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Published on Friday, March 8, 2013

Law and justice bills on the floor, ready to move at any time

Most of the following bills are on the floors of the respective houses, meaning they could be voted on at any time. These bills must pass out of their house of origin by Wednesday, March 13, to stay alive.

  • HB 1552 is the metals theft bill that would create a licensing scheme for scrap metal sellers, establish a no-buy list, and expand criminal penalties for theft. The bill is on the floor of the House.
  • HB 1601 would allow an individual to pay a monetary traffic penalty with a payment plan or through a community restitution program. AWC originally opposed the bill, as it was a mandate for our local courts. That has since been changed to make it an option for courts. The bill is on the floor of the House.
  • HB 1087 originally allowed for unlimited vacations of misdemeanor convictions. It was amended to restrict the number to four. This bill is on the floor of the House.
  • SB 5105/HB 1232 address the sex offender voucher system and the housing provider criteria. The Senate version outlines criteria that housing providers must meet and provides notification to local jurisdictions if vouchers are awarded in their community. HB 1232 is likely dead, but SB 5105 passed the Senate unanimously.
  • SB 5053 would increases penalties for habitual vehicle prowlers. A vehicle prowler with three or more subsequent convictions would face a Class C Felony instead of a misdemeanor. The bill passed the Senate and is scheduled for a vote in the House Public Safety Committee on March 12.
Categories: Law & justice