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House Judiciary Committee to Prioritize Criminal Justice Reform

05 December 2018  
Sentencing and Recidivism Committee to be dissolved.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Speaker-elect Rusty Bowers (R-25) today announced that the House Judiciary Committee will take on criminal justice reform during the 54th Legislature.

The Sentencing and Recidivism Reform Committee will be dissolved, and those issues will be absorbed by the House Judiciary Committee. Judiciary Committee Chair John Allen (R-15), who had been Vice Chair of the Sentencing and Recidivism Reform Committee, will be leading criminal justice reform efforts on the committee. Representative Kirsten Engel (D-10), who had been Ranking Member of the Sentencing and Recidivism Reform Committee, is Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“Speaker-elect Bowers has asked me to pick up the mantle of criminal justice reform in the Judiciary Committee, and I’m excited to do so,” said Representative Allen. “We have several members of both parties who have been working diligently on criminal justice reform issues, and they have my commitment that the House Judiciary Committee will take up those issues in the 54th Legislature.”

Representative-elect Walter Blackman (R-6) will replace Representative Stringer as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Representative-elect Leo Biasiucci (R-5) will replace Representative Stringer on the House Education Committee.

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