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MINUTES OF THE

HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING

Room 20, West Office Building

February 8, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Kay McIff, Chair
                Rep. LaVar Christensen, Vice Chair
                Rep. Fred Cox
                Rep. Brian Doughty
                Rep. Chris Herrod
                Rep. Eric Hutchings
                Rep. Ken Ivory
                Rep. Brian King
                Rep. Paul Ray
                Rep. V. Lowry Snow
                Rep. Mark A. Wheatley
                Rep. Brad Wilson

MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Derek Brown
        
STAFF PRESENT:        Mr. Jerry D. Howe, Policy Analyst
                Ms. Linda Black, Committee Secretary
    

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

Vice Chair Christensen called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.

H.B. 315    Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Amendments (Rep. P. Ray)

Rep. Ray presented the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Ray moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 1, Line 17 :    

             17              .    the parties are emancipated or
{   18   }        19       years of age or older;


2.    Page 28, Line 840 :    

             840          (ii) is
{   18   }        19       years of age or older;


The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Herrod and Rep. McIff absent for the vote.

The gavel was passed to Rep. McIff at 4:30 p.m.



Spoke in favor of the bill:    Ms. Sarah Sutherland, spoke for herself
                Ms. Cherie Rawlings, spoke for herself
                Ms. Dalene England, Utah Eagle Forum

Spoke to the bill:        Mr. Stewart Ralphs, Legal Aid Society of Utah
                Mr. Ned Searle, director, Utah Office on Domestic and Sexual                 Violence

MOTION:    Rep. King moved to pass the bill out favorably, as amended.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Hutchings moved to proceed to the next item on the agenda. The substitute motion passed, with Rep. Doughty and Rep. King voting in opposition. Rep. Ivory and Rep. Wilson were absent for the vote.

H.B. 316    Divorce Waiting Period Amendments (Rep. V. Peterson)

Rep. V. Peterson presented the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Ms. Laura Bunker, United Families of Utah
                Mr. Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute
                Ms. Lorie Fowlke, attorney
                Ms. Gayle Ruzika, Utah Eagle Forum

Spoke to the bill:        Stewart Ralphs, Legal Aid Society of Utah

MOTION:    Rep. Christensen moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed, with Rep. Doughty and Rep. Wheatley voting in opposition. Rep. Wilson was absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Herrod moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Wilson absent for the vote.

Chair McIff adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m.





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                    Rep. Kay McIff, Chair