Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/24/2003 05:02 PM HES

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              SB   8-TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC RECORDS                                                                          
              SB  55-TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC RECORDS                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
CHAIR FRED DYSON  called the Senate Health,  Education and Social                                                             
Services  Standing  Committee  meeting  to  order  at  5:02  p.m.                                                               
Present were Senators  Green, Wilken, and Guess  and Chair Dyson.                                                               
He  announced SB  8, sponsored  by Senator  Davis, to  be up  for                                                               
consideration and  that it was the  same as a bill  he sponsored,                                                               
SB 55.  He said they were  both concerned about a  case that came                                                               
out of Florida where a child  in state custody was not visited or                                                               
supervised and disappeared and a  cover-up was proved. Both bills                                                               
increase  the penalty  and definition  of that  action, but  SB 8                                                               
deals only  with a child under  18 in state custody.  SB 55 makes                                                               
it  a crime  to tamper  with public  records of  any person  with                                                               
intent to  injure a  person or  to conceal  facts material  to an                                                               
investigation.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GREEN  said  there  was a  question  about  care  and/or                                                               
children in  the custody of the  state and asked how  SB 55 dealt                                                               
with adults versus just children.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GREEN moved  to  adopt  version I  of  CSSB 55(HES)  for                                                               
purposes of  discussion. There were  no objections and it  was so                                                               
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GREEN  said she wanted  to hear what the  differences are                                                               
in the "I" version.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON said it changes  messing with records by adding "with                                                               
intent to conceal fact materials in an investigation."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GREEN moved  to pass  CSSB 55(HES)  from committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  its  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note. There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GREEN moved  to pass SB 8 from  committee with individual                                                               
recommendations  and its  accompanying  zero  fiscal note.  There                                                               
were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                       

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