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SB17-125: Lump-sum Compensation For Exonerated Persons

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB17-125
Year: 2017
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: D. Pabon / L. Guzman


Current law requires the state to compensate persons who were
wrongly convicted of crimes and subsequently incarcerated. Such
compensation is paid in annual payments of $100,000 until the state’s
duty of compensation is satisfied. The bill allows an exonerated person
to elect to receive the remaining balance of the state’s duty of
compensation in a lump sum by:
• Notifying the state court administrator, the governor, and
the general assembly of such election;
• Completing a personal financial management instruction
course; and
• Acquiring and committing to maintain a qualified health
insurance plan.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (04/04/2017)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/21/2017)
Sent to the Governor (03/29/2017)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (03/14/2017)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (02/23/2017)
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (02/16/2017)
Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Finance (02/13/2017)

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