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Room 20, West Office Building

February 6, 2013

MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Kay McIff, Chair
                Rep. Lee Perry,Vice Chair
                Rep. Patrice Arent                
                Rep. LaVar Christensen
                Rep. Brian Greene
                Rep. Craig Hall
                Rep. Eric Hutchings
                Rep. Brian King
                Rep. V. Lowry Snow                             
STAFF PRESENT:        Ms. Chelsea Lloyd, Policy Analyst
                Ms. Linda Black, Committee Secretary    

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

Chair McIff called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.

H.B. 50    Dating Violence Protection Act (Rep. J. Seelig) (handouts)

Rep. Seelig presented the bill to the committee.

Rep. Arent moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 2, Line 57 :    

             57      nature,
  or a relationship which has romance or intimacy as a goal by one or both parties,       regardless of whether the relationship involves sexual intimacy.

2.    Page 3, Line 66 :    

             66          (C) the nature and the frequency of the parties' interactions
  , including communications indicating that the parties intended to begin a dating relationship       ;

3.    Page 3, Line 83 :    

             83      the
{   defendant   }        respondent       , in accordance with the requirements of this part.

4.    Page 4, Line 109 :    

             109      by federal law in Title 18 U.S.C. Section
{   931   }        921       , of the person under this part.

5.    Page 4, Line 117 :    

             117      against the petitioner,
{   a   }        the district       court may:

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             123          (2) A
  district       court may grant the following relief without notice in a dating violence protective

7.    Page 5, Line 149 :    

             149      as the respondent, or is employed at the same place of employment as the respondent, the
  district       court:

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             154          (5) The
  district       court may not prohibit the respondent from possessing a firearm:

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             161          (7) After the
  district       court issues a dating violence protective order, the        district       court shall:

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             185          (10) A
  district       court may modify or vacate a protective order under this part after notice and

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             197      order, the
  district       court shall set a date for a hearing on the petition.

             198          (b) If, at the hearing described in Subsection (1)(a), the
  district       court does not issue a dating

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             200      by the
  district       court. Extensions beyond the 20-day period may not be granted unless:

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             206          (d) If, at the hearing described in Subsection (1)(a), the
  district       court issues a dating violence

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             215          (2) Upon a hearing under this section, the
  district       court may grant any of the relief permitted

             216      under Section 78B-7-404 , except the
  district       court shall not grant the relief described in Subsection

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             218          (3) If a
  district       court denies a petition for an ex parte dating violence protective order or a

             219      petition to modify a dating violence protective order ex parte, the
  district       court shall, upon the

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             231          (b) obtaining a protective order under this part; or
             232          (c) service of a protective order issued under this part.
  (3)(a) The offices of the court clerk shall provide forms and nonlegal assistance to an individual seeking to proceed under this part.

(b) The Administrative Office of the Courts shall:
    (i) develop and adopt uniform forms for petitions and orders for protection in accordance with the provisions of this chapter; and
    (ii) provide the forms described in Subsection(3)(b)(i) to the clerk of each court authorized to issue protective orders.
(c) The forms described in Subsection(3)(b)(i) shall include:
    (i) a statement notifying the petitioner for an ex parte dating violence protective order that knowing falsification of any statement or information provided for the purpose of obtaining a protective order may subject the petitioner to felony prosecution;
    (ii) language stating violating of any criminal provision is a class B

misdemeanor; and
    (iii) a space for any information the petitioner is able to provide to facilitate identification of the respondent, including Social Security number, driver license number, date of birth, address, telephone number, and physical description.
(4) If the individual seeking to proceed under this chapter is not represented by an attorney, it is the responsibility of the court clerk's office to provide:
    (a) the forms adopted pursuant to Subsection (3);
    (b) all other forms required to petition for an order for protection, including forms for service;
    (c) except for as provided by Subsection (5), clerical assistance in filling out the forms and filing the petition, in accordance with Subsection (3)(a);
    (d) information regarding the means available for the service of process;
    (e) a list of legal service organizations that may represent the petitioner in an action brough under this part, with the phone numbers of those organizations; and
    (f) written information regarding the procedure for transporting a jailed or imprisoned respondent to the protective order hearing, including an explanation for the use of transportation order forms when necessary.
(5) A court clerk's office may designate any other entity, agency, or individual to provide the service described in Subsection (4)(c), but the court clerk's office is responsible to see that the service is provided.
(6) A petition for a dating violence protective order or ex parte dating violence protective order shall be in writing and verified.
(7)(a) All protective orders issued under this part shall be issued in the form adopted by the Administrative Office of the Courts under Section (3)(b).
(b) Each protective order issued under this part, except orders issued ex parte, shall include the following language:
    "Respondent was afforded both notice and opportunity to be heard in the hearing that gave rise to this order. Pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, P.L. 103-322, 108 Stat. 1796, 18 U.S.C.A. 2265, this order is valid in all the United States, the District of Columbia, tribal lands, and United States territories. This order complies with the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act."  

             233          Section 7. Section 78B-7-407 is enacted to read:

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             236      probable cause to believe that the person has
  intentionally or knowingly       violated a protective order issued under this part,

The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke in favor
of the bill:        Mr. Steven Chapman, Chief, Sandy City Police Department
            Mr. John Bambro
            Ms. Brandy Farmer, Utah Domestic Violence Council
            Ms. Melanie Clark, Kaysville, Utah Safe Harbor
            Ms. Whitney Norton
            Ms. Alana Kindness, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Spoke to the bill:    Ms. Donna Kelly, Office of the Attorney General
            Mr. Steward Ralphs, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake City
            Mr. Ric Schwermer, Utah Courts
            Mr. Dan Deuel, Executive Director, American Parental Action League
            Mr. Steven Burton, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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

The motion passed unanimously.

1st Sub. H.B. 286    Disposition of Personal Property on Vacated Property (Rep. G. Froerer)

The bill was not considered in the meeting.

MOTION:    Rep. Snow moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

Chair McIff adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m.

                            Kay L. McIff, Chair