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Commission for children, appellate judge retirement age legislation moving

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The Indiana Senate passed on second reading Tuesday legislation that will create a commission on improving the status of children in the state. The introduced version of Senate Bill 125 was prepared by the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee.

The commission will have 17 members, including legislators, attorneys, and those who work with children. The commission will study and evaluate whether vulnerable youth have access to services and any barriers to service for this population. It will submit a report each year to the Legislative Council, the governor and the chief justice.

The legislation also repeals the law establishing the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee. SB 125 has not been scheduled yet for third reading.

Senate Bill 124, which removes the provision that Indiana justices and appellate judges must retire at age 75, passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 12.

Other legislation moving through its house of origin this week include:

SB 36, which allows the Indiana attorney general to appoint deputy attorneys general in Washington, D.C., passed the full Senate. In January, Attorney General Greg Zoeller appointed Richard Bramer as a deputy AG to work in Washington, D.C. He will monitor bills moving through Congress and proposed regulations in federal agencies.

SB 509, expanding the state’s human trafficking law to include 16- and 17-year-olds, moves on to the House.

 

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