[r40] Legislation increasing efficiency passes House

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Thursday, February 5, 2015

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) co-authored House Bill (HB) 1531 which works to streamline the judicial process by incorporating the use of video conferencing technology. HB 1531 passed out of the House with a vote of 96-0.

“As technological advancements are made, we need to look for ways we can use those developments to save taxpayer dollars and make government operate more efficiently,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “In addition to helping the courts incorporate this technology, House Bill 1531 would also save state money by not having to transport inmates to and from prison to attend court hearings.”

HB 1531 would allow an individual, confined by the Indiana Department of Corrections, to appear before the judge using two-way video conferencing technology. The confined individual may also receive a mental health evaluation in the same manner.

“Mental illness in prisons is a growing concern, and this measure will ensure that evaluations are more efficient and accessible for them,” said Rep. Steuerwald.

HB 1531 will now go to the Senate for further discussion and debate. Visit www.iga.in.gov for more information about the bill.