General Information

January 8, 2015 | Category: General

This is the first weekly installment of the Legislative Update for the 2015 legislative session. If you are interested in reading the text of any bill introduced this session, you may find all of the bill information here.

This week the Senate and House committees heard the following bills of interest to the judiciary:

Judicial Administration

January 8, 2015 | Category: Administration

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 12, authored by Sen. Buck and Sen. Rogers, on judicial retirement age. This bill requires justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the Court of Appeals to retire at 80 years of age, instead of 75 years of age. The bill passed 5-4.

Miscellaneous

January 8, 2015 | Category: Miscellaneous

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 4, the technical corrections bill, prepared by the Code Revision Commission and authored by Sen. Bray. This bill corrects: (1) technical conflicts between differing 2014 amendments to Indiana Code sections; and (2) other technical problems in the Indiana Code, including incorrect statutory references, nonstandard tabulation, and various grammatical problems. Sen. Young introduced an amendment with an additional technical correction that was adopted by consent. The amended bill passed 10-0.

Probate Law

January 8, 2015 | Category: Probate

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 57, authored by Sen. Steele as recommended by the probate section of the Indiana State Bar Association, on accounts under a power of attorney. The bill provides that an attorney-in-fact is entitled to judicial review and settlement of an account. It also provides that absent fraud, misrepresentation, inadequate disclosure, or failure to provide proper notice, an attorney-in-fact is discharged from all liability as to the transactions in the accounting if proper notice is provided of the court’s approval of the accounting. The bill was amended to allow the filing fee for the judicial review to be taken out of the principal’s estate. The bill passed 9-1.