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MINUTES OF THE

HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING

Room W020 - State Capitol Complex

February 13, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT:
    Rep. Douglas C. Aagard, Chair
        Rep. Lorie D. Fowlke, Vice Chair
        Rep. Sheryl L. Allen
        Rep. Jim Bird
        Rep. Jackie Biskupski
        Rep. Keith Grover
        Rep. Eric K. Hutchings
        Rep. Christine A. Johnson
        Rep. Rosalind J. McGee
        Rep. Kay L. McIff
        Rep. R. Curt Webb
        Rep. Mark A. Wheatley
        
MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Kevin S. Garn    
        
STAFF PRESENT:    Jerry D. Howe, Policy Analyst
        Sylvia Newton, Committee Secretary    

NOTE:    A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.             


Representative Fowlke called the meeting to order at 2:06 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2008 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Allen, Rep. Hutchings, and Rep. McIff absent for the vote.


H.B. 169    Custody Evaluation and Parent Coordination (Rep. T. Cosgrove)

MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to delete in title and body H.B. 169 and replace it with 1st Substitute H.B. 169. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Allen, Rep. Hutchings, and Rep. McIff absent for the vote.

Rep. Cosgrove explained 1st Substitute H.B. 169 to the committee, assisted by Ellen Lechtenberg, who testified regarding the issues in this bill.

Spoke to the bill:    Stewart Ralphs, Legal Aid Society
            Rick Schwermer, Utah Courts
            Adam Trupp, representing custody evaluators
            Dr. Chris Wehl, Utah Psychological Association



Spoke in favor of the bill:    Amy Jensen, domestic violence advocate
                Alana Kindness, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
                Gina Painter, domestic violence assessor

MOTION:    Rep. Grover moved to proceed to the next item on the agenda.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Biskupski moved to proceed to the next agenda item and place 1st Substitute H.B. 169 on the next agenda. The motion passed with Rep. Fowlke voting in opposition to the motion. Rep. Hutchings and Rep. Wheatley were absent for the vote.


S.B. 150    Criminal Penalties Revisions (Sen. S. Jenkins)

Sen. Hillyard explained S.B. 150 to the committee, assisted by Creighton Horton, Attorney General's Office.

MOTION:    Rep. Johnson moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Webb moved to place S.B. 150 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.


S.B. 155    Punitive Damages Amendments (Sen. L. Hillyard)

MOTION:    Rep. Aagard moved to delete in title and body S.B. 155 and replace it with 1st Substitute S.B. 155. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Bird, Rep. Biskupski, and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.

Sen. Hillyard explained 1st Substitute S.B. 155 to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Allen moved to pass 1st Substitute S.B. 155 out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.


S.B. 139    Utah Antitrust Act Amendments (Sen. L. Hillyard)

Sen. Hillyard explained S.B. 139 to the committee.



MOTION:    Rep. Allen moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Allen moved to place S.B. 139 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.


S.B. 122    Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (Sen. L. Hillyard)

Sen. Hillyard explained S.B. 122 to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. McGee moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.


MOTION:    Rep. Johnson moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.

Rep. Fowlke adjourned the meeting at 3:50 p.m.






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                    Rep. Douglas C. Aagard, Chair