Clerks offices; recordation, possession of child pornography, wills, etc. (HB1196)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Clerks offices; recordation; possession of child pornography; wills; when security is required; written notice of probate. Provides that the secretary of an organized fire-fighting company may designate duties to another individual to include filing documentation with the circuit court. The bill also removes the requirement in the Uniform Federal Lien Registration Act that a filing officer endorse on the notice of a federal lien the title and address of the official or entity certifying the lien. The bill also provides that clerks may possess evidence of child pornography in the course of their duties provided such possession is for a bona fide medical, scientific, governmental, law-enforcement, or judicial purpose. The bill also provides that clerks shall receive evidence at the time of admission and shall maintain control until the evidence is transferred on appeal, or destroyed or returned in accordance with law. The bill also provides that the recorded orders of each day's circuit court proceedings shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements for official records when the judge's signature is shown in the order, the judge's signature is shown in the order book, or an order is recorded in the order book on the last day of each term showing the signature of each judge presiding during the term. The bill also provides that upon motion of a legatee, devisee, or distributee of an estate, or any person who has a pecuniary interest in an estate, the clerk may require that the decedent's personal representative furnish security and raises from $5,000 to $15,000 the threshold value of the assets of an estate below which a personal representative is not required to provide notices to certain heirs and beneficiaries. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2014Presented and ordered printed 14102562D
01/16/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/29/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104476D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read first time
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104476D-H1
02/06/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1196H1
02/07/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1196H1)
02/24/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1196ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/04/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1196ER)
03/06/2014Signed by President
03/24/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 291 (effective 7/1/14)
03/24/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0291)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill seems to do a series of basically unrelated things. I can't imagine why these seemed like a good idea to roll into one big bill.