House Judiciary passes bills aimed at protecting corrections officers; vote on 'monumental' criminal justice reform to come

House Judiciary passes bills aimed at protecting corrections officers; vote on 'monumental' criminal justice reform to come

The House Judiciary Committee passed a slate of bills Tuesday to beef up protections for corrections officers, raising the eyebrows of some of the committee’s more liberal members despite a pledge from the chairman that more aggressive criminal justice reform measures will get a look next month.

The bills, which include increasing penalties for assaulting a corrections officer and allowing county corrections officers to lock their personal firearms in their vehicles, all passed with some measure of bipartisan support.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
“Enough is enough”: Lawmakers call for increased criminal penalties for bullies

“Enough is enough”: Lawmakers call for increased criminal penalties for bullies

Roughly one in five students admit having been bullied at some point during their schooling, a statistic that does not exempt members of the General Assembly.

As part of a bipartisan push to strengthen criminal penalties for bullies, legislators ditched statistics and policy on Tuesday and settled for a different approach to get their point across: personal experience.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

5 bills to watch for the week of October 21

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the arrest powers of school police officers to eliminating straight ticket voting, here are five bills to watch for the week of October 21. 
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

With push to bring back mandatory minimums gaining traction, Democrats are divided on policy's merit

There is little doubt that criminal justice reform has been one of the biggest bipartisan movements in recent years in the Capitol, with members of both parties coalescing around reducing the state’s prison population to save money and give many offenders a second chance.

But now members are faced with a dilemma - as they search for ways to curtail gun violence across the commonwealth, should that kind of reform extend to those convicted of gun or violent crimes.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

House Judiciary chair shuts down talk of ERPO bill as committee pursues mandatory minimums instead

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday his committee would not be taking up so-called red flag legislation, with Democrats saying they will exhaust any means necessary to get a top priority of gun control advocates across the line.

The comments from Chair Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) come on the same day his committee passed a raft of firearms bills, including ones to reimpose mandatory minimums on a range of gun and violent crimes, as well as a controversial proposal to make it harder for local governments to pass their own gun control measures.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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