Legislation on judicial nominating commission members moves to House

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A bill that would require the governor to appoint nonattorney members to the Judicial Nominating Commission from a list of legislator-approved candidates passed the Senate 46-2 Thursday.

Sen. Brent Steele’s legislation, Senate Bill 103, requires that the governor choose one nonattorney candidate from a list submitted by the president pro tem of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the minority leaders of the House and Senate. Each legislator may recommend a candidate.

The bill gives the legislators 30 days to make their recommendations to the governor once learning of a vacancy on the commission and the governor 30 days after receiving the list of candidates to appoint the nonattorney member.

Senate Bill 347, which looks to address social media use by registered sex offenders, was engrossed Thursday. The bill is in response to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in January that declared the state’s current law restricting sex offender use of social media unconstitutional.

The legislation prohibits sex offenders, as a condition of parole, probation or participation in a community transition program, from using social media to contact someone younger than 16 years old. A person may be permitted by court to use social media to communicate with his or her child or relative.

House Bill 1053, on sex offender registration, will be eligible for second reading Monday. The bill requires the Department of Correction to remove from the public portal of the Sex Offender Registry the information relating to a sex or violent offender who is deceased or no longer required to register. It makes other changes regarding registration. The introduced version of the bill was prepared by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.

Senate Bill 474 passed second reading Thursday. The legislation establishes a Historic Courthouse Rehabilitation and Restoration Revolving Fund, which will loan money to counties to work on county courthouses on the National Register of Historic Places.

Senate Bill 1 was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill sets aside $10 million in match grants for school safety, including school resource officers. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, proposed the bill in January.



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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues