Week ending February 15, 2013

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Jurisdiction: Newly Introduced

Arkansas HB 1348 Prohibits court use or enforcement of international law. In House Judiciary Committee.

West Virginia HB 2216 Bans court use of international law. In House Judiciary Committee.

Jurisdiction: Floor and Committee Activity

Alabama SB 4 (Constitutional Amendment) Defines foreign law as "any law, rule, or legal code, or system established, used, or applied in a jurisdiction outside of the states or territories of the United States, or which exist as a separate body of law, legal code, or system adopted or used anywhere by any people, group, or culture different from the Constitution and laws of the United States or the State of Alabama." Provides "A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, arbitrative, or enforcement authority shall not apply or enforce a foreign law if doing so would violate any state law or a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this state or of the United States." Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/14/13.

New Hampshire HB 611 Alters equity jurisdiction of the judicial branch family division. Rejected by House Judiciary Committee 2/14/13.

Oklahoma SB 1015 Provides "A court, arbitrator, administrative agency or other adjudicative, mediation or enforcement authority shall not enforce or utilize any foreign law if doing so would permit a means of mitigating punishment or provide a defense or justification for the commission of a misdemeanor or felony, as defined in Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes." Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/12/13.

Oklahoma SB 951 Provides "Any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this state and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any law, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and Oklahoma Constitutions, including but not limited to due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy or marriage as specifically defined by the Constitution of this state." Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/12/13.

Qualifications and Terms: Newly Introduced

Florida SB 746 Removes all references to "terms of court" in statute. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Massachusetts HB 65 (Constitutional Amendment) Sets 7 year terms for judges (currently serve until age 70). In Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Massachusetts HB 68 (Constitutional Amendment) Increases mandatory retirement age from 70 to 76. In Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

New Mexico HB 515 Requires elected county officials, including probate court judges, to complete training as specified by department of finance and administration. Judge or other official who fails to complete training within 6 months is suspended. In House Voters & Elections Committee.

Tennessee HB 1320 Repeals requirement judges be attorneys. In House (no committee).

Tennessee SB 1230 Repeals requirement judges be attorneys. In Senate (no committee).

West Virginia SB 54 Requires magistrates to possess an associate's degree or have at least four years prior experience as a magistrate. Allows magistrates already in office to remain and be reelected. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Qualifications and Terms: Floor and Committee Activity

Hawaii SB 886 (Constitutional Amendment) Increases the mandatory retirement age for justices and judges from 70 to 80 years of age. Approved by full Senate 2/15/13.

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. Approved by full Senate 2/12/13.

New Mexico HB 151 Provides where a magistrate without a law license holds office in a county in which a law license is required due to population increase, the judge may remain in office and be re-elected. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/11/13. Approved by full House 2/14/13.

Virginia SB 740 Increases mandatory judicial retirement age from 70 to 73. Killed by House Courts of Justice, Civil Subcommittee 2/11/13.

Rule Making Authority: Newly Introduced

Arizona SB 1414 Provides Supreme Court to license attorneys. Provides no attorney is required to join the bar association or other organization to practice law. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Illinois HB 2217 Authorizes the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt rules to promote the prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of civil actions in which the amount in controversy is more than $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000. In House Rules Committee.

Rule Making Authority: Floor and Committee Activity

Hawaii SB 1226 Requires the judiciary to establish a complaint process regarding a child custody evaluator appointed by the court. Approved by Senate Human Resources Committee 2/12/13.

Montana HB 358 Allows courts to ban the caring firearms into a court facility, but only if the court provides a secure storage area. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/15/13.

New Hampshire HB 605 Requires supreme court to adopt rules of evidence for the judicial branch family division. Rejected by House Judiciary Committee 2/14/13.

Oklahoma HB 1833 Provides for mental health counseling to be paid for by court for jurors in "violent or shocking and heinous cases." Requires supreme court create rules to implement. Approved by House Appropriations and Budget Committee 2/14/13.

Virginia HB 2091 Requires the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to establish and require magistrates be available for performing certain duties related to issuing temporary detention orders (currently chief judge of each district court responsible). Approved by full Senate 2/11/13. To Governor for approval.

Virginia SB 753 Requires the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to establish and require magistrates be available for performing certain duties related to issuing temporary detention orders (currently chief judge of each district court responsible). Approved by House Courts of Justice, Civil Subcommittee 2/11/13.

Salary and Budget: Newly Introduced

Arkansas SB 307 Revises various statutes related to state's Administrative of Justice Fund. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Connecticut HB 6417 Recognizes probate court employees as state employees, giving them the full rights and privileges of other state employees. In Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees.

Georgia SB 142 Provides Georgia Judicial Retirement System board of trustees shall have the authority to determine the time and circumstances of paying benefits to the extent necessary to preserve the retirement system's status as a qualified plan under federal law. Provides that a prohibition against a person receiving a pension from accepting public employment shall apply to persons who become members on or after July 1, 2014, without regard to age. In Senate Retirement Committee.

Illinois SB 1674 Amends the Code of Civil Procedure. Provides that 2% of certain fees collected shall be retained by the clerk of court for deposit into the Circuit Court Clerk Operation and Administrative Fund to defray administrative expenses. In Senate Assignments Committee.

Kansas HB 2338 Amends numerous docket fees. In House Appropriations Committee.

Minnesota SB 401 Requires judiciary use zero-based budgets. In Senate Finance Committee.

Missouri SB 312 Prohibits a state employee or judge from collecting retirement benefits while employed full time by a city, county, village, or town following retirement from the state or judiciary. In Senate (no committee).

Montana SB 322 Provides counties need only provide Justice Courts the "minimally required" resources to operate. In Senate Local Government Committee.

Tennessee SB 1231 Requires administrative office of the courts, district attorneys general conference, and district public defenders conference to conduct studies to determine if salary structure changes are necessary prior to the August 2014 election. In Senate (no committee).

Texas HB 1245 Provides judicial and court personnel training fund may be used to train the personnel of district attorneys and public defenders offices. In House (no committee).

Texas HB 1326 Allows counties to charge up to $40 (now up to $5) district court records archive fee. In House (no committee).

Texas SB 560 Provides judges are to be paid on biweekly basis (currently monthly). In Senate (no committee).

West Virginia HB 2199 Increases the salaries of magistrates who serve populations of eight thousand four hundred or more. In House Judiciary Committee.

West Virginia HB 2413 Removes two-tier system for paying magistrates, magistrate assistants and magistrate court clerks and provides all such officers to be paid same regardless of county size. In House Judiciary Committee.

West Virginia SB 146 Permit magistrate courts to collect unpaid costs, fines, forfeitures and penalties from a defendant’s income tax refund. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Wisconsin SB 15 Increases maximum court fees assessed for ordinance violations in municipal courts from $28 to $38. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Salary and Budget: Floor and Committee Activity

Arizona SB 1273 Creates alcohol and drug abuse pilot project fund to pay for expanded drug courts in state. Approved by Senate Health and Human Services Committee 2/13/13.

California SB 13 Specifies that the Judges' Retirement System I and the Judges' Retirement System II are not required to adopt the defined benefit formula contained in other provisions for nonsafety and safety members. Approved by Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee 2/12/13.

Hawaii HB 1342 Allows the Department of Taxation, the University of Hawaii, and the Judiciary to contract with a collection agency to collect on delinquent accounts. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/11/13.

Kansas HB 2114 provides that the Debt Setoff Program Collection Assistance Fee charged under current law would be charged as an additional cost for all debts owed to the court when the court utilizes debt setoff procedures. Approved by full House 2/13/13.

Maryland SB 421 Increases the limit on the maximum salary that the Board of Public Works may set for a clerk of a circuit court from $98,500 to $114,500. Provides act does not apply to the salary or compensation of an incumbent clerk of a circuit court. Approved by Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee 2/11/13. Approved by full Senate 2/14/13.

New Hampshire SB 33 Makes technical changes to the judicial retirement plan due to the establishment of the circuit courts Approved by full Senate 2/14/13.

New Hampshire SB 68 Makes technical corrections regarding the escrow fund for court facility improvements, including changing the name of the fund to the escrow fund for judicial branch facility improvements. Approved by full Senate 2/14/13.

New Mexico HB 178 ORIGINAL: Provides for use of electronic citations. Requires a $5 electronic citation fee be assessed and collected upon every conviction of a penalty assessment misdemeanor, traffic violation, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor. Proceeds will be deposited in the Court Automation Fund. AMENDED: Removes all reference to $5 fee. Approved as amended by House Judiciary Committee 2/14/13.

New Mexico SB 27 Changes contribution and cost of living rates for judicial retirement system and magistrate retirement system. Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/11/13.

North Dakota SB 2078 ORIGINAL: Allocates or reallocates various fees from various criminal cases to funds. AS AMENDED: Directs legislative management study of the assessment of fees by courts. Amendment approved on Senate floor 2/11/13.

Oklahoma SB 945 ORIGINAL: Provides state income tax refunds are to be intercepted and used to pay court fees/fines of at least $50. AMENDED: Removes any reference to interceptions for court fees/fines. Approved as amended by Senate Finance Committee 2/12/13.

Virginia HB 1652 Allows, but does not require, a circuit court clerk with an established electronic filing system to charge a $2 fee for every civil case initially filed by paper. Indigents are exempt from paying the fee. The fee is paid into the clerk's nonreverting local fund to be exclusively used to cover the operational expenses of the electronic filing system. Approved by full Senate 2/11/13. To Governor for approval.

Virginia HB 1715 Makes various changes to the provisions that allow circuit court clerks to provide remote access to certain records and to charge a fee for such access. The bill also directs that fees assessed for electronic filing of cases and other records and accessing certain records remotely shall be paid to the clerk's nonreverting local fund to be used to cover the clerk's operational expenses. Approved by full Senate 2/11/13. To Governor for approval.

West Virginia HB 2434 Removes two-tier system for paying magistrates, magistrate assistants and magistrate court clerks and provides all such officers to be paid same regardless of county size. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/15/13.

Selection: Newly Introduced

Arizona HB 2600 Provides merit selection commissions must provide governor at least 5 names (constitution says at least 3 names) to fill a judicial vacancy. In House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

Arkansas HJR 1005 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides for merit selection system for state supreme court justices. Explicitly prohibits justice from engaging in partisan/party activity. In House State Agencies & Government Affairs Committee.

Illinois HB 2218 Provides that the Supreme Court shall establish rules requiring that immediately upon the assignment of a matter to a judge, an attorney in the matter must disclose to the court and parties to the matter any campaign contribution made to the judge by the attorney or the attorney's law firm. Provides that the rules shall provide that in the event that the aggregate of any campaign contributions made in the past 5 years to the judge's campaign by the attorney or the attorney's law firm was in excess of $500, the judge shall disqualify himself or herself upon timely application made by a party to the matter who has not made any contribution to the judge's campaign. Provides that the rules shall not preclude disqualification due to any other rule or with respect to contributions under $500 or made more than 5 years before the assignment of the matter to the judge. Provides that the rules shall apply to contributions to a person who becomes a judge and who received contributions to the person's campaign for a nomination for election to any judicial office, an election of a judicial candidate, and a judicial retention election. In House Rules Committee.

Illinois HJR 15 (Constitutional Amendment) Creates merit selection system for state judges. In House (no committee).

Massachusetts SB 15 (Constitutional Amendment) Eliminates Executive Council, which currently confirms judicial nominees. Transfers confirmation power to legislature's Joint Committee On The Judiciary. In Joint Committee on Judiciary.

Tennessee HB 1334 Requires appellate judges be elected from districts set by legislature. In House (no committee).

Tennessee SB 1229 Requires appellate judges be elected from districts set by legislature. In Senate (no committee).

Texas HB 1126 Provides for public financing of appellate court campaigns. In House (no committee).

Texas SB 577 Retains partisan judicial elections for initial terms. Replaces partisan re-elections with nonpartisan retention elections. In Senate (no committee).

Texas SJR 34 (Constitutional Amendment) Retains partisan judicial elections for initial terms. Replaces partisan re-elections with nonpartisan retention elections. In Senate (no committee).

West Virginia SB 7 Requires elections for supreme court be nonpartisan. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

West Virginia HB 2027 Requires nonpartisan elections of Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture and justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. In House Judiciary Committee.

Selection: Floor and Committee Activity

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. Approved by full Senate 2/14/13.

New Mexico SB 15 For state's publicly finance judicial elections, sets rules for independent expenditures over $300. Provides for statement of top independent expenditure contributors in advertisements where contribution of $3000 or more from same independent expenditure person or group. Defines "coordinated expenditure" and specifies rules for such actions. Approved as amended by Senate Rule Committee 2/13/13.

New Mexico SB 16 Makes various changes to publicly financed judicial elections in state. Removes provisions related to non-certified candidates and seed money requirements. Alters contributions levels and limits. Changes provisions with respect to matching funds/rescue funds. Approved by Senate Rules Committee 2/13/13.

North Dakota SB 2299 Expands various campaign finance laws, in particular those related to political committees, to judicial races. Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/14/13.

Tennessee HB 796 ORIGINAL: Extends the judicial nominating commission until June 30, 2013. AMENDED: Extends the judicial nominating commission until June 30, 2014. Approved as amended by House Government Operations Committee 2/12/13.

Utah HB 309 Clarifies when a judge may appear before the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. Approved by full House 2/13/13.

Utah HB 38 HOUSE VERSION: Requires judicial candidates that receive more than $100 from an anonymous or unknown source to disburse the money to a non-for-profit or to the state's General Fund. SENATE VERSION: Lowers threshold to $25. Approved with Senate amendments by full Senate 2/12/13. House does not concur with Senate amendments.

Utah HB 53 Modifies information regarding judges found in voter information pamphlets. Provides for a narrative concerning the judge's performance to be included. Provides that number of votes for and against judge's retention by Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission be included. Approved by full Senate 2/12/13. To Governor for approval.

Structure Changes: Newly Introduced

Nevada AB 100 Designates five family court judges in counties with a population of 700,000 or more to hear only cases involving child abuse and neglect, adoptions of children in foster care and the termination of parental rights. In Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Nevada AB 84 Requires certain district courts to establish an appropriate program for the treatment of certain offenders who are veterans or members of the military. In Assembly Judiciary Committee.

New Mexico HB 572 Removes probation department for executive branch's Corrections Department and places in Administrative Office of the Courts. In House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee.

Tennessee HB 1096 Reduces number of court of appeals and court of criminal appeals judges from 12 per court to nine. In House (no committee).

Tennessee HJR 124 Urges establishment of Veterans Courts across Tennessee and urges the administrative office of the courts to pursue any and all available federal funding for such an initiative In House (no committee).

Tennessee SB 1341 Reduces number of court of appeals and court of criminal appeals judges from 12 per court to nine. In Senate (no committee).

Texas HB 1263 Extends from May 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013 time frame to abolish small claims courts. In House Judiciary Committee.

Texas SB 462 Repeals and restructures state's problem solving/specialty court programs. Prohibits such courts from operating unless they receive approval from governor's criminal justice division. In Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

Texas SB 576 Extends from May 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013 time frame to abolish small claims courts. In Senate (no committee).

Washington HB 1834 Includes family treatment courts in the definition of drug courts. In House Early Learning & Human Services Committee.

West Virginia HB 2227 Requires all counties have at least 4 magistrate court judges. In House Political Subdivisions Committee.

West Virginia HB 2287 Increases magistrate court's jurisdiction from $5,000 to $12,000. In House Judiciary Committee.

Structure Changes: Floor and Committee Activity

Alabama SB 162 Authorizes Chief Justice to create veterans courts. Approved by Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee 2/7/13.

Oklahoma SB 820 Provides redistricting/new boundaries for all state's judicial districts. Approved by Senate Rules Committee 2/13/13.

Pennsylvania SB 333 (Constitutional Amendment) Eliminates the Traffic Court of Philadelphia. Approved by full Senate 3/13/13.

Pennsylvania SB 334 Eliminates the Traffic Court of Philadelphia. Approved by full Senate 3/13/13.

Wyoming SB 11 Eliminates mandatory full-time magistrates. Requires supreme court determine necessity of full-time magistrates. Requires supreme court consult with appropriate board of county commissioners before elimination or alteration of full-time magistrate position. Approved by full House with House amendment 2/15/13. To Senate to concur with House amendment.

Other: Newly Introduced

Arkansas HB 1325 Repeals existing statute related to court interpretation and replaces with new process for appointment, certification, and regulation of interpreters. In House Judiciary Committee.

Arkansas SB 331 Prohibits judges from serving as lobbyists with respect to any administrative matter they were involved in while serving as a judge. In Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs.

Florida HB 7017 Removes all references to "terms of court" in statute. In House (no committee).

Kentucky HB 318 Requires the Administrative Office of the Courts to purge disqualified jurors from the master jury list. In House Judiciary Committee.

Kentucky HB 342 Requires new or updated software utilized by the Administrative Office of the Courts to allow felony cases to be redesignated as misdemeanor cases when the case concludes with no felony conviction In House Judiciary Committee.

Kentucky HB 346 Clarifies that the Supreme Court's authority over the Kentucky Bar Association stems from the issuance of court rules and not from the promulgation of administrative regulations. In House Judiciary Committee.

Missouri HB 533 Forbids judiciary from prohibiting an employee from keeping a firearm in his or her vehicle on state property as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible. In House General Laws Committee.

Missouri HB 543 Provides state auditor may audit circuit courts. In House (no committee).

New Jersey SCR 141 (Constitutional Amendment) Authorizes Legislature to invalidate certain court decisions. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Oregon SB 528 Allows Secretary of State, State Treasurer, judicial department and legislative department to obtain copyrights and patents on data processing materials and to sell, lease or otherwise make available the materials to state and federal governmental bodies. In Senate Judiciary Committee.

Oregon SB 532 Adds judiciary to list of government entities that mush designate a liaison to the office of Emergency Management. In Senate Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Pennsylvania SB 474 Requires judicial candidates who currently hold a judicial office but seek election to a judicial office with a court other than the court on which they currently serve to file Financial Interest Statements. In Senate State Government Committee.

Rhode Island SB 265 Requires performance audits for judiciary. In Senate Finance Committee.

Rhode Island SB 266 Creates office of inspector general to examine judiciary and other branches/agencies. In Senate Finance Committee.

West Virginia HJR 25 (Constitutional Amendment) Eliminates "terms of court" for circuit courts. Provides courts are to meet "continuously". In House Constitutional Revision Committee.

Other: Floor and Committee Activity

Arizona HB 2459 Revises state Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts. Renames the title Justices of the Peace and Other Courts Not of Record to Justice and Municipal Courts. Permits a digital seal to be used as the official court seal. Conforms the oath of jury to the modern oath used in courts. Specifies that the Municipal Court magistrate is required to maintain and dispose of all documents filed with the court as prescribed by the Supreme Court. Approved by House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee 2/13/13.

Arizona SB 1216 Removes language no longer used by the clerk of the court relating to books of record. Approved by full Senate 2/14/13.

Georgia HB 60 Extends law allowing retired judges to carry firearms to all judges, whether or not they collect retirement benefits. Approved by full House 2/13/13.

Indiana HB 1411 Creates the circuit and superior court staff attorney pilot program to provide assistance to courts with preparing orders for complex motions. Requires the judicial center to administer the pilot program and to report to the commission on courts concerning the pilot program. Requires the commission to receive reports concerning the pilot program, and allows the commission to make recommendations and to propose legislation concerning the pilot program. Approved by House Courts and Criminal Code Committee 2/14/13.

Kansas HB 2115 Remove the time restrictions from current law to allow the Supreme Court to enter into senior judge contracts with retired judges or justices at any time. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/15/13.

Mississippi HB 868 Requires justice court clerks receive 12 hours of annual training. Approved by full House 2/8/13.

Mississippi HB 649 Provides when an election is challenged, the Chief Justice is to designate judge to hear case from outside the county/district/circuit the complaint was filed in. Approved by full House 2/14/13.

Montana HB 290 Jury nullification. Provides "In any criminal proceeding the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury that it has the right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy." Killed by full House 2/9/13.

Montana HB 352 Revises instances where a Justice of the Peace may call in another judge to act in the locality. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/15/13.

New Hampshire HB 296 Requires the administrative judge for the circuit court to designate a judge for each circuit court location to serve as a liaison to the communities served by that location. Rejected by House Judiciary Committee 2/14/13.

New Mexico HB 358 Adds magistrate judge and additional member of public to judicial standards commission (implements constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2012). Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/12/13. Approved by full House 2/14/13.

North Dakota SB 2272 Deletes statute related to district court reporters and bailiffs. Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee 2/13/13.

Oklahoma HB 1723 Allows municipal judges to carry firearms in courtrooms. Approved by House Public Safety Committee 2/14/13.

South Dakota SB 198 Adds two members to Judicial Qualifications Commission chosen by House and Senate leaders. Approved by full Senate 2/13/13.

Virginia HB 1435 Directs Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia contract with an independent entity such as the National Center for State Courts to study the feasibility and effect of implementing a senior judge system for the circuit and district courts of the Commonwealth. (Full disclosure: Gavel to Gavel is a product of the National Center for State Courts). Approved by Senate Rules Committee 2/14/13.

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. Approved with Senate amendments by full Senate 2/11/13. House does concur with Senate amendments. To Governor for approval.

Virginia HB 1715 Makes various changes to the provisions that allow circuit court clerks to provide remote access to certain records and to charge a fee for such access. Directs that fees assessed for electronic filing of cases and other records and accessing certain records remotely shall be paid to the clerk's nonreverting local fund to be used to cover the clerk's operational expenses. Approved by full Senate 2/11/13. To Governor for approval.

Virginia SB 979 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. Approved by full House 2/14/13. To Governor for approval.

Wyoming HB 216 Makes it a misdemeanor to carry deadly weapon in courtroom. Provides judge presiding in the courtroom may carry weapon and determine who else may carry. Limits restrictions to courtroom only. Approved with Senate amendments by full Senate 2/12/13. House does concur with Senate amendments. To Governor for approval.

Wyoming SB 124 Provides for expedited handling of false liens filed on judges and other officials. Approved with House amendment by full House 2/11/13. Senate does concur with House amendment. To Governor for approval.