Internet crimes investigation fee and fund

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 68 on internet crimes investigation fee and fund authored by Sen. Crider. The bill provides the following:

  • establishes the Internet crimes investigation fund (fund)
  • requires the state police department (department) to administer the fund and use money in the fund to: (1) pay for certain costs incurred by the department and directly related to crimes that involve the use of the Internet, including crimes against children that involve use of the Internet; and (2) award grants to county, city, and town law enforcement agencies that agree to use the money to investigate Internet crimes against children in accordance with United States Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Operational and Investigative Standards
  • requires the department to report to the legislative council before November 1, 2019, and before November 1 of each year thereafter concerning the uses of money in the fund and the programs and activities paid for by expenditures of money in the fund
  • provides that, in each court action in which a person is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the clerk of the court shall collect an Internet crimes investigation fee (fee) of $10 from the person
  • sunsets the fee on June 30, 2022

The bill was amended by consent to remove the $10 fee. The Indiana Family Institute testified in favor of the bill.  The bill passed as amended 9-0 and will be recommitted to the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.

Read the bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/68