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Senate panel to hear problem-solving courts, ‘sovereign citizen’ bills

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Proposals to expand services offered by problem-solving courts and to attempt to curtail fraudulent liens and other tactics of so-called sovereign citizens will be heard Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The panel will hear HB 1016 that would allow an expansion of services offered by problem-solving courts. The measure passed the House by a 91-1 vote.

The committee also will hear HB 1054, which allows the secretary of state to refuse to accept certain filings and allows for judicial review and penalties for filing fraudulent financing statements. The bill’s co-author said the legislation was prompted by fraudulent liens filed against public officials by self-identified sovereign citizens. House Bill 1054 advanced to the Senate by a 96-0 vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Room 130 of the Statehouse.


 

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