Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jailhouse suicide, concealed weapons, on Wednesday’s #MTLeg slate

Lawmakers begin hearing bills in earnest today with the Judiciary, Agriculture and Appropriations committees meeting in the House and the Judiciary committee meeting in the Senate.

The House Judiciary committee is taking up five bills this morning, including two bills aimed at addressing the problem of jailhouse suicide. One bill, HB43, by Rep. Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell, seeks to create a jail suicide prevention program in the Department of Public Health and Human Services.  A second bill, HB 69, by Rep. Margaret MacDonald, D-Billings, would create a jail suicide prevention program in the board of crime control.

You can watch the hearing live online here.

At 9 a.m. the Senate Judiciary will take up a bill sponsored by Sen. Terry Murphy, R- Cardwell, that would declare that concealed weapon permit application information “confidential criminal justice information.” You can read the text of SB 37 here. You can watch the hearing at the same link above. Just scroll down and look for the link to watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

At 3 p.m. the House

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