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h_jud_2016a_2016-04-14t13:38:25z3 Hearing Summary

Date: 04/14/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB16-153



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer Senate Bill 16-153 to the Committee of the W PASS







02:28 PM -- SB16-153



Representative Wilson, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 16-153, concerning nominees for county court judges. Representative Wilson explained the effect of the bill, and discussed its need. Representative Wilson responded to questions regarding the selection of a judge from within the same judicial district to fill a vacancy in a county judgeship under the bill, and under current law. Representative Wilson responded to questions regarding the need for a county court judge to be admitted to the bar to serve.





02:40 PM



Representative Wilson responded to questions regarding residency requirements for satisfying a vacancy fulfillment under SB 16-153. The following person testified regarding SB 16-153:



02:41 PM --
Mr. Terry Scanlon, representing the Judicial Branch, testified on the bill from a neutral perspective. Mr. Scanlon provided perspective on why the bill was brought forward, and addressed earlier questions about the need to be an attorney to be a judge. Mr. Scanlon responded to questions regarding the frequency with which applicants not residing in a certain county are seeking judgeships in the county. Representative Wilson responded to questions regarding the intent of the sponsors in bringing forth the legislation.





02:48 PM



No amendments were offered to SB 16-153. Representative Wilson provided closing remarks in support of the bill.

BILL: SB16-153
TIME: 02:49:31 PM
MOVED: Kagan
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-153 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 10-1.
SECONDED: Court
VOTE
Carver
Yes
Court
Yes
Dore
Yes
Foote
Yes
Lawrence
Yes
Lundeen
Yes
Melton
No
Salazar
Yes
Willett
Yes
Lee
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Final YES: 10 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







02:50 PM



The committee adjourned.




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