HB14-1061 - Eliminate Prison For Inability To Pay Fines

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Sentences Imposing Monetary Payments In Criminal Actions, And, In Connection Therewith, Eliminating Prison Sentences For Persons Who Are Unable To Pay Criminal Monetary Penalties.

Current law provides that part of a criminal sentence must include a sentence to prison if an individual criminal defendant fails to pay a fine. The bill changes this requirement so that the sentence must include notice that if a defendant willfully fails to pay a fine, cost, restitution, or other monetary payment (monetary payment), the court may hold the person in contempt of court and sentence the person to prison.

The bill provides that when the court imposes a monetary payment as part of the sentence, the court must notify the defendant that if he or she is unable to pay the amount ordered, the defendant may ask the court for a waiver or change in the payment. The bill establishes procedures for when a criminal defendant may be held in contempt of court for willful failure to make a monetary payment.

Latest update: May 9, 2014
05/09/2014 Governor Signed
04/28/2014 Sent to the Governor
04/28/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/28/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/23/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/22/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/21/2014 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/16/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
04/07/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/04/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/04/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/25/2014 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/08/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

3rd Reading Vote Summary - HB14-1061*

House Vote Summary - April 07, 2014
Yes No Excused Absent
64 0 1 0
Senate Vote Summary - April 23, 2014
Yes No Excused Absent
34 1 0 0
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