Addendum to Committee Report Submitted

The Joint Judiciary Working Group wrestled with a host of difficult issues during a meeting that lasted more than four hours via Zoom on Friday, August 14, 2020.  After working through eight different proposed amendments to a previously submitted piece of recommended legislation as well as discussion on the parts of the legislation that weren’t amended.  The legislation had been advanced along with a committee … Continue reading Addendum to Committee Report Submitted

One More Meeting for Working Group

Last month, the joint Judiciary Working Group concluded its work by voting to approve a piece of suggested legislation on liability reform and recommended that the governor call a special legislative session to pass the proposed legislation.  In early August, Sen. Todd Lakey and Rep. Greg Chaney, co-chairs of the joint Judiciary Working Group, submitted the committee report to House and Senate leadership. Since then, … Continue reading One More Meeting for Working Group

Judiciary Concludes by Recommending Special Session for Liability Reform

Thursday, July 30 the joint Judiciary Working Group–composed of the standing House and Senate Judiciary Committees–met via videoconference for more than three hours.  During the course of its meeting, the working group fulfilled the purpose for which it had been commissioned by approving suggested legislation and voting overwhelmingly to request that Governor Little calling a special session. The Working Group recommended legislation that would spell … Continue reading Judiciary Concludes by Recommending Special Session for Liability Reform

Chairman Chaney, Judiciary Committee Back at Work

As Chairman of the House Judiciary, Rules, & Administration committee, Rep. Chaney has been tasked with co-chairing the Judiciary Working Group to evaluate liability issues related to COVID-19.  The Working Group is comprised of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees and co-chaired by Chaney and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Todd Lakey. The Working Group is tasked with reviewing liability issues facing businesses and government entities–including … Continue reading Chairman Chaney, Judiciary Committee Back at Work

UPDATED: Gov. Otter Signs Bill Aimed at Lightening Pressure on Criminal Justice System  

UPDATE: On Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Gov. Otter signed into law H599. The bill’s changes will become effective on July 1, 2018. Key provisions of the bill: Driving on an expired license, which is currently a misdemeanor, would be an infraction on the first and second offense. Driving on a license that had been suspended due to non-payment of fines or status offenses like minor … Continue reading UPDATED: Gov. Otter Signs Bill Aimed at Lightening Pressure on Criminal Justice System  

BILL INTRODUCED TO LIGHTEN PRESSURE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM  

(Boise) Representative Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) introduced a bill today in the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration committee aimed at alleviating budget pressures for counties faced with jail crowding and struggles providing public defense.  The bill, which the committee agreed to move forward, would reduce certain misdemeanor driving offenses to infractions, eliminate mandatory jail time for driving on a suspended license, and allow low-income citizens a … Continue reading BILL INTRODUCED TO LIGHTEN PRESSURE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM