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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Greiner Bills

By Jon Greiner
Utah State Senator, District 18

Following in the footsteps of Senators Bell, Hillyard and Walker, I wanted to preview a few of my bills this year.

Public Safety Survivor Benefit (SB 39): This bill is personal for me because a friend and fellow officer, Cecil Gurr, was shot and killed in 2001 while in the line of duty. I felt it disingenuous not to increase the retirement benefit for a surviving spouse of a retired public safety officer from 65 percent to 75 percent, matching other state retirement provisions.

Scrap Metal Transactions (SB 44): This bill defines transactions between the public, and scrap metal dealers. I want to help protect homebuilders and homeowners by addressing the increasing problem of stealing strip metal from construction sites and selling the metal to scrap dealers.

Search and Seizure of Parolees (SB 123): I am sponsoring this bill because I believe ANY law enforcement officer should be able search a current parolee, not just parole officers. This bill piggy-backs the recent Sampson vs. California U. S. Supreme Court decision.

Please take a moment and share your thoughts about these bills, and any advice you may have for me as a new legislator (but spare me all the wisecracks about the Hatch Act. Believe me, I've heard them!). Thanks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

SB 39 - Beyond reasonable - they even deserve more.
SB 123 - Reasonable.

SB 44 - First though was why do we need another law against stealing, but after actually reading the bill, I realized that this really just amends the law to require more documentation when selling metal to scrap metal dealers. As such, seems reasonable.

1/16/2007 5:26 PM  
Blogger Voice of Utah said...

In Samson, Scalia relied on the fact that California law prohibited “arbitrary, capricious or harassing” searches. Wouldn't it be preferable to make this limitation clear in the statute, both to provide guidance to law enforcement officers and to alleviate opposition by attorneys and others who fear arbitrary searches?

Don't know enough about the scrap metal bill. I can readily see the need for regulation of obvious government property (manholes, guardrails), etc. I'm less certain about the need to single out the other type of material.

I'm always in favor of public safety officers and their survivors getting more benefits.

1/16/2007 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Jon Greiner said...

Thanks for these comments. I had forgotten that Samson included that language. I believe the AG's office will testify on this bill and I'm looking forward to their insight too.

1/17/2007 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey chief,
how about a bill on how the police can break the law, such as the hatch act and still take the oath of office!

1/18/2007 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous,

Being accused of breaking the law doesn't mean you broke it. Read the papers. Greiner was advised by his attorneys, including the state attorney general, that the feds are full of crap on this one. He's my senator, he seems to act with a sense of honor, and I'm sure he's going to do a good job.

1/19/2007 12:27 AM  

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