Legislation in the 2016 Session

HB157- (CH518) Death or Life-Threatening Injury by Motor Vehicle or Vessel-Subsequent Offenders- Penalties

This bill establishes subsequent offender penalties for specified offenses that result in the death or life-threatening injury to another as the result of a specified person driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle or vessel; and provides that specified offenses committed in another state or federal jurisdiction are to be considered for the application of specified subsequent offender penalties.

HB166- (CH616) Criminal Procedure- Pretrial Release- Out of State Sex Offenders

This bill prohibits a District Court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of a defendant who is a sex offender who is required to register by another jurisdiction, a federal, military, or tribal court, or a foreign government.

HB707- (CH195) Study of Intercepting Horse Racing Winnings for Child Support and Restitution

This bill required the Department of Information Technology to analyze the logistics of intercepting horse racing winnings to pay for child support or restitution arrears, study the use of specified intercept methods by the State for child support enforcement and restitution collection, and make recommendations regarding specified matters; requiring the Department to report its finding and recommendations to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2016; etc.

HB773- (CH630) Drunk and Drugged Driving- Evidence of Blood Test

This bill provides that, if a law enforcement officer testifies that the officer witnessed the taking of a blood specimen by a person who the officer reasonably believed was a qualified medical person, the officer’s testimony shall be sufficient evidence that the person was a qualified medical person and that the blood was obtained in compliance with specified provisions without testimony by the person who obtained the blood specimen; etc.

HB1236- (CH457) Vehicle Equipment-Counterfeit and Nonfunctional Airbags – Prohibitions

This bill prohibits a person from knowingly importing, manufacturing, distributing, selling, or offering for sale a counterfeit airbag or a nonfunctional airbag; prohibits a person from knowingly installing a counterfeit airbag or a nonfunctional airbag in a motor vehicle; prohibits a person from knowingly selling or installing a device that causes the vehicle diagnostic system to inaccurately indicate that the airbag is functional when a counterfeit airbag, a nonfunctional airbag, or no airbag is installed; etc.