County Courthouse and County Jail Funding and Overcrowding Solutions Interim Study Committee. The bill directs the division of criminal justice (division) within the department of public safety (department), in consultation with the office of the state court administrator, to operate a program that implements telephonic or internet-based networking software to let county courts and district courts conduct judicial procedures with remote participants.
The bill sets forth a timeline by which the division shall first solicit requests for proposals from prospective software vendors and then select and contract with one or more software vendors for the purposes of the program.
The bill requires the executive director of the department to promulgate rules for the administration of the program.
The bill requires the public utilities commission (PUC) to report to the division on or before November 1, 2018, to:
- Identify areas of the state that are relatively lacking in internet connectivity and infrastructure; and
- Make any recommendations the PUC may have concerning the implementation of the program.
In implementing the program, the division shall consider the PUC's report and prioritize the implementation of the program in areas of the state that are relatively lacking in internet connectivity and infrastructure.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)