(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 28, 2008 - The House of Representatives on Monday passed House Bill 1074, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), by a vote of 89-1. House Bill 1074 makes it a Class C felony if a person knowingly and intentionally takes a firearm or weapon from a law enforcement officer or from within the immediate proximity of the officer without the officer's consent while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties. The bill also enhances this crime to a Class B felony if the officer is injured and to a Class A felony if an officer dies or if the officer is injured and a firearm was taken.
"Many states already have a deterrent to protect police officers and those involved," said Rep. Soliday. "This is good legislation for our state."
In addition, the House also passed House Bill 1067, co-authored by Rep. Soliday. House Bill 1067 requires the governor to issue a proclamation within 24 hours of receiving a notice of the death of an Indiana resident who is a member of the United States armed forces or the Indiana National Guard ordering that the United States flag be flown at half-staff on state property on the day of the member's funeral or memorial service.
"This is one way we can recognize the sacrifices made by our soldiers," said Rep. Soliday. "Their sacrifices certainly warrant this honor and much more."