Legislature(1995 - 1996)
04/11/1996 01:45 PM FIN
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
HOUSE BILL 2 "An Act allowing courts to require certain offenders as a special condition of probation to complete a boot camp program provided by the Department of Corrections; making prisoners who complete the boot camp program eligible for discretionary parole; providing for incarceration of certain nonviolent offenders in boot camps operated by the Department of Corrections; allowing the Department of Corrections to contract with a person for an alternative boot camp program; creating the Boot Camp Advisory Board in the Department of Corrections; and providing for an effective date." Representative Mulder explained the differences in the work draft #9-LS0016\O, Luckhaupt, 4/11/96. Representative Mulder requested that the fiscal note be revised in order that the Department of Corrections could expend the funds this fiscal year. The fiscal note would be federal funds. Representative Mulder MOVED TO WITHDRAW the pending motion to change the dates from the previous meeting. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered. Representative Mulder MOVED TO RESCIND action of adopting CS HB 2 (FIN) from the previous meeting. There being NO 3 OBJECTION, it was so ordered. Representative Brown MOVED to adopt work draft 9-LS0016\O, Luckhaupt, 4/11/96, as the version before the Committee. There being NO OBJECTION, it was adopted. REPRESENTATIVE ED WILLIS noted that he supported the current version of the legislation. Representative Brown asked if the reference to "maintain", Page 2, Line 1, would make the State responsible for maintaining the building. DENNIS DEWITT, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE ELDON MULDER, explained that language was used resulting from concern that the boot camp program wants to use the State facilities at Wildwood. Legal counsel advised to include that language. BILL PARKER, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, stated that the Department agrees with the changes provided in the bill. Representative Mulder questioned the $2 million dollars in the fiscal note as indicated received in FY96. He stated that the assumption was that the $2 million dollars was related to the boot camp. Mr. Parker stated that was the amount that the federal government needs to distribute, although no federal funds have yet been awarded. That amount was awarded for activity last year. Representative Therriault questioned Page 3, Line 15, speaking to the 150 day term sentencing. Mr. Parker responded that the person would need to have to serve enough time in order to complete the course if sentenced to it. He added that the plan would be to run two five month courses. If a person had not been sentenced for five months, they would not be required to do the course. Representative Martin recommended including a clause which would authorize program receipts to be authorized by Legislative Budget and Audit (LBA) Committee in addition to any federal monies. Co-Chair Hanley stated that specific language would need to be included indicating the dollar amount. Representative Martin suggested including $1 thousand dollars program receipts in the fiscal note. They would then be able to come to LBA if additional funds were needed. Mr. Parker remarked that as a class, these people were normally indigent. Representative Kohring MOVED to report CS HB 2 (FIN) out of Committee with individual recommendations and with the accompanying fiscal note. Representative Mulder OBJECTED to the fiscal note. Co-Chair Hanley recommended revising the fiscal note to include $2 million dollars federal funds and 4 $1 thousand dollars general fund program receipts to address regulations if adopted. There being NO further OBJECTIONS, it was adopted. CS HB 2 (FIN) was reported out of Committee with a "do pass" recommendation and with a fiscal note by the Department of Corrections.