[R31] Multiple bills cosponsored by Rep. Mahan pass the House (3/27/2013)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Start Date: 3/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/27/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) cosponsored several pieces of legislation that were passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Senate Bill (SB) 24 passed the House with a unanimous vote. Under current law, counties have County Extradition Funds (CEFs) that cover the costs of extraditing criminals to locations outside the county. This bill replaces the CEF with the County Extradition and Sheriff's Assistance Fund.

In addition to providing funding to offset the costs of extraditing criminal defendants, this fund may now be used to pay for police training and their equip. It will also fund other costs incurred by the county sheriff's department in providing law enforcement services.

Another bill passed by the House today with a unanimous vote, SB 125, deals with child fatality reviews and the Commission on Children. The legislation establishes the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. The Commission is charged with studying issues concerning vulnerable youth, reviewing legislation, cooperating with other entities and taking other actions related to children.

“This bill largely mirrors House Bill 1123, which I authored in the House,” said Rep. Mahan. “The main difference is that the subcommittee is now a standalone oversight committee, separate from the commission. The attorney general is also added to the commission to strengthen our collaboration across branches of government.”

Lastly, SB 361, a bill on intimidation, passed with a unanimous vote. SB 361 adds electronic communication as a possible means for intimidation, essentially bringing Indiana’s code up to speed with present technology.

“Current intimidation statutes do not include employees of churches, schools, or hospitals nor do they include communication by electronic means,” said Rep. Mahan. “Given the ever changing technological advances, this bill was necessary to provide an extra layer of protection against intimidation.”

SB 361 provides protection for churches, hospitals and schools and will penalize intimidation that results in the interference of a building’s normal conduct.

To stay up-to-date on these bills and any other piece of legislation in the General Assembly, visit www.in.gov/legislative.