The House has voted 55-13 in favor of HB 595, the new version of the $10 fee bill on offenders to fund a crime victim notification service called VINE, which stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday. The service notifies victims if the offender is released, transferred or escapes, or if there are other changes in the offender's status or case. The Senate already had passed an earlier version of the bill, SB 1263, but after an attorney general's opinion found that because the measure raises revenue, it should have started in the House, a new version was introduced in the House Ways & Means Committee. HB 595 now moves to the Senate side.
During the House debate on the measure, Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, debating in the favor of the bill, said sponsor Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, is “modest” and didn't mention that he was “instrumental” in the capture of outlaw Claude Dallas. Wills is a retired state trooper.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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