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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE JUDICIARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008
, 8:00 AM
ROOM 250, STATE CAPITOL, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX



Members Present:    Sen. Gregory S. Bell, Chair
    Sen. Jon J. Greiner
    Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard
    Sen. Mark B. Madsen
    Sen. Scott D. McCoy
    Sen. Ross I. Romero
    Pres. John L. Valentine

Staff Present:    Jerry Howe, Policy Analyst
    Esther McCarty, Attorney
    Karen C. Allred, Secretary
    
Speakers Present    Troy Booher, Lawyer, Snell and Wilmer
    Fred Voros, Assistant Attorney General
    Tom Brunker, Assistant Attorney General
    Matt Hunsaker, Victim
    Betty Sudweeks, Victim
    John Reidhead, Director, Division of Finance
    Richard Hamp, Assistant Attorney General

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

Chair Bell called the meeting to order at 8:08 am.

Sen. Madsen assumed the Chair.

1.     S.B. 277 Post-conviction Remedies Act Revisions (G. Bell)

    Sen. Bell presented and explained the bill.

    Troy Booher, Lawyer, Snell and Wilmer, spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to adopt the following amendment to S.B. 277:    

1.    Page 4, Line 99 :    

             99          (2)
{   The court may not enter a default judgment against the state.   } The court may not


2.    Page 4, Lines 115 through 116 :    

             115          (2)
{   A time bar or procedural bar may be waived by the state only in a written waiver

             116      filed in the action and served on the petitioner.  
}
The state may raise any of the procedural bars

3.    Page 4, Line 118 :    

             118      post-conviction relief
  , unless the court determines that the state should have raised the time bar or procedural bar at an earlier time.       Any court may raise a procedural bar or time bar on its own motion,


4.    Page 8, Lines 234 through 235 :    

             234      work identified is reasonably likely to develop evidence or legal arguments that will
{   entitle the

             235      petitioner to  
}
  support       post-conviction relief.

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

    Fred Voros, Assistant Attorney General, State of Utah, Tom Brunker, Assistant Attorney General, State of Utah, Matt Hunsaker, victim, Betty Sudweeks, victim, and John Reidhead, Director, Division of Finance, spoke in favor of the bill.

Pres. Valentine assumed the chair.

    Lynn Donaldson, Lawyer spoke against the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to pass S.B. 277 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

     SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to adopt the following amendment to S.B. 277:

        Page 8, line 217, delete "$125" and insert "$175".
        Page 8, line 218, delete "$60,000" and insert "$90,000".
        Page 8, line 222, delete "$20,000" and insert "$30,000".

    The motion failed with Sens. Romero and McCoy voting in favor, Sens. Bell, Griener and Valentine voting against, and Sens. Hillyard and Madsen absent for the vote.



    The original motion passed with Sens. Bell, Greiner, McCoy and Valentine voting in favor, Sen. Romero voting against, and Sens. Hillyard and Madsen absent for the vote.

2.     S.B. 278 Technical Amendments to Titles 78a and 78b (G. Bell)

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to replace S.B. 278 with 1st Substitute S.B. 278.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard and Madsen absent for the vote.

    Sen. Bell presented and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to pass 1st Substitute S.B. 278 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard and Madsen absent for the vote.

Sen. Bell resumed the Chair

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to place 1st Substitute S.B. 278 on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard, Madsen and Pres. Valentine absent for the vote.

3.     H.B. 141 S01 Identity Theft Reporting Information System Amendments (D. Aagard)

    Rep. Aagard presented and explained the bill.

    Richard Hamp, Assistant Attorney General, State of Utah, spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 141 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard, Madsen and Pres. Valentine absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to place 1st Substitute H.B. 141 on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard, Madsen and Pres. Valentine absent for the vote.


4.     H.B. 149 S01 Protective Order Amendments (L. Fowlke)

    Rep. Fowlke presented and explained the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to send 1st Substitute H.B. 149 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard, Madsen and Pres. Valentine absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to place 1st Substitute H.B. 149 on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hillyard, Madsen and Pres. Valentine absent for the vote.

MOTION: Sen. Romero moved to adjourn.

The meeting adjourned at 8:58.




        
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            Sen. Gregory S. Bell, Committee Chair