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Published on Friday, March 15, 2013

Law & justice bills that survived the cut-off

March 13 was the last day for bills to pass from one house to the other. Any bill not voted upon is sent back to the Rules Committee and will remain there until next legislative session. There is a caveat: bills that are considered “necessary to implement the budget” (NTIB) can still be considered. The Speaker of the House or President of the Senate can make a ruling on whether a bill is NTIB.

Bills still alive:

  • HB 1552 is the metal 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 now in the Senate Law & Justice Committee, but not yet scheduled for a hearing.
  • HB 1601 allows an individual to pay a monetary traffic penalty with a payment plan or through a community restitution program. It is an option for courts to offer this program. This bill is also now in the Senate Law & Justice Committee, not yet scheduled for a hearing.
  • SB 5105 addresses the offender housing voucher system and establishes criteria for housing providers who accept vouchers. It also allows a city to request that a housing provider be removed from eligibility if they are not meeting the criteria. The bill originally was specific to sex offenders using housing vouchers, but was expanded to include any released offender using housing vouchers. This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Public Safety Committee on March 20 at 1:30pm.
  • SB 5053 increases penalties for habitual vehicle prowlers and is in the House Rules Committee, waiting to be taken up for a floor vote.

Bill considered dead:

  • HB 1911 – AWC strongly supported this bill, which sought to help control the escalating medical costs for inmates at municipal and county jails. However, the Senate version of the bill, SB 5792, may be considered NTIB and still be taken up at a later point in the session.
  • HB 1087, which allowed multiple vacations of misdemeanor convictions.
  • HB 1661, which allowed vacation of misdemeanor marijuana convictions.
  • SB 5528, which made changes to medical marijuana laws including providing arrest protection for patients.
  • HB 1897, which allowed law enforcement to obtain phone location information from a cell phone company to find a person in an emergency. Based on the Kelsey Smith Act from Kansas.
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