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Law & Justice Interim Committee August Update

Posted Date: 
August 1, 2012
Dave Bohyer, Committee Staff

LJIC Approves Restorative Justice, Suicide Prevention Proposals

The Law and Justice Interim Committee has approved several pieces of committee legislation for introduction in the 2013 Legislature. At its meeting in late June, the committee signed off on two bills related to suicide prevention and three bills related to its Senate Joint Resolution 29 study of restorative justice.

The action on the restorative justice bills came after the committee heard from a panel of speakers who were asked to discuss the draft legislation. They identified potential problems with the drafts and either suggested revisions or recommended that the committee take no further action on the proposals. Panelists were Brooke Marshall, executive director of the Montana Board of Crime Control; City Judge Michelle Snowberger, representing the judicial branch; Diana Koch, an attorney for the Department of Corrections; John Ward, a member of the Board of Pardons and Parole; and Barb Rainey, who represented community-based programs.

The committee approved three of the four bill drafts under consideration.

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