Judiciary Interim Committee

The Judiciary Interim Committee studies issues related to substantive rights of litigants and the administration of certain criminal and civil statutes.

Committee Members:

Rep. LaVar Christensen (R), Chair
Sen. Mark B. Madsen (R), Chair
Rep. Fred C. Cox (R)
Rep. Bruce R. Cutler (R)
Rep. Brian M. Greene (R)
Rep. Craig Hall (R)
Rep. Brian S. King (D)
Rep. Merrill F. Nelson (R)

Rep. Dixon M. Pitcher (R)
Rep. V. Lowry Snow (R)
Rep. Keven J. Stratton (R)
Rep. Norman K. Thurston (R)
Rep. Mark A. Wheatley (D)
Sen. Luz Escamilla (D)
Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard (R)
Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R)
Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart (R)

Study Items:

  1. Meeting the child welfare “Least Restrictive Means” test: to study and report on the current and ongoing status of the extent to which the Division of Child and Family Services system and the courts are meeting the constitutionally required “least restrictive means” test in parental rights enforcement and termination, and to study applicable audit.
  2. Indigent Defense: to study the provision of indigent defense services in the state, including funding issues and the ongoing efforts of the newly created Indigent Defense Commission.
  3. Marijuana Impairment and Penalties: to study marijuana impairment standards and possession penalties State
  4. Zoning Powers: to study federal and state constitutional issues related to state zoning powers for drug recovery centers in residential neighborhoods.
  5. Justice Courts: to study the impact on justice courts resulting from reform initiatives, including misdemeanor reclassification.

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