[r47] Rep. Foley Appointed to Chair Probate Code Study Commission (7/1/2011)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Start Date: 7/1/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/1/2011

Rep. Foley Appointed to Chair Probate Code Study Commission

STATEHOUSE-House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Ralph Foley (R-Martinsville) to serve as the Chairman of the Probate Code Study Commission. In addition to that appointment Rep. Foley will also be serving on the following four interim study committees: Military Base Planning Council, Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee, Code Revision Commission and the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission.

"It is an honor to be appointed to these committees and to Chair the Probate Study Commission," said Rep. Foley. "Indiana's criminal code needs meaningful reforms to heighten the security and safety of our citizens, and I look forward to working with the members of these committees to make recommendations that can be discussed during the 2012 legislative session."

The Legislative Council meets, after session concludes, to assign topics for study during the interim as well as to establish any new interim committee that is needed to examine a particular issue.  Interim committees are an integral component of the legislative process. The vast majority of committees will begin in July and end around October.

The committees that Rep. Foley is serving on are charged with addressing the following topics:

Probate Code Study Commission
- Study and recommend to the General Assembly changes needed to the probate code, trust code and other statutes affecting the administration of an estate, guardianships, probate jurisdiction, trusts or fiduciaries

Military Base Planning Council
- Identify the public infrastructure and other community support necessary to improve mission efficiencies and for the development and expansion of military bases in Indiana
- Identify existing and potential impacts of encroachment on military bases in Indiana
- Identify potential state and local government sections that can minimize the impacts of encroachment on and enhance the long term potential of military bases
- Identify opportunities for collaboration among the state, including the military department of the state political subdivisions, military contractors, academic institutions, to enhance the economic potential of military bases and the economic benefits of military bases to the state

Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee
- Conduct a continuing study of the laws relating to: the investigation of crimes; the prosecution of crimes; criminal procedures; alternative sentencing programs; the department of correction; parole; probation; community corrections; home detention programs; criminal registries; victim rights; the classification of criminal offenses into felony and misdemeanor categories; sex offenders; and juvenile offenders
- Study federal requirements or incentives for states to pass certain laws or establish specific programs to:
     1. Determine the long range needs of the criminal justice and corrections systems, and recommend policy priorities for those systems
     2. Identify critical problems in the criminal justice and corrections systems, and recommend strategies to solve the problems
     3. Assess the cost effectiveness of the use of state and local funds in the criminal justice and corrections systems
     4. Propose plans, programs and legislation for improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice and corrections systems.

Code Revision Commission
- Will assist the Legislative Council with:
     1. Supervising the compilation, computerization, indexing and printing of the Indiana Code
     2. Developing standards for the codification and revision of statutes to make those statutes clear, concise and easy to interpret and apply
     3. Indiana Register's publication and in the compilation, computerization, indexing and printing of the Indiana Administrative Code
     4. Developing and revising standards, techniques, format and numbering system to be used in drafting rules for adoption
     5. Developing and revising standards, techniques and format to be used when preparing legislation for consideration by the Indiana  General Assembly

Criminal Code Evaluation Commission
- Established to evaluate the criminal laws of Indiana
- Determines that if changes are necessary or appropriate, the commission shall make recommendations to the General Assembly for the modification of the criminal laws

State Sen. Richard D. Bray will Chair CCEC.

"The interim study committees are instrumental in developing successful legislation for the upcoming session," said Rep. Foley. "It's an additional honor to serve with Chairman Sen. Bray on the CCEC."