I don’t see why these particular positions should get special treatment in state government. Maybe the AG has a good reason…

SB 29 – Establish provisions for auxiliary members to serve on the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The Department of Corrections asked for this bill. This is a bill that the reasoning must be given in the proponent testimony. Is there are shortage of board members? The bill restricts that only one auxiliary board member can be present at a hearing. It just seems like an odd bill.

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