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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

7

Feb

2014

Bill restricting drone use voted out of committee

AWC continues to monitor HB 2179 that establishes a process for agencies using extraordinary sensing devices (ESD), or drones.
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Categories: Law & justice

7

Feb

2014

URGENT – Action needed now for marijuana-related bill being heard today

We need your immediate help in contacting members of the Legislature about two very important bills.

31

Jan

2014

Marijuana proposals continue to draw attention in the legislature

Thank you to all of the city officials who testified this week in the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee.

31

Jan

2014

Senate version of bill seeking public defense funding scheduled for public hearing

In last week’s Bulletin we discussed legislation that offers new funding options to help offset the cost of the State Supreme Court misdemeanor caseload limits for public defenders.
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Categories: Law & justice

31

Jan

2014

HB 2601 would alter cities ability to change municipal court structure

HB 2601 would prohibit cities from changing their municipal court terms until the end of the judges’ term of office.
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Categories: Law & justice

31

Jan

2014

DUI bills are again the focus for some legislators this session

Last session, legislators proposed many substantial changes to impaired driving laws.
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Categories: Law & justice

24

Jan

2014

Funding for new public defense caseload limits

The State Supreme Court adopted new misdemeanor caseload limits for public defenders that will take effect January, 2015.
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Categories: Law & justice

24

Jan

2014

Marijuana news important hearing scheduled and new bills introduced

It continues to be very busy for marijuana issues in the legislature.

24

Jan

2014

Police officer integrity bill heard in the Senate

The Senate Law and Justice Committee heard SB 6218, which allows the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to decertify a police officer for a sustained finding of untruthfulness and for certain criminal convictions.
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Categories: Law & justice

24

Jan

2014

DNA evidence could not be destroyed for two years under new legislation

HB 2468, introduced by Rep. Orwall (D-Des Moines) would prohibit biological evidence related to felony crimes from being destroyed for two years.
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Categories: Law & justice

24

Jan

2014

A new liquor license would let patrons have alcohol in fairgrounds

HB 2154 creates a new type of liquor license specific to fairs.

24

Jan

2014

Modifying the definition of indigent defense and ability to pay

A proposed substitute version of a bill introduced last year PSSB 5020, sponsored by Sen. Sheldon (D-Potlatch), related to modifying criteria in the definition of “indigent and able to contribute” for the purposes of qualifying for court appointed legal representation was heard on January 24, in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

17

Jan

2014

New developments in marijuana

There have been several new developments this week related to marijuana including new legislative proposals and an Attorney General Opinion.

17

Jan

2014

Bill intended to prevent assaults at hospitals could be costly for cities

SB 5968 would require a police escort for persons suspected of or convicted of a serious violent offense if that person is brought to the hospital by an officer.
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Categories: Law & justice

17

Jan

2014

Bill would send more dollars back to jurisdictions to help fight sex crimes against children

Currently, law enforcement agencies have authority to take possession of property involved in cases of drug crimes, human sex trafficking, sexual exploitation crimes and other felony crimes.
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Categories: Law & justice

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