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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. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  2. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  3. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  4. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  5. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

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