LARAMIE — Wyoming’s Joint Judiciary meeting in Laramie Sept. 20-21 included the introduction of bills drafted for the session that begins Feb. 12.
Many included simple word changes and cleaning up language for continuity among the state statutes. Others reintroduce bills from last session and from 2015.
The bills are currently marked “LSO” followed by an assigned number, indicating the bill was drafted in a bipartisan manner.
The Joint Judiciary will designate either the House of Representatives or Senate to introduce the bill to the legislators in February.
Alternative penalties and pretrial release for alcohol offenses
Issue: Adds the option of a restricted driver’s license to the current 24/7 sobriety program; removes the 24/7 sobriety program director position.
Current bill: LSO 87
Terms of court
Issue: Allows for court commissioners to take orders for sale of personal property at auction for several reasons; simplifies language to agree with other statutes.
Current bill: LSO 21
Jury procedure amendments
Issue: Adds active duty military members to those exempt from serving on a jury; requires 12 jurors for a criminal case unless otherwise agreed upon by parties.
Current bill: LSO 22
Recordation of judgments and orders
Issue: Removes requirements for recording judgments and orders relating to real property, child support and adoption proceedings in a separate court journal.
Current bill: LSO 24
Expungement of juvenile court records
Issue: Includes electronic formats in destroying records and includes Division of Criminal Investigation as an agency; includes diversion program records to be destroyed in the same manner as provided in the statute.
Current bill: LSO 107
Previous related bills: HB123 (2015): Failed in the Senate with a 5-4 vote.
Court security cameras
Issue: Requires each county sheriff to install, maintain and monitor a closed-circuit camera and television system for each district and circuit courtroom to enhance courtroom security.
Current bill: LSO 25
Guardianship terminations and orders
Issue: Allows for guardianships to be modified or terminated at any time upon the petition of any party for guardianship.
Current bill: LSO 26
De Facto Custodian Act
Issue: Initiates a program to help address family dynamics without taking children out of the home.
Current bill: LSO 129
Previous related bills: HB15 (2018): No report prior to the committee of the whole cutoff