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Constitutional Convention bills return to Senate

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The Indiana House of Representatives approved Senate Bills 224 and 225 introduced by Senate President Pro Tem David Long outlining details of the state’s call for a Constitutional Convention. The legislation returns to the Senate with some changes.

SB 224 outlines the duties of the Article V convention delegates; SB 225 discussed the appointment of the delegates to the convention. The bills, along with Senate Joint Resolution 18, look to limit the convention to offering an amendment to the federal government’s use of the commerce clause and taxing powers.

SB 224 passed 64-28; SB 225 passed 64-29.

The House also passed Senate Bill 1 Monday on school resource officers by a vote of 88-6. The bill as introduced defined the qualifications for being a school resource officer as well as the duties of the position. It also sought to provide funding school corporations could use to support SROs. The legislation is supported by Attorney General Greg Zoeller. As it’s moved through the General Assembly, the bill has undergone changes, most notably when legislators amended it to require all public schools have employees be armed during school hours. That requirement has since been removed.

The legislation also creates a Secured School Safety Board to approve or disapprove applications for matching grants from the newly created Indiana Secured School Fund and to develop best practices for SROs.

The bill returns to the Senate with amendments.

On Monday, the Senate passed on concurrence SB 369 on public records by a vote of 48-0. The enrolled act allows a public agency to withhold from public disclosure criminal intelligence information and to refuse to confirm or deny the existence of investigatory records of law enforcement agencies or criminal intelligence information under certain circumstances.

The session is scheduled to end April 29.

 

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