- Both of the forfeiture bills were officially read in this week. HB2638 is the bill ending civil forfeiture and requiring a criminal conviction, then takes all assets from the forfeiture and places them in the general fund. HB2699 leaves civil forfeitures intact, but requires the prosecutor to file the action. No more private attorneys being hired to handle them. It then leaves the local agency with 50% of the forfeiture proceeds and places 50% in a special law enforcement fund with the Attorney General. From there the AG has to develop regulations on how law enforcement can access and use the funds. Look at it as the social welfare system for law enforcement. Both are assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and as of this writing no hearing is scheduled.
- The Body Camera issue returned when the House Judiciary worked SB18, striking the contents and replacing them with a substitute bill which is the Judicial Council’s recommendation. The bill now states video from law enforcement body cams and car cams is considered a criminal investigatory record. The bill now awaits floor action in the House. On the Senate side, SB427 was introduced by Sen. Haley. It is pretty much the same as the original SB18.
- Several members of the Senate Corrections Committee contacted me to further discuss our concerns with SB367, the Juvenile Justice Reform bill. The Committee will work that bill next week. I expect many amendments including those suggested in our testimony and testimony from the prosecutors.
- The House Judiciary Committee recommended the three CPOST bills to move forward: The CPOST funding bill (HB2553); a bill relating to KORA and report LE agencies send to CPOST (HB2550); and a bill on the CPOST definition of conviction relating to deferred judgement cases (HB2555). The bills now face floor debate.
Key happenings for last week, February 8-12, 2016:
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