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Lawmakers fly through bills to meet deadlines, beat weather

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The Indiana General Assembly has adjourned for the week after working quickly to move bills out of the House of Representatives and Senate by their respective deadlines. The legislators also kept an eye on a winter storm heading toward Indiana Tuesday.

The legislative deadline for bills to move out of the House was Monday. Representatives passed numerous bills, including House Bill 1145, giving Vanderburgh County two magistrates in July 2015; and HB 1222, which establishes an interim committee on adoption and provides an adjusted gross income tax credit for a person who is eligible to claim the federal adoption credit.

The Senate approved and sent to the House:
•    Senate Bill 36 – probate, trust and transfer on death matters
•    SB 40 – nonparty immunity
•    SB 59 – guardians being able to file for divorce on behalf of incapacitated adults
•    SB 60 – urges a study committee on judicial mandates
•    SB 88 – mental health witnesses in criminal court
•    SB 171 – pilot project consolidating Marion County community corrections services
•    SB 223 – senior and special prosecutors
•    SB 294 – workers’ compensation
•    SB 366 – Marion County Small Claims courts and garnishments
•    SB 395 – bail

Other legislative matters of note:

•    HJR3 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Rules Committee Feb. 10 after adjournment.

•    Senate Bill 109, which would remove the mandatory retirement age of 75 for Indiana justices and appellate judges, failed to pass the Senate after a 24-24 vote.
 

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