Criminal code overhaul bill moves to House for approval

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House Bill 1006, which is the first comprehensive overhaul of Indiana’s felony statutes in 35 years, was passed by the full Senate Wednesday and returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

The legislation passed 46-4 with several amendments, including changing the punishment for a nonemployee under the age of 21 who enters a riverboat gambling operation or slot machine facility from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C infraction. Another amendment allows people convicted and sentenced under levels 2-5 to have their sentences suspended in certain circumstances.

Also passed by the full Senate before IL deadline Wednesday were:

•    HB 1029, on adoption history information. The legislation adds a relative of an adoptee and a pre-adoptive sibling to the list of people who may obtain medical history information and file a petition with the court for that information. It was approved 50-0 and returned to the House with amendments.

•    HB 1057, which makes changes to various provisions of the law concerning the prosecuting attorneys retirement fund to incorporate several features that are similar to those found in the 1985 Judges’ Retirement System. It passed 45-4 and was returned to the House with amendments.

•    HB 1124 on court late payment fees for those who unlawfully park in spaces for people with disabilities, passed the Senate 35-15 and had no amendments added.

•    HB 1003 on school vouchers. Several amendments were offered and struck down regarding the state’s Choice Scholarships, including that schools that receive the vouchers must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It passed by a vote of 27-23 and was returned to the House with amendments.

Wednesday is the deadline for House bills to pass third reading in the Senate. Senate bills have until April 15 to pass the House on third reading.



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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.