HB 302 by Rep. Lance Harris would increase the monthly probation fee paid in order to fund recruitment and retention for probation officers. Harris told the Senate Judiciary B Committee that with changes coming in criminal justice that would put a greater burden of probationary services. Chairman Gary Smith wondered whether extra funds would materialize if probationers could not afford the $37 a month extra. Harris said the bill said only employed probationers would be subject to the increase.
SB 167 by Sen. Regina Barrow would have health monitoring of individuals occur for those living within a mile of a releasing of harmful emissions. Barrow said to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee amendments should cover concerns about definitions about costs and notifications. The department of Health would conduct free screenings whenever an event occurred, paid for by the companies responsible, open-ended. Chairman Mike Walsworth asked whether this would be an ongoing activity that Health would determine the costs passed on, which Barrow confirmed. Sen. Conrad Appel still thought the definitions too vague, despite the newly-adopted amendments.