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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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.