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Probate, child seduction bills move out of committees

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Several bills moved out of legislative committee this week, including one that would expand the definition of child seduction to include a mental health professional engaging in certain sexual behavior with a patient between 16 and 18 years old.

Senate Bill 53, on child seduction, was amended in the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law to add a definition of “professional relationship” between a person and a child. Also making it out of that committee are:
•    SB 160, which provides that an “expanded criminal history check” for educators requires a national criminal history background check;
•    SB 181, which removes the Class B misdemeanor charge for a person who makes, owns, uses, or buys knives with automatic blades; and
•    SB 119, which makes involuntary manslaughter committed with a vehicle a Class C felony. The committee amended the legislation to include a fetus as a victim.

House Bill 1054, regarding secretary of state filings and recordings, moved out of the House Committee on Judiciary after being amended. The bill would allow the secretary of state to refuse to accept filings or recordings that may be unauthorized or believed to be false or fraudulent.

HB 1056, on probate and trust administration, also made it out of the House Judiciary Committee without any changes to the introduced legislation. The bill, which was prepared by the Probate Code Study Commission, makes changes involving the powers and duties of a personal representative and concerning a personal representative’s employment of an attorney. The bill removes a provision stating that the fee of a surrogate attorney is included in the costs and expenses of the estate administration for purposes of prioritizing claims against an estate.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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