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JTAC fee bill amended, other bills moving

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The Senate bill aimed at increasing the automated record-keeping fee to pay for a statewide case management system made it out of committee, but not before legislators decreased the fee beginning this year.

The introduced version of Senate Bill 301, which was prepared by the Commission on Courts, sought to increase the automated record-keeping fee to $10 from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2015. The fee would then be reduced back to the current amount of $7 beginning July 1, 2015.

But the Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy amended the bill Thursday and actually reduced the fee to $6 from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013. After that, the fee is reduced again to $4. The proposed increase in fees was to pay for Odyssey, the case management system that the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee is implementing across the state.

The committee also increased the public defense administration fee court clerks collect in civil actions to $5 beginning July 1. Legislators also increased the semi-annual amount the auditor of the state transfers for deposits into the public defense fund from $2.7 million to $3.7 million.

Other bills that have seen action in the last week:

-SB 91, establishing unified Circuit Courts in Henry and Madison counties, passed the Senate Feb. 3;
-SB 169, on probate, trusts, and transfer on death transfers, passed the Senate Feb. 3;
- SB 180, on limited partnerships and liability companies, passed the Judiciary Committee Feb. 10;
- SB 499, providing for Lake Superior County Division judges to be nominated instead of elected, passed the Senate Feb. 3;
- SB 520, regarding the application of foreign laws, passed the Judiciary Committee Feb. 9;
-SB 530, merging the offense of criminal deviate conduct into the crime of rape, passed the Corrections, Criminal & Civil Matters Committee Feb. 10;
- HB 1266, establishing a unified Circuit Court for Clark County, passed the Courts & Criminal Code Committee Feb. 10;
-HB 1311, on changes to planning and zoning law, passed the House Feb. 10; and
- HB 1548, recognition of foreign country money judgments, passed the House Feb. 8.

A complete list of legislation is available on the General Assembly’s website.
 

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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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