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HB24-1345

Sunset Human Trafficking Council

Concerning the human trafficking council, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendation contained in the 2023 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies, implementing certain recommendations by the human trafficking council, and making an appropriation.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Judiciary Committee. The bill implements the recommendation of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review of the human trafficking council by continuing the council indefinitely. The bill extends the human trafficking council for 7 years. Members of the human trafficking council serve without compensation. The bill requires appointed survivor council members receive an hourly rate for time attending council meetings not to exceed 8 hours per meeting at the expert witness rate. Under current law, there is an address confidentiality program that allows victims of domestic violence, sex offenses, and stalking and persons involved in the provision of reproductive health care to use a substitute address for purposes of public records and confidential mail forwarding. The bill adds victims of human trafficking as persons who can use the address confidentiality program. The bill allows an individual convicted of a crime that is not subject to the "Victim Rights Act" to motion the court to vacate the conviction if the crime was committed as a result of the individual being a victim of human trafficking. A court uses a clear and convincing evidentiary standard to determine whether to order the conviction vacated. The bill appropriates $266,826 from the general fund to the department of public safety for use by the division of criminal justice to implement the act.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Upcoming Schedule

Apr
22
Monday

Judiciary

1:30 pm  |  Old Supreme Court

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