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Judge firearm, ‘ag-gag’ bills to get hearings Tuesday

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Legislation that would increase the penalties for battery on a judicial officer and provide judges the same immunity as law enforcement officers for possession and use of a firearm will be heard by an Indiana Senate Committee on Tuesday.

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee will take up Senate Bill 3 and a host of other bills at 9:30 a.m. in Room 130 of the Statehouse. Authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford, SB 3 would make battery on a judicial officer a minimum Level 6 felony under the revised criminal code set to take effect July 1. The bill also would give judicial officers the same protections as law enforcement officers pertaining to firearms liability.

The committee also will hear Senate Bill 101, referred to as the “ag-gag” bill.  The bill would allow agricultural operations to post any prohibited activities, violation of which could be charged as a Level 6 felony.

Senate Bill 28, increasing penalties for those who facilitate the supply of alcohol to minors, also will be heard Tuesday.

The committee also will hear these bills that were prepared by the criminal law and sentencing policy study committee:

  • Senate Bill 52 reduces violations of certain Department of Natural Resources statutes under I.C. 14 from misdemeanors to infractions.
  • Senate Bill 63 increases the penalty for nonsupport of a dependent child from a Level 6 felony to a Level 5 felony for repeat offenders.


 


 

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