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JTAC fee, Clark County courts bills before committees

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A bill that would increase the automated record-keeping fee to pay for implementation of a statewide case-management system and a bill that proposes to create a unified Circuit Court in Clark County are just two of the bills before committees this week in the Indiana General Assembly.

Senate Bill 301, which deals with the automated record-keeping fee, will be heard at 8 a.m. Tuesday before the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee reassigned the bill to this committee last week. The bill proposes that the automated record-keeping fee should be increased to $10 from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2015. The $3 increase from the current fee will help pay for Odyssey, a case-management system run by the Indiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee. After June 30, 2015, the fee would return to the current $7 charge.

The Senate Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters Committee meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss eight bills, including Senate Bill 540 on the discharge of long-term inmates and Senate Bill 561 on corrections and sentencing.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear six bills focusing on the following areas: Senate Bill 459, access to identifying information for adoptions; Senate Bill 96, which would add a state-paid deputy prosecuting attorney in Cass County; Senate Bill 63, suspension of local officeholders from office; Senate Bill 520, enforcement of foreign law; Senate Bill 34, interstate compact for juveniles; and Senate Bill 180, limited partnerships and liability companies.

The committee meets again at 9 a.m. Friday to discuss the following legislative proposals: Senate Bill 582, settlement conferences in residential foreclosures; Senate Bill 465, Department of Child Services matters; Senate Bill 215, forfeiture and amount of law enforcement costs; Senate Bill 463, mandatory retirement age for trial court judges; Senate Bill 212, trial court jurisdiction and the repealing of laws on county courts; and Senate Bill 214, state use of contingency fee counsel.

On Wednesday, the House Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. to discuss four bills including House Bill 1316, which establishes the Division of Youth Services Transitional Services Fund to provide juvenile transitional services to delinquent offenders. The bill also allows a juvenile court to order a parent or guardian to pay or reimburse the Department of Correction for costs incurred by the department for a child who is committed to the DOC.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee will hear House Bill 1416, on credit time for approved correspondence courses; House Bill 1324 on child molesting; and House Bill 1266 on the creation of a unified Circuit Court for Clark County.
 

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