2013-2014 Law and Justice

The Law and Justice Interim Committee has finished its work for the interim. It will not meet again until late spring or early summer in 2015. The committee's final report, "Law, Order, and Everything In Between," summarizes the committee's work to complete two assigned studies and other interim duties.

A full list of committee bills the LJIC voted to introduce is available on the Legislation page.

To stay up-to-date with the LJIC's activities during the 2015-2016 interim, please sign up to receive e-mailed update by using the link in the blue box to the right.

  • Representative Jenny Eck (D)
  • Representative Ellie Hill Smith (D)
  • Representative Sarah Laszloffy (R)
  • Representative Steve Lavin (R)
  • Representative Dennis Lenz (R)
  • Representative Margaret (Margie) MacDonald (D)--Chair
  • Senator Shannon J Augare (D)
  • Senator Scott Boulanger (R)
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Robyn Driscoll (D)
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Larry Jent (D)
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Terry L Murphy (R)-- Vice Chair
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Scott Sales (R)

The Law and Justice Interim Committee is responsible for monitoring the activities of the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Public Defender. The committee serves as the liaison to the Judicial Branch.

The committee is also responsible for carrying out interim studies as assigned by the Legislature and the Legislative Council. The committee's adopted work plan outlines its process for completing the interim's work.

Reports and other materials on these topics are available by clicking the links below. The committee's final report, "Law, Order, and Everything In Between," summarizes the committee's work to complete two assigned studies and other interim duties.

Assigned Studies

Statutory Duties

Agency Oversight

Department Of Corrections

Department Of Justice

Office Of The Public Defender

Liaison to the Judicial Branch

Committee Issues

Materials

Presentation Materials

Thursday, September 19

Friday, September 20

Materials

Presentation Materials

Materials

 

Materials

  • Other Information
    • Memo to LJIC about June meeting

Materials

 

The Law and Justice Interim Committee proposed several bills as the result of its work during the 2014-2015 interim. It also authorized for early drafting bills proposed by the various agencies over which the LJIC has interim oversight duties. The committee bills are listed below, followed by links to the agency proposals.

 

 

 

Committee Bills

SJ 3: Study The Board Of Pardons And Parole

The LJIC approved the following SJ 3-related bill drafts.

Short Title and Draft Number Bill Number Final Status

Revise MAPA provisions related to the Board of Pardons and Parole (LClj98)

HB 128

Enacted

Require parole hearings to be video recorded (LClj97B) HB 28 Enacted
Clarify that the governor may change parole board presiding officer (LJlj94) HB 19 Enacted
Revise parole criteria laws (LClj95) HB 135 Enacted
Revise executive clemency laws (LClj90) HB 43 Enacted

 

SJ 22: Study Of Family Law Procedures And Alternatives

The LJIC approved the following SJ 22-related bill drafts.

Short Title and Draft Number Bill Number Final Status
Provide for a decree of dissolution without a hearing when uncontested (LClj02) HB 12 Enacted
Allow spouse to restore original name as part of dissolution filing (LClj04) HB 20 Died
Adjust debt limit allowed for summary dissolution (LClj01) HB 26 Enacted
Clarify who must move to amend parenting plan when one parent relocates (LClj03) HB 129 Enacted

 

Other Topics

The LJIC approved the following bills that were developed by the committee after hearing testimony on various corrections-related topics.

Short Title and Draft Number Bill Number Final Status
Revise laws related to housing for offenders (LClj51) HB 25 Died
Allow the Dept. of Corrections to set a minimum percentage of inmate earnings saved (LClj52) SB 101 Enacted
Study the Crossroads Correctional Center and oversight of that facility (LClj50) SJ 3 Died

 

Agency Legislation

*The complete text for any of the proposed rules listed below, including any hearing information, may be accessed by visiting http://mtrules.org and entering the MAR Notice Number in the "Search by Notice No." field in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

Additional information regarding rulemaking and the Legislature's role in the administrative rulemaking process may be accessed here. Rule summaries presented to the Law and Justice Interim Committee are below.
September 2013 December 2013 February 2014  
April 2014 June 2014 September 2014  

Dept. of

Notice Date MAR Notice No. Agency, Board or Commission Subject Staff Memo/Other Documents
         

Dept. of

Notice Date MAR Notice No. Agency, Board or Commission Subject Staff Memo/Other Documents
         

 

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