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General Assembly enters final weeks with full schedule

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Indiana’s biennial budget is eligible to receive a second reading in the Senate Monday as the Indiana General Assembly enters the final weeks of its regular session.

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the House budget proposal HB 1001 along party lines. The proposal includes cutting individual income taxes by 3 percent which totals about $150 million annually; establishing a Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund with $200 million appropriated yearly for highway expansion projects; and increasing funding to the Department of Child Services by $30 million per year to provide funding for additional caseworkers and hotline improvements.

Other bills scheduled for a second reading in the Senate include:
•    House Bill 1006, making various changes to the criminal code;
•    House Bill 1003, expanding the state’s school voucher program,
•    House Bill 1393, which establishes the Judicial Technology Oversight Committee and increases fees for all civil, criminal, infraction and ordinance violation actions; and
•    House 1482, which allows certain criminal records to be expunged.

In the House Monday, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 224 and SB 225, the measures outlining the appointment of delegates and their duties to an Article V Constitutional Convention.

These two bills along with Senate Joint Resolution 18 were authored by Senate Pro Tem President David Long, R-Fort Wayne. They call for states to convene a Constitutional Convention with the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the commerce and taxing powers of Congress.

The session is scheduled to wrap up April 29.

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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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