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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Consolidation of probation departments. Consolidates multiple probation departments in counties having more than one probation department into one probation department under the supervision of a joint probation committee consisting of all judges having the authority to impose probation. Specifies that the joint probation committee has the authority to appoint probation officers, assign probation officers to particular courts, and remove probation officers. Provides that a probation officer assigned to a particular court by the joint committee is under the supervision of and directly responsible to the judge of that court. Specifies that, unless the joint probation committee determines otherwise, a probation officer who comes under the authority of a joint committee in accordance with this article retains the powers and duties that the probation officer possessed before the officer came under the authority of the joint committee. Requires courts in a county with more than one court having the authority to impose probation to submit a transition plan to the judicial conference for approval, and authorizes the judicial conference to approve the plan, modify the plan, or deny the plan. Makes other changes and conforming amendments.