Pence signs criminal code update, mental health witness bills into law

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Gov. Mike Pence this week has signed numerous bills into law, including the legislation that reconciles conflicts between HEA 1006-2013, which reformed the state’s criminal code, and other bills touching on criminal law.

Legislation Pence has signed include:
•    House Enrolled Act 1006, reconciles the technical and substantive conflicts between the criminal code legislation passed last year and other criminal law bills, as well as HEA 1269, a HEA 1006-2013 follow-up;
•    HEA 1008, publication of list of criminal offenses;
•    HEA 1155, expungement;
•    HEA 1347, Circuit Court clerk administrative matters, which also includes language on Indiana’s small claims courts;
•    Senate Enrolled Act 3, deals with the use and possession of firearms by judicial officers and battery on judicial officers;
•    SEA 36, probate, trust and transfer on death matters;
•    SEA 59, guardian filing for dissolution of marriage, which is a topic the Indiana Court of Appeals has addressed recently;
•    SEA 88, mental health witnesses in criminal cases;
•    SEA 138, victim advocates in civil proceedings; and
•    SEA 235, allows Marion Superior Court to establish a three-year mental health pilot project that requires community corrections to reduce recidivism by using evidence-based services, programs and practices.

The governor has seven days from receiving a bill to sign it or veto it. If he takes no action on it during that time frame, the bill automatically becomes law. A complete list of bills waiting for the governor’s signature is available on his Bill Watch page.


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