The Senate yesterday passed State Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) legislation that would help victims and their families obtain trial records free of charge. Pressel said this legislation would allow a victim, an immediate family member or spouse of a deceased victim, to obtain an electronic copy of transcripts in the victim’s case at no cost. The prosecuting attorney or local victim assistance program would be required to notify the victim or family members of this right and would also be required to assist them in obtaining the court records. Currently, victims or their families must pay a fee in order to obtain trial records. The cost is determined depending upon the type and volume of the documents, which can range from $35 to upwards of $5,000. House Enrolled Act 1173 will now head to the governor’s desk.