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Senate judiciary committee to look at abuse, DNA bills

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The Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday and has five bills on its agenda, including legislation that redefines child fatality committees in each county.

Senate Bill 572 also outlines the duties of the local fatality review teams and the statewide child fatality review committee. Certain expenses for the state and local review coordinator and team members would be paid from funds appropriated to the state Department of Health.

SB 105 provides that a law enforcement officer, judiciary employee and others outlined in the legislation may contact a local office of the Department of Child Services to report and inquire about suspected child abuse or neglect. Right now, a centralized DCS hotline takes calls from around the state.

The committee will also look at SB 2 and SB 245, which both require every person arrested after June 30 for a felony to submit to a DNA sample. The bills also provide for when the DNA sample may be expunged.

Committee members will also consider SB 486, which will allow Hamilton Superior Court to appoint a third full-time magistrate and Hendricks Superior Court to appoint two full-time magistrates. It also adds a second judge to Owen Circuit Court and establishes a unified Circuit Court in that county as of Jan. 1, 2015.

 

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