July 9th, 2014 by Bill Raftery
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July 15th, 2014 by Bill Raftery
During the 2014 session the Arizona legislature considered SB 1266, a bill to allow “judicial officers” in the state to carry firearms into their courthouses, subject to rules set by the local Superior Court’s presiding judge. Testimony during the Senate and House Judiciary Committee hearings focused on justices of the peace working in rural parts of the state where no court security was provided. An amendment required that judges also demonstrate “competence” through a firearms safety course or similar training.
SB 1266 as amended was signed into law in April 2014.
July 7th, 2014 by Bill Raftery
The question of whether cities and counties should publish information about judges, law enforcement, and others may be the subject of a study under a bill passed by the North Carolina House last week. Under SB 78 as amended the North Carolina Courts Commission would study the development of a process to remove personal information of nonelected officials from records available on sites maintained by cities and counties. According to news reports the online information being targeted includes local tax payments, property deeds and other records accessible to the public online. The bill stems from a recent incident where a local prosecutor was targeted for kidnapping due to her work; the kidnappers took her father instead.
In conducting the study, the Courts Commission would be required to consider:
- The nonelected officials, including law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and judicial officers, who may request removal of their personal information.
- The city and county Web sites from which nonelected officials may request removal of their personal information.
- The information subject to removal from Web sites.
- The process for removal of personal information from Web sites.
- Under what circumstances the information removed from Web sites is subject to disclosure as a public record.
- The costs of such a process to cities and counties.
- Any other matters that the Courts Commission deems relevant.