Department of Child Services matters

The Senate Family and Children Services Committee heard SB 305 on Department of Child Services matters authored by Sen. Head. This bill makes a child who is a victim of human trafficking a new CHINS category, and other CHINS changes. It also removes a requirement that a … [Read more...]

Terminating the parent-child relationship

The House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1064 authored by Rep. Slager on terminating the parent-child relationship. The bill allows a parent, who is a victim of rape resulting in the conception of a child, to file a petition to terminate the parental rights of the alleged … [Read more...]

Child molesting

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard Sen. Broden’s SB 363, on child molesting. This bill defines "dangerous sexually transmitted disease" and increases the penalty for child molesting from a Level 3 felony to a Level 1 felony if the offense results in … [Read more...]

Department of Child Service reporting

The Senate Family and Children Services Committee heard SB 364, concerning Department of Child Service Reporting, authored by Sen. Broden and Sen. Grooms.  The chair presented the bill, which amends the definition of “near fatality” for confidential records purposes … [Read more...]

Missing children and trafficked children

The House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee heard Rep. Truitt’s HB 1216 concerning missing children and trafficked children. The legislation requires the Indiana State Police to prepare an informational pamphlet for distribution to every law enforcement … [Read more...]

Department of Child Services

The House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee heard Rep. Mahan’s HB 1434 making various juvenile law changes which affect the Department of Child Services and juvenile courts.  Representative Mahan introduced the bill, which has five portions: requires the … [Read more...]

Passenger restraint systems

The House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1011, authored by Rep. Torr, on passenger restraint systems. Rep. Torr introduced this bill explaining that it repeals the current provision that failure to comply with safety belt laws and child passenger restraint system laws … [Read more...]