REPORT ON BILLS FAVORABLY REPORTED BY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE:

Judiciary Committee

File No.:

Bill No.:

HB-5787

PH Date:

3/13/2006

Action/Date:

JFS 3/27/06

Reference Change:

 

TITLE OF BILL:

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF REARREST WARRANTS.

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Rep. Farr, 19th District

 

REASONS FOR BILL:

To expedite the process of issuing an arrest warrant and to close the time gap in between the issuance of an arrest warrant and the enforcement of the arrest warrant.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE

Clarifies of how the undersecretary of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) will obtain data on arrest and rearrest warrants.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Deborah J. Fuller, External Affairs Division, Judicial Branch -Judicial Branch has some concerns with this bill. Section 1 of the bill would mandate that the undersecretary of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division with OPM inform the chief elected official of each municipality of the number of rearrest warrants (FTA warrants) and arrest warrants for violations of probation (VOP warrants). It is unclear how the undersecretary will obtain this data. (Addressed in substitute language)The PRAWN system does contain the FTA warrants, but OPM does not currently have access to that system. If OPM can obtain PRAWN access, the system should be able to create a summary report of these warrants outstanding, sorted by the defendants' address. VOP warrants, however, are currently not in the PRAWN system, and would have to be provided by the Judicial Branch's Court Support Services Division (CSSD).

Regarding section two of the bill, the Judicial Branch points out that there are many towns that do not have a municipal policy agency, but are covered by a resident state trooper or state police troop. The State Police are not yet entering data into PRAWN, although they can access the data it contains. This proposal would require that the State Police enter data on warrants from their jurisdictions.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Nothing submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Nothing submitted

 

Sarah Kolb

3/29/06

 

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