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The Court Alcohol and Drug Program Advisory Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana is seeking public comment regarding proposed written amendments to the Rules for Court Administered Alcohol and Drug Programs.

The rule revisions for 2009, including changes to client assessments and professional requirements, are available on the court's Web site.

Written comments are due May 13 to Court and Alcohol Drug Program Advisory Committee, c/o Indiana Judicial Center, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 900, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Comments may also be submitted online. 

A public hearing regarding the proposed amendments will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. May 15 in the Indiana Supreme Court chambers in the Statehouse. Interested parties may speak for up to five minutes and must contact Jennifer Weber, staff attorney for the Indiana Judicial Center, at the address for the Judicial Center above or by calling (317) 232-1313 before May 13.

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