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Legislative groups to look at surrogate attorneys, funding for correction programs

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Legislators this week will study a variety of issues, including preliminary drafts on surrogate attorneys and probate court authority.

The third and final meeting of the Probate Code Study Commission is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 404 of the Indiana Statehouse. In addition to the preliminary drafts on surrogate attorneys and the probate court, the commission is going to consider preliminary drafts on enforcement actions, personal representatives, guardianships, trust construction and matrimonial trusts.

The commission will also consider a report from the Indiana Adult Guardianship State Task Force.

The Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 404, where it will discuss Medicaid fraud, utilizing Medicaid for inmates, and tax increment financing for brownfields. The commission has one more meeting scheduled for Oct. 22.

The Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Room 233. An agenda for the study committee wasn’t available by Indiana Lawyer deadline.

The Criminal Code Evaluation Commission at its Thursday meeting will look at the funding of correctional programs and services. The commission will also hear public testimony. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in Room 431.

Meetings broadcast online can be viewed through the Legislature’s website.

 

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