Animal protective orders and wireless service providers

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 323, sponsored by Reps. McNamara, Hamilton, and Lehman, on animal protective orders and wireless service providers.  This bill permits a court to order the transfer of a wireless telephone number as part of a protection order.

The bill was amended to permit a judge to include the petitioner’s animals in a protection order, treating them as personal property.  This amendment was from SB 314 which passed the Senate. A second amendment was also adopted by consent, requiring the court issuing the protection order to serve notice of the order on the registered agent of the service provider.

A representative of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence testified in favor of the bill and amendment.  A representative from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, spoke in favor of the inclusion of pets in protection orders. The bill passed as amended 12-0.

Read the bill at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/323