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Legislation updating Indiana’s expungement law – including language specifying where a petition for expungement must be filed – is now eligible for consideration by the full House. The expungment bill is one of several that moved out of committee Thursday.

House Bill 1155 was prepared by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee. It, among other things, grants a defense attorney and a probation department access to expunged records if authorized by court order. The legislation also clears up how to expunge an arrest. Under current law, there are two inconsistent procedures for expunging arrest records. The bill also prohibits a person from waiving the right to expungement as part of a plea agreement. Amendments to the law were approved by the Courts and Criminal Code Committee.

That committee also approved HB 1145, which allows the judge of the Vanderburgh Circuit Court to appoint a second full-time magistrate. The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Commission on Courts.

Several pieces of legislation moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, including:

•    Senate Bill 27, which prohibits granting an adoption while certain appeals are pending. The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Commission on Courts.

•    SB 56, which requires claims for payment from the Medical Malpractice Patient's Compensation Fund to be computed and paid every three months instead of every six months.  

•    SB 160, which provides that a new court with one or more new judges may not be established, and one or more new judges may not be added to an existing court, unless the establishment of the new court and the addition of the new judges to an existing court are authorized by state law.

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee was assigned legislation this week regarding the St. Joseph Superior Court. HB 1298 changes the makeup of the St. Joseph Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission and Commission on Judicial Qualifications by eliminating one of the three elected attorney members and all three of the appointed nonattorney members. Instead, the commission would consist of the judge of the St. Joseph Circuit Court, the judge of the St. Joseph Probate Court, the board president of the St. Joseph County commissioners, St. Joseph County sheriff, the mayor of South Bend, and the mayor of Mishawaka.

The bill also requires St. Joseph Superior judges to retire when they turn 75 years of age. It allows a judge of the court serving on June 30, 2014, who is 75 years of age, or a judge who will become 75 years of age before his or her  term expires, to continue to serve as judge of the court for the remainder of the term. The bill also requires only 40 percent of voters to be against retention to reject a judge as opposed to the current requirement of a majority vote.
 

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