Murder sentencing; aggravating circumstance

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 385, sponsored by Rep. McMillin and Rep. Truitt, on murder sentencing; aggravating circumstance. This bill permits the state to seek the death penalty or a sentence of life without parole for a murder committed in a … [Read more...]

Crimes of violence

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 559, sponsored by Rep. Frizzell, on crimes of violence. This bill adds unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon to the definition of "crimes of violence". It also establishes new caps for … [Read more...]

Criminal justice funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee heard HB 1006, sponsored by Sen. Steele and Sen. Young, on criminal justice funding. This bill was amended to provide: the DOC to compile certain information and submit a quarterly report to the state budget committee and a … [Read more...]

Mental health matters

The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee heard HB 1269 on mental health matters sponsored by Sen. Patricia Miller and Sen. Crider. Author Rep. Clere reported that the bill addresses a number of mental health issues including: (1) authorizing the DOC, county or … [Read more...]

Various criminal law issues

The Senate Appropriations Committee heard HB 1304 on various criminal law issues sponsored Sen. Steele and Sen. R. Michael Young. The committee adopted three amendments. Two of the amendments made language changes and technical corrections. The third amendment, … [Read more...]

Various child support matters

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 324 concerning various child support matters sponsored by Rep. McNamara and Rep. Kirchhofer. Author Sen. Head explained that it repeals the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act currently in effect and replaces it with an updated … [Read more...]

Service of process

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 2 concerning service of process sponsored by Rep. Mayfield and Rep. Cox. Author Sen. Steele explained that this bill clarifies the cost of services to be paid from court fees and addresses service/process issues. This bill … [Read more...]

Marion County small claims

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 523, sponsored by Rep. Frizzell and Rep. Behning, on Marion County small claims courts. This bill was amended to: make the small claims courts in Marion County courts of record after July 1, 2018; make small … [Read more...]