BILL SUMMARY for SB09-135
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt prepared amendment L.005 (Attachment H). Th|
Refer Senate Bill 09-135, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
08:35 PM -- Senate Bill 09-135
Representative Miklosi, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-135 concerning information collection regarding parole decisions. The reengrossed bill requires the State Board of Parole and the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) within the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement processes to analyze data related to parole board decisions. Specifically, the parole board is to track data concerning the board's rationale for granting and denying parole. The DCJ shall analyze these data and provide the parole board with a report on a quarterly basis. The division also is to provide the board with training so that the board may use the data more effectively to make decisions.
Current law mandates that the division collect data on parole decisions and make a quarterly report to the board. In November 2008, the State Auditor conducted an audit of the discretional parole decisions made by the board in response to a legislative request. The audit had several recommendations to improve the data collected and used concerning board decisions. Most notably, the audit found that the parole board does not collect adequate data and that the division is not evaluating parole data to help improve parole decisions. This bill amends the current statute to incorporate the findings from the audit.
8:39 PM -- Ann Terry, Department of Public Safety, spoke in support of the bill with amendment L.005. Ms. Terry testified that the fiscal note comes from the effective date of the bill and the amendment changes the date. Allowing the Division of Criminal Justice extra time to get the report together will allow the department to implement the bill within existing resources.
Representative Miklosi wrapped up his presentation of the bill and asked for a favorable recommendation.
|TIME: || 08:47:08 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 09-135, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with favorable recommendation. The motion passed on a vote of 11-0.|
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS