Thursday, September 3, 2009

Judiciary Committee In Hopkinsville

Press Release from House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley.

Rep. Tilley to welcome state lawmakers to Hopkinsville
Panels co-chaired by Tilley will hold Friday meetings at Justice Center

FRANKFORT – Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, is bringing legislators from across the state to Hopkinsville on Friday, September 4, for legislative committee meetings on criminal justice policy and other issues.

“It’s good for legislative panels to occasionally get outside of Frankfort to make sure we’re hearing a wide variety of voices on the issues of the day,” said Tilley. “This will be a good opportunity for officials and citizens in our area to have input on some of the issues lawmakers will be making decisions on when the 2010 legislative sessions starts in four months.”

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in District Courtroom #1 at the Justice Center, 100 Justice Way, in Hopkinsville. The Subcommittee on Penal Code and Controlled Substance Act will meet at the same place at 1 p.m.

Both panels are co-chaired by Tilley.

The Judiciary Committee meeting will focus on issues ranging from efforts to curb drunken driving offenses to the Justice Cabinet’s legislative proposals for the 2010 legislative session. Members will also receive an update from state officials on Northpoint Training Center, the medium-security prison in Boyle County where prisoners rioted and started fires that caused extensive damage to the facilities last month.

Members of the Subcommittee on Penal Code and Controlled Substance Act will hear testimony on possible code reforms and other issues from University of Kentucky Law Professor Robert Lawson, as well as district and circuit judges and other local justice officials.

Both meetings are open to the public.


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