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HB 397/FN/LM/CI (BR 1128) - Dw. Butler, J. Crenshaw

     AN ACT relating to prisoners.
     Amend KRS 439.3405, relating to parole of prisoners to permit the parole board to review prisoners who have been diagnosed with an incurable, progressive illness or have suffered a debilitating injury from which they will not recover or have been diagnosed with a terminal, incurable disease and whose life expectancy is 18 months or less, for parole after they have served at least 50 percent of their sentences; excludes those prisoners convicted of a Class C felony involving a sex offense.


     HCS/LM/CI - Retain original provisions, except delete requirement that prisoner must have served 50 percent of sentence to be eligible for medical parole; delete provision that prisoner must never have had his or her case reviewed by the medical parole board to be eligible for medical parole; delete provision requiring that prisoners convicted of Class C felony involving sex offenses be excluded from consideration for medical parole; revise provision expanding prisonerís life expectancy to 18 months or less to reflect original requirement of a life expectancy of 12 months or less; provide that a prisoner who may be eligible for parole due to an incurable progressive illness or severe chronic lung disease, end-stage heart disease, severe neuro-muscular disease such as multiple sclerosis, severely limited mobility as a result of stroke, disease, or trauma or is dependent on external life support systems must also be substantially dependent on others for the activities of living and is not expected to recover within one year; provide that the medical parole board may take into account additional facts upon review of a prisonerís eligibility for medical parole; include new section of KRS Chapter 186 to authorize the issuance of an identification card or operator's license to a discharged federal prisoner or federal probationer; make technical corrections as required.

     Feb 14-introduced in House
     Feb 18-to Judiciary (H)
     Mar 12-posting waived
     Mar 17-taken from Judiciary (H); 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (H)
     Mar 20-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute
     Mar 21-taken from Rules; placed in the Orders of the Day
     Mar 24-3rd reading, passed 83-15 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 25-received in Senate
     Mar 26-to Judiciary (S)

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