Protective orders concerning animals

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen. Becker’s SB 314 on protective orders concerning animals. The bill allows a court to grant a protective order to give possession and care of an animal to a petitioner, prohibit a respondent from taking action against the animal, … [Read more...]

Financial crimes against the elderly

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen. Young’s SB 345 on financial crimes against the elderly. The bill authorizes financial institutions to release customer records to law enforcement or adult protective agencies if an institution reasonably suspects illegal … [Read more...]

Annual report on criminal code reform

The House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee heard Rep. Steuerwald’s HB 1065 requiring the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to prepare its annual report on criminal code reform for the governor and the legislative council before December 1 of each year instead … [Read more...]

Forfeiture

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 8 authored by Sen. Boots on forfeiture. The bill authorizes the forfeiture of seized property only if the property owner has been convicted of a crime. Sen. Young’s amendment to incorporate procedures for … [Read more...]

Certifications concerning breath tests

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen. Zakas’ SB 37 on certifications concerning breath tests. The bill authorizes the Department of Toxicology to use its website to publish its certifications of breath test operators, equipment, and chemicals and its approved … [Read more...]

Pro bono legal services fee

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen. Grooms’ SB 42 concerning the pro bono legal services fee.  Sen. Grooms explained that the bill extends the $1.00 fee in civil actions including small claims cases for another five years, through July 1, 2022. A representative … [Read more...]