HB14-1096

HB14-1096 - Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Grant Program

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning An Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Grant Program, And, In Connection Therewith, Making An Appropriation.

The bill creates the underfunded courthouse facility cash fund commission and the underfunded courthouse facility cash fund. The commission has 7 members, 2 representatives of an association that represents county commissioners, one member from the department of local affairs, 2 members from the judicial branch, one member from the court security cash fund commission, and one member who represents the historical society.

The commission reviews applications for grants from counties to obtain master planning services for construction or remodeling projects, seek matching funds or leveraging opportunities for construction or remodeling projects, or address emergency needs due to the imminent closure of a court facility. A county's grant application must first be reviewed and approved by the chief judge of the county and the board of county commissioners. The commission then makes recommendations as to which applicants should receive job grants to the state court administrator based on statutory criteria. The state court administrator makes the final grant award decisions, and such decisions are not subject to an appeals process.

Grants from the fund may only be awarded to a county with limited financial resources and only if the county has demonstrated good faith in attempting to resolve the issues before seeking a grant, the county has agreed to disclose pertinent financial statements to the commission or the state court administrator for review, and the state court administrator is satisfied that the county does not have significant uncommitted reserves.

The bill also appropriates $1.5 million from the general fund to the underfunded courthouse facility cash fund for the 2014-15 state fiscal year.

Latest update: May 14, 2014
05/14/2014 Governor Signed
05/12/2014 Sent to the Governor
05/12/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/09/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/06/2014 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/05/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/30/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/23/2014 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/15/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
04/15/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/14/2014 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/11/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/30/2014 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/14/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

3rd Reading Vote Summary - HB14-1096*

House Vote Summary - April 15, 2014
Yes No Excused Absent
38 25 2 0
Senate Vote Summary - May 5, 2014
Yes No Excused Absent
26 9 0 0
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