04RS SB242


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SB 242 (BR 2340) - R. Stivers

     AN ACT relating to the Kentucky Parole Board and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 439.320 relating to parole board votes to take action to require a vote of four members for administrative and policy matters; delete membership numbers for parole hearings; amend KRS 439.340 relating to parole hearings to permit rather than require the presence of the inmate at the hearing; delete provision relating to permissive hearings only for Class D felons; expand the means of notification of Commonwealth's attorney of parole hearings to include fax or other electronic means; amend KRS 439.330 relating to duties of the parole board to remove the requirement for actual parole hearings and substitute for them a requirement for "reviews"; amend KRS 439.302 relating to membership on the Commission on Correction and Community Service to include the executive director of the Parole Board; EMERGENCY.


     SCS - Retain original provisions of bill except require the Governor to appoint six part-time Parole Board members, each of whom must be from a different congressional district and no more than three from the same political party; for parole hearing, require either two members whose decision must be unanimous or three members whose decision must be by majority vote; require at least one full-time member to serve on panels of the board; allow prisoner to appear in person or via video teleconferencing; and allow board to hold interviews and hearings for Class D felons.

     Feb 25-introduced in Senate
     Mar 1-to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 4-reported without opinion; 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 5-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 9-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 10, 2004
     Mar 10-taken from the Regular Orders of the Day; recommitted to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 18-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute
     Mar 26-recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (S)

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