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Judiciary Committee Completes Work on Governor's Crime Package

Committee passes out final piece, HB 324. HB 298 & 316 complete priority trio

Friday, March 26, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The House Judiciary Committee today completed its work on the governor’s priority crime legislation, House Bills 298, 316 and 324. The committee, chaired by Representative Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, passed out the final piece, HB 324, today. The bill amends state law relating to bail hearings, failure to appear at court offenses, and pretrial release procedures.

“The House Judiciary Committee has been pleased to work with leadership in the House and the Alaska Department of Law on passing these bills, which were identified by Attorney General Dan Sullivan as priorities of the Administration,” Ramras said. “We strongly believe, like the AG, the governor and Representatives Anna Fairclough and Reggie Joule – who are both tireless advocates – that these bills are necessary to combat the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska.”

The committee previously passed out HB 298 and HB 316. HB 298, which passed Feb12, deals with sex offenses, sex offender registration and sentencing. HB 316, which passed March 10, deals with post-conviction DNA testing, the preservation of evidence and post-conviction relief.

“Passage of these bills by the full House and by the Senate will be a significant accomplishment for this legislature and the governor,” Ramras said. “In addition to the bills, the House and Senate Finance Committees have proposed giving the Governor an additional $3 million to use on DVSA initiatives. Representatives Fairclough and Joule were instrumental in this endeavor. I look forward to thanking my colleagues on committee and in the house on the floor for passage and hopeful the Senate will act positively as well.”

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