Religious freedom restoration

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 101 on religious freedom restoration. Co-sponsor Rep. McMillin offered an amendment clarifying that the bill applies only to governmental action and does not authorize a private cause of action. The amendment passed 9-3. Sponsor … [Read more...]

Powdered or crystalline alcohol prohibited

The House Public Policy Committee heard SB 6, sponsored by Rep. Dermody, powdered or crystalline alcohol prohibited. This bill makes it a Class B infraction to possess, purchase, sell, offer to sell, or use powdered or crystalline alcohol. The bill was amended to assign … [Read more...]

Statute of limitations for rape

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 94, Sen. Crider’s bill to extend the statute of limitations for rape to allow prosecutions for Level 3 felony rapes within five years of the time prosecution becomes possible with DNA evidence or the time a … [Read more...]

Definition of “sexual conduct

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 313, sponsored by Rep. Kirchhofer and Rep. Hale, Sen. Head’s bill to change the definition of “sexual conduct” to include exhibition of the female breast as used in child exploitation and pornography offenses.  After … [Read more...]

Shotguns

The House Public Policy Committee heard SB 433, sponsored by Rep. Lucas, repealing the prohibition against manufacturing, importing, selling, or possessing a sawed-off shotgun. This bill also provides for a 10-year sentence enhancement if a person possesses a sawed-off … [Read more...]

Serious sex offenders

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 522, deterring serious sex offenders from entering school grounds.  Sen. Mrvan explained that the bill defines “serious sex offenders” and makes it a Level 6 felony for a serious sex offender to enter school … [Read more...]