Certifications concerning breath tests

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 37, sponsored by Rep. Steuerwald and Rep. Ober, on certifications concerning breath tests. The bill authorizes the Department of Toxicology to use its website to publish its certifications of breath test operators, … [Read more...]

Pro bono legal services fee

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 42 on the pro bono legal services fee. Sponsor Rep. Clere presented the bill, which extends the $1.00 pro bono fee in civil actions, including small claims cases, for another five years through July 1, 2022. The … [Read more...]

Plan for the permanent placement of a child

he House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee heard SB 49, sponsored by Rep. Zent, on requiring the filing of a plan for the permanent placement of a child when a petition for termination of parental rights is filed with a court. Representatives of FSSA and … [Read more...]

Drug or alcohol screening tests

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 55, sponsored by Rep. McNamara, on drug and alcohol screening tests. The bill amends the definition of a “drug and alcohol screening test” to include tests ordered by a court as part of a civil action under the law … [Read more...]

Code revision corrections

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 64 on code revision corrections sponsored by Rep. Steuerwald and Rep. Kersey. Author Sen. Zakas referred to this bill as the companion to the technical corrections bill to clarify substantive discrepancies within the Indiana … [Read more...]

Patronizing a prostitute

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 100, sponsored by Rep. Mayfield, on patronizing a prostitute.  The bill renames the crime of patronizing a prostitute to making an unlawful proposition. A prosecutor explained that victims can be offended by the … [Read more...]

Plea agreements and sentencing

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 120, sponsored by Rep. Steuerwald, on plea agreements and sentencing. The bill repeals Ind. Code § 35-35-3-3(b)’s provision that a felony plea agreement, the presentence investigation for it, and the hearing are not … [Read more...]

Victim notification

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 239 on victim notification.  Sponsor Rep. Friend explained that the bill provides that if the discharge or release date of an offender is changed during the 40-day notification period before an offender's planned … [Read more...]