Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/30/1994 11:45 AM JUD

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 SENATOR TAYLOR introduced  CSHJR 43(FIN)  (RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS;           
 CRIMINAL ADMIN) as the next order of business.                                
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN PORTER, prime sponsor of HJR 43, directed                
 attention to a Judiciary SCS, which, he said, was the result of a             
 concern raised by Senator Donley at a previous hearing on the                 
 legislation.                                                                  
                                                                               
 SENATOR HALFORD moved that SCS CSHJR 43(JUD) be adopted.  Hearing             
 no objection, the motion carried.                                             
                                                                               
 Number 321                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR LITTLE asked if this amendment to the Constitution will               
 change the juvenile justice system as well.  REPRESENTATIVE PORTER            
 answered that the Section 12 change from excessive punishment to              
 criminal administration is meant to address that question. Criminal           
 administration is a term of art that only refers to adult criminal            
 prosecution, so this would not be affecting the juvenile justice              
 system.  SENATOR LITTLE said that addressed her concern because her           
 preference is to have a priority to rehabilitate or reform                    
 juveniles, whereas this order is more acceptable for adults.                  
 SENATOR TAYLOR noted that was also Senator Donley's concern, and he           
 had recommended inserting the word "criminal" and to remove the               
 word "penal" on lines 5 and 7.                                                
                                                                               
 Number 340                                                                    
                                                                               
 MARGO KNUTH, Department of Law, voiced her approval of the                    
 Judiciary SCS.                                                                
                                                                               
 Number 347                                                                    
                                                                               
 JAYNE ANDREEN, Executive Director, Council on Domestic Violence and           
 Sexual Assault, stated the Council's support for HJR 43.  She                 
 stressed the importance as a state to include victims in their need           
 to have access to information and participation in the process.               
                                                                               
 Number 360                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR TAYLOR stated HJR 43 would be held until the next meeting             
 of the committee so that Senator Donley could look at the changes             
 made in the Judiciary SCS.                                                    

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