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Bill Detail: HB22-1257

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Title 2022 Criminal And Juvenile Justice Commission Recommendations
Status Governor Signed (04/07/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors M. Weissman (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Gardner (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/22/2022
Summary

Pursuant to law that will take effect March 1, 2022, it is a class 2
misdemeanor to practice the following professions without an active
license, registration, or certification: Professional engineering,
architecture, audiology, dentistry, direct-entry midwifery, medicine,
physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant, professional nursing,

nursing home administration, optometry, pharmacy, pharmacy technician,
and respiratory therapy. The bill makes practicing those professions
intentionally without a license, registration, or certification a class 6
felony.
The bill states the purposes of probation are:
  • To serve as a sentencing option and a response to crime in
order to moderate and deter future criminal behavior and
victimization;
  • To support persons in behavior change through the
coordination and provision of effective and individualized
services which may include, but are not limited to,
educational, therapeutic, restorative, and skill-building
services;
  • To hold persons accountable for their behavior through
supervision and interventions that promote reparation of
harm to the community and victims, which reparation
includes, but is not limited to, restitution to victims;
  • To serve as a cost-effective option for persons appropriate
for community supervision; and
  • To honor the statutory and constitutional rights of victims
of crime.
The bill requires a probation officer to issue a summons when a
probationer has allegedly violated a condition of probation or the officer
is seeking probation revocation, with some exceptions.
The bill requires the state court administrator to develop a system
of structured and individualized behavior responses to guide probation
officers in determining how best to respond to probation violations.
Under current law, when a parolee has a technical violation of
parole, a brief period of confinement in a county jail may be imposed as
a sanction. The bill allows that confinement to also be served in a
department of corrections facility.
The bill specifies that for a theft that involves public benefits, the
value of the benefits involved for purposes of determining the level of the
offense is calculated by the difference between the value of the benefits
received and the value of benefits the recipient applied for and was
lawfully eligible for.
Under current law, it is illegal for someone to possess a firearm if
the person was convicted of or adjudicated for a victim's right act crime
that is a felony. The bill adds more felony offenses to the convictions that
prohibit a person from possessing a firearm.
Under current law, it is illegal for someone to possess a firearm if
the person was previously adjudicated for a victim's right act crime that
is a felony offense. The bill allows a person in that situation who has
good cause for possessing a firearm to petition the court for an order
determining that the crime does not apply to the person.
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