Department of Child Services

The Senate Family & Children Services Committee heard SB 1 authored by Sen. Houchin on the Department of Child Services (DCS). The bill would make several changes: All decisions made by DCS or the courts shall be made in consideration of the best interests of … [Read more...]

Controlled substances

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 76 authored by Sen. Merritt on controlled substances. The bill originally made changes to the weight thresholds for certain controlled substance offenses.  It also made Level 2 and Level 3 felonies of dealing in … [Read more...]

Substance abuse prevention grant programs

The Senate Family and Children Services Committee heard SB 111 authored by Sen. Koch on substance abuse prevention grant programs. The bill creates a $100,000 grant program for community and faith-based substance abuse prevention programs as well as a $50,000 grant … [Read more...]

Traffic crimes

For amend and vote only, the Appropriations Committee heard Sen. Koch’s SB 186 on enhancing penalties for some traffic crimes. This bill provides that: an operator of a motor vehicle who operates a motor vehicle after the operator's driving privileges have been … [Read more...]

Statute of limitations

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 219 extending the statute of limitations for a civil cause of action against a person or entity whose negligent or intentional act or omission led to the sexual abuse of a child. Testifying in support was a former USA swimmer … [Read more...]

Intimidation against utility workers

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 304 authored by Sen. Koch on intimidation against utility workers. The bill originally provided that a person who communicates a threat to another person with the intent of interfering with providing utility … [Read more...]

Orifice searches and blood draws

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Senator Grooms’ SB 333 regarding orifice searches and blood draws. This bill establishes a procedure authorizing licensed medical personnel to obtain a bodily fluid sample or to retrieve contraband from the bodily orifice of an … [Read more...]

Court appointed youth advocate pilot program

The Senate Family and Children Services Committee heard SB 423 authored by Sen. Bohacek on a court appointed youth advocate pilot program. The proposed program would give the court the ability to appoint a court appointed youth advocate for a child in a delinquency case … [Read more...]