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Lawmakers Fix Mistakes In Two Bills

Jim Nix

The Indiana General Assembly Tuesday made small tweaks to legislation passed earlier this year before it takes effect in July. 

Lawmakers and prosecutors discovered technical errors in the criminal code overhaul bill as the 2014 session drew to a close -- too late to fix the mistakes before the legislature adjourned. 

The General Assembly reconvened Tuesday – for less than an hour – to correct those mistakes.  The fixes include ensuring child molesters must serve at least 85-percent of their sentence and that police can arrest shoplifters even if the officer didn’t personally witness the theft. 

Representative Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville) says the technical corrections maintain current policy.

“And these are also promises that date back all the way for the last four years that Representative [Matt] Pierce (D-Bloomington) and I have worked on and we’ve made these promises that these things would remain in effect.”

Speaker Brian Bosma says he hopes use of the technical session is rare.

“But for the importance of some of the measures that will be in the bill before us today, it’s our intention that this does not become a routine part of the legislative process,” says Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Other technical changes enacted Tuesday deal with confusion regarding drug offenses; specifically, which drug amounts result in penalty enhancements. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.