03RS HB380


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HB 380/FN (BR 1335) - J. Richards

     AN ACT relating to family courts.
     Repeal, reenact, and amend KRS 23A.100 and 23A.110, relating to family courts, to provide for the jurisdiction of family court divisions of circuit court, concurrent jurisdiction of family court division of circuit court with district courts, and the purposes thereof; create a new section of KRS Chapter 118A, relating to the election of judges, to provide for the election of family court judges and to have the words "Family Court" appear on the ballot; and make conforming and technical amendments to KRS 23A.010 and 118A.010.


     HCS/FN - Amend Section 1 to clarify that the family court is the primary forum for actions in that section and to also clarify that the District Court's concurrent jurisdiction over any of those actions shall not be affected; amend Section 1 to add a parent or legal guardian on behalf of a minor child as an eligible party to domestic violence and abuse proceedings over which the family court has additional jurisdiction; amend KRS 23A.040, 23A.045, 23A.050, 23A.060, 23A.070, 24A.050, 24A.060, 24A.080, and 24A.090 to realign the 2nd, 5th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 37th, 43rd, and 50th Judicial Circuits and Judicial Districts to accommodate recently elected District Judges and other District Judges who were converted to family court judges in those Circuits; amend KRS 22A.020 to specify that appeal may be taken to the Court of Appeals from the result of an action in family court; and amend KRS 24A.010 and 24A.120 to conform to the adoption by the voters of the family court amendment to the Constitution.

     SCS - Retain original provisions of bill, except make changes to Section 1, subsection (2) by modifying and simplifying language regarding additional jurisdiction of the family court division in paragraphs (a) and (b), and delete from paragraph (d) juvenile status offenses that have been pending in the past twelve (12) months.

     SFA (1, T. Buford) - Amend KRS 29A.100 to allow the chief circuit judge to defer a prospective juror who is a primary caregiver with active care and custody of a child under six (6) years of age or an elderly or disabled family member upon completion and submission of a form.

     SFA (2/Title, T. Buford) - Make title amendment.

     Feb 6-introduced in House
     Feb 7-to Judiciary (H)
     Feb 14-posted in committee
     Feb 19-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 20-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 21-recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)
     Feb 24-posting waived
     Feb 25-reported favorably, to Rules
     Feb 26-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 27, 2003
     Feb 28-3rd reading, passed 95-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 3-received in Senate; to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 4-reported without opinion; 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 5-2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 6-reported favorably, to Rules as a Consent bill with Committee Substitute
     Mar 10-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2-title) filed ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 11, 2003
     Mar 11-3rd reading; floor amendment (1) ruled not germane ; floor amendment (2-title) withdrawn ; passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute ; received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute ; House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute ; passed 88-1; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Mar 13-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 66)

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