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2015 Senate Bill 384: Authorize establishment of welfare agency police force
Introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) on June 9, 2015
To give the Department of Human Services (the state welfare agency) the authority to appoint agents with the same powers as peace (police) officers and limited arrest powers.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 9, 2015
Reported in the Senate on June 18, 2015
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) on September 10, 2015
To specify that the purpose for which welfare agency agents are given peace officer powers is to investigate selling food stamps and related benefits obtained with a state "bridge card".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 10, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on September 10, 2015
To only allow the welfare agency officers to perform an arrest if they have "probable cause" to believe an individual committed a crime, rather than a less stringent "reasonable" cause.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 10, 2015
Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on September 10, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To give the Department of Human Services (the state welfare agency) the authority to appoint agents with the same powers as peace (police) officers and limited arrest powers, for the purpose of investigating welfare fraud.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on September 10, 2015
The vote by which the bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 10, 2015
Received in the Senate on September 10, 2015
Received in the House on September 10, 2015
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on September 10, 2015
Reported in the House on September 22, 2015
With the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Criminal Justice.
Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on September 22, 2015

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