Senator Gonzales, sponsor, explained SB19-030, concerning a remedy for improperly entered guilty pleas. She discussed her reasons for introducing the bill, and the unanticipated problems noncitizens encounter with deferred judgment. Senator Gonzales relayed instances in which deferred judgment for noncitizens does not clear charges but can, years or decades later, mean a denial of citizenship or deportation. She reiterated that the consequences are often not adequately explained to the defendants.
Senator Gonzales presented and discussed strike-below Amendment L. 001 (Attachment A). She relayed that the amendment lays out a process for deferred judgment cases involving noncitizens. She answered questions from the committee about a new fiscal note and reasons for the strike-below.