INdiana Systemic Thinking

January 6, 2008

Bills and Resolutions Updated

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Here are the current bills and resolutions filed in the statehouse this week.  The master list has been updated and is here.

House:

  • HB 1060 — Great Lakes compact.
  • HB 1061 — Application of landlord-tenant statutes.
  • HB 1062 — Architectural salvage material dealers.
  • HB 1064 — Partition fences.
  • HB 1065 — PERF beneficiary change after divorce.
  • HB 1066 — Recovery for indirect injury in restraint of trade.
  • HB 1067 — United States flag protocol for Indiana soldiers.
  • HB 1068 — Drivers of vehicles carrying school children.
  • HB 1069 — Local ordinances to reduce speed limits.
  • HB 1070 — Legislators’ defined contribution plan.
  • HB 1071 — Funding for voting machine replacement.
  • HB 1072 — Unlimited lifetime handgun permit endorsements.
  • HB 1073 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks.
  • HB 1074 — Disarming a law enforcement officer.
  • HB 1075 — Abandoned embryo adoption.
  • HB 1077 — Funding for local Memorial Day celebrations.
  • HB 1078 — Redistricting commission.
  • HB 1079 — Subjects of educational discussion and bargaining.
  • HB 1080 — Homeowners associations.
  • HB 1081 — Resisting law enforcement.
  • HB 1083 — Hoosier Inland Port study.
  • HB 1084 — Taxation of civil service annuities.
  • HB 1085 — Whistle stop signs.
  • HB 1086 — Penalties for failure to pay state taxes.
  • HB 1088 — Student mobility rates.
  • HB 1089 — Fire sprinkler contractors and installers.
  • HB 1090 — Climate registry.
  • HB 1091 — Growth and development study committee.
  • HB 1092 — School starting and ending dates.
  • HB 1093 — Charity gaming.
  • HB 1094 — Sales tax exemption for vending machine sales.
  • HB 1096 — Various provisions concerning courts.
  • HB 1098 — Net metering and interconnection rules.
  • HB 1099 — Shortfall loans from the common school fund.
  • HB 1100 — Halloween enticement.
  • HB 1101 — Utility receipts tax.
  • HB 1104 — Fire protection district excess property tax levy.
  • HB 1105 — Transfer of property to fire departments.
  • HB 1107 — Cultural competency.
  • HB 1108 — Sheriff’s compensation.
  • HB 1112 — Learner’s permits and driver’s licenses.
  • HB 1113 — Birth certificate fraud.
  • HB 1114 — Town police officer residency.
  • HB 1115 — Wabash River heritage corridor commission.
  • HB 1116 — State agency fines and penalties.
  • HB 1117 — Coal gasification and substitute natural gas.
  • HB 1118 — Alcoholic beverages.
  • Senate:

  • SB 0117 — Parole issues.
  • SB 0118 — DOC superintendent qualifications.
  • SB 0119 — Cell phone use while driving.
  • SB 0120 — Employer immunity for hiring offenders.
  • SB 0121 — Donations by local units to community foundations.
  • SB 0122 — Coverage for stereotactic radiotherapy.
  • SB 0123 — Grading and certification of meat products.
  • SB 0124 — Child seduction.
  • SB 0125 — Reentry courts and community transition.
  • SB 0126 — License plate cycle for certain plates.
  • SB 0127 — Local port authority eminent domain procedures.
  • SB 0128 — Equivalent jobs and wage discrimination.
  • SB 0129 — Notice of meetings.
  • SB 0130 — Conversion by failure to return rented property.
  • SB 0131 — Jurisdiction of university and college police.
  • SB 0132 — Definition of “serious bodily injury”.
  • SB 0133 — PERF COLA and thirteenth check.
  • SB 0134 — Consolidation of certain environmental and natural resources proceedings.
  • SB 0135 — Relocation of a riverboat.
  • SB 0136 — Challenges to a candidate’s eligibility.
  • SB 0137 — Public safety employees.
  • SB 0138 — Income tax withholding.
  • SB 0139 — Violation of probation.
  • SB 0140 — Tort claims against governmental entities.
  • SB 0141 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks.
  • SB 0142 — Teacher professional development days.
  • SB 0144 — Residency of police officers and firefighters.
  • SB 0145 — Voter identification.
  • SB 0146 — Information preceding an abortion.
  • SB 0147 — Abandoned embryo adoption.
  • SB 0148 — Repeal of expiration dates for state offices.
  • SB 0149 — Coroner and deputy coroner training.
  • SB 0150 — Physical therapists.
  • SB 0151 — Checkoff for cancer research.
  • SB 0152 — Automated external defibrillators in health clubs.
  • SB 0153 — Extension of dentist instructor license.
  • SB 0154 — Regulated occupation definition.
  • SB 0155 — Study on domestic violence program.
  • SB 0156 — Communicable disease rules.
  • SB 0157 — Opioid treatment programs.
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    January 3, 2008

    Rep. Battles Takes on “Child Seduction” and Student Aid

    State Rep. Kreg Battles (D-Vincennes) announced yesterday he has filed two bills for the 2008 session of the General Assembly.  The first is HB 1032 which…

    …aims to expand the scope and range of child seduction laws in Indiana. Child seduction refers to a criminal situation in which an adult in a position of authority, such as a teacher or guidance counselor, engages in sexual misconduct with a minor aged 16-18.

    “Child seduction laws were designed to protect minors who technically reached the age of consent at age 16 from entering into an abusive situation with an adult authority figure,” Battles said. “Children under 16 are already protected under the state’s child molestation laws.”

    HB 1032 expands the definition of “authority figure” to include anyone that works or volunteers for a cooperative organization that is involved with a public or private school corporation. Under current law, only a person who is employed by a school can be convicted of child seduction, which is a Class D felony.

    “All individuals who hold a position of authority should be held to the same legal standards,” Battles said. “This bill will even the score.”

    Hmmm, not really.  One would have to work or volunteer for an organization involved with a school.  The Blogmeister would be in favor of broadening this to anyone in a position of authority.  That would cover just about anyone who was working with a child in a professional capacity.   Still, this is better than whats on the books now.

    The second is HB 1033 which “eliminates time restrictions on state-sponsored student aid.”

    Currently, the state offers eligible students grant money for the cost of four years of higher education. The financial aid can be used over a 10-year time frame. HB 1033 would repeal this provision, allowing students to utilize state grants past the 10-year limit.

    “Many students who have the best intentions of earning their degree in a timely fashion can be thrown off course by life’s many obstacles,” said Battles. “Family obligations, financial stress and personal issues can all impede a student’s degree progress.”

    He continued, “There is no reason why the state should shun a student who wants to pick up where they left off, even if there is more than a 10 year time lapse. This will be especially beneficial for low-income students who often have to leave school to support themselves and their families.”

    The Blogmeister was unaware of this existing provision, but supports the Representative’s bill for exactly the same reasons.  In the Blogmeister’s opinion, if someone qualifies for the aid, give it to them.  It’s a good investment as the state, and society as a whole, benefit from the increased income the person will earn over their lifetime (with a degree), which translates into higher tax payments (income, property, etc.) for the state.

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