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Senate passes civil immunity, sentencing alternatives for young offenders bills

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The Indiana Senate approved several pieces of legislation from the House this week, including a bill that would establish sentencing alternatives for certain offenders under the age of 18.

Senators passed House Bill 1108 Tuesday 97-0 and returned it to the House with amendments. Among other things, the legislation requires the sentencing court to hold a review hearing concerning an offender when he or she turns 18 and before the offender turns 19. It allows the sentencing court to continue the offender’s placement in a juvenile facility if certain objectives have been met.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate passed HB 1376 addressing various privacy issues; HB 1392 restricting criminal background checks; and HB 1458 on Department of Toxicology fees. Only HB 1458 is ready for enrollment.

The House passed Senate Bill 125 on Tuesday by a vote of 99-0. The legislation establishes the commission on improving the status of children to study issues concerning vulnerable youth and take actions relating to children. The introduced version of the bill was prepared by the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee. The bill returns to the Senate with amendments.

On Monday, Senators passed HB 1519, which adds agricultural products and livestock to the list of items for which a person can’t be held liable for civil damages if the item is donated in good faith; HB 1159, which limits the liability of a public school or accredited nonpublic school that provides community-use physical fitness activities to the public; and HB 1027 on providing civil immunity to a registered architect, land surveyor or professional engineer who provides without compensation professional services related to a declared emergency.

The Senate also adopted Monday Simple Resolution 44 asking the Legislative Council to assign an interim study committee to look at the feasibility of creating a judicial center in Indiana that would house the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court.

The last day for third reading of House bills in the Senate is April 10, as well as the last day for Senate adoption of conference committee reports without Rules Committee approval. April 15 is the last day for third reading of Senate bills in the House and the last day for House adoption of conference committee reports without Rules Committee approval.

The session is scheduled to end April 29.  

 

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