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State Senate creates new committee to study civil law

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The Indiana Senate has added a new committee to its roster to examine non-criminal legal issues.

The Committee on Civil Law will consider legislation on real property, domestic, tort and probate law along with other issues. Previously, civil matters were heard by the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee. That committee is now focusing on Corrections and Criminal Law.

Sen. Joe Zakas, R-Granger, has been appointed chair of the new committee. In making the appointment, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, highlighted Zakas’ experience as an attorney and his service on the Judiciary Committee, the former Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters, and the Probate Code Study Commission.

“I welcome this added responsibility, and appreciate the confidence Sen. Long has shown,” Zakas stated in a press release. “This area is an important one for Hoosier communities, families and businesses.”

Also, Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, will chair the Committee on Financial Institutions, another new committee. This body was split from the Insurance Committee and will provide more focus upon banking laws and related matters.

Holdman was co-chair of the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee.

In addition, Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, was appointed to the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee and Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, will chair the Judiciary Committee.

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