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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE JUDICIARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008
, 8:00 AM
ROOM 250, STATE CAPITOL, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX



Members Present:    Sen. Gregory S. Bell, Chair
    Sen. Jon J. Greiner
    Sen. Mark B. Madsen
    Sen. Scott D. McCoy
    Sen. Ross I. Romero
    
Members Excused:    Pres. John L. Valentine
    Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard
Staff Present:    Jerry Howe, Policy Analyst
    Esther McCarty, Attorney
    Karen C. Allred, Committee Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Wade Farraway, Asstsistant Attorney General, Utah Attorney General's Office
    Roger Hoole, Attorney, Utah Association of Justice
    Chad Platt, Deputy District Attorney, State Wide Association of      Prosecutors
    Julie Lund, Division Chief, Child Protection Division, Attorney     General's Office
    Craig Peterson, American Council of Engineering Companies
    Michael Smith, Executive Director, American Council of      Engineering Companies
    Scott Carver, Director, Utah Sentencing Commission
    Terry Keefe, Chief of Police, Layton and President, Utah Chief of      Police Association
    Lincoln Shurtz, Lobbyist, Utah League of Cities and Towns
    Mark Johnson, Ogden City

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

Chair Bell called the meeting to order at 8:17.
    
1.     H.B. 23 Child and Family Protection (L. Fowlke)

    Rep. Fowlke presented and explained the bill.


        Wade Farraway, Assistant Attorney General, Utah Attorney General's Office; Roger Hoole, Attorney, Utah Association of Justice; and Chad Platt, State Wide Association of Prosecutors spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved to pass H.B. 23 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen absent for the vote.

2.     SJR 09 Joint Resolution Amending Rules of Evidence Relating to Information Contained in the Management Information System (G. Davis)

    Sen. Davis presented and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 1, Lines 20 through 25 :    

             20          .    provides that a report, and information from or relating to a report, maintained in
             21      the Management Information System may not be disclosed or admitted as evidence
{   ,

             22      nor may testimony regarding the report or information be made or accepted,  
}
in a
             23      proceeding
  , where the state is not a party,       for divorce, child-custody, a protection order, adoption, or termination

             24      of parental rights, if the report has been found to be unsubstantiated, unsupported,
             25      or without merit
  , unless a party who is not the alleged perpetrator in the report shows, by clear and convincing evidence, that the probative value of the report or information outweighs its prejudicial effect       ; and


2.    Page 2, Lines 54 through 55 :    

             54          (a) (5) "Restricted proceeding" means a proceeding
  , where the state is not a party,       for divorce, child-custody, a

             55      protection order, adoption, or termination of parental rights.

3.    Page 3, Lines 59 through 61 :    

             59          (b) General rule of privilege. Restricted information may not be disclosed or admitted
             60      as evidence
{   , nor may testimony regarding restricted information be made or

accepted,   } in a


             61      restricted proceeding, if a finding of unreliability has been made in relation to the report
  , unless a party who is not the alleged perpetrator in the report shows, by clear and convincing evidence, that the probative value of the restricted information outweighs the prejudicial affect of the restricted information       .

    
    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen absent for the vote.

    Julie Lund, Division Chief, Child Protection Division, Utah Attorney General spoke for the bill.
    
    MOTION:
Sen. Romero moved to pass SJR 09 as amended out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

3.     H.B. 14 Discharge of Firearm Amendments (C. Wimmer)

    Rep. Wimmer presented and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to pass H.B. 14 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

4.     S.B. 256 Good Samaritan Act for Engineers (M. Waddoups)

    Sen. Waddoups presented and explained the bill.

    Craig Peterson, American Council of Engineering Companies and Michael Smith, Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.    Page 2, Lines 47 through 48 :    

             47      engineer for architectural or engineering services that are
{   below the acceptable standards of the

             48      profession or  
}
not within the scope of licensure.
    
    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved to pass S.B. 256 out of committee with a favorable

recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen absent for the vote.

5.     H.B. 34 Email Information Required of Registered Sex Offenders (J. Bird)

    Sen. Jenkins presented and explained the bill.

    Esther McCarty spoke to the bill.

    Scott Carver, Director, Utah Sentencing Commission spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved to pass H.B. 34 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

6.     H.B. 10 Disclosure of Identity to Officer (C. Oda)

    Rep. Oda presented and explained the bill.

    Wade Farraway, Assistant Attorney General, Utah Attorney General's Office, spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Greiner moved to pass H.B. 10 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

7.     H.B. 33 Waivers of Immunity -- Exceptions (G. Hughes)

    Rep. Hughes presented and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to pass H.B. 33 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

8.     H.B. 264 Prohibition of Citation Quotas (N. Hansen)


    Rep. Hansen presented and explained the bill.

    Terry Keefe, Chief of Police, Layton and President, Utah Chief of Police Association; Lincoln Shurtz, Lobbyist, Utah League of Cities and Towns; and Mark Johnson, Ogden City spoke against the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to pass H.B. 264 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion failed with Sens. Romero and McCoy voting for and Sens. Bell, Greiner and Madsen voting against.

MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 9:50




        
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            Sen. Gregory S. Bell, Committee Chair