The committee was called back to order.
Senator Gardner, bill sponsor, explained SB18-119 concerning false imprisonment of a minor. He discussed the origins of the bill and the frustruation expressed by law enforcement agencies that current law does not reflect the seriousness of egregious crimes concerning the confinement or detainment of children. He explained that such crimes are currenly classified as a misdemeanor and that serious bodily injury must be proven to rise to a felony offense.
Senator Gardner answered questions about the broad application of the bill. Senator Gardner assured the committee that there are checks and balances throughout the criminal justice process to ensure that the bill does not cast too wide of a net. He also addressed jury instructions, spousal privilege, and the definition of "instrumentality" as used in the bill.