The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee heard oral arguments for a few amendments hoping to make way into the house chamber. All of the amendments passed, but only one passed with significant margin.
The Good Samaritan Law Amendments
These amendments would relinquish liability of civil damages or penalties for any civilian, who acts in good faith, to assist government employees or intercede in an emergency situation. This passed in the committee without much opposition.
The Inmate Housing Amendments
These amendments would allow for the creation of smaller halfway houses across the state. Currently, Utah has only eight large facilities in only Salt Lake and Weber County, uprooting many inmates from homes outside of these counties. This barely passed in the committee by one vote.
The Juvenile Offense and Jurisdiction Amendment
The discussion over these amendments drew the most emotionally invested crowd because of the testimony of a mother who lost her son while he was on duty. Officer Cody Brotherson was killed by three juvenile gang members who intentionally struck him with their stolen car. The boys were all 14 or 15 and were sentenced to just 5 years in the juvenile system. The amendments would allow courts to the option of charging 15-year-olds as adults if they murder an on-duty officer. This also passed with a narrow, 4 to 5 margin.
Tweets of the Day
— Gardner Institute (@KemGardnerInst) January 31, 2018
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— Julia Ritchey (@juliaritchey) January 30, 2018
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— Ben Winslow (@BenWinslow) January 22, 2018
7:59 AM Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
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2:00 PM House Judiciary Committee
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