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Paternity, election bills go to governor

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels received 34 enrolled bills Tuesday awaiting his signature to make them law.

Included are:

- House Enrolled Act 1132, which authorizes the Indiana Department of Correction commissioner to appoint certain individuals as correctional police officers and requires them to complete pre-basic training courses.

- House Enrolled Act 1182, which specifies reimbursement and other requirements related to provisions of health-care services to certain county prisoners.

- House Enrolled Act 1346, which deals with various election matters, including allowing voter registrations or updates to be made online.

- House Enrolled Act 1511, which allows a court to award joint legal custody of a child following a determination of paternity. The bill was the focus of a recent Indiana Lawyer article, "Custody concerns," from the April 29-May 12, 2009, issue.

The governor has until May 12 to sign or veto the bills sent to his office Tuesday. According to the governor's Web site, Gov. Daniels has signed 66 bills into law this session. Bills before the governor can be tracked online through the governor's 2009 Bill Watch.

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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