Week ending January 4, 2013

Indicates featured legislation

Jurisdiction: Newly Introduced

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Jurisdiction: Floor and Committee Activity

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Qualifications and Terms: Newly Introduced

Indiana SB 124 Removes a provision that requires justices of the supreme court and judges of the court of appeals to retire at 75 years of age. Prefiled in Senate Judiciary Committee.

Qualifications and Terms: Floor and Committee Activity

NONE

Rule Making Authority: Newly Introduced

New York AB 730 Authorizes an experimental program in which presiding trial judges, in their discretion, may permit audio-visual coverage of civil and criminal court proceedings, including trials Prefiled in Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Rule Making Authority: Floor and Committee Activity

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Salary and Budget: Newly Introduced

Montana D. 1316 Creates budget database website for all judicial and other government budgets and expenditures. Drafted.

Nevada AB 54 Increases the amount of certain fees charged and collected by the justice court and revises the tiers upon which certain fees are based. Requires the county treasurer to deposit 25 percent of the fees received from justices of the peace into a special account administered by the county and maintained for the benefit of the justice courts within the county. Limits use of such funds to (1) for purposes generally related to the acquisition of land or facilities or the construction or renovation of facilities for the justice courts or a multi-use facility that includes the justice courts; (2) to acquire advanced technology for the use of the justice courts; (3) to acquire equipment or additional staff to enhance the security of the facilities used by the justice courts, justices of the peace, staff of the justice courts and residents of this State who access the justice courts; and (4) to pay for staff to support the operation of the justice courts. Prefiled in Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Salary and Budget: Floor and Committee Activity

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Selection: Newly Introduced

Indiana SB 103 Provides that the nonattorney members of the judicial nominating commission shall be appointed by the governor from a list of recommended candidates submitted by the president pro tempore of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the senate, and the minority leader of the house of representatives. Prefiled in Senate Judiciary Committee.

Selection: Floor and Committee Activity

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Structure Changes: Newly Introduced

Nevada AB 47 Provides for two or more small townships in larger counties to share a justice of the peace. Prefiled in Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Structure Changes: Floor and Committee Activity

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Other: Newly Introduced

Nevada AB 62 Authorizes the appointment of bailiffs or deputy marshals to provide security for justice courts in smaller counties. Prefiled in Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Nevada SB 22 Requires clerks of the district courts and justice courts provide Attorney General copy of any ruling striking down a state statute or a provision of the state's constitution. Prefiled in Senate Government Affairs Committee.

Nevada SB 27 Specifically requires Attorney General to provide legal counsel to any present or former justice of the Supreme Court, senior justice, judge of a district court or senior judge sued civilly based on alleged act or omission relating to the person’s public duty or employment. Prefiled in Senate Judiciary Committee.

Nevada SB 57 Specifically requires Attorney General to provide legal counsel to any present or former justice of the Supreme Court, senior justice, judge of a district court or senior judge sued civilly based on alleged act or omission relating to the person’s public duty or employment. Provides same requirements for chief legal officer or other authorized legal representative of a political subdivision with respect to present or former justice of the peace, senior justice of the peace, municipal judge or senior municipal judge. Prefiled in Senate Judiciary Committee.

New York SB 1376 Directs the office of court administration to embark upon a campaign to inform tenants of their rights with respect to the duty of a landlord to provide tenants with a written receipt for rent paid. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Virginia HB 1451 Permits the chief judge of a general district court to direct the clerk of that court to destroy documents related to civil and criminal cases that have been ended for a period of three years, provided that they have been microfilmed or converted to an electronic format. Currently, such documents must be retained for 10 years. Prefiled (no committee).

Virginia SB 825 Requires the Supreme Court to make available to the courts databases containing land records for use by the courts in indigency determinations. Prefiled (no committee).

Other: Floor and Committee Activity

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