Bias motivated crimes

The Senate Public Policy Committee heard Sen. Bohacek’s SB 12 on bias motivated crimes.  The bill makes it an aggravating circumstance (for purposes of imposing a criminal sentence) that a crime was committed with the intent to harm or intimidate an individual or a … [Read more...]

Urging the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of assessing the laws and policies concerning the adjudication and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders

The Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law heard Sen. Spartz’s SCR 16 requesting an interim study committee to assess the laws and policies concerning the adjudication and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. The Indiana Public Defender Council testified … [Read more...]

Sentencing

For amend and vote only, the Senate Appropriations Committee heard Sen. Mishler’s SB 76 on sentencing, making Level 2 and Level 3 felonies non-suspendible if the person has a prior unrelated felony conviction other than a felony conviction for a crime involving … [Read more...]

Drug dealing

The Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law heard SB 110 adding an enhancing circumstance for drug dealing within 500 feet of an addiction recovery center or support group meeting.  The bill was amended by consent to reduce 500 feet to 100 feet. Testifying … [Read more...]

Substance abuse prevention grant programs

For amend and vote only, the Senate Appropriations Committee heard Sen. Koch’s SB 111 creating substance abuse prevention grant programs. This bill requires the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to establish and administer the community and faith-based substance … [Read more...]