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...]

Drug or alcohol screening tests

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 55 authored by Sen. Bray 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...]

Patronizing a prostitute

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 100 authored by Sen. Bray on patronizing a prostitute. The bill renames the crime of patronizing a prostitute to unlawful proposition allowing the prosecution of individuals who solicit sex in exchange for money … [Read more...]

Plea agreements and sentencing

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen. Koch’s SB 120 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 part of “’the official record of … [Read more...]

Value of property

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 190 authored by Sen. M. Young on the value of property. The bill authorizes the prosecutor to charge multiple offenses as a single count and to aggregate the value of the property of the involved offenses when … [Read more...]

Criminal justice reform update

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee used the second week of the session to have an informational meeting on criminal justice reform issues. Chair Rep. Washburne invited state and local criminal justice stakeholders to present information on the Justice … [Read more...]