SENATE BILL DESCRIPTION


SB 1: (LS 6579) Skillman (DI:75)
Campaign finance.

Provides that a candidate or a committee may not use money received as a campaign contribution for: (1) payment of a criminal fine or a civil judgment or penalty; (2) satisfaction of personal debts, other than campaign loans; (3) purchase of, or installment payments for, a motor vehicle; (4) mortgage payments, rental payments, furnishings, renovations, or improvement expenses for a permanent residence; (5) payments that clearly exceed the fair market value of the item or service purchased; or (6) any other primarily personal purpose. Provides that campaign contributions may be used to lease a vehicle during a campaign if the vehicle will be used for campaign purposes. Provides that a person who makes expenditures of at least $100 within 90 days of an election or a nomination to advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or the approval or defeat of a specific public question must make reports of those expenditures. Defines when a candidate is clearly identified and the words that must be used to advocate the election, approval, or defeat of a candidate or a public question. Requires the report to be made to the Indiana election commission (for expenditures relating to candidates for state office, legislative office, or the outcome of a statewide public question) or to a county election board (for expenditures relating to candidates for local office or the outcome of a local public question). Provides that contributions that are required to be reported by a candidate or a committee are not required to be reported as expenditures by the person making the contribution. Provides that an individual is not required to report volunteer services accepted by a candidate, a candidate's committee, a regular party committee, or a political action committee as an expenditure. Provides that a person who is required to file an expenditure report must place a statement in all advertising purchased or materials published stating that the money used to purchase the advertising or materials has been reported by the person as required under Indiana law. Requires the Indiana election commission and a county election board to assess a civil penalty of $50 for each day that the report is late (but not more than an aggregate of $1,000) against a person who fails to file a report as required. Provides that the Indiana election commission or a county election board may assess a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 against a person who is required to file a report and who fails to include the required statement in advertising or materials.

SB 2: (LS 6114) K. Adams (DI:75)
Nurse licensure.

Authorizes the Indiana state board of nursing to license by endorsement an applicant who has been licensed as a registered nurse by examination under the laws of a Canadian province under the same conditions that the board may license an applicant who has been licensed in another state.

SB 3: (LS 6121) K. Adams (DI:69)
Motor vehicle forfeiture.

Allows a motor vehicle operated by a person to be seized and sold at public sale under certain circumstances if the person: (1) operated the motor vehicle with at least 0.10% of alcohol by weight in the person's blood or breath, with a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance in the person's body, or while intoxicated when the person had a previous conviction for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated within the preceding five years; (2) caused serious bodily injury to another person while operating the motor vehicle, and the person had at least 0.10% of alcohol by weight in the person's blood or breath, had a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance in the person's body, or was intoxicated; (3) caused the death of another person while operating the motor vehicle, and the person had at least 0.10% of alcohol by weight in the person's blood or breath, had a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance in the person's blood, or was intoxicated; (4) operated the vehicle while the person's driving privileges were suspended; (5) operated the motor vehicle in violation of the restrictions imposed under a hardship license; or (6) operated the motor vehicle after the person's driving privileges had been forfeited for life.

SB 4: (LS 6153) Simpson (DI:02)
School bus monitors.

Changes from 21 years to 18 years the minimum age for employment as a school bus monitor. Requires that a school bus monitor must have the same physical characteristics that are required of a school bus driver.

SB 5: (LS 6026) Simpson (DI:93)
Uniform Prudent Investor Act.

Adopts the Uniform Prudent Investor Act. Requires a trustee to administer the trust prudently by exercising care, skill, and caution; by using the trustee's skills and expertise; by incurring only appropriate costs in investing assets; and by diversifying the investments of the trust unless circumstances or the provisions of the trust require otherwise. Requires the trustee to be loyal to the trust and to treat co-beneficiaries impartially. Allows the trustee to delegate investment and management functions to an agent if the trustee exercises reasonable care, skill, and caution in selecting an agent, in establishing the scope of the delegation, and in periodically reviewing the agent's actions. Makes a trustee immune from liability for the actions of an agent acting within the scope of agency if the trustee has exercised reasonable care, skill, and caution. Creates a duty between an agent and a beneficiary. Subjects an agent to the jurisdiction of Indiana if the agent accepts the delegation of investment and management functions of a trust subject to Indiana law. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 6: (LS 6049) Simpson (DI:93)
Revised Uniform Partnership Act.

Incorporates the Revised Uniform Partnership Act into the Indiana Uniform Partnership Act. Provides that a partnership may sue or be sued in the name of the partnership, and provides for the joining of claims against a partner as well as a partnership. Provides conditions that determine whether property used or obtained by the partnership is partnership property. Provides for various means of transfer and recovery of partnership property by the partnership or partners based on the conditions of the conveyance. Provides that partners are jointly and severally liable for obligations of the partnership unless otherwise agreed to by a claimant or provided by law. Provides that generally a partnership agreement may not vary the rights and duties of the partners, including duties of loyalty and care and the obligation of good faith and fair dealing. Sets forth the information to which former partners, and agents of deceased or legally disabled partners, may have access. Establishes a filing procedure by which a partnership may file with the secretary of state statements of partnership authority, denial, dissociation, dissolution, and merger, and amendments or cancellations of those statements. Sets forth the contents required on a statement of partnership authority filed with the secretary of state. Limits the duties owed by a partner to the partnership or other partners to the duties of loyalty and care, and provides limits to those duties. Allows a partnership to maintain an action against a partner for a breach of the partnership agreement or violation of a duty that causes harm to the partnership. Allows a partner to maintain an action against the partnership or other partners to enforce the partner's rights and protect the partner's interests. Eliminates joint tenancies in partnership and provides that a partner has no transferable interest in partnership property. Provides that the only transferable interest a partner has in the partnership is the partner's share of profits and losses and the right to receive distributions. Provides the exclusive remedy by which a judgment creditor of a partner or partner's transferee may satisfy a judgment debtor's transferable interest in the partnership. Repeals existing provisions for dissolution and winding up of partnership business. Provides that a partner may or must dissociate from a partnership without causing dissolution of the partnership under certain conditions. Provides for the buyout of a dissociated partner's interest. Sets forth conditions under which a dissociated partner may or may not be liable as a partner for transactions occurring after the dissociation. Lists the events under which a partnership is dissolved and provides for the winding up of partnership business. Sets forth conditions under which partners may or may not be liable to other partners or share in partnership liability after dissolution. Provides for the conversion of a partnership to a limited partnership and the conversion of a limited partnership to a partnership. Provides for the merger of partnerships and limited partnerships.

SB 7: (LS 6133) Landske (DI:92)
Property tax deduction for disabled veterans.

Increases to $26,000 the maximum amount of assessed value of property that a person may own and still qualify for a property tax deduction as a disabled veteran. (Current law provides for a maximum of $18,000.) Makes a conforming amendment in the version of the section that will become effective March 1, 2001, when the definition of assessed value will change from 33 1/3% of true tax value to 100% of true tax value.

SB 8: (LS 6118) Landske (DI:75)
Security deposits and landlord attorney's fees.

Extends the period for a landlord to comply with requirements regarding the return of security deposits and itemization of damages from 45 days to 60 days. Requires a tenant to notify a landlord of the tenant's new address by certified mail. Allows a landlord to recover reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, reasonable collection costs, and other damages associated with lawfully withholding security deposits and with recovering money owed to the landlord by a tenant because of accrued rent, damages sustained by the landlord because of the tenant's noncompliance with the law or rental agreement, and unpaid utility or sewer charges.

SB 9: (LS 6031) Landske (DI:75)
National women veterans' memorial.

Appropriates from the state general fund $22,000 for the Women's Memorial Ceremonial Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Requires the treasurer of state to transfer the amount appropriated to the appropriate national fund for the Women's Memorial.

SB 10: (LS 6092) Ford (DI:41)
Misdemeanor probation.

Specifies that the authority of a court to suspend the sentence for a misdemeanor and place the convicted person on probation for up to one year applies to persons convicted of any class of misdemeanor.

SB 11: (LS 6095) Ford (DI:71)
Vietnam veteran license plate.

Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to design and issue an Indiana Vietnam veteran license plate.

SB 12: (LS 6083) Ford (DI:87)
Recreational trails.

Provides that regardless of when a recreational trail was established, a governmental entity must determine that statutory procedures for local participation have been satisfied before the governmental entity may participate in the operation of a recreational trail or spend money for the operation of the trail. Provides that owners of property adjoining a recreational trail have the following rights regardless of when the recreational trail was established: (1) Limited tort liability with respect to the users of the recreational trail. (2) Right to have fences erected between the recreational trail and the adjoining property owner's property.

SB 13: (LS 6144) Riegsecker (DI:79)
Ban on land based casinos.

Prohibits land based casinos in Indiana. Provides that the state may not enter into a tribal-state compact to allow gaming on Indian lands in Indiana.

SB 14: (LS 6265) Riegsecker (DI:88)
Reestablish managed care study committee.

Reestablishes the managed care study committee for two years. Requires the committee to study all aspects of managed care, with particular attention paid to data collection and grievance procedures.

SB 15: (LS 6262) Riegsecker (DI:76)
Indiana commission on restorative justice.

Establishes the 12 member Indiana commission on restorative justice for two years. Provides that restorative justice is community-based criminal justice that: (1) emphasizes accountability and responsibility of the offender; and (2) maximizes participation of the offender, victim, and members of the community to prevent crime and make reparations to the victim and community in the event of a crime. Requires the commission to study the concept of restorative justice and make recommendations, if appropriate, to develop and implement restorative justice programs in Indiana. Enumerates factors for the commission to consider in forming its recommendations. Provides that the commission operates under the direction of the legislative council.

SB 16: (LS 6063) Wyss (DI:71)
Probationary licenses for young drivers.

Provides that an individual who is less than 18 years of age holds a probationary driver's license and is subject to certain driving restrictions. Provides that an individual who holds a probationary license may receive an operator's license when the individual is at least 18 years of age if the individual has not been convicted of a moving traffic offense or involved in an accident during the 12 months that precede the date on which the individual applies for an operator's license.

SB 17: (LS 6051) Howard (DI:02)
School uniforms.

Requires the governing body of a school corporation to adopt a dress code that designates a school uniform for students in kindergarten through middle school or junior high school to wear during the school day. Allows a parent to exempt the parent's child from the dress code. Requires the dress code to be clearly written and reasonably designed to achieve certain purposes. Provides for parental, community, and school community involvement before adoption of the dress code and school uniform. Requires establishment of a program to assist students who are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches in obtaining school uniforms free or at a reduced cost that does not involve the spending of school corporation money acquired through state or local taxes. Requires written notice of information about school uniforms to parents. Provides that a school uniform is considered clothing for poor relief purposes.

SB 18: (LS 6219) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 19: (LS 6218) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 20: (LS 6217) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 21: (LS 6216) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 22: (LS 6215) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 23: (LS 6214) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 24: (LS 6196) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 25: (LS 6195) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 26: (LS 6194) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 27: (LS 6193) Garton (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 28: (LS 6192) Worman (DI:71)
Radar jamming devices.

Makes the operation of a motor vehicle that has an installed or operating radar jamming device a Class C infraction. Defines "radar jamming device".

SB 29: (LS 6236) Gery (DI:44)
Financing of Tippecanoe County hazardous waste removal and remediation.

Provides that the additional county option income tax rate imposed by the Tippecanoe County income tax council to fund remedial action and removal of hazardous substances terminates effective December 31, 1998. Abolishes the special taxing district established in Tippecanoe County to fund remedial action and removal of hazardous substances. (The special taxing district established in Columbia City for the same purposes is not affected.) Repeals and reenacts a provision concerning the special taxing district in Columbia City to make a conforming change and recognize 1997 legislation.

SB 30: (LS 6058) Simpson (DI:88)
Deduction for certain insurance premiums.

Provides an adjusted gross income tax deduction to an individual equal to the premiums paid by the individual for certain insurance policies that cover long term health care expenses. Provides that the deduction may be claimed if the premiums are paid for the benefit of the individual, the individual's spouse, or both. Deletes an incorrect cross reference to an Indiana Code section.

SB 31: (LS 6175) Simpson (DI:79)
Military service credit.

Provides service credit for members of the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF) who retire after June 30, 1998, and served in the Peace Corps or national guard during or after completing a postsecondary teacher training program.

SB 32: (LS 6198) Simpson (DI:76)
Protection from domestic violence; address confidentiality.

Establishes an address confidentiality program in the office of the secretary of state. Makes the program available to individuals, including minors and incapacitated persons represented by a parent or guardian, who are victims of domestic violence and wish to keep their addresses confidential from their abusers. Prescribes guidelines for the administration of the program. Provides that an address designated by the secretary of state serves as the individual's address, including for purposes of: (1) service of process; and (2) receipt of mail. Enables the individual to vote without making the individual's address available to the public. Requires the address of the individual who participates in the program to remain confidential except under certain prescribed circumstances. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor for an individual to provide false or incorrect information on a program application. Requires the secretary of state to designate certain agencies that provide services to victims of domestic violence to assist an individual who applies to the program.

SB 33: (LS 6013) Randolph (DI:75)
Legislator salaries.

Beginning January 1, 1999, provides that the annual salary of a member of the general assembly is $28,000. Provides that certain officers of the senate and the house of representatives are entitled to receive a specified compensation in addition to the annual base salary. (The amounts of the additional compensation are currently contained in the 1997 budget act.)

SB 34: (LS 6105) Randolph (DI:41)
Punitive damages.

Provides that the maximum amount of punitive damages that may be awarded in a civil action is three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded in the action. (Current law specifies that the maximum amount of punitive damages that may be awarded is the greater of three times the amount of compensatory damages or $50,000.) Provides that the entire amount of the punitive damage award goes to the person to whom the damages were awarded. (Current law requires the clerk of the court to split the award, with 25% going to the person to whom the damages were awarded and the remaining 75% going to the state violent crime victims compensation fund.)

SB 35: (LS 6102) Randolph (DI:41)
New superior courts in Lake County.

Adds one judge to the civil division and one judge to the criminal division of the Lake superior court.

SB 36: (LS 6018) Randolph (DI:71)
East Chicago school board.

Provides for the election rather than the appointment of the members of the school board for the city of East Chicago. Provides for a seven member East Chicago school board to be elected beginning at the primary election in 1998. Provides that six members of the school board are elected from districts and one member is elected at large.

SB 37: (LS 6084) Randolph (DI:87)
Lake County law enforcement academy.

Requires the construction and operation of a Lake County law enforcement academy. Authorizes the law enforcement academy building commission to issue up to $8,800,000 of revenue debentures to fund acquisition of a site and construction of academy buildings.

SB 38: (LS 6180) Randolph (DI:41)
Attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Provides that, in a disciplinary proceeding against an attorney, the person who filed the complaint with the disciplinary commission must pay the attorney's expenses of defending the action, including attorney's fees, if the attorney is found not guilty of misconduct.

SB 39: (LS 6238) Randolph (DI:41)
Complaints against lawyers and judges.

Limits the period within which a civil action may be filed against a lawyer to not later than two years after the date the act or omission complained of occurs. Limits the period within which a complaint may be filed with the commission on judicial qualifications against a judge or justice to not later than two years after the date the act or omission complained of occurs. Limits the period within which a disciplinary action may be filed against an attorney to not later than two years after the act or omission complained of occurs.

SB 40: (LS 6178) Randolph (DI:79)
Sickle cell anemia discrimination.

Provides that it is a violation of a person's civil rights to discriminate against a person because the person has sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait. Prohibits an insurer from: (1) denying coverage; (2) adding a surcharge or rating factor; (3) excluding or limiting coverage; or (4) requiring genetic testing because an insured individual or an applicant for insurance has or may have sickle cell trait. Provides that an insurer may not: (1) decline to provide life, accident, disability, or health insurance coverage to an individual because the individual has sickle cell disease; (2) exclude or limit coverage for losses or deny a claim because a covered person has or may have sickle cell disease; (3) designate that if a person has sickle cell disease it is a preexisting condition that causes coverage to be denied for any period; or (4) require an insured person or an applicant for insurance to be tested for sickle cell disease. Provides that an insurer may adjust the premium of an individual on the basis that the individual has a physical condition or medical claims history.

SB 41: (LS 6110) Randolph (DI:69)
Environmental legal actions.

Specifies that the costs of a removal or remedial action, for purposes of the law concerning environmental legal actions, include the cost of reimbursing a person for a personal injury or property damage caused by a release of a hazardous substance or petroleum.

SB 42: (LS 6183) Randolph (DI:79)
Death benefits for police officers.

Provides that benefits that are provided to the spouse and dependents of a police officer who is killed in the line of duty shall also be paid to the spouse and dependents of a police officer who dies after June 30, 1998, from any cause other than the illegal act of the officer.


SB 43: (LS 6101) Randolph (DI:41)
Pension benefits of magistrates.

Includes full-time magistrates in the definition of judge for purposes of the judges' retirement fund. Removes full-time magistrates from the public employees' retirement fund. (Current law provides that full-time magistrates are covered by the public employees' retirement fund.)

SB 44: (LS 6104) Randolph (DI:41)
Lake judicial nominating commission members.

Changes the composition of the Lake County judicial nominating commission beginning October 1, 1998. Reduces the number of members from nine to seven members, to be selected as follows: (1) Two attorney members elected by the Lake County Bar Association, one of whom must be a member of the James C. Kimbrough-Thurgood Marshall Law Association. (2) One attorney member appointed by the mayor of the largest second class city in Lake County. (3) Three nonattorney members appointed by each of the three county commissioners of Lake County. (Current law provides that the chief justice of the supreme court is the seventh member.) Provides that the terms of the commission members serving on September 30, 1998, expire on that date.

SB 45: (LS 6061) Randolph (DI:76)
Sale of guns to minors.

Makes the sale or transfer of a handgun or an assault weapon to a minor a Class B felony instead of a Class C felony. Enhances the offense to a Class A felony if the person who commits the offense has reasonable cause to believe that the minor is a member of a gang.

SB 46: (LS 6103) Randolph (DI:41)
Authority of magistrates.

Gives magistrates the authority to accept or reject plea agreements in misdemeanor or felony proceedings.

SB 47: (LS 6057) Randolph (DI:02)
East Chicago library board membership.

Changes the library board of the East Chicago public library to a five member board and provides for appointments to the board. Establishes a gradual transition to the new board by allowing incumbent board members on June 30, 1998, to continue in office until the expiration of their terms.

SB 48: (LS 6213) Craycraft (DI:41)
Collection of municipal court judgments.

Allows a city or town court to impose a $50 late payment fee on judgments that are not paid by the due date set by the court. Provides that the late payment fees remain in the general fund of the city or town that collected the judgment.

SB 49: (LS 6038) Craycraft (DI:71)
Ball State University faculty trustee.

Requires that a member of the university faculty, chosen from a list provided by a search and screen committee, be appointed by the governor to the Ball State University board of trustees for a two year term.

SB 50: (LS 6111) Craycraft (DI:69)
Property tax deductions for disabled veterans.

Allows a disabled veteran to qualify for certain property tax deductions if the veteran's disability is evidenced by: (1) a pension certificate, an award of compensation, or a disability compensation check issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; or (2) a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indiana department of veterans' affairs after the Indiana department of veterans' affairs has determined that the veteran's disability qualifies the veteran to receive a deduction. (Current law does not allow a veteran's disability to be evidenced by a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indiana department of veterans' affairs.) (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the military and veterans affairs commission.)

SB 51: (LS 6080) Craycraft (DI:92)
Property tax credits for the elderly and disabled.

Provides that a property tax credit is payable from the property tax replacement fund against the property taxes paid on an individual's homestead if the individual is at least 65 years of age or has been declared totally disabled for purposes of Social Security. Provides that the credit changes each year so that the individual's net property tax liability will never be greater than the individual's property tax liability in the first year the individual qualified for the credit so long as the individual files for the credit. Appropriates money from the property tax replacement fund to pay for the property tax credits.

SB 52: (LS 6252) Craycraft (DI:92)
Property tax deductions.

Increases the adjusted gross income and assessed value limits on the property tax deduction for individuals who are at least 65 years of age. Increases the adjusted gross income limit from $20,000 to $23,000. Increases the assessed value limit from $21,000 to $24,000. Makes conforming amendments to the version of the statute that takes effect March 1, 2001, with the change of the definition of assessed value from 33.3% of true tax value to 100% of true tax value.

SB 53: (LS 6212) Dempsey (DI:41)
Grand jury alternate.

Provides for the selection of one alternate juror in addition to the six regular jurors to serve on a grand jury.

SB 54: (LS 6127) Long (DI:41)
Sentence for murder.

Increases the minimum sentence for murder from 55 to 60 years and increases the number of years that can be added to a sentence for murder for aggravating circumstances from 10 to 20 years.

SB 55: (LS 6205) Gard (DI:69)
Transportation of high level radioactive waste.

Requires a person who wishes to transport high level radioactive waste in Indiana to submit to the director of the state emergency management agency: (1) a notice that includes the highway or railway route, date, and time of the shipment of high level radioactive waste and certain other information required under federal law; and (2) a transportation fee of $1,000 for each vehicle and railroad car that will be used to transport high level radioactive waste in Indiana. Specifies that transportation fees are deposited in the nuclear response fund to provide appropriate education, training, and equipment to local emergency management agency personnel in counties that will be affected by the transportation of high level radioactive waste. Requires the director of the state emergency management agency to consult with: (1) the state health commissioner of the state department of health; (2) the commissioner of the Indiana department of transportation; (3) the commissioner of the department of environmental management; (4) the superintendent of state police; and (5) representatives of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and United States Department of Transportation to prepare a plan for emergency response to a high level radioactive waste transportation accident in Indiana. Allows the director of the state emergency management agency to require preferred routes, dates, or times for transporting high level radioactive waste in Indiana under certain circumstances.

SB 56: (LS 6325) Lubbers (DI:77)
Infant cribs.

Requires that a crib that is placed in commerce must comply with certain federal safety regulations, voluntary industry safety standards, and other specific standards. Provides that cribs that are clearly not intended to be used for an infant are exempt if accompanied by a notice. Provides that transient lodging facilities and child care facilities are not required to comply with these standards before January 1, 2001. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to notify certain sellers and users of infant cribs of the crib standards.

SB 57: (LS 6363) Wheeler (DI:92)
Removal of trustee by beneficiaries.

Provides that a beneficiary of any trust may petition the court for the removal of a corporate trustee if there has been a change in the control of the corporate trustee. (Current law limits the application of the procedure to trusts executed after June 30, 1996.)

SB 58: (LS 6443) Gard (DI:88)
Regulation of tobacco products.

Repeals a law providing that regulation of the sale, distribution, or display of tobacco products may only be authorized by the general assembly. Makes conforming changes.

SB 59: (LS 6066) Zakas (DI:92)
Elimination of the inheritance tax.

Provides a complete exemption from inheritance tax for property interests transferred to lineal descendants or ancestors with respect to persons who die after June 30, 1998. Phases out the inheritance tax on property interests transferred to other categories of transferees by increasing exemptions. Provides that no inheritance tax will be imposed upon property interests transferred to other categories of transferees with respect to persons who die after June 30, 2000.

SB 60: (LS 6099) Zakas (DI:76)
Life imprisonment for certain sex offenders.

Allows a court to sentence a person to life imprisonment without parole upon conviction of a second Class A or Class B felony that is a sex offense against a child.

SB 61: (LS 6289) Worman (DI:76)
Robbery and false informing.

Enhances robbery from a Class C felony to: (1) a Class B felony if it is committed against a financial institution; and (2) a Class A felony if it is committed against a financial institution while the person who commits the offense is armed with a deadly weapon. Enhances false informing from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class D felony if the offense is committed against a law enforcement officer.

SB 62: (LS 6282) Ford (DI:92)
Inheritance tax repeal.

Provides that the state inheritance tax does not apply to property interest transfers made by a decedent who dies after June 30, 1999. Amends the Indiana estate tax formula, and provides that the amended formula applies to property interest transfers made by a decedent who dies after June 30, 1999.

SB 63: (LS 6285) Ford (DI:92)
Inheritance tax exemption for lineal descendants and ancestors.

Provides a complete exemption to the inheritance tax for property interests transferred to lineal descendants and ancestors (Class A transferees) with respect to decedents who die after June 30, 1999.

SB 64: (LS 6247) Ford (DI:76)
Child protection system.

Requires that every time a local child protection service participates in a child abuse or neglect investigation, the child protection service must forward its investigational report to the office of the prosecuting attorney having jurisdiction in the county where the child protection service is located. Provides that confidential reports and other confidential information concerning child abuse and neglect that are obtained by certain authorized persons from the division of family and children, a county office of family and children, or a local child protection service remain confidential. Provides that upon a court determination of a child support arrearage, a custodial parent may report to a consumer reporting agency regarding the amount of overdue support owed by the noncustodial parent. Requires a consumer reporting agency to provide information regarding a child support arrearage in the same manner as information about any other debt. Requires the custodial parent to continue to notify the consumer reporting agency of any payment that reduces the child support arrearage until the arrearage is satisfied. Expands the policy of the state and purpose statement of the juvenile code to include providing adoption as a viable permanency plan for children who have been adjudicated as children in need of services. Increases from $100 to $200 the probation department user fee to be paid by the parent or guardian of the estate of a child for whom a guardian ad litem or court appointed special advocate is appointed. Requires an additional periodic case review for a child in need of services that must occur at least three months after: (1) the child's removal from the home; or (2) the date of the dispositional decree; whichever occurs first. Requires each periodic case review to be conducted by a court at a formal hearing. Provides that if, at the fourth periodic case review of a child in need of services to evaluate the child's case plan, services, and placement, which occurs approximately 18 months after: (1) the child's removal from the home; or (2) the date of the dispositional decree; the county office of family and children finds that the child's parent has not significantly improved in certain areas, the county office shall establish a permanent plan for the child. Requires the county office of family and children to file a petition to terminate the parent-child relationship if the permanent plan for the child is adoption. Requires a juvenile court to review a child's case once every six months until a petition for adoption is filed whenever the juvenile or probate court terminates the parent-child relationship with regard to the child. Requires that during each periodic case review of a child in need of services, certain written documentation must be provided describing the family services that have been offered or provided. Repeals a provision allowing a periodic case review of a child in need of services case conducted by an administrative panel and makes conforming amendments. Makes certain other changes.

SB 65: (LS 6113) Craycraft (DI:75)
Employee assistance professionals.

Provides for certification of employee assistance professionals. (An employee assistance professional is trained to identify and assist employees and their dependents with drug or alcohol related problems or other personal problems that affect the performance of employees.) Provides that all communications made to a certified employee assistance professional by another certified employee assistance professional or a client in furtherance of the objectives of the employer's program are confidential. Provides that a certified employee assistance professional is a mental health service provider for purposes of civil immunity.

SB 66: (LS 6032) Craycraft (DI:69)
Pregnancy and controlled substances.

Provides that a person who knows or should reasonably know that the person is pregnant and knowingly or intentionally ingests cocaine, a narcotic drug, a controlled substance, or marijuana, hash oil, or hashish without a valid prescription or order, commits unlawful ingestion of a controlled substance, a Class D felony. Allows a prosecuting attorney to withhold prosecution against a person accused of unlawful ingestion of a controlled substance if: (1) the person agrees to conditions of a pretrial diversion program agreement that requires the person to undergo drug abuse treatment in an approved drug abuse treatment program; and (2) the terms of the agreement are recorded in an instrument signed by the person and the prosecuting attorney and filed in the court in which the charge is pending.

SB 67: (LS 6075) Wyss (DI:75)
Fees for legislative documents.

Provides that a public agency within the legislative department of state government shall charge fees for copies of public records under policies established by the legislative council.

SB 68: (LS 6260) Wyss (DI:02)
State armory board funds.

Allows the state armory board to contribute funds to finance the statutory duties of the adjutant-general.

SB 69: (LS 6139) Wyss (DI:71)
Blood alcohol levels.

Reduces from 0.10% to 0.08% the percentage of alcohol by weight in a person's blood or breath that is necessary to constitute prima facie evidence of intoxication in a prosecution for operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated. Reduces the range of the percentage of alcohol by weight in a person's blood or breath to at least 0.05% but less than 0.08% that is necessary to constitute relevant evidence of intoxication in a prosecution for operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated. (Current law provides that the range for relevant evidence of intoxication is at least 0.05% but less than 0.10%.) Makes conforming amendments.

SB 70: (LS 6258) Gard (DI:51)
Environmental revitalization.

Eliminates duplication between two provisions granting authority to establish additional standards related to the establishment of brownfield revitalization zones and the granting of tax deductions in brownfield revitalization zones. Indicates that deductions in a zone may be limited to real or personal property in the zone. Prohibits a person that contaminates soil or surface water in a brownfield revitalization zone from receiving a property tax deduction for revitalizing the area. (Current law prohibits only persons that contaminate groundwater from receiving a deduction.) Indicates that the order that must be attached to a remonstrance petition is the resolution adopted by the designating body. Limits the duty of a designating body to notify the state board of tax commissioners when a deduction is terminated to terminations related to personal property. Corrects citation cross references. Eliminates the requirement that a political subdivision applying for a loan from the environmental remediation revolving loan fund obtain an approving opinion from a nationally recognized bond counsel. Gives the Indiana development finance authority the discretion to require an opinion. Legalizes the establishment of brownfield revitalization zones established within a specified period, if they meet certain conditions. Voids certain brownfield revitalization zones established within the period, if they fail to meet certain conditions. Makes related changes.

SB 71: (LS 6149) Waterman (DI:41)
Inmate name changes.

Prohibits a person confined to a correctional facility from petitioning for a change of name if the person seeks to file the action as an indigent person, resulting in a waiver of the filing fees.

SB 72: (LS 6449) Waterman (DI:76)
Child support payments.

Allows a noncustodial parent to petition a court to order escrow of child support payments whenever the custodial parent: (1) resides outside Indiana; and (2) fails to respond to a subpoena relating to a child support, custody, or visitation proceeding. Provides that whenever a court finds that the custodial parent has failed to respond to a subpoena as described in the petition, the court shall order the clerk of court to hold future child support payments in an escrow account until the custodial parent submits to the jurisdiction of the court. Specifies that the court may not order escrow of child support payments unless the court determines the order is not likely to adversely affect the best interests of the child.

SB 73: (LS 6510) Wheeler (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 75: (LS 6508) Wheeler (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 76: (LS 6509) Wheeler (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 77: (LS 6512) Wheeler (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 78: (LS 6513) Wheeler (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 79: (LS 6295) Wheeler (DI:94)
Homestead credit for surviving spouses.

Provides that the surviving spouse of an individual who filed a certified statement to claim the homestead credit is not required to file a new certified statement if the property: (1) qualified for a homestead credit during the prior year; (2) continues to meet the use requirements of the homestead credit law; and (3) is solely owned by the surviving spouse.

SB 80: (LS 6293) Waterman (DI:69)
Arrests by federal employees.

Provides that before a federal employee who is not designated by state law to act as a state law enforcement officer may make an arrest, a search, or a seizure in Indiana, the federal employee must file a written notice concerning the arrest, search, or seizure with the sheriff or the designee of the sheriff who has jurisdiction in the county in which the arrest, search, or seizure will occur. Provides certain exceptions. Specifies that the written notice must contain: (1) the name of the subject of the arrest, search, or seizure; (2) a clear statement describing the probable cause for the arrest, search, or seizure, or a copy of the federal arrest, search, or seizure warrant that contains a clear statement of probable cause; (3) a description of specific assets to be searched for or seized; (4) a statement of the date and time that the arrest, search, or seizure is to occur; and (5) the address or location where the intended arrest, search, or seizure will be attempted. Allows a person who suffers a pecuniary loss as a result of a violation of the written notice requirements to bring a civil action against the person who caused the loss to recover certain damages and expenses. Provides that, under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Indiana's compact with the other states, the general assembly declares any federal law that purports to provide federal employees with the authority of a sheriff in Indiana is not recognized by and is specifically rejected by Indiana and is invalid in Indiana.

SB 81: (LS 6528) Jackman (DI:76)
Children in need of services; custody.

Allows a court with child custody jurisdiction to modify a child custody order in a dissolution of marriage proceeding that relates to a child who is under juvenile court jurisdiction as the result of a child in need of services proceeding. Provides that whenever a court with child custody jurisdiction modifies child custody under these circumstances, the custody modification takes effect only if the juvenile court: (1) enters an order approving the custody modification; or (2) terminates the child in need of services proceeding. (Current law provides that child custody may not be modified while the child is under the juvenile court jurisdiction as the result of a child in need of services proceeding.)

SB 82: (LS 6490) Worman (DI:02)
Internet services at public libraries.

Requires a public library that offers Internet access to library patrons to adopt a written policy on the blocking of certain Internet sites and to have in place software to block access to Internet sites identified under the policy. Provides that the state library and historical board may not distribute state money to a public library that fails to block patron access to the specified Internet sites.

SB 83: (LS 6318) Worman (DI:41)
Information on persons released on bail.

Requires the clerk of a court to maintain and post information concerning defendants released by the court after depositing cash or securities in an amount not less than 10% of the defendant's bail.

SB 84: (LS 6570) Skillman (DI:93)
Health facility criminal history checks.

Allows an entity acting on behalf of a person that operates a health facility, administers a hospital based health facility, or operates an entity in the business of contracting to provide nurse aides or other unlicensed employees for a health facility or hospital based health facility to apply for a limited criminal history from the Indiana central repository for criminal history when the health facility or contracting entity employs a person as a nurse aide or unlicensed employee.

SB 85: (LS 6534) Lubbers (DI:71)
Charter schools.

Allows the governing body of a school corporation to issue a charter to an organizer to establish a charter school within the school corporation. Provides an appeal to a panel that includes the superintendent of public instruction and two members of the state board of education when a charter school proposal is not accepted but at least one-third of the members of the governing body favor the proposal. Allows the establishment of a regional charter school under a charter issued by the governing bodies of two or more school corporations. Allows the conversion of an existing public school to a charter school if at least 50% of the teachers and 50% of the parents approve of the conversion. Sets forth the organization, powers, method of establishment, charter contents, policies, oversight, and restrictions for charter schools. Provides that a decision concerning the establishment of a charter school may not be restrained by a collective bargaining agreement. Requires the charter to establish whether collective bargaining applies to a charter school and the bargaining unit for the charter school. Requires all charter school teachers to hold a license to teach in a public school. Provides that if a school corporation eliminates a teaching position in a noncharter school because of a charter school, the legal or contractual provisions, if any, otherwise applicable to a teacher continue to apply to that teacher.

SB 86: (LS 6321) Zakas (DI:41)
Crime victim notification.

Requires the attorney general to provide a statewide victim notification system. Authorizes the attorney general to apply for funds from the victim and witness assistance fund to operate the program. Adds the attorney general to the list of agencies to which the Indiana criminal justice institute may grant money from the victim and witness assistance fund for use by the attorney general in establishing a statewide victim notification system.

SB 87: (LS 6604) Bowser (DI:76)
Nonsupport of a dependent child.

Decriminalizes nonsupport of a dependent child and makes it a Class B infraction. Makes it a Class A infraction instead of a Class C felony if the amount of unpaid support is at least $10,000. Provides for certain defenses. Makes a conforming change.

SB 88: (LS 6088) Bowser (DI:76)
Salary increase for correctional officers.

Requires the commissioner of the department of correction with the cooperation of the state personnel department to develop a pay plan for state correctional officers that provides at least a 10% salary increase for each correctional officer. Appropriates money from the state general fund to pay for the salary increases.

SB 89: (LS 6402) Long (DI:87)
Annexation and noncapital services.

Allows an involuntarily annexed area to retain the fire protection, police protection, or emergency medical services that served the area before the annexation. Allows a municipality to adopt two fiscal plans that establish that the municipality: (1) either will not provide fire protection and police protection, or will not provide fire protection, police protection, and emergency medical services to the annexed area; and (2) will provide police protection, fire protection, and emergency services to the annexed area. Provides that if a remonstrance is not filed, the plan providing for less than full implementation of noncapital services will take effect. Provides that the annexed area is not responsible for the costs and indebtedness, including pension liability, of the noncapital services not provided by the municipality to the annexed area. Provides that if a remonstrance is filed, the court may only consider the fiscal plan providing for a full implementation of noncapital services. Allows the annexed area to file a petition to retain police protection, fire protection, or emergency medical services or any combination of these services after an annexation is effective. Requires a petition to retain noncapital services to be signed by 51% of owners of land in the annexed area or the owners of 75% of the total assessed value of the land for property tax purposes. Provides for a hearing within 60 days of the date the petition is filed. Requires the court to find in favor of retention of services if 51% of the owners of land in the annexed area or the owners of 75% of the total assessed value of the land for property tax purposes support retention of the services specified in the petition. Provides that an annexed area that retains fire, police, or emergency medical services is not responsible for costs or indebtedness, including pension liability, from the municipality's provision of the noncapital services specified in the petition. Requires the municipality to amend its fiscal plan to reflect the court's judgment on the petition. Requires the municipality to submit the amended fiscal plan to the court. States that a petition to retain fire, police, or emergency medical services is not an appeal of the annexation. Provides that a person may file a complaint for the failure of a municipality to implement a fiscal plan not later than one year after the termination of all judicial and appellate review of a petition to retain noncapital services. Provides that a municipality that annexes in a fire protection district may provide fire protection services to the annexed area beginning on the date: (1) the period expires under law for filing a petition to retain noncapital services if no petition is filed; or (2) the date of disposition of all judicial and appellate review of a petition to provide noncapital services. Provides that the one year period for a municipality to provide police protection, fire protection, and emergency medical services begins on: (1) the date the period expires for filing a petition to retain noncapital services if a petition is not filed; or (2) the date of disposition of all judicial and appellate review of a petition to retain noncapital services.

SB 90: (LS 6499) Long (DI:71)
Waiver of damages for certain individuals.

Prohibits an individual who is convicted of a murder or felony from recovering damages in a negligence action if the individual's injuries were proximately caused by the individual's commission of a crime or by the individual's flight from the crime. Prohibits an individual who is convicted of certain offenses related to driving while intoxicated or impaired from recovering certain damages arising from the accident. Makes exceptions for certain causes of action to recover damages for injuries sustained in connection with the sale of alcohol to minors or certain intoxicated persons.

SB 91: (LS 6167) Long (DI:92)
Renaissance zones.

Establishes the renaissance zone board. Requires the board to designate areas within Indiana as renaissance zones. Provides relief from property taxes, the gross income tax, the adjusted gross income tax, the supplemental net income tax, the county adjusted gross income tax, the county option income tax, and the county economic development income tax to individuals residing in a renaissance zone and businesses located in a renaissance zone. Provides that real and personal property located in a renaissance zone may be assessed for payment of ad valorem property taxes committed to funding or paying bonded indebtedness or lease rentals in leases in which the original term is for at least five years.

SB 92: (LS 6460) Long (DI:51)
Credit for poverty related contributions.

Provides a tax credit to individuals for charitable contributions to organizations providing poverty assistance.

SB 93: (LS 6400) Long (DI:41)
Reimbursement by inmates to county jail.

Allows a court to order persons who are sentenced for a felony or a misdemeanor to reimburse the county for the cost of housing the person in the county jail if the county adopts an ordinance that allows for the reimbursement. Requires a county that adopts a reimbursement ordinance to establish a nonreverting fund for the deposit of amounts collected from jail detainees to be used for the operation, construction, repair, remodeling, enlarging, and equipment of a county jail or juvenile detention center.

SB 95: (LS 6345) Gard (DI:75)
Final passage of budget bill.

Provides that a budget bill is not eligible for third reading in the senate or the house of representatives until a copy of the text of the entire bill, as proposed to be enacted, has been made available to each member of the chamber considering the bill for at least 24 hours. Provides that a conference committee report for a budget bill is not eligible for adoption in either the senate or the house of representatives until a copy of the text of the entire bill, as the conference committee report proposes the bill to be enacted, has been made available to each member of the chamber considering the conference committee report for at least 24 hours. Provides that a budget bill enacted in violation of these requirements is void.

SB 96: (LS 6623) Kenley (DI:51)
State immunity for computer errors.

Grants immunity to the state of Indiana, a political subdivision, and any employee of the state or a political subdivision from tort and contract liability that is caused by an incorrect date being produced, calculated, or generated by a computer or other information system. Requires state and local contracts entered into after June 30, 1998, to include a provision granting immunity to the state and political subdivisions for a breach of contract resulting from an incorrect date being produced, calculated, or generated by a computer or other information system. Provides that this immunity applies to contracts entered into after June 30, 1998.

SB 97: (LS 6624) Kenley (DI:78)
Violation of environmental rules.

Removes rules or standards adopted by a board from the category of environmental violations that are Class D felonies.

SB 98: (LS 6625) Zakas (DI:76)
Commitment of sexually violent predators.

Provides for the civil commitment for an indeterminate period of a person who is found to be a sexually violent predator. Provides that the intent of the civil commitment is to provide treatment for a person with a serious mental disorder and then return the person to the community. Applies to a person who: (1) has been charged or convicted of a Class A or Class B felony sex offense; and (2) suffers from a mental abnormality that makes the person likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if the person is not confined in a secure facility. Provides that before a person who may be a sexually violent predator may be released from confinement, the releasing authority shall inform a three member review committee consisting of two psychiatrists or psychologists and one prosecuting attorney or deputy prosecuting attorney with experience prosecuting sex offense cases that the person may be a sexually violent predator. Establishes procedures for a determination of probable cause, a hearing, and other procedural safeguards. Provides that if a person is determined by a court to be a sexually violent predator, the person must be committed to a state institution. Provides procedures for the evaluation and review of a person who is committed. Provides that the person is to be committed for the period that the person's mental abnormality exists to the extent that: (1) the person is not safe to be released back into the community; and (2) if released, the person is likely to engage in acts of sexual violence.

SB 99: (LS 6372) Kenley (DI:41)
Credit time for inmates.

Repeals a statute that provides for a reduction in an offender's sentence under specified circumstances. Eliminates a reference to the reduction of sentence statute in the credit time statute. Provides that in addition to other educational programs for which an inmate may receive credit time, an inmate may receive three months of credit time for completion of a vocational education or substance abuse course approved by the department of correction. Allows a person incarcerated in a department of correction facility who is in credit Class I and who demonstrates a pattern consistent with rehabilitation to earn at least three months of credit time for completion of a vocational education program approved by the department of correction, up to a maximum of six months. Provides that a person may earn at least three months of credit time for completion of a substance abuse program approved by the department of correction, up to a maximum of six months. Requires the offender to complete a portion of the program requirements after June 30, 1998. Requires the department of correction to establish admissions criteria and other requirements for vocational education and substance abuse programs available for earning credit time.

SB 100: (LS 6340) Kenley (DI:02)
Public school scholarship program.

Establishes a public elementary and secondary school scholarship program. Allows the parent of a public school student to request a scholarship for the student to enroll in: (1) a different public school in the base school corporation; or (2) a public school in a different school corporation. Requires the receiving principal and superintendent to jointly agree to enroll a scholarship student. For students who select a new school corporation, allocates public funds in a manner that counts a scholarship student in the ADM of the student's base school corporation, gives 50% of the state aid for that student to the receiving school corporation, and makes the parent responsible for costs of attendance that exceed the amount of the scholarship. Requires the parent to provide student transportation. Requires a school corporation that enrolls a scholarship student to determine whether to continue to enroll the student for the following year. Provides that the laws concerning transfer students, including court ordered transfer students, do not apply to a student who attends a public school outside the student's base school corporation under the scholarship program. Prohibits enrollment of a scholarship student that negates compliance with certain court orders. Provides for administration of the program by the department of education.

SB 101: (LS 6341) Kenley (DI:73)
Technical corrections.

Corrects errors in the Indiana Code. Reconciles blind amendments enacted during the 1997 session of the general assembly (shown in italicized type). (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the code revision commission.)

SB 102: (LS 6342) Kenley (DI:58)
Financial institutions tax.

For purposes of the financial institutions tax, adds a deduction from income concerning bad debt reserves for building and loan associations, mutual savings banks, and certain cooperative banks to correspond to federal tax law.

SB 103: (LS 6064) Meeks (DI:69)
False informing.

Makes the offense of false informing a Class D felony instead of a Class B misdemeanor. Makes the offense a Class C felony instead of a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders any law enforcement process or if it results in harm to an innocent person.

SB 104: (LS 6071) Meeks (DI:71)
Driving in the left lane.

Makes it a Class C infraction for a vehicle to be driven continuously in the left lane of a laned roadway if it impedes the flow of other traffic. Requires a person who drives a vehicle in the left lane that impedes the flow of traffic to move it to the right lane when the movement can be made with safety.

SB 105: (LS 6231) Meeks (DI:79)
Electronic gaming devices.

Creates a new license under the jurisdiction of the alcoholic beverage commission that permits gambling on electronic gaming devices in establishments that hold liquor, beer, wine, club, restaurant, or hotel permits issued by the alcoholic beverage commission. Provides that the annual license fee for the establishment license is $1,000 per electronic gaming device. Limits the number of gaming devices that an establishment may have. Creates a license under the jurisdiction of the alcoholic beverage commission for operators of electronic gaming devices. Requires operators to pay a $5,000 annual fee. Provides that the fees are deposited in the electronic gaming fund, which is administered by the alcoholic beverage commission, and appropriates amounts sufficient to cover required distributions and administrative costs. Provides that after the amounts have been appropriated for administration, 20% of the money in the fund must be paid to the counties based on population and 20% of the money in the fund must be paid to cities and towns based on population. Provides that the remaining revenue from license fees must be deposited in the property tax replacement fund and used for property tax replacement. Makes it a Class D felony to knowingly or intentionally: (1) tamper with an electronic gaming device; (2) manipulate the outcome, payoff, or operation of an electronic gaming device; or (3) sell, purchase, or lease an electronic gaming device that is not licensed by the alcoholic beverage commission. Requires the alcoholic beverage commission to adopt rules for the operation of the electronic gaming devices.

SB 106: (LS 6590) Meeks (DI:76)
Child support and educational expenses.

Provides that a court may not order a parent in cases arising out of dissolution of marriage or paternity to pay for a child's expenses at an institution of higher learning. Lowers the general age of emancipation from 21 to 19 years of age. Makes conforming changes.

SB 107: (LS 6597) Meeks (DI:79)
Legislators' pensions.

Provides that a legislator who: (1) completed service in the general assembly before April 30, 1989; (2) served at least ten years as a member of the general assembly; and (3) is not a member of another public retirement fund may participate in the defined benefit plan of the legislators' retirement system.

SB 108: (LS 6591) Meeks (DI:73)
Auburn food and beverage tax.

Allows the city of Auburn to impose a food and beverage tax at a rate of 1%. Specifies that the tax revenue may be used only for park or recreational facilities. Provides that the tax terminates after all bonds for which tax revenue was pledged have been paid and all leases for which tax revenue was pledged have terminated. Provides that if the tax terminates, the city council may reimpose the tax.

SB 109: (LS 6595) Meeks (DI:75)
Expiration of administrative rules.

Provides that an administrative rule expires on July 1 of the year after the rule's adoption unless the general assembly continues the administrative rule by statute. (Current law provides that a rule expires January 1 of the seventh year after the rule's adoption.) Provides that an agency may not readopt an administrative rule that expires unless the general assembly authorizes the agency to readopt the rule. Provides that a rule the general assembly has continued by statute or that is authorized by the general assembly for readoption does not expire on July 1 of the year after the continued or readopted rule takes effect unless the general assembly specifies that the continued or readopted rule expires or unless the agency subsequently amends the continued or readopted rule. Provides that an administrative rule in force on December 31, 1997, expires not later than July 1, 2000. Repeals statutes that authorize: (1) agencies to readopt expired rules through the administrative rulemaking process; or (2) the governor to extend the expiration date of a rule.

SB 110: (LS 6140) Meeks (DI:93)
Motor vehicles.

Requires that the purchaser of a motor vehicle must have made all agreed upon payments, including delivery of a trade-in without hidden statutory liens, before a vehicle dealer is required to deliver title to the purchaser. Makes it a Class A infraction for a person to deny an owner of a vehicle towed to a private storage or impoundment area free access to the vehicle during normal business hours for the purpose of securing personal items. Provides that a flood damaged vehicle is a vehicle that has sustained water damage above the floorboard of the vehicle. Requires a flood damaged vehicle to have a certificate of salvage title with the notation "FLOOD DAMAGED". Requires that when a vehicle dealer or other business restores or purchases a salvaged vehicle, the affidavit that must be attached to the title of that vehicle must bear the designation "REBUILT VEHICLE MILEAGE UNKNOWN" or "REBUILT FLOOD DAMAGED VEHICLE". Provides that if a title is issued for a motor vehicle that was previously titled in another state as a rebuilt, reconstructed, reconditioned, distressed, flood damaged, or similarly designated vehicle, the new title must bear the designation "REBUILT VEHICLE" or "REBUILT FLOOD DAMAGED VEHICLE". Provides that the statutes concerning salvaged motor vehicles apply each year to a vehicle manufactured within the previous seven model years, but that the bureau of motor vehicles may extend the coverage of the provisions up to a maximum of 15 model years. Requires a disposal facility, automotive salvage rebuilder, and used parts dealer to retain records concerning salvage vehicles for ten years instead of five years. Requires a disposal facility, automotive salvage rebuilder, and used parts dealer to complete records concerning salvage vehicles or component parts that are in their current model year or in the preceding nine model years (instead of the preceding four model years).

SB 111: (LS 6525) Breaux (DI:69)
Handgun licenses and trigger locks.

Prohibits issuance of a license to carry a handgun to a person less than 21 years of age. (Current law prohibits issuance of a license to carry a handgun to a person less than 18 years of age.) Provides that a person who owns or otherwise possesses a handgun and does not securely lock the handgun with a trigger lock or similar device designed to prevent the discharge of the handgun when the person: (1) is not carrying the handgun on the person's body; or (2) does not otherwise have immediate access to the handgun commits a Class A infraction.

SB 112: (LS 6546) K. Adams (DI:93)
Advance notice by telemarketers.

Requires a seller intending to make a telephone solicitation to send a written notification to a prospect of the seller's intent to make a solicitation. Makes failing to send a written notification before soliciting a prospect a Class C infraction.

SB 113: (LS 6635) Gard (DI:94)
Structures at public use airports.

Adds "cranes" to the included items under the definition of "structure" for the purpose of aeronautics. Requires written authorization from the owner or operator of a public use airport before a structure may be erected or modified to add height to the structure within the primary or approach imaginary surface of the airport. Allows the owner or operator to insert terms and conditions related to aviation safety into the written authorization. Requires the person erecting the structure to comply with all terms and conditions in the written authorization. Allows the owner or operator of a public use airport to revoke the authorization and order the immediate removal of the structure if the written authorization is violated or if no written authorization is obtained. Provides that the removal does not require a hearing and that the owner or operator may enlist the aid of law enforcement officers to effect the removal. Provides that the written authorization requirement applies to changes in existing structures.

SB 114: (LS 6667) Gard (DI:88)
Clean indoor air act.

Adds dining areas located at state educational institutions, licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes, registered child care ministries, licensed hospitals, and providers' offices as public buildings that are subject to the Clean Indoor Air Act. Provides that a person who smokes in an area designated as a nonsmoking area of a public building, grocery store, drug store, or restaurant commits a Class B infraction. (Current law provides that this violation is a Class C infraction.) Enhances the violation to a Class A infraction if the person has at least three previous unrelated violations within the 12 months immediately preceding the violation. Requires the official in charge of a public building to designate at least 75% of the building as a nonsmoking area. (Current law requires that the official must designate a nonsmoking area in the building.)

SB 115: (LS 6563) Gard (DI:02)
Various public library matters.

Revises procedures for the establishment or revision of public library districts. Allows an area to establish a public library district when the area has an assessed valuation that is at least as high as the median of the most recent certified assessed valuation of the ten library taxing districts closest in population to 10,000. Provides that a Class 2 public library may issue and charge a designated fee for a library card for an Indiana resident who is not a resident of that library district. Repeals the power of the state library and historical board to examine candidates for certificates of qualification for employment in designated grades of public library service. Removes a requirement that the fees charged for certification of librarians must pay the costs of administration of the certification program. Repeals conflicting provisions and makes conforming amendments.

SB 116: (LS 6314) Simpson (DI:71)
Child bicycle safety

Requires a person who is less than 18 years of age to wear a properly fitted protective bicycle helmet when the person operates or is a passenger on a bicycle on a street, highway, or public bicycle path. Provides that a passenger on a bicycle must be either on a saddle seat or in a restraining seat. Prohibits the rental, lease, or sale of a bicycle to or for the use of a person who is less than 18 years of age unless the person shows possession of a properly fitted protective helmet or acquires a properly fitted bicycle helmet at the time of the rental, lease, or sale. Provides that a violation is a Class C infraction, the penalty for which is waived if the person acquires a protective helmet or restraining seat when ordered to do so by a court.

SB 117: (LS 6335) Simpson (DI:76)
Office of women's health initiatives.

Establishes the office of women's health initiatives within the state department of health. Requires the commissioner of the state department of health to appoint a chief of the office and any other necessary employees to staff the office. Describes the purpose of the office as follows: (1) To assist the commissioner in identifying, coordinating, and setting priorities for programs, services, and resources that the state department of health provides for certain health concerns of women. (2) To educate and advocate for women's health. (3) To collect, classify, and analyze relevant research information. (4) To serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding women's health data, strategies, and programs that address any women's health issues. (5) To seek funding from private or governmental entities for office programs and initiatives. Requires the state health commissioner to develop and implement biennial initiatives and funding for women's health issues. Requires the state health commissioner to appoint an advisory committee on women's health to help advise the chief of the office regarding initiatives, services, and educational programs relating to the office.

SB 118: (LS 6357) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 119: (LS 6356) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 120: (LS 6355) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 121: (LS 6354) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 122: (LS 6349) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 123: (LS 6350) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 124: (LS 6351) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 125: (LS 6352) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 126: (LS 6353) Harrison (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 127: (LS 6263) Harrison (DI:79)
Public retirement funds.

Makes the following changes to the public retirement funds: (1) Removes the deadlines on time available to purchase certain types of service credit in the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) and the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF). (2) Adds a claim period for death in service benefits in PERF and TRF. (3) Allows transfer of partial service in PERF and TRF. (4) Specifies disability payments procedures for PERF and TRF. (5) Allows credit for adoption leave under TRF. (6) Provides the TRF board with the authority to perform audits of records of public entities that contribute to TRF. (7) Allows the TRF board to impose a penalty for late reports and payments. (8) Allows a surviving spouse or a surviving dependent of a member of PERF or TRF who is entitled to a survivor benefit to elect to receive a lump sum payment or an amount equal to the member's federal income tax basis in the member's annuity savings account as of December 31, 1986. (9) Provides that a member of TRF may purchase substitute teaching service credit under certain conditions. (10) Excludes from TRF substitute teachers who do not have an associate or baccalaureate degree. (11) In the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (the 1977 fund), changes the appeal process for the degree of impairment to be similar to the process of the determination of disability. (12) Provides that for certain members of the 1977 fund, credit will be given in the 1977 fund for one-third of the member's years of participation in PERF as a police officer, a firefighter, or an emergency medical technician. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the pension management oversight commission.)

SB 128: (LS 6264) Harrison (DI:79)
Judges' retirement benefits.

Provides that a person who serves as a full-time magistrate in an Indiana court on or after July 1, 1998, is a participant in the judges' 1985 benefit system. Provides for prior service credit in the judges' 1985 benefit system for participants who are full-time magistrates. Provides that a participant of the judges' 1977 benefit system and a participant of the judges' 1985 benefit system is eligible for normal retirement benefits if the participant is at least 55 years of age and the participant's age in years plus years of service is at least 85. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the pension management oversight commission.)

SB 129: (LS 6332) Craycraft (DI:94)
Dump stations.

Requires the Indiana department of transportation to build dump stations at each roadside park and rest area on the state highway system that has vending machines or public restroom facilities. Requires the installation of dump stations to conform to federal and Indiana law. Allows the department of transportation to collect a fee from dump station users and to develop a method to collect the fees.

SB 130: (LS 6459) Wyss (DI:69)
Grave markers for members of the armed forces.

Requires the state board of funeral and cemetery service to establish standards before January 1, 1999, for setting a grave marker provided by the federal government to a member of the armed forces or other qualified person. The standards must require a person who sets the grave marker to do so in the most economical manner possible. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the military and veterans affairs commission.)

SB 131: (LS 6501) Clark (DI:93)
License plates.

Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to design and issue an Indiana girl scouts trust license plate and an Indiana boy scouts trust license plate. Establishes the Indiana girl scouts trust fund and the Indiana boy scouts trust fund. Establishes an additional $25 fee for the license plate that must be deposited in the Indiana girl scouts trust fund or the Indiana boy scouts trust fund. Provides that the commissioner of the bureau of motor vehicles administers the fund. Provides that on June 30 of each year, the commissioner of the bureau of motor vehicles shall distribute to each council of the girl scouts and the boy scouts located in Indiana that part of each respective fund that is attributable to vehicles registered for the special license plate in the same geographic area as the council. Provides that the commissioner of the bureau of motor vehicles may accept gifts to the Indiana girl scouts trust fund or the Indiana boy scouts trust fund to be distributed to the council of the Girl Scouts of America or the council of the Boy Scouts of America as designated by the donor.

SB 132: (LS 6718) Riegsecker (DI:93)
Motorcycle parking in a parallel parking space.

Allows a motorcycle to be parked at an angle to the curb in a parallel parking space.

SB 133: (LS 6614) Wheeler (DI:96)
Firefighters.

Provides that a volunteer firefighter may not accompany a volunteer fire company in its response to a fire or other emergency unless the volunteer firefighter has completed minimum basic training requirements. Allows the state fire marshal to investigate or initiate an investigation into the death of a firefighter in the line of duty.

SB 134: (LS 6609) Jackman (DI:44)
Indiana protection and advocacy service commission.

Removes the term limit for members of the Indiana protection and advocacy service commission. (Current law provides that a member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.)

SB 135: (LS 6634) Craycraft (DI:93)
Motor vehicle title history.

Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to adopt rules that enable the owner of a motor vehicle titled in Indiana to determine whether that motor vehicle has previously been titled in Indiana and, if so, whether the title was a salvage vehicle title. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to impose a service charge for enabling an owner of a motor vehicle titled in Indiana to determine whether the motor vehicle has previously been titled in Indiana.

SB 136: (LS 6267) Craycraft (DI:79)
Public safety collective bargaining.

Provides that the police officers and firefighters of a unit (a county, city, town, or township) may bargain collectively with an employer through an exclusive representative. Requires the Indiana education employment relations board to implement the collective bargaining law. Specifies the rights and duties of employees and employers in collective bargaining. Provides for the recognition of exclusive representatives, payroll deductions, complaint proceedings before the board, judicial review of complaints, mediation, and arbitration. Prohibits lockouts and strikes. Provides that an agent appointed by a unit to conduct collective bargaining for the unit is not a "governing body" for open door law purposes. (Current law provides that the agent appointed by a school corporation to conduct collective bargaining is not a "governing body" for this purpose.)

SB 137: (LS 6507) Skillman (DI:75)
Income tax credits for political contributions.

Allows an individual taxpayer to elect to take a credit against adjusted gross income for certain political contributions. Provides that the credit equals 50% of the aggregate amount of the contributions made during an individual's taxable year. Provides that the credit may not exceed the lesser of: (1) the individual's tax liability; and (2) $100 for an individual taxpayer and $200 for a taxpayer filing a joint return.

SB 138: (LS 6268) Craycraft (DI:79)
Collective bargaining for firefighters.

Provides that the firefighters of a unit (a county, city, town, or township) may bargain collectively with an employer through an exclusive representative. Requires the Indiana education employment relations board to implement the collective bargaining law. Specifies the rights and duties of employees and employers in collective bargaining. Provides for the recognition of exclusive representatives, payroll deductions, complaint proceedings before the board, judicial review of complaints, mediation, and arbitration. Prohibits lockouts and strikes. Provides that an agent appointed by a unit to conduct collective bargaining for the unit is not a governing body for open door law purposes. (Current law provides that the agent appointed by a school corporation to conduct collective bargaining is not a governing body for this purpose.)

SB 139: (LS 6626) Kenley (DI:51)
Community corrections and home detention.

Allows a court to place an offender who is not convicted of a Class A or B felony in a community correction program or on home detention. Allows a court to order home detention or a community correction program for a person tried as an adult who, when less than 18 years of age, commits child molesting as a Class B felony.

SB 140: (LS 6730) Kenley (DI:73)
Sales tax exemption for the sale of food.

Provides that the sale of food that may be purchased with food stamps is exempt from state sales tax if the food is sold by a grocery store, convenience store, or retail food store participating in or eligible to participate in the federal food stamp program. Provides that the exemption applies regardless of whether the food is actually purchased with food stamps.

SB 141: (LS 6695) Kenley (DI:51)
Collection of dishonored checks.

Prohibits a prosecuting attorney or deputy prosecuting attorney from collecting attorney's fees for the collection of a check, draft, or order on a credit institution that is drawn or issued in the county where the person is a prosecuting attorney or deputy prosecuting attorney.

SB 142: (LS 6703) Kenley (DI:73)
Sales tax exemption for the sale of food.

Provides that the sale of food that may be purchased with food stamps is exempt from state sales tax if the food is sold by a grocery store, convenience store, or retail food store participating in or eligible to participate in the federal food stamp program. Provides that the exemption applies regardless of whether the food is actually purchased with food stamps. Provides that the exemption does not apply to the sale of candy, soft drinks, food furnished, prepared, or served for consumption at a location or on equipment provided by the retail merchant, or meals served by a retail merchant off the merchant's premises.

SB 143: (LS 6694) Kenley (DI:71)
Agricultural truck weight variance.

Provides that the total gross weight with load of a vehicle or combination of vehicles transporting agricultural products for processing may not exceed 90,000 pounds. (Current law provides that the maximum weight permitted is 80,000 pounds.)

SB 144: (LS 6700) Kenley (DI:75)
Petition and remonstrance procedure.

Changes the petition and remonstrance process applicable to debt service or lease rentals paid from local property taxes so that a property owner can file the owner's position on the proposed debt service or lease rental in person or by mail. Provides that an owner may file the owner's position in the township assessors' offices (in the case of Marion County), in the county auditor's office (in the case of other counties), and at other locations the county auditor may determine. Provides that for purposes of Indiana's public records law, a taxpayer's position on the proposed debt service or lease rental filed with the county auditor is confidential. (Under current law the petition and remonstrance process is conducted through circulation of petitions in the political subdivision proposing to issue the debt or enter into the lease, and the signatures of taxpayers are public record.) Provides that for purposes of the petition and remonstrance process, a person is considered to be an owner of real property if the person is shown as the owner of the real property in the county transfer books on the assessment date. Provides rules to determine who may exercise the rights of an owner of real property under the petition and remonstrance procedure. Provides that a property owner has standing to sue and to intervene in a lawsuit under the petition and remonstrance statutes. Requires the political subdivision to pay the costs of the petition and remonstrance process. Provides that the existing petition and remonstrance process applies to imposition of property taxes by a political subdivision to pay debt service or lease rentals if the political subdivision holds a public hearing on a preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease under the existing statute before July 1, 1998.

SB 145: (LS 6531) Lubbers (DI:71)
Birthdate for kindergarten enrollment.

Beginning with the 1999-2000 school year, provides that a child must be at least five years of age on September 1 to officially enroll in a kindergarten program offered by a school corporation. (Current law requires that a child must be at least five years of age on June 1 to officially enroll in a kindergarten program.) Allows the governing body of a school corporation to adopt a procedure for a parent to appeal to the school superintendent for kindergarten enrollment of a child who is not five years old on the statutory date. (Current law requires a school corporation to adopt the procedure.)

SB 146: (LS 6669) Gard (DI:77)
Medicaid mental health services.

Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to amend a rule to include licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists as providers of Medicaid reimbursable physician directed outpatient mental health services for group, family, and individual outpatient psychotherapy, subject to rules governing prior authorization and supervision.

SB 147: (LS 6659) Long (DI:02)
Safe schools fund.

Provides that a nonpublic school that is accredited by the state board of education may receive from the safe schools fund: (1) a grant for programs, equipment, services, or activities included in a safe schools plan; and (2) a matching grant to establish and operate a school safe haven program. Requires the plan for the program to include precautions against the transmission of sectarian views or religious doctrine.

SB 148: (LS 6578) Worman (DI:93)
Autism waiver.

Instructs the office of Medicaid policy and planning to seek approval from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to convert the home and community based services waiver for individuals with autism from a model waiver into a regular waiver. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Indiana Commission on Autism.)

SB 149: (LS 6701) Meeks (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 151: (LS 6664) Meeks (DI:88)
Medicaid reimbursement rules.

Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services and the office of Medicaid policy and planning, before adopting a rule establishing a method of provider reimbursement based on a case mix index, to have specific authority to adopt the rule through a statute that describes the case mix reimbursement system that is to be implemented. Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services and the office of Medicaid policy and planning may not adopt a rule establishing a method of provider reimbursement that is based on a case mix system if the rule differs from the intent of the statute authorizing the adoption of the rule. Voids administrative rules implementing a case mix reimbursement system.

SB 152: (LS 6693) Meeks (DI:51)
State police serving in local office.

Provides that a member of the Indiana state police department may hold a part-time local political office without resigning from the department.

SB 153: (LS 6361) Howard (DI:02)
School uniforms.

Requires the governing body of a school corporation to adopt a dress code that designates a school uniform for students in kindergarten through middle school or junior high school to wear during the school day. Allows a parent to exempt the parent's child from the dress code. Requires the dress code to be clearly written and reasonably designed to achieve certain purposes. Provides for parental, community, and school community involvement before adoption of the dress code and school uniform. Requires establishment of a program to assist students who are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches in obtaining school uniforms free or at a reduced cost that does not involve the spending of school corporation money acquired through state or local taxes. Requires written notice of information about school uniforms to parents. Provides that a school uniform is considered clothing for poor relief purposes.


SB 154: (LS 6368) Howard (DI:71)
Textbook reimbursement.

Requires the department of education to fully reimburse school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools for costs of furnishing free school textbooks, supplies, and other required class fees to students meeting financial eligibility standards. Appropriates from the state general fund a sufficient amount to fully fund the reimbursement program.

SB 155: (LS 6526) Howard (DI:93)
Children required to ride in the back seat.

Provides that a person operating a motor vehicle while a child less than six years of age is riding in the front seat commits a Class C infraction unless the motor vehicle does not have a back seat capable of being properly equipped with restraints or all seats in the back of the vehicle are being used by other children less than six years of age.

SB 156: (LS 6529) Howard (DI:75)
Cosmetology continuing education.

Repeals the continuing education requirement for cosmetology professionals. Voids the state board of cosmetology examiners' continuing education administrative rule.

SB 157: (LS 6536) Lubbers (DI:71)
Birthdate for kindergarten enrollment.

Provides that a child must be at least five years of age on the following dates to officially enroll in a kindergarten program offered by a school corporation: (1) July 1 of the 1999-2000 school year. (2) August 1 of the 2000-2001 school year. (3) September 1 of the 2001-2002 school year or any subsequent year. (Current law requires that a child must be at least five years of age on June 1 to officially enroll in a kindergarten program.) Allows the governing body of a school corporation to adopt a procedure for a parent to appeal to the school superintendent for kindergarten enrollment of a child who is not five years old on the statutory date. (Current law requires a school corporation to adopt the procedure.)

SB 158: (LS 6880) Gard (DI:69)
Underground storage tank grant program.

Allows the Indiana development finance authority to use money in the underground storage tank guaranty fund to award grants to underground storage tank owners and operators to assist in the closure or removal of underground storage tanks. Establishes procedures and requirements for underground storage tank owners and operators to receive grants from the fund.

SB 159: (LS 6825) Gard (DI:77)
Weed control.

Allows the township trustee to transfer responsibility for controlling detrimental plants growing on agricultural land to the county weed control board. Specifies when a notice from a township trustee is considered received by a property owner. Includes shattercane under the list of noxious weeds. Requires the weed control board to inform the township trustee when the board has notified a person to remove noxious weeds in the township. Provides that if a person fails to begin a program recommended by the weed control board to control and contain noxious weeds within five days, the weed control board may pay for the destroying of the noxious weeds. Provides the procedure for the weed control board to be reimbursed by the property owner for destroying noxious weeds.

SB 160: (LS 6766) Gard (DI:87)
Siting of telecommunications towers.

Allows a municipality or county that has or does not have planning and zoning powers to regulate the location, erection, construction, reconstruction, change, alteration, removal, or enlargement of a telecommunications tower. Provides that if a person must obtain permission from a zoning authority or local unit to locate, erect, or construct a telecommunications tower, the person must provide notice by certified mail to each owner of real property that is contiguous to, or located across a street, roadway, or alley and not more than 100 feet from, the real property where the tower will be located. Requires a notice to a real property owner to contain specified information in addition to any information required by the zoning authority. Provides that if the notice is returned unclaimed or refused, the person shall mail the notice by regular mail. Provides that the failure of delivery of the notice does not invalidate the notice.

SB 161: (LS 6630) Gard (DI:88)
Permits for retail sale of tobacco products.

Requires a person to have a tobacco products retailer's permit if the person: (1) sells a tobacco product at retail; (2) sells a tobacco product from a vending machine; or (3) distributes a tobacco product to the public without charge. Requires a person to obtain a separate permit for each location where the person wishes to sell or distribute tobacco products. Requires the Indiana alcoholic beverage commission to issue tobacco products retailer's permits and enforce the requirements of holding a permit. Provides the alcoholic beverage commission with the same powers over tobacco products that the commission has over alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Sets the fee for an annual tobacco products retailer's permit at $100. Creates the youth antismoking education fund. Deposits fines from tobacco products retailer's permit holders into the fund. Requires the state department of health to administer the fund. Removes obsolete language.

SB 162: (LS 6250) Landske (DI:92)
Small estates.

Provides that a personal representative or a person acting on behalf of the distributees of a decedent whose gross estate, less liens and encumbrances, does not exceed $25,000 in value may close the estate under the summary procedures for small estates. (Current law allows a person to close an estate under the summary procedures if the gross estate, less liens and encumbrances, does not exceed $15,000 in value.) (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the probate code study commission.)

SB 163: (LS 6279) Landske (DI:92)
Guardians.

Removes ambiguities in current law by specifying that: (1) when there is no conflict of interest between the guardian of the estate of a protected person and the protected person, an order binding the guardian of the estate binds the protected person; and (2) orders binding a guardian of the person bind the ward of a guardian of the estate, if a guardian of the estate has not been appointed. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the probate code study commission.)

SB 164: (LS 6802) Landske (DI:69)
Publications sent to confined persons.

Requires that books and periodical publications sent to persons confined in department of correction facilities must be mailed directly from the publisher.

SB 165: (LS 6278) Landske (DI:92)
Guardians.

Removes an ambiguity in current law by removing unnecessary language. Provides that under certain circumstances, a devisee in a protected person's will may elect to: (1) receive the value of property specifically devised in the will but transferred by the guardian before the protected person's death as a general devise; or (2) receive the proceeds of the sale or transfer as a specific devise. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the probate code study commission.)

SB 166: (LS 6452) Landske (DI:75)
Voter registration forms.

Authorizes the Indiana election commission to approve for voter registration purposes use of previously approved voter registration forms in addition to voter registration forms most recently approved by the commission.

SB 167: (LS 6419) Landske (DI:75)
Constitutional amendment ballot language.

Prescribes the ballot language for two public questions submitting amendments to the Indiana Constitution to the electorate at the 1998 general election. (The proposed amendments to the Indiana Constitution concern voting rights and the residence of the auditor of state, the secretary of state, and the treasurer of state.) (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the census data advisory committee.)

SB 168: (LS 6408) Landske (DI:75)
Campaign material disclaimer language.

Includes language from federal regulations relating to the federal disclaimer law in Indiana's election disclaimer statute as follows: (1) Provides an exemption for campaign materials for which it is difficult to include the disclaimer language. (2) Provides an exemption for communications from a corporate political action committee soliciting contributions from stockholders, executives, or employees of the corporation. (3) Provides an exemption for communications from a political action committee organized by a labor organization soliciting contributions from members or executive personnel of the labor organization and direct mailings of 100 items or less. Creates standards for size, readability, and placement of disclaimers on materials. Specifies requirements for information that must be included in a disclaimer on certain materials. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the census data advisory committee.)

SB 169: (LS 6407) Landske (DI:75)
Campaign finance.

Makes the following changes in campaign finance law: (1) Defines the nomination date for a candidate selected to fill a candidate vacancy, a candidate nominated by petition, and for write-in candidates. (2) Requires electronic submission of campaign finance reports to conform to formats approved by the election commission and other standards. (3) Specifies campaign finance report filing deadlines. (4) Provides that the election division or a county election board may, but is not required to, accept filings by facsimile transmission. (5) Specifies that a committee is required to report an individual contributor's occupation only if the amount of contributions given or loans made to the committee exceed the threshold amount. (6) Provides that a report of a large contribution is required to be filed not later than noon four days before the election. (Under current law the report is required to be filed not later than noon five days before the election.) (7) Provides that certain information about campaign finance laws must be provided to candidates who fill candidate vacancies. (Current law requires that this information must be provided to all other individuals who become candidates.) (8) Provides that the campaign finance computer data base must have campaign finance reports for calendar years 1997 and 1998 in searchable and digital form and the reports must be available on the Internet after December 31, 1998, but before January 1, 2000. (9) Specifies that legislative caucus committees and national party affiliate committees are political action committees through December 31, 1997. (10) Specifies reporting requirements under the 1997 campaign finance amendments for reports required during 1997. (11) Repeals the definition of national party affiliate committee and another obsolete statute. (12) Makes other technical changes to the campaign finance law. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the census data advisory committee.)

SB 170: (LS 6251) Landske (DI:92)
Payment of debt owed to a minor.

Increases from $3,500 to $10,000 the maximum amount of debt owed to a minor and the maximum value of property possessed by another person but belonging to a minor that may be paid or delivered to a person having the care and custody of the minor without giving a bond or an order of a court.

SB 171: (LS 6873) K. Adams (DI:87)
Defibrillator use and immunity.

Requires a person or entity who is not a physician, a hospital, an ambulatory outpatient surgical center, a person providing health care in a hospital or ambulatory outpatient surgical center, or a person or entity licensed or regulated by the emergency medical services commission and who acquires an automatic external defibrillator to: (1) ensure that defibrillator users receive reasonable training in defibrillator use and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; (2) ensure that the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines; and (3) enlist medical direction by a licensed physician in the use of the defibrillator and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Requires a person or entity in possession of a defibrillator to notify the ambulance service provider that serves the area where the person or entity is located or the emergency medical services commission of the acquisition and location of the defibrillator. Requires a person who uses a defibrillator to contact the ambulance service provider or a fire department that provides ambulance service to the area as soon as practicable following the use of the defibrillator. Provides that a person who in good faith gratuitously renders emergency care involving the use of an automatic external defibrillator is immune from civil liability for any damages resulting from an act or omission not amounting to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. Provides that an individual, business, or organization that allows a person who is an expected user to use the defibrillator of the individual, business, or organization to render emergency medical care is immune from civil liability for damages resulting from an act or omission not amounting to gross negligence or wilful or wanton misconduct by the user, or for acquiring or providing the automatic external defibrillator to the user for the purpose of rendering the care. Provides that a person or an entity required by law to fulfill certain requirements in acquiring or using an automatic external defibrillator must fulfill the requirements in order to be immune from civil liability for use of the defibrillator.

SB 172: (LS 6311) K. Adams (DI:69)
Water quality standards.

Provides that if the water pollution control board adopts rules to determine what qualities and properties of water indicate a polluted condition of the water in any of the streams or waters of Indiana, the board must consider: (1) the fish life and beneficial animal and vegetable life habitat and other local conditions of Indiana waters; (2) the effect of wet weather events on the ability to attain compliance with rules; (3) alternative use designations for a water body recommended by municipal legislative bodies; and (4) site-specific criteria. Requires the department of environmental management to submit a status report to the legislative council concerning review of water quality standards required under federal law not later than June 1, 1998. Requires the water pollution control board to: (1) initiate a rulemaking procedure to modify or adopt water quality standards in response to the review requirements; and (2) publish proposed rules in the Indiana Register not later than September 1, 1998. Requires the water pollution control board to seek input from municipalities and other communities with combined sewers on how to effectively address water quality issues arising as a result of wet weather events before publishing the proposed rules in the Indiana Register.

SB 173: (LS 6796) Jackman (DI:73) Appropriations for cooperative extension services.
Appropriates an additional $2,800,000 for county agricultural extension educators and an additional $400,000 for agricultural research and extension for the 1998-1999 state fiscal year.

SB 174: (LS 6764) Lawson (DI:73)
State agricultural science and heritage matching fund.

Establishes the state agricultural science and heritage matching fund and appropriates $10,000,000 to the fund. Provides that the fund is administered by the state fair commission. Provides that if the general assembly establishes a center for agricultural science and heritage, money in the fund may be expended for the purposes of paying certain capital costs of the center. Provides that money expended from the fund must be matched by the expenditure of nonstate money.

SB 175: (LS 6788) Lawson (DI:87)
Hendricks County hospital board.

Allows the governing board of Hendricks County Hospital to expand its board membership from four to up to nine members. Repeals a provision concerning the membership of a county hospital governing board in Hendricks County.

SB 176: (LS 6861) Wheeler (DI:78)
Approval of drainage plan by county surveyor.

Prohibits a county plan commission from approving a plat, a secondary approval of a plat, or issuing an improvement location permit unless a drainage plan for the site has been submitted and approved by the county surveyor. Requires the county surveyor to respond within 30 days unless another period is set by local ordinance.

SB 177: (LS 6874) Wheeler (DI:55)
Youth exception to hunting license requirement.

Creates an exception to the hunting license requirement for an individual who is less than 13 years of age, does not possess a bow or firearm, and is accompanying an adult who holds a valid hunting license. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared for the natural resources study commission.)

SB 178: (LS 6779) Clark (DI:71)
Election of school board members.

Requires elected members of school boards to be elected at general elections. Makes corresponding changes to related provisions.

SB 179: (LS 6783) Clark (DI:55)
Hunting and fishing license exemption for veterans.

Allows a veteran of the armed forces to hunt and fish without obtaining a license. Requires an individual, before exercising this privilege, to provide evidence to the department of natural resources (DNR), a clerk of circuit court, or a subagent of the DNR showing that the individual is a veteran. Requires the director of the DNR to adopt rules specifying the types of documents or information that an individual must present to verify that the individual is a veteran.

SB 180: (LS 6636) Lanane (DI:51)
Magistrate for Madison County unified court system.

Authorizes the judges of the Madison superior and county courts to appoint one magistrate to serve the courts.

SB 181: (LS 6726) Lanane (DI:94)
Town park board membership.

Requires that a member of a town park and recreation board be a resident of the park and recreation district. Permits a person designated by the governing body of a school corporation to serve as an ex officio member of a town park and recreation board if the creating ordinance provides for the appointment of ex officio members.

SB 182: (LS 6553) Weatherwax (DI:92)
Property tax credits for railroad car companies.

Grants a property tax credit to railroad car companies for railroad car maintenance and improvement expenditures made in Indiana.

SB 183: (LS 6656) Weatherwax (DI:88)
Medicaid and asset disregard.

Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to disregard all the assets an individual owns at the time the individual applies for Medicaid if the individual: (1) is the beneficiary of a qualified long term care insurance policy that provides maximum benefits at the time of purchase of at least $140,000; and (2) has exhausted the policy's benefits. Requires that the qualified long term care insurance policy must provide maximum benefits at the time of purchase equal to at least $140,000 plus 5% per year beginning January 1, 1999. Provides that an individual who owns a qualified long term care policy on July 1, 1998, and who has not exhausted the policy's benefits is entitled to receive the revised asset disregard calculation once the policy's benefits are exhausted. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to apply for approval from the federal Health Care Financing Administration to amend the state plan for medical assistance to implement the new asset disregard definition.

SB 184: (LS 6306) Weatherwax (DI:02)
Ambassador for education.

Establishes an ambassador for education program. Designates the teacher of the year selected by the superintendent of public instruction as the ambassador for education for one year. Requires the school corporation where the teacher is employed to grant the teacher a one year professional leave. Provides compensation and duties for the ambassador during the professional leave at either the Indiana department of education or at an institution of higher education in Indiana.

SB 185: (LS 6689) Weatherwax (DI:93)
Center for agricultural science and research.

Establishes the center for agricultural science and heritage (the barn). Establishes a 25 member board of trustees to govern the barn. Provides for the selection and employment of an executive director. Requires a majority vote of the trustees to take action on decisions concerning policy, employment of personnel, and major expenditures. Authorizes the trustees to establish a nonprofit foundation to raise funds for the center.

SB 186: (LS 6504) Lewis (DI:73)
Appropriation to the Scott County YMCA.

Appropriates $500,000 from the build Indiana fund to the Scott County YMCA for the construction of a new building.

SB 187: (LS 6809) Johnson (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 188: (LS 6435) Johnson (DI:88)
Pharmacy permit requirements.

Removes a requirement that an applicant for a pharmacy permit must show to the satisfaction of the Indiana board of pharmacy that a pharmacist will have not more than two unlicensed persons under the pharmacist's immediate and personal supervision at any time.

SB 189: (LS 6360) Johnson (DI:88)
Enhanced ombudsman authority.

Expands the population that may be served by the mental health ombudsman program by repealing a provision that limits the population served by the program to those individuals who have been transferred from or discharged from a state institution. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on mental health.).

SB 190: (LS 6895) Gard (DI:44)
Board of metropolitan police commissioners.

Permits a town board to abolish the office of town marshal and establish a board of metropolitan police commissioners by adopting an ordinance. (Current law requires approval at a referendum before adoption of the ordinance.) Eliminates the requirement that not more than one-half of the members of the police department of a town be members of the same political party. Permits the board of trustees of the public employees' retirement fund to grant service credit in the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund to former town marshals and deputy town marshals who become employees of a board of metropolitan police commissioners.

SB 191: (LS 6731) Gard (DI:73)
Solid waste management district financing.

Provides that if the total balances in the noncapital funds of a solid waste management district exceed 25% of the district's total annual budget, the excess shall be used to provide property tax replacement credits to taxpayers in civil taxing units and school corporations located within the district. For counties other than LaPorte County, reduces the maximum fee that a solid waste district may impose on the disposal of solid waste in a final disposal facility to $1 per ton for 1999 and $0.50 per ton for 2000 and thereafter.

SB 192: (LS 6633) Gard (DI:69)
Air pollution control and environmental permits.

Specifies which properties are considered contiguous and adjacent properties to determine when multiple sources of air pollution may be treated as a single source for purposes of the law concerning the federal Clean Air Act permit compliance program. Provides that not later than 15 days after being served a notice provided by the commissioner of the department of environmental management that a permit will be issued or denied, the permit applicant or any other person aggrieved by the commissioner's action may appeal the commissioner's action to the office of environmental adjudication and request that an environmental law judge hold an adjudicatory hearing concerning the action. (Current law computes the 15 day time period beginning with the day the notice is received by the permit applicant or any other person aggrieved by the commissioner's action.) Specifies procedures for computing periods of time under the law concerning appeals of department of environmental management determinations to issue or deny permits. Allows the air pollution control board to adopt rules that allow permits, interim permits, and modifications and revisions to permits to become effective immediately upon being issued.

SB 193: (LS 6819) Ford (DI:92)
Repeal of property tax add-back.

Provides that property taxes deductible under the Internal Revenue Code are not to be added back to income in determining Indiana adjusted gross income tax.

SB 194: (LS 6961) Ford (DI:93)
Children transported on school buses.

Includes preschool in the definition of school for purposes of the laws that: (1) prohibit a motor vehicle from passing a school bus that is stopped on a roadway with an extended arm signal device; and (2) require the operator of a school bus to stop at a railroad crossing.

SB 195: (LS 6568) Gard (DI:88)
Ban sale of tobacco through coin machines.

Prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco products through vending and other coin machines. Provides that each violation is a Class A misdemeanor. (Current law provides that each violation is a Class C infraction.) Provides law enforcement officers with the authority to seal, remove, impound, or disable a coin machine that is used to distribute or sell tobacco products. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 196: (LS 6708) Lubbers (DI:75)
Underground utility facilities.

Requires a person giving notice of a planned excavation or demolition to the operator of an underground utility facility to provide certain information to locate the site of the excavation or demolition. Requires all operators of underground utility facilities in Indiana to join an association that provides mutual receipt of notice of planned excavation or demolition to operators and requires the association to provide the notice. Requires the color coding for a facility locate marking for a survey to be pink.

SB 197: (LS 6056) Lubbers (DI:76)
Curfew violations.

Expands the definition of a delinquent act arising from a curfew violation by specifying that a child who violates a curfew set by a city, town, or county ordinance commits a delinquent act.

SB 198: (LS 6749) Zakas (DI:69)
Life probation for sex offenders.

Allows a court that suspends part of a sentence imposed on a person for committing rape, criminal deviate conduct, child molesting, child exploitation, vicarious sexual gratification, child solicitation, child seduction, sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class A or Class B felony, incest, or sexual battery to place the person on probation for a specified period or for life.

SB 199: (LS 6532) Zakas (DI:44)
Tax credits for contributions to schools.

Provides an adjusted gross income tax credit for 50% of charitable donations to public or private elementary schools or high schools located in Indiana for taxable years beginning after December 31, 1997. Provides that the credit may not exceed $100 in the case of an individual filing a single return or $200 in the case of individuals filing a joint return. Provides that in the case of a corporation the credit may not exceed the lesser of 10% of the corporation's adjusted gross income tax or $1,000.

SB 200: (LS 6542) Zakas (DI:44)
Tax credit for inventory taxes.

Provides a credit against a taxpayer's state tax liability for property taxes paid on inventory.

SB 201: (LS 6440) Zakas (DI:02)
Snowmobile registration fees.

Increases the fee from $15 to $30 for the registration of a snowmobile with the department of natural resources.

SB 202: (LS 6794) Zakas (DI:76)
Waiting period for dissolution of marriage.

Extends the waiting period before a court may enter a dissolution of marriage decree from 60 days to 180 days.

SB 203: (LS 6134) Zakas (DI:13)
Vehicle Bill.

SB 204: (LS 6915) Miller (DI:88)
Determination of medical necessity.

Requires that a health maintenance organization make a determination of medical necessity for health care services in writing and base the determination on certain standards. Provides standards on which a health maintenance organization must base its determinations of medical necessity.

SB 205: (LS 6887) Miller (DI:76)
Remedies for interference with visitation.

Provides that whenever a court finds a custodial parent in contempt of court for violating an injunction or a temporary restraining order arising out of a violation of a visitation order, the court may order the clerk of the court to hold future child support payments in an escrow account until further order of the court. Prohibits a court from ordering escrow of child support payments unless the court determines that the order does not endanger the child's interests. Allows a court to order: (1) the suspension of a custodial parent's professional license and driver's license or the denial of a renewal or new professional license and driver's license of a custodial parent; (2) the suspension of a custodial parent's license issued by the Indiana horse racing commission or the Indiana gaming commission; or (3) the suspension of a custodial parent's license or the denial of an application for a license as an insurance agent, a bail agent, or a recovery agent, if the custodial parent violates an injunction or a temporary restraining order relating to court ordered visitation.

SB 206: (LS 6790) Miller (DI:93)
Covering loads likely to spill on the highway.

Requires a truck hauling material that is likely to fall, sift, blow, drop, or otherwise escape from the vehicle to have the load covered.

SB 207: (LS 6772) Miller (DI:78)
Environmental board appointments.

Requires that the governor's appointees to environmental boards must be recommended by representative constituencies. Changes requirements for manufacturing representatives who are appointed to the water pollution control board and the air pollution control board.

SB 208: (LS 6786) Miller (DI:93)
Phone solicitation.

Requires a seller making a telephone solicitation to inform a prospect of the seller's intent to make a solicitation at the beginning of the conversation, and requires the seller to terminate the conversation if the prospect informs the seller that the prospect does not wish to listen to the solicitation. Makes it a Class C misdemeanor for a seller to fail to: (1) disclose the intent to solicit; or (2) terminate a telephone conversation when requested.

SB 209: (LS 6943) Miller (DI:77)
Smoking in public areas.

Extends the scope of the clean indoor air law to include smoking restrictions in public areas.

SB 210: (LS 7003) Miller (DI:76)
CHINS placements with relatives.

Provides that whenever a child in need of services is recommended for, or placed in, an out-of-home placement with a person who is not a relative caretaker, certain documentation must be made regarding the following: (1) The efforts that were made to place the child with a relative caretaker. (2) The reasons why placing the child with a relative caretaker are not appropriate.

SB 211: (LS 6692) Miller (DI:75)
Legislative study committees and commissions.

Establishes a fixed number of specified legislative study committees. Provides that a legislative study must be assigned to one of the legislative study committees. Provides that a legislative study committee consists of 12 members, six appointed from each house of the general assembly and equally divided between the political parties. Requires that the members of a legislative study committee must be appointed from the standing committee of each house that has subject matter jurisdiction of the subject matter of the study. Provides general procedures for the operation of a legislative study committee. Repeals existing statutory study committees. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 212: (LS 6937) Miller (DI:93)
Professional standards.

Subjects a health care practitioner to disciplinary sanctions if the practitioner undertakes activities that the practitioner is not qualified by training or experience to undertake. Establishes continuing education requirements for an advanced practice nurse to renew the advanced practice nurse's authority to prescribe legend drugs.

SB 213: (LS 6898) Miller (DI:75)
Picture ID required for voting.

Provides that before a voter may vote at the polls, the voter must show an identification that contains a picture of the voter.

SB 214: (LS 6369) Miller (DI:77)
Central State advisory committee.

Extends the sunset date for the Central State advisory committee by five years. (The current expiration date for the committee is January 1, 1999.)

SB 215: (LS 6942) Miller (DI:75)
Reestablishment of Central State Hospital.

Requires the director of the division of mental health to reestablish patient care for adult individuals with mental illness at the site of Central State Hospital not later than July 1, 2001. Requires the director to include in the division's 1999-2001 biennial budget request estimates of appropriations, including capital appropriations, needed to plan for and implement reestablishment of patient care at Central State Hospital not later than July 1, 2001. Requires the director to include in the division's 2001-2003 biennial budget request estimates of appropriations, including capital appropriations, needed to provide patient care for adult individuals with mental illness at Central State Hospital. Makes conforming amendments and repeals statutes providing for services for children at the site of Central State Hospital.

SB 216: (LS 6569) Miller (DI:88)
Return to home.

Provides that an individual who receives health care under an individual or a group health maintenance organization contract, who resides in a continuing care retirement community or a health facility, and who requires skilled nursing care, must receive skilled nursing care from the facility in which the individual resides if the following conditions are met: (1) The facility provides the necessary level of care. (2) The facility agrees to accept payment at the usual and customary terms and conditions for payment at the contract rate negotiated with similar providers for the same services and supplies. (3) The facility meets certain guidelines established by the health maintenance organization relating to quality of care, utilization, referral authorization, risk assumption, use of the health maintenance organization's network, and others. (4) The facility meets the guidelines for Medicare certification and the facility's skilled nursing facility is Medicare certified. (5) The individual chooses to receive skilled nursing care from the facility.

SB 217: (LS 6665) Miller (DI:75)
Litigation powers of attorneys representing the state.

Provides that in any civil or criminal action to which the state or a state officer or employee is a party, an attorney representing the state may not assert or concede that an Indiana statute is unconstitutional.

SB 218: (LS 6938) Miller (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 219: (LS 6939) Miller (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 220: (LS 6940) Miller (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.


SB 221: (LS 6902) Wolf (DI:93)
Lemon law for conversion vans.

Provides that the taxpayer representatives on the common construction wage committee may be a taxpayer of the school district, if the school district is located in more than one county. (Current law limits the taxpayer representative appointment to a taxpayer from the county where the project is located.)

SB 222: (LS 6780) Wolf (DI:94)
Residence of common wage committee members.

Provides that the taxpayer representative on the common construction wage committee may be a taxpayer of the school district, if the school district is located in more than one county. (Current law limits the taxpayer representative appointment to a taxpayer from the county where the project is located.)

SB 223: (LS 6200) Wolf (DI:92)
Property tax exemption for certain nonprofit organizations.

Provides a property tax exemption for real property that is owned by a nonprofit organization and is under or adjacent to a lake or reservoir created by a dam or control structure owned and operated by a public utility. Requires the organization to be engaged in efforts to protect the environment and the water quality of the lake or reservoir to qualify for the property tax exemption. Provides a property tax exemption for real property that is owned by a nonprofit organization and is used in the organization's efforts to protect the environment and the water quality of the lake or reservoir.

SB 224: (LS 6864) Worman (DI:55)
Political subdivision risk management commission.

Authorizes the Indiana political subdivision risk management commission to: (1) close the political subdivision risk management fund, the political subdivision catastrophic liability fund, or both funds to any new members; (2) decline to renew the membership of the political subdivisions that are members of the fund or funds; (3) cease operating the fund or funds; and (4) deplete the balance of the fund or funds through the payment of liabilities of former members and, at the discretion of the commission and with the commissioner's approval, the pro rata return to former members of assessments paid by the former members. Authorizes the commission, after any or all of these actions, and with the approval of the insurance commissioner, to resume using the fund or funds to pay the liabilities of members of the fund or funds.

SB 225: (LS 6722) Worman (DI:93)
Fireworks regulation.

Amends certain definitions relating to fireworks. Establishes the following fireworks seasons: (1) The period beginning June 15 and ending July 10 of the same year for using consumer fireworks. (2) The period beginning December 15 and ending January 2 of the following year for using consumer fireworks. Provides that a person may not use, set off, or ignite fireworks not approved for sale at a retail sales stand except during the fireworks season. Eliminates the requirement for a written assurance and the five day period for removing unapproved fireworks from Indiana. Broadens the definition of a retailer to permit certain retailers to sell as wholesalers. Eliminates the definition of interstate wholesaler. Prohibits the sale of certain fireworks to persons who are less than 18 years of age. Prohibits the sale of certain small sky rockets in Indiana. Establishes penalties.

SB 226: (LS 6617) Worman (DI:69)
Bail bonds.

Provides that a bail bond may be written only by an insurer. Provides that if a bail bond is secured by real estate, the tax value of the real estate (less encumbrances) must be at least two times the amount of bail. Provides that a defendant who meets certain qualifications can be required to post a cash deposit equal to 10% of the amount of the bail instead of a bail bond and that a defendant who meets other qualifications can be required to post a cash deposit or execute a bail bond in an amount equal to 25% of the amount of the bail. Provides that a court, when requiring a person to post a cash deposit instead of a bail bond, must also require the person to execute an agreement that allows the court to retain all or a part of the cash or securities to satisfy any fines and costs if the defendant is convicted. Makes amendments to conform to a modification of the law concerning bonds secured by real estate that was added by P.L.6-1997, SECTION 201, and takes effect March 1, 2001.

SB 227: (LS 6792) Worman (DI:69)
Credit time and consecutive sentences.

Specifies that if a person is serving at least two consecutive terms of imprisonment, any credit time the person earns may be subtracted only from the total of the consecutive terms of imprisonment and not from each term of imprisonment, even if the terms of imprisonment were imposed at different times. Specifies that if a person is serving at least two concurrent terms of imprisonment, any credit time the person earns is subtracted in full from each concurrent term of imprisonment.

SB 228: (LS 6910) Mills (DI:92)
Approval of tax levies in Marion County.

Requires a taxing unit located in Marion County that intends to increase its property tax rate to submit its proposed property tax levy and property tax rate to the city-county council. Provides that the city-county council may approve or deny the proposed property tax rate increase. Provides that if the city-county council denies the proposed property tax rate increase, the state board of tax commissioners may not approve the property tax rate increase unless the state board finds that a failure to increase the property tax rate will adversely affect the health, safety, or well being of the citizens of Marion County. Requires a taxing unit located in Marion County that wishes to enter bonded indebtedness or a lease-rental agreement to obtain the approval of the city-county council before requesting the approval of the state board of tax commissioners.

SB 229: (LS 6770) Wheeler (DI:75)
Distribution of the Indiana Code.

Requires the legislative services agency to distribute one copy of the Indiana Code and one copy of each supplement to the Indiana Code to the clerk-treasurer of each town in Indiana.

SB 230: (LS 7031) Wheeler (DI:96)
Township fire department expenses.

Permits a township executive to borrow a specified sum from a township fund other than the township firefighting fund if the legislative body of a township finds that an emergency requiring the expenditure of funds is related to paying the operating expenses of a township or volunteer fire department.

SB 231: (LS 6903) Lewis (DI:78)
Indiana utility regulatory commission jurisdiction.

Reconciles P.L.80-1997 and P.L.82-1997, both of which amended IC 8-1-2.7, but in substantively different ways. Adds definitions of "sewage treatment provider" and "sewage treatment recipient". Adds more detail to the applicability of the chapter. Replaces the term "nonprofit" with "not-for-profit" throughout the chapter. Replaces references to "sewer utility" with references to "sewage disposal company". Elaborates on the process for contesting procedures for withdrawal from commission jurisdiction and for petitioning to return to commission jurisdiction. Repeals definitions of "eligible water or sewer utility" and "nonprofit utility" and makes conforming changes.

SB 232: (LS 6017) Borst (DI:92)
Riverboat admissions tax distributions.

Specifies that the $0.65 of the riverboat admissions tax that is paid to the Indiana horse racing commission is to be distributed as follows: (1) $0.23 to breed development funds established by the Indiana horse racing commission. (2) $0.26 to racetracks approved by the Indiana horse racing commission for purses. (3) $0.095 to racetracks approved by the Indiana horse racing commission for purses, promotions, and routine operations of the racetracks. (4) $0.065 to the Indiana horse racing commission to promote horse racing and the development of the equine industry in Indiana.

SB 233: (LS 6009) Borst (DI:75)
Pari-mutuel referendum.

Provides that a local public question is not required to be held on the question of permitting horse racing meetings or operation of a satellite facility on private property. Provides that before horse racing meetings or operation of a satellite facility on public property in a county are permitted, the county fiscal body must adopt an ordinance authorizing the activity on that public property and ordering a local public question on the question of permitting horse racing meetings or operation of a satellite facility on that public property. Provides that when a local public question is submitted to the voters to approve conducting horse racing meetings or operating a satellite facility on public property in a county, the authorizing ordinance and the local public question must describe the proposed location in the county for the horse racing meetings or the satellite facility. Repeals a superseded statute.

SB 234: (LS 6089) Borst (DI:71)
University of Central Indiana.

Establishes a commission to evaluate whether an independent, state supported university to succeed Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) should be established and to investigate and evaluate the delivery of higher education at IUPUI. Requires the commission to submit before July 1, 1999, a report to the governor with the results of the evaluation and investigation and the commission's recommendations.

SB 235: (LS 6865) Merritt (DI:75)
Millennium celebration commission.

Establishes the Indiana millennium celebration commission. Requires the commission to develop plans for a statewide celebration of the new millennium and to invite public comment and suggestions about the creation of an Indiana department of heritage. Provides that the commission consists of eight legislative members and ten citizen members. Provides that the members of the commission may not be compensated for their service on the commission. Provides for the details of the operation of the commission.

SB 236: (LS 6908) Merritt (DI:94)
Local use of money market mutual funds.

Allows a municipal corporation or a special taxing district to invest in money market mutual funds. Restricts the investment of public funds to an investment fund that has a portfolio limited to direct obligations of the federal government or fully collateralized repurchase agreements backed by the direct obligation of the federal government. Requires the mutual fund to have a rating of AAAm from Standard and Poor's or Aaa from Moody's. Provides that the mutual funds must have a stated final maturity of one day.

SB 237: (LS 6923) Merritt (DI:87)
Emergency medical services.

Increases from 45 to 90 days the length of time a certificate issued by the Indiana emergency medical services commission may be suspended by the commission or the director of the commission if the public health or safety is in imminent danger. Allows the commission to permanently revoke a certificate issued by the commission if the holder of the certificate is convicted of a specified drug felony or felony involving violence. Allows the commission to permanently revoke a certificate issued by the commission if the holder of the certificate violates a rule of the commission. Repeals a provision that limits the amount that may be deposited in the emergency medical services education fund to $25,000 a year.

SB 238: (LS 7116) Merritt (DI:94)
Motor vehicle transportation funds.

Creates the motor vehicle transportation oversight study committee to oversee motor vehicle transportation funds and motor vehicle transportation needs in Indiana. Requires the committee to study the methods and levels of funding of highways, the distribution of highway funds, the use of highway funds after distribution, alternative financing techniques for highway and motor vehicle needs, and motor vehicle transportation issues identified by the committee as requiring study. Provides for the appointment of members to the committee. Requires annual reports from the committee to the legislative council. Allows the committee to employ consultants.

SB 239: (LS 6567) Server (DI:93)
Athletic trainers.

Provides that athletic trainers must be licensed. (Current law requires athletic trainers to be certified.) Provides that therapeutic soft tissue techniques are considered athletic training. Requires the Indiana athletic trainers board to adopt continuing education standards that conform with the standards of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Requires an individual to be employed in Indiana for at least 90 consecutive days before applying for an athletic trainer's license instead of requiring the applicant to be a resident of Indiana. Includes rehabilitation as a course that an individual must have completed to be licensed as an athletic trainer. Provides that a licensed athletic trainer may be directly reimbursed by a client. Licenses individuals who currently hold a valid athletic trainer's certificate. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 240: (LS 6713) Server (DI:02)
Reclamation of surface coal mine land.

Requires the natural resources commission, when adopting rules, and the department of natural resources, when administering the surface coal mining and reclamation law, to provide incentives for and remove impediments to voluntary efforts by landowners and coal mine operators to establish postmining land uses of forest and wildlife habitat. Provides that land other than prime farmland is not required to be restored to the capability to grow row crops or to demonstrate the capability for any land use other than the approved postmining land use. Provides that there is no presumption that any category of land use is a higher or better use than any other category of land use. Requires all decisions concerning the approval of postmining land uses to be made on an individual basis using stated criteria.

SB 241: (LS 7000) Gard (DI:44)
Drinking water and wastewater revolving funds.

Provides that money held in the wastewater revolving loan fund and loan repayments to be made to the fund may be used to secure a leveraged loan program or other financial assistance programs established in connection with the drinking water revolving loan fund. Provides that money held in the drinking water revolving loan fund and loan repayments to be made to the fund may be used to secure a leveraged loan program or other financial assistance programs established in connection with the wastewater revolving loan fund.

SB 242: (LS 7013) Gard (DI:87)
Annexation.

Specifies the information that must be contained in an annexation ordinance. Provides that a county auditor shall forward a copy of an annexation ordinance to the secretary of state. Provides that an annexation does not take effect until a copy of the annexation ordinance is filed with the secretary of state. Requires the county auditor to notify the secretary of state of the date an annexation ordinance or a disannexation becomes effective. Provides that the secretary of state must receive various filings and notices concerning a disannexation proceeding. Provides that the township trustee must receive a notice of an annexation or disannexation. Provides that certain annexation filing requirements are satisfied if annexation is entered by the county auditor on the property tax records as having become effective before July 1, 1998. Provides that certain disannexation filing requirements are satisfied if the disannexation order is filed with the circuit court clerk before July 1, 1998.

SB 243: (LS 7055) Wheeler (DI:94)
Homestead credit for surviving spouse.

Provides that the surviving spouse of an individual who filed a certified statement to claim the homestead credit is not required to file a new certified statement if the property: (1) qualified for a homestead credit during the prior year; (2) continues to meet the use requirements of the homestead credit law; and (3) is solely owned by the surviving spouse. Provides that a homestead credit for property tax payable in 1998, that was revoked upon the death of a spouse, is reinstated, if the property: (1) qualified for a homestead credit during the year of the death of the spouse; (2) continues to meet the use requirements of the homestead credit law; and (3) is solely owned by the surviving spouse. Requires the county treasurer to prepare a supplemental property tax statement for each surviving spouse entitled to reinstated homestead credit if the property tax statement cannot be changed to reflect the credit. Provides that the supplementary statement must contain: (1) notice of the reinstatement of the credit; (2) notice of the amount of the credit; (3) a statement of November property taxes due and payable after the subtraction of the credit; and (4) instructions that the supplementary statement replaces any previous property tax statement for November property taxes due and payable.

SB 244: (LS 6472) Craycraft (DI:51)
Allocation of seat belt violation judgments.

Provides that $5 of each $25 fine imposed by a city or town court for a seat belt violation (a Class D infraction) is to be retained by the political division entering the judgment.

SB 245: (LS 6336) Clark (DI:92)
Military retirement deductions.

Allows a deduction from adjusted gross income for military retirement benefits converted to federal civil service retirement benefits.

SB 246: (LS 6270) Clark (DI:92)
Income tax credit for adoption expenses.

Provides a credit against adjusted gross income tax for adoption related expenses incurred by a taxpayer who adopts a child. Provides that the credit does not apply to stepparent adoptions. Allows a tax credit of not more than $5,000 for a taxpayer whose household income is less than $75,000 and gradually reduces the credit for taxpayers with household incomes between $75,000 and $115,000. Provides a tax credit of not more than $5,000 against adjusted gross income for expenses related to the adoption of a special needs child without regard to the income levels applied to the adoption of a non-special needs child.

SB 247: (LS 7125) Clark (DI:51)
Marion County small claims court jurisdiction.

Increases the jurisdictional limit of the Marion County small claims court from $6,000 to $20,000 for actions founded on contract, other than actions founded on a contract between a landlord and tenant.

SB 248: (LS 6978) Clark (DI:02)
Sale and retirement of excess ABC permits.

Provides that a city or town executive, with the approval of the legislative body, may purchase an alcoholic beverage commission (ABC) permit that is subject to a quota and that legally exceeds the quota (because of "grandfathering") at a price agreed to by the executive and the permit holder. Requires a city or town that purchases a permit that exists outside the quota to return the permit to the alcoholic beverage commission. Requires the commission to retire the permit.

SB 249: (LS 6673) Riegsecker (DI:93)
Study of State Road 19.

Requires the Indiana department of transportation to study the need for and feasibility of making State Road 19 a four lane highway. Requires the department to present a written report of the department's findings to the legislative council not later than December 31, 1998.

SB 250: (LS 6344) Riegsecker (DI:79)
Gambling impact study.

Requires the governor to initiate an impartial, nonpartisan, and objective study of the impact of gambling on Indiana. Provides that the governor may contract with a state university or a private entity or individual that does not have a financial, social, or political interest in the gambling industry to conduct the study. Requires the division of mental health to cooperate in the study. Appropriates a sufficient amount of money from the addiction services fund to pay the costs of the gambling impact study. Provides that riverboat admissions taxes deposited in the addiction services fund may be used to pay the costs of the study.

SB 251: (LS 6674) Riegsecker (DI:88)
Possession of drugs by certain providers.

Provides that an employee of a home health agency or hospice who is a licensed pharmacist, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse may purchase, store, or transport certain drugs for the purpose of administering the drugs to a home health patient or hospice patient of the home health agency or hospice. Requires that all drugs must be administered under the order of a licensed physician. Provides safeguards for purchasing, storing, and transporting an influenza vaccine. Allows an employee of a home health agency or hospice who is a licensed pharmacist, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse to administer an influenza vaccine to the employees of the home health agency or hospice, to the home health patients and hospice patients of the home health agency or hospice, and to the patients' family members under the order of a licensed physician. Imposes certain safeguards to make containers in which drugs are purchased, stored, or transported tamperproof. Provides that certain drugs may be administered to a home health patient or hospice patient of a home health agency or hospice only in the patient's residence in connection with the provision of emergency treatment or the adjustment of parenteral drug therapy or vaccine administration. Requires that a licensed physician's oral order for administering a drug to a home health patient or hospice patient of a home health agency or hospice must be promptly reduced to writing, a signed copy of which must be sent to the home health agency or hospice. Requires the home health agency or hospice to send a copy of the signed order to the dispensing pharmacy within 20 days after receiving the signed order.

SB 252: (LS 6488) Meeks (DI:79)
Pension dividend supplement for PERF.

Provides a pension dividend supplement for members of the public employees' retirement fund who have more than four years of service credit on June 30, 1998, and who retire after June 30, 1998.

SB 253: (LS 6791) Meeks (DI:69)
Criminal history checks for handguns.

Allows the state police department to maintain a record for not more than 12 months indicating that the fee collected by a firearms dealer to offset the cost of conducting a criminal history check on a person acquiring a handgun has been transferred to the state police department by the dealer.

SB 254: (LS 6906) Meeks (DI:78)
Towing by personal watercraft.

Removes the requirement that personal watercraft be at least ten feet long in order to tow a waterskier or aquaplane.

SB 255: (LS 6762) Meeks (DI:78)
Nonresident license fees.

Increases nonresident hunting, trapping, and fishing license fees.

SB 256: (LS 6799) Meeks (DI:73)
Property tax exemptions.

Provides that the property tax exemption for certain property that is stored in Indiana for shipment to an out of state destination and is in its original package also applies to property that is not stored in its original package if packaging is not practical until receipt of a final customer order.

SB 257: (LS 6287) Craycraft (DI:79)
Police and firefighter disability benefits.

Provides that members of the 1925 police pension fund, 1937 firefighters' pension fund, 1953 police pension fund, and the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension fund who develop cancer or a heart condition that is related to the police officer's or firefighter's duties are entitled to 75% of the salary of a first class patrolman or firefighter. Provides that a death of a police officer or firefighter from cancer or a heart condition related to the police officer's or firefighter's duties is a death in the line of duty.

SB 258: (LS 6690) Ford (DI:51)
Victim rights.

Provides statutory implementation of the victim rights amendment to the Indiana Constitution (Article 1, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana). Outlines the rights of victims, including the right to be notified of and to be present at hearings concerning the accused and to make statements at sentencing hearings. Repeals and replaces the existing statute concerning victim assistance programs. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)

SB 259: (LS 6838) Dempsey (DI:55)
Interest on escrow accounts.

Requires a mortgage lender to pay interest on the balance in an escrow account. Provides that the interest paid may not be less than: (1) 2.5% per year on the average daily balance in the escrow account; or (2) a different minimum interest rate temporarily set by the department of financial institutions if the department determines that 2.5% is too high or too low in relation to the interest rate prevailing in the marketplace.

SB 260: (LS 6514) R. Young (DI:13)
Vehicle bill

SB 261: (LS 6515) R. Young (DI:13)
Vehicle bill

SB 262: (LS 6516) R. Young (DI:13)
Vehicle bill

SB 263: (LS 6517) R. Young (DI:13)
Vehicle bill

SB 264: (LS 6530) Zakas (DI:51)
Bail and personal recognizance.
Allows a court to: (1) increase the amount of any required bail; (2) deny a request to reduce bail; or (3) revoke bail or an order for release on personal recognizance on the basis that a defendant poses a risk to the physical safety of another person or the community or that a defendant has threatened or intimidated an alleged victim.


SB 265: (LS 6524) Zakas (DI:76)
Child rape.

Provides that a crime involving sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with a child is child rape. (Current law provides that such a crime is child molesting.) Removes a statute of limitations provision that makes references to provisions in the child molesting law that no longer exist.

SB 266: (LS 6533) Zakas (DI:44)
Property tax deduction for mobile homes.

Provides that the owner of a mobile home that is not assessed as real property is entitled to a standard deduction from the mobile home's assessed value if the owner resides in the mobile home. Provides that the amount of the deduction is equal to the lesser of: (1) one-half of the assessed value of the mobile home; or (2) $1,500. Makes a conforming amendment that will become effective in 2001, when the definition of assessed value will change from 33 1/3% of true tax value to 100% of true tax value.

SB 267: (LS 6135) Zakas (DI:13)
Vehicle Bill.

SB 268: (LS 7126) Landske (DI:73)
Appropriation for T by 2000 program.

Appropriates an additional $4,000,000 from the state general fund to the soil conservation division of the department of natural resources for cost sharing assistance under the "T by 2000" program.

SB 269: (LS 6798) Landske (DI:44)
Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Permits the Lake County convention and visitor bureau to enter into leases or lease-purchase agreements, or to issue bonds or other obligations, for the construction, acquisition, and equipping of a visitor center to promote and encourage visitors, conventions, and other events within the county. Grants the bureau eminent domain powers for the purpose of acquiring property to promote and encourage visitors, conventions, and other events within the county.

SB 270: (LS 6849) Landske (DI:75)
Insurance for retired state police employees.

Provides that the state police department may provide a group insurance plan for retired employees in which retired employees pay a negotiated premium and in which the cost of claims and administration may be recovered through increased premiums to employees or other funding sources.

SB 271: (LS 6364) Server (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 272: (LS 6890) Server (DI: 55)
Registration of soil scientists

Creates the board of registration for soil scientists. Provides that the board consists of four registered professional soil scientists and one individual representing the public at large. Requires the board to enter into a contract with the state chemist under which the state chemist provides clerical support, record keeping services, and office space to the board. Creates a program for the registration of professional soil scientists. Establishes education, examination, and work qualifications for registration as a professional soil scientist and establishes separate qualifications for registration as an associate soil scientist. Requires the board to publish yearly a roster showing the names and places of business of all registered soil scientists. Provides that certain activities may result in the revocation or suspension of the registration of a soil scientist. Provides for administrative and judicial review of a decision of the board regarding a soil scientist's registration. Provides staggered initial terms for board members and allows certain individuals to obtain registration without satisfying the education and examination requirements for registration.

SB 273: (LS 6359) Server (DI:88)
Certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Provides that a certified registered nurse anesthetist may administer anesthesia as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in the surgical facility of an ambulatory outpatient surgical center without having a licensed physician with specialized training in anesthetics remain in the surgical facility during surgery. Transfers regulation of certified registered nurse anesthetists to the Indiana state board of nursing. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 274: (LS 6912) Server (DI:73)
Police and firefighters' survivors benefits.

Increases the minimum survivor's benefit for surviving spouses of deceased members of the 1925 police pension fund, the 1937 firefighters' pension fund, and the 1953 police pension fund. Provides that the minimum survivor's benefit is increased over four years from 30% of the salary of a first class officer to 50% of the salary of a first class officer.

SB 275: (LS 7048) Server (DI:71)
Employment certificates for children.

Provides that employment certificates for children are to be issued by the county offices of a private industry council. (Current law provides that employment certificates are issued by the school attended by the child.) Requires an employment certificate to be revoked upon the recommendation of a child's school if the child's attendance or grades decrease after being employed. Makes conforming amendments to related statutes.

SB 276: (LS 7038) Server (DI:71)
Repeal of various education programs.

Repeals provisions for the following programs that have expired, have not been funded, or are not in compliance with federal law: (1) Inclusion school pilot program. (2) Teacher quality and professional improvement program. (3) Compulsory attendance exception. (4) Governor's scholars academy. (4) Innovative education grant program. (5) Art education grant program. (6) Committee on educational attitudes, motivation, and parental involvement. (7) Readiness testing. (8) Student services summer institute. (9) Early childhood, preschool, and latchkey pilot programs. (10) Anti-gang counseling pilot program. Removes references to repealed statutes from related sections. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on education issues.)

SB 278: (LS 6142) Alexa (DI:71)
Reporting requirement for drunk driving arrests.

Requires law enforcement agencies to report certain information concerning drunk driving arrests to the bureau of motor vehicles (BMV). Requires the BMV to compile this information and annually report the information to the law enforcement agencies. Specifies the form for the information and summons in traffic cases.

SB 279: (LS 6876) Alexa (DI:51)
Product liability.

Repeals the comparative fault provisions of the product liability law. Applies the product liability law to a seller who is not the manufacturer of the product. Eliminates the need to prove in a product liability action based on a design defect or on a failure to provide adequate warnings that the manufacturer failed to exercise reasonable care.

SB 280: (LS 6619) Alexa (DI:69)
Transportation of high level radioactive waste.

Requires a person who wishes to transport a shipment of high level radioactive waste in Indiana to: (1) submit a notice containing specified information to the director of the state emergency management agency at least four days before the shipment of high level radioactive waste leaves its point of origin; and (2) pay a fee of $1,000 for each cask or other container of high level radioactive waste to be transported in Indiana in a motor vehicle and $2,000 for each cask or other container of high level radioactive waste to be transported in Indiana on a railroad car. Specifies that before a shipment of high level radioactive waste arrives in Indiana, the person shipping the high level radioactive waste and the director of the state emergency management agency must establish a location in Indiana at which the shipment may be inspected. Provides that when a shipment of high level radioactive waste arrives at an inspection point, the appropriate representatives from the state emergency management agency, state police, Indiana department of transportation, and department of environmental management must conduct certain inspections. Requires a shipment of high level radioactive waste traveling through Indiana to be escorted by the state police and other state or local government entities that are trained and equipped to manage any accident or other safety procedure involving the shipment of high level radioactive waste.

SB 281: (LS 7036) Server (DI:71)
Funding for kindergarten.

Provides that a kindergarten pupil counts as one pupil for the purposes of state distributions to school corporations if the kindergarten pupil is enrolled in a full-day kindergarten program. (Current law provides that a kindergarten pupil counts as one-half a pupil.) (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on education issues.)

SB 282: (LS 7037) Server (DI:71)
Transfer tuition for certain children

Provides that the state pays the transfer tuition of a child who is placed in a state licensed private or public health care facility, child care facility, or foster family home: (1) by or with the consent of the division of family and children; (2) by a court order; or (3) by a child-placing agency licensed by the division of family and children; when the facility or home is located in a school corporation in which the child does not have legal settlement. Establishes a procedure for school corporations to claim transfer tuition. Makes corresponding changes to related sections. Provides that whenever a child in need of services is placed out-of-home, the county office of family and children shall notify the court before the child is
transferred to the subsequent out-of-home placement. Makes an exception if the subsequent out-of-home placement is an emergency in which case the county office is required to notify the court not more than 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, after the child is transferred to the emergency out-of-home placement. Requires that whenever the court is notified that the child is transferred to a subsequent out-of-home placement, the court shall order a lower rate of reimbursement with regard to the child's placement whenever appropriate. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on education issues.)

SB 283: (LS 7039) Server (DI:71)
School vehicle purchases.

Requires the Indiana department of administration to establish a group purchasing program for school buses, passenger automobiles, and trucks that are used by a school corporation or private school. Allows school corporations and private schools to participate in the program. Allows an individual who owns and operates a school bus under contract with a school corporation or private school to purchase a school bus through the program, but limits the individual to the purchase of one school bus during a calendar year. Allows school bus chassis and bodies to be bid separately. Requires the department to adopt rules to carry out the program. Repeals a provision concerning purchases of school buses under security agreements. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on education issues.)

SB 284: (LS 7050) Server (DI:71)
ISTEP

Removes the authority for the Indiana statewide testing for educational progress program (ISTEP) to be administered in subject areas other than English/language arts and mathematics. Provides that ISTEP subject area tests may not be longer than two hours each.

SB 285: (LS 7152) Server (DI:92)
Capital improvements for schools.

Allows not more than 5% of the levy for a school capital projects fund to be used for construction, repair, replacement, remodeling, or maintenance of school sports facilities.

SB 286: (LS 7083) Miller (DI:75)
Expiration of administrative rules.

Provides that an administrative rule expires on July 1 of the year after the rule's adoption unless the general assembly continues the administrative rule by statute. (Current law provides that a rule expires January 1 of the seventh year after the rule's adoption.) Provides that administrative rules of the department of revenue and the state board of tax commissioners expire and certain rules adopted under federal mandates expire in the same way as other administrative rules. Provides that an agency may not readopt an administrative rule that expires unless the general assembly authorizes the agency to readopt the rule. Provides that a rule the general assembly has continued by statute or that is authorized by the general assembly for readoption does not expire on July 1 of the year after the continued or readopted rule takes effect unless the general assembly specifies that the continued or readopted rule expires or unless the agency subsequently amends the continued or readopted rule. Provides that an administrative rule in force on December 31, 1997, expires not later than July 1, 2000. Repeals statutes that authorize: (1) agencies to readopt expired rules through the administrative rulemaking process; or (2) the governor to extend the expiration date of a rule.

SB 287: (LS 7148) Miller (DI:97)
Conversion of nonprofit hospitals.

Provides for conversion of nonprofit hospitals to for-profit entities. Requires parties to a transaction involving the conversion of a nonprofit hospital to a for-profit entity to obtain approval from the attorney general. Establishes conditions for approval of a nonprofit hospital conversion by the attorney general.

SB 289: (LS 7091) Miller (DI:51)
Probation services study.

Establishes the probation services study committee. Requires the committee to study: (1) the mission of probation services; (2) the duties, roles, and responsibilities of probation officers; (3) organizational changes considered necessary to improve the efficiency and thoroughness of the delivery of probation services; (4) improvements to the salary schedules and benefits available to probation officers and probation support staff; (5) training standards; (6) caseload and case classification standards; and (7) methods and levels of funding for probation services.

SB 290: (LS 7041) Miller (DI:71)
Cancellation of auto insurance.

Requires an insurer to notify the bureau of motor vehicles when the insurer cancels a motor vehicle liability policy that covers a motor vehicle registered in Indiana. Requires the bureau to: (1) notify a person when the bureau receives notice from the person's insurer of a cancellation; and (2) require the person to give the bureau proof of financial responsibility within 20 days after receiving the bureau's notice of cancellation. Requires the bureau to revoke a person's operator's license if the person fails to respond to a notice demanding that the person show proof of financial responsibility.

SB 291: (LS 6905) Miller (DI:93)
Motor vehicle financial responsibility.

Prohibits the bureau of motor vehicles from denying reinstatement of a driver's license because of failure to pay the reinstatement fee if a person demonstrates financial responsibility and agrees to pay the fee according to a schedule adopted by rule of the bureau of motor vehicles. Requires an insurer, upon the cancellation of a motor vehicle policy that covered a motor vehicle registered in Indiana, to notify the bureau of motor vehicles of the cancellation of the policy. Creates the Indiana comprehensive automobile insurance association (the association) to assure that automobile insurance is made available to eligible Indiana residents. Requires every insurer that is authorized to transact automobile insurance business in Indiana to be a member of the association. Requires the association to design a plan of operation and to submit it to the insurance commissioner for approval. Sets forth minimum requirements for the plan of operation. Requires rates of coverage to be reasonable and limits rates to 150% of the average rate for that class. Requires the association to assess members for expenses of operation and losses incurred. Allows members to offset association assessments against taxes. Requires the association to offer to eligible persons an insurance policy sufficient to operate a motor vehicle in Indiana. Requires a person to have been rejected by at least one other automobile insurance carrier to be eligible for an association policy. Requires an association policy to have provisions under which the association is obligated to renew the contract.

SB 292: (LS 6765) Miller (DI:88)
Various insurance provisions.

Provides that the insurance commissioner may revoke an insurance agent's license or refuse to issue an insurance agent's license to an applicant if the agent's or applicant's license has been suspended or revoked in Indiana or any state, province, district, or territory. (Current law gives the insurance commissioner this authority only if the license suspension or revocation has taken place in a state other than Indiana.) Adds health maintenance organizations and limited services health maintenance organizations as types of insurers to which both the unauthorized insurers statute and medical child support statute apply. Provides that dependents of eligible employees are entitled to small group conversion policies. Requires health maintenance organizations and limited service health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for the following: (1) Newly born children. (2) Mammography services.

SB 293: (LS 7060) Miller (DI:97)
Liability for decisions affecting health care.

Requires an insurer that makes an adverse determination concerning coverage of a particular type of health care service for an insured to provide to the insured and to the insured's treating physician a written statement explaining the basis for the adverse determination, which must be signed by the medical director of the insurer. Provides that a health insurance carrier, a health maintenance organization, or another managed care entity has the duty to exercise ordinary care when making health care treatment decisions and is liable for harm to an insured or enrollee that is proximately caused by the failure to exercise ordinary care. Provides that a health insurance carrier, a health maintenance organization, or another managed care entity is liable for harm to an insured or enrollee proximately caused by a health care treatment decision made by an employee, an agent, an ostensible agent, or a representative of the health insurance carrier, health maintenance organization, or managed care entity if: (1) at the time the decision is made, the employee, agent, ostensible agent, or representative is acting on behalf of the health insurance carrier, health maintenance organization, or managed care entity; and (2) the health insurance carrier, health maintenance organization, or other managed care entity: (A) has the right to exercise influence or control over the employee, agent, ostensible agent, or representative; or (B) is actually exercising influence or control over the employee, agent, ostensible agent, or representative, resulting in the failure to exercise ordinary care. Prohibits a health insurance carrier, a health maintenance organization, or another managed care entity from removing a physician from its health care plan or refusing to renew the status of a physician for advocating for appropriate and medically necessary health care for an insured or enrollee. Prohibits a health insurance carrier, a health maintenance organization, or another managed care entity from entering into a contract with a physician that includes an indemnification or hold harmless clause applying to the acts or conduct of the health insurance carrier, health maintenance organization, or other managed care entity.

SB 294: (LS 6956) Miller (DI:97)
Coverage for breast and prostate cancer screening.

Requires coverage by group insurance for public employees, group insurers, and health maintenance organizations to provide for periodic prostate specific antigen screening in men in certain age and risk groups. Requires health maintenance organizations to provide breast cancer mammography screening for women in certain age and risk groups. (Current law requires coverage of breast cancer mammography screening services under group insurance for public employees and group accident and sickness insurance policies issued in Indiana.)

SB 295: (LS 7096) Miller (DI:76)
CHINS proceedings.

Creates a rebuttable presumption that a court retains jurisdiction over a child who is a child in need of services (CHINS) for not longer than 12 months. Provides that if the state does not sustain its burden for continued jurisdiction at the end of the 12 month period, the court shall: (1) authorize the filing of a petition for termination of the parent-child relationship; or (2) discharge the child and the child's parent, guardian, or custodian. Confers the right to notice and the opportunity to be heard at each of a child's periodic case reviews in a CHINS proceeding upon the child's foster parent.

SB 296: (LS 6920) Rogers (DI:44)
Local funds for deposit of riverboat revenues.

Legalizes funds established by local units of government before July 1, 1997, to receive riverboat tax revenues if those funds meet the requirements for a riverboat fund under IC 36-1-8-9.

SB 297: (LS 6470) Rogers (DI:75)
Absentee ballots.

Provides that an application for an absentee ballot for a confined voter (or a person caring for a confined person) in Lake County must be received by the chief deputy of the combined county election board and board of registration before: (1) noon on the day before election day if the application is mailed or hand delivered and the voter requests delivery of the absentee ballots by an absentee voter board; and (2) midnight on the eighth day before election day if the application is mailed or transmitted by fax. (Current law provides that an application for an absentee ballot for a confined voter in Lake County must be received before 10 p.m. on the fourth day before election day.)

SB 298: (LS 6474) Rogers (DI:88)
Post-mastectomy care.

Requires an insurer that provides benefits relating to a mastectomy to provide for a minimum postsurgical inpatient stay at a licensed hospital for an individual following a mastectomy. Requires the individual's attending physician to determine the appropriate length of the inpatient stay based on the following: (1) Medical necessity. (2) Protocols and guidelines that are based on sound scientific evidence. (3) Evaluation of the individual and the coverage for and availability of a postdischarge physician office visit or in-home nurse visit to verify the individual's condition within 48 hours after discharge.

SB 299: (LS 6475) Rogers (DI:69)
Transportation of high level radioactive waste.

Requires a person who wishes to transport a shipment of high level radioactive waste in Indiana to: (1) submit a notice containing specified information to the director of the state emergency management agency at least four days before the shipment of high level radioactive waste leaves its point of origin; and (2) pay a fee of $1,000 for each cask or other container of high level radioactive waste to be transported in Indiana in a motor vehicle and $2,000 for each cask or other container of high level radioactive waste to be transported in Indiana on a railroad car. Specifies that before a shipment of high level radioactive waste arrives in Indiana, the person shipping the high level radioactive waste and the director of the state emergency management agency must establish a location in Indiana at which the shipment may be inspected. Provides that when a shipment of high level radioactive waste arrives at an inspection point, the appropriate representatives from the state emergency management agency, state police, Indiana department of transportation, and department of environmental management must conduct certain inspections. Requires a shipment of high level radioactive waste traveling through Indiana to be escorted by the state police and other state or local government entities that are trained and equipped to manage any accident or other safety procedure involving the shipment of high level radioactive waste.

SB 300: (LS 6491) Bowser (DI:93)
Athletic trainer licensure.

Provides that athletic trainers must be licensed. (Current law requires them to be certified.) Includes rehabilitation techniques within the definition of "athletic training". Requires the Indiana athletic trainers certification board to adopt continuing education standards that conform with the standards of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Requires an individual to be a resident of, or employed in, Indiana before applying for an athletic trainer's license. Includes rehabilitation as a course that an individual must have completed to be licensed as an athletic trainer. Licenses individuals who currently hold a valid athletic trainer's certificate. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 301: (LS 6670) Bowser (DI:69)
Jury service.

Allows a person to be excused from acting as a juror if the person would serve as a juror during a criminal trial and the person is: (1) an employee of the department of correction whose duties require contact with inmates confined in a department of correction facility; or (2) the spouse or child of such an employee; and the person desires to be excused for either reason.

SB 302: (LS 6677) Bowser (DI:75)
State list of precinct committeemen.

Requires the county chairman of a political party that elects its precinct committeemen at a primary election to provide the secretary of state the name and precinct represented of each precinct committeeman in the county. Requires the information to be provided not later than 14 days after a primary election and after a change in precinct committeemen. Provides that a political party whose county chairman fails to provide the information to the secretary of state not later than noon 74 days before a primary election may not elect precinct committeemen at that primary election.

SB 303: (LS 6629) Bowser (DI:51)
Rape and deviate sexual conduct.

Makes sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct without consent a Class C felony. Provides that consent is words or actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent. Defines deviate sexual conduct to include penetration of a sex organ or anus by a body part other than a sex organ.

SB 304: (LS 6678) Bowser (DI:69)
LaPorte circuit court magistrate.

Allows the judge of the LaPorte circuit court to appoint one full-time magistrate.

SB 305: (LS 7043) Wyss (DI:73)
Income tax deductions.

Increases the adjusted gross income tax deduction for individuals, dependents, and aged and blind persons from $1,000 to $1,500 for taxable years beginning in 1998 and thereafter. (Current law also provides an additional $500 per child temporary income tax deduction to taxpayers for dependent children. Under current law, the temporary deduction applies only to taxable years beginning before January 1, 2001.)

SB 306: (LS 6550) Wyss (DI:69) Commanding or requesting an offense.
Makes commanding or requesting another person to commit a crime a felony or misdemeanor of the same class as the crime the person commands or requests another person to commit even if: (1) the other person has not been prosecuted for the offense, has not been convicted of the offense, or has been acquitted of the offense; or (2) the other person does not commit the offense. Makes the offense a Class A felony if the offense commanded or requested is murder. (Current law provides that a person who aids, induces, or causes another person to commit an offense commits that offense even if the other person has not been prosecuted for the offense, has not been convicted of the offense, or has been acquitted of the offense.)

SB 307: (LS 6751) Wyss (DI:93)
Caller ID and commercial telephone solicitations.

Makes it a Class C misdemeanor for a seller to knowingly or intentionally block or attempt to block the display of the seller's telephone number or identity by a caller ID service when attempting to initiate a telephone conversation for the purpose of making a solicitation to a prospect.

SB 308: (LS 6729) Wyss (DI:73)
Indiana University cyclotron facility.

Appropriates $10,000,000 from the state general fund to Indiana University for renovation and alteration of the Indiana University cyclotron facility to allow the cyclotron facility to be used for providing proton radiation therapy.

SB 309: (LS 6998) Ford (DI:78)
Insurance coverage for environmental problems.

Provides that an insurance policy issued or renewed after June 30, 1998, may avoid providing environmental coverage if the policy contains certain language excluding from coverage: (1) bodily injury or property damage arising out of the discharge of pollutants; and (2) losses, costs, and expenses arising out of the monitoring, clean up, or response to pollutants, or claims of governmental authorities for damages because of monitoring or clean up of pollutants. Provides that pollutant as the term is used in an insurance policy includes any substance under circumstances that would render the substance subject to state or federal law. Requires the department of insurance to issue a bulletin that contains the environmental exclusion language. Requires that the bulletin direct affected insurance companies to issue a short, concise statement declaring that policies containing the environmental exclusion language do not provide environmental coverage.

SB 310: (LS 7144) Dempsey (DI:97)
Selling insurance without state authorization.

Prohibits a company from holding itself out as a company in the business of insurance in Indiana unless the company has received a certificate of authority. Prohibits the sale, issuance, delivery, or advertisement of any kind of insurance not specified in the certificate of authority. Requires the insurance commissioner to impose a civil penalty on a person conducting the business of insurance or holding itself out as a company in the business of insurance in Indiana without a certificate of authority. Establishes a criminal penalty for a person conducting the business of insurance or holding itself out as a company in the business of insurance in Indiana without a certificate of authority.

SB 311: (LS 6705) Dempsey (DI:69)
Wrongful death.

Provides that if the death of an unmarried adult individual without dependents is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another person who is either intoxicated or committing a felony, only the personal representative of the adult individual may maintain an action against the person whose wrongful act or omission caused the death of the adult person. Provides that the damages that may be recovered in an action include: (1) reasonable medical, hospital, funeral, and burial expenses; (2) loss of the adult individual's love and companionship to the adult individual's parents, children, brothers, sisters, and grandparents; and (3) expenses of administering the adult individual's estate, including reasonable attorney's fees. Specifies the distribution of damages.

SB 312: (LS 6984) Washington (DI:51)
Hate crime as aggravating circumstance.

Makes commission of a crime because of the race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin of the victim an aggravating circumstance that may be considered by a judge when the judge imposes a sentence for the crime.

SB 313: (LS 7105) Washington (DI:96)
St. Joseph County annexation.

Eliminates the annexation procedures in St. Joseph County that require a court to order an annexation not to take place if: (1) the area already has adequate police and fire protection and street and road maintenance from a provider other than the municipality seeking annexation; (2) the annexation will have a significant financial impact on the residents or landowners of the area; and (3) the annexation is opposed by a majority of the owners of land in the territory proposed to be annexed or by the owners of more than 75% in the assessed valuation of the land in the affected area.

SB 314: (LS 6826) Washington (DI:69)
Handgun possession.

Adds the possession of a handgun to the statute prohibiting the carrying of a handgun without a license.

SB 315: (LS 6712) Server (DI:71)
Academic honors scholarships.

Establishes the Indiana honors diploma higher education award as a scholarship program for persons domiciled in Indiana who graduate from a public or private high school with an Indiana honors diploma, and attend a public or private nonprofit institution of higher learning in Indiana on a full-time or part-time basis. Provides eligible students with a scholarship award in an amount (subject to the availability of appropriations) equal to 50% of the educational costs at public universities in Indiana, less an adjustment for money awarded to the student under other state higher education award programs. Provides for administration of the program by the state student assistance commission. Appropriates from the state general fund a sufficient amount to provide higher education awards.

SB 316: (LS 6754) Riegsecker (DI:76)
Sex offender registry.

Requires the criminal justice institute to make information contained in the sex offender registry available upon request to any person who resides in Indiana. Requires the criminal justice institute to release the home address of a sex offender named in the registry to the person only if the sex offender resides in the same city, town, or township as the person requesting the sex offender registry information.

SB 317: (LS 7033) Riegsecker (DI:78)
IDEM operator certification program.

Provides that certification of industrially owned and privately owned wastewater treatment plant operators by the Indiana department of environmental management (IDEM) is voluntary rather than mandatory.

SB 318: (LS 7124) Mills (DI:73)
Adjusted gross income tax deductions.

Provides a deduction from adjusted gross income equal to 29% of the net capital gain included in an individual's federal adjusted gross income.

SB 319: (LS 6844) Simpson (DI:77)
Medicaid disability.

Amends the Medicaid definition of disabled person to include a person who has a physical or mental impairment, disease, or loss that appears reasonably certain to result in death or that has lasted or appears reasonably certain to last for a continuous period of at least twelve (12) months without significant improvement. (Current law requires that the impairment continue throughout the lifetime of the individual.)

SB 320: (LS 7117) Simpson (DI:76)
Alternative dispute resolution.

Beginning January 1, 1999, and ending July 1, 2001, allows the filing fee for marriage dissolution actions in the Monroe circuit court to be increased from $100 to $120, upon approval by the judicial conference of Indiana. Provides that the difference between the amount of the old fee and the amount of the increased fee must be deposited into an alternative dispute resolution fund, administered by the circuit court, to be used to foster mediation, reconciliation, parental counseling, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Requires litigants referred for services covered by the alternative dispute resolution fund to make a copayment for the services in an amount determined by the court.

SB 321: (LS 6946) Simpson (DI:69)
Hazardous waste grant program.

Requires the department of environmental management to provide financial assistance to local units of government and solid waste management districts through matching grants awarded for projects involving the collection and disposal of: (1) household hazardous waste; and (2) hazardous waste generated by conditionally exempt small quantity generators who generate not more than 100 kilograms of hazardous waste and one kilogram of acutely hazardous waste during a month. (Current law requires the department to provide grants only for collection and disposal projects involving household hazardous waste.) Extends the period of time in which collection and disposal projects must be completed from 12 months to 24 months. Increases the amount of money that is available each year from the hazardous substances response trust fund to provide collection and disposal project grants from $250,000 to $500,000.


SB 322: (LS 6548) Simpson (DI:93)
Uniform unclaimed property act.

Includes evidence of receipt of a distribution of a dividend check or other instrument of payment as an indication of interest in the property if the distribution was made by electronic means. Changes the time periods for presumption of abandonment for unclaimed property to conform to those in the uniform unclaimed property act. Requires the holder of property presumed abandoned to send written notice to the apparent owner not less than 60 days before reporting the property to the attorney general (current law requires that it be not less than 30 days), but does not require the holder to send notice if the value of the property is less than $50. Requires that tangible property held in a safe deposit box be held for at least 120 days after the property is reported to the attorney general. Removes the requirement that the attorney general publish a notice relating to a traveler's check, money order, or similar instrument presumed abandoned. Changes the provisions relating to the crediting of dividends, interest, and increments to a presumed owner's account to conform with the uniform unclaimed property act. Requires the attorney general to give notice approving or denying a claim within 90 days after the claim is filed. Allows a person aggrieved by a decision of the attorney general on the person's unclaimed property claim to file an original claim in a court of competent jurisdiction. (Current law requires the aggrieved person to contest the decision in an administrative hearing before allowing the person to appeal the decision in court.) Repeals the provisions relating to the administrative hearing and appeal. Allows a court to award reasonable attorney's fees to the prevailing party in an action brought by the attorney general to enforce the unclaimed property act. Changes the penalty provisions for noncompliance to conform with those in the uniform unclaimed property act. Changes the provisions regarding agreements to locate property presumed abandoned to conform with those in the uniform unclaimed property act. Provides that the unclaimed property act does not apply to property held in a foreign country arising out of a foreign transaction.

SB 323: (LS 6925) Simpson (DI:76)
Domestic violence considerations in domestic cases.

Establishes a rebuttable presumption that a parent who has demonstrated a pattern of domestic violence may not be awarded sole or joint custody of a child. Provides that domestic violence includes physical or sexual abuse regardless of whether the abuse resulted in a criminal prosecution. Allows the presumption to be rebutted only: (1) upon evidence that the parent has successfully completed a treatment program and is not abusing alcohol or drugs; and (2) upon a showing that it is in the best interests of the child because of the conduct of the other parent. Allows a court to order only supervised visitation, if any, with a parent who has demonstrated a pattern of domestic violence, conditioned on the parent's participation in a domestic violence treatment program. Provides that unsupervised visitation may be ordered if certain additional conditions are met. Prescribes guidelines for a court to follow in determining custody when both parents have demonstrated a pattern of domestic violence. Applies to both dissolution of marriage and paternity cases. Prohibits a court from ordering a party in a domestic relations proceeding to participate in counseling or mediation if the court finds that the other party has demonstrated a pattern of domestic violence against the party or a child of the parties.

SB 324: (LS 6941) Lawson (DI:73)
Property tax administration.

Provides that, for a property interest created from a larger existing parcel or a combination of smaller existing parcels, the owner is required to pay only the property taxes for which the due date has passed before the county auditor may transfer the property on the last assessment list or apportion the assessed value of the property. Requires an assessing official to consolidate existing contiguous parcels of real property into a single parcel if the assessing official has knowledge that an improvement to the real property is located on or otherwise significantly affects the parcels. Allows the county treasurer to serve a written demand upon county residents who are delinquent in the payment of personal property taxes by proof of certificate of mailing. Provides that the county treasurer shall charge as a collection expense for delinquent personal property taxes: (1) $8 if the demand for payment is made by registered or certified mail; and (2) $5 if the demand is made in any other manner. Provides that property tax refunds shall be paid after the June and December settlement and apportionment of property taxes. (Current law provides only for the payment of refunds after the December settlement.)

SB 325: (LS 6663) Bray (DI:76)
Limited liability for clerks.

Requires the division of family and children to establish the Indiana support enforcement tracking system (ISETS) to provide for a statewide centralized automated system for the collection, distribution, and disbursement of child support payments. Enumerates the purposes of the ISETS procedures and technologies. Grants immunity to a clerk of the circuit court for errors in the disbursement of child support funds that: (1) arise without the clerk's knowledge or approval; and (2) result from an action by the ISETS staff or an ISETS technological error. Makes conforming amendments. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the centralized system study committee.)

SB 326: (LS 7138) Wheeler (DI:78)
Drainage board resolution of ground water disputes.

Creates a procedure for resolving surface water disputes. Provides that a person seeking redress for injuries caused to the person's property as a result of a diversion of the natural surface watercourse on a neighboring property may file a petition with the drainage board. Permits the drainage board to investigate, to hold a hearing on the petition, and to issue an order requiring the removal or remedy of the diversion. Permits a person who owns the land that is the subject of the petition to file an action in circuit or superior court to vacate the drainage board's order.


SB 327: (LS 7104) Skillman (DI:92)
Tax sales.

Requires a county auditor to include the name of the owner of a tract of real property eligible for a tax sale in the notice of the tax sale. Requires the county auditor to mail a copy of the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to a mortgagee who requests by certified mail a copy of the notice. Removes a provision that states that the failure of the county auditor to mail notice of an application for judgment does not affect the validity of the judgment and order.

SB 328: (LS 7097) Lubbers (DI:76)
Therapeutic and special needs foster care.

Provides that a therapeutic foster family home is a foster family home: (1) that provides care to a seriously emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled child; (2) in which a child receives treatment in a family home that is supervised by certain qualified program staff; and (3) that meets all of the requirements for licensing of a foster family home and certain supplementary requirements, including additional training for therapeutic foster parents. Prohibits a therapeutic foster parent from providing care to more than two foster children, not including children for whom the therapeutic foster parent is a parent, stepparent, guardian, custodian, or other relative. Allows the division of family and children to permit a therapeutic foster family home to provide care for more than two foster children whenever the placement of siblings in the same therapeutic foster family home is desirable or in the best interests of the foster children residing in the home. Allows a court to reclassify the rate of reimbursement paid to a child's foster parents to an appropriate lower rate whenever the foster child no longer needs therapeutic foster care services or needs less intensive supervision. Provides that a special needs foster family home is a foster family home that provides care for a child who has a mental, physical, or emotional handicap who will require additional supervision or assistance in behavior management, activities of daily living, or management of medical problems. Prohibits a special needs foster parent from providing care to more than eight children (including the foster family's children) and requires that not more than four of the children may be less than six years of age. Provides that the division of family and children may grant an exception to the maximum number of children who may be cared for in a special needs foster home whenever the division determines that the placement of siblings in the same special needs foster home is desirable. Requires the division of family and children to consider the specific needs of each special needs foster child whenever the division determines the appropriate number of children to place in the special needs foster home. Reestablishes the board for the coordination of child care regulation, which expired November 1, 1997, for a period beginning July 1, 1998, and ending July 1, 2000. Requires the board to study laws governing the regulation of child care and to make recommendations to the general assembly concerning changes in the law the board finds appropriate. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the board for the coordination of child care regulation.)

SB 329: (LS 6777) Jackman (DI:93)
Veterinary practice.

Provides that the state veterinarian is the executive secretary and technical advisor of the Indiana board of veterinary medical examiners (board). Provides that the board may enter into an agreement with the Indiana state board of animal health to use the Indiana state board of animal health's staff and facilities. Removes the board from the health professions bureau. Prohibits the board from issuing a license to an individual unless the individual's property taxes are paid. Specifies the effect of a criminal conviction on the status of a person's license. Provides for the revocation of an individual's license if the individual is delinquent in paying child support. Allows a person in the person's last term of study at an accredited veterinary school to submit an application for a license with a letter from the dean of the school instead of a transcript. Provides for an inactive status of a veterinary license under certain conditions. Provides for the enforcement of standards of practice by the board. Makes conforming amendments. Makes technical corrections.

SB 330: (LS 6756) Skillman (DI:55)
State park fees for disabled persons.

Requires the department of natural resources to provide a discount of 50% on the fee for an annual pass to the state parks if the pass is issued to a resident of Indiana who possesses a valid license plate, decal, or parking placard issued by the bureau of motor vehicles to persons with physical disabilities, or who is certified to be blind, visually impaired, or severely and permanently restricted due to illness. Requires the department of natural resources to provide a discount of 50% on the fee for single day admission to a state park for all the occupants of a motor vehicle that is designated with a valid license plate, decal, or parking placard issued by the bureau of motor vehicles for a person with a physical disability.

SB 331: (LS 7165) Server (DI:71)
Interagency information sharing.

Allows a county to establish an interagency information sharing committee to enable the juvenile justice system, schools, and social service agencies to share information to the extent not prohibited by federal law in order to provide appropriate services to delinquent children or children substantially at risk of becoming delinquent children.

SB 332: (LS 6654) Harrison (DI:02)
Academic honor diploma grant.

Provides that the governing body of a school corporation that receives $800 per student as an honors diploma award may give $800 to each student who successfully completes an academic honors diploma program for which the school corporation receives an award.

SB 333: (LS 6404) Bray (DI:41)
Use of bail bonds for court costs.

Requires a defendant who executes a bail bond by depositing cash or securities with the clerk of a court in an amount not less than 10% of the defendant's bail to also execute an agreement that allows the court to retain all or a part of the cash or securities to satisfy any fines, costs, or restitution the court may order the defendant to pay if the defendant is convicted. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)

SB 334: (LS 6752) Harrison (DI:77)
Tobacco sales enforcement.

Prohibits the office of the attorney general and the division of mental health from entering or renewing a contract with the United States Food and Drug Administration to obtain state assistance in investigational coverage of retail establishments that sell tobacco products unless the contract meets the following conditions: (1) Minors used in investigations must be 15 or 16 years of age. (2) Undercover purchases must be limited to specific hours. (3) Minors who participate must be periodically photographed and provide a birth certificate. (4) Unannounced inspections may only be performed by the alcoholic beverages commission, state police, county sheriff, or the police of a municipal corporation.

SB 335: (LS 7042) Landske (DI:77)
Multiple party candidate.

Provides procedures to determine placement on a ballot of an individual who is nominated for an elected office by a political party and subsequently is nominated as a candidate for the same office by another political party. (Current law prohibits a candidate from appearing on a ballot for the same office for more than one political party.)

SB 336: (LS 6812) Kenley (DI:69) Small claims courts and corporations.
Allows a corporation, including a depository financial institution, to appear before a small claims court without legal counsel. (Current law allows only certain corporations to appear before small claims courts without legal counsel.)

SB 337: (LS 7139) Gard (DI:77)
Insurance coverage of new cancer therapies.

Requires group health insurance for public employees, individual and group health insurance policies, and health maintenance organization contracts to cover new cancer therapies that are approved by the National Institutes of Health and that meet certain requirements.

SB 338: (LS 6697) Waterman (DI:51)
Tests for controlled substances.

Specifies that a law enforcement agency may use a blood test or a urine test to determine whether a person operated a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in the person's blood.

SB 339: (LS 6405) Lawson (DI:41)
Brownsburg and Plainfield town courts.

Gives the Plainfield and Brownsburg town courts in Hendricks County concurrent jurisdiction with the Hendricks superior court in small claims cases. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)

SB 340: (LS 6725) Paul (DI:93)
Disabled veteran license plates.

Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to include the words "Disabled American Veteran" on a disabled veteran license plate.

SB 341: (LS 6603) Bray (DI:51)
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Allows a court to collect an alcohol and drug countermeasures fee when a person operates a vehicle while intoxicated and the person's driving privileges are suspended.

SB 342: (LS 6996) Meeks (DI:51)
DNA data base.

Requires an offender who is convicted of a crime against the person or a burglary committed before July 1, 1997, to give a DNA sample to the department of correction.

SB 343: (LS 7167) Server (DI:71)
ISTEP.

Repeals the statewide assessment testing program (ISTEP). Makes conforming amendments to related statutes.

SB 344: (LS 6455) Nugent (DI:79)
County option fees.

Allows a county containing an Indiana state park, reservoir, forest, or recreation area to impose a recoupment fee on each motor vehicle that is admitted to the state park, reservoir, forest, or recreation area. Provides that the recoupment fee may not exceed $1 per vehicle. Requires the department of natural resources to collect the recoupment fees. Requires the recoupment fees to be used to assist the local unit of government that provides police protection, fire protection, emergency medical services, and road repairs. Provides that a recoupment fee imposed by a county on motor vehicles admitted to a recreation facility that is under a lease arrangement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers must be approved by the United States Army Corps of Engineers before the recoupment fee is collected. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the agricultural matters evaluation committee.)

SB 345: (LS 7147) Clark (DI:47)
Mutual insurance holding company.

Authorizes a mutual insurance company to reorganize as a mutual insurance holding company (MHC) with one or more subsidiaries. Authorizes the formation of stock insurance company subsidiaries and intermediate stock holding companies as subsidiaries of an MHC, and authorizes the issuance of shares of capital stock by a stock insurance company subsidiary or an intermediate stock holding company. Requires the approval of the insurance commissioner and the favorable vote of the members of a mutual insurance company or an MHC for any plan of reorganization or plan to issue stock. Authorizes the commissioner to conduct a public hearing concerning a plan of reorganization or a plan to issue stock. Requires the commissioner to approve or disapprove a plan of reorganization or a plan to issue stock within a certain time, and requires the commissioner to approve the plan unless the commissioner makes certain findings about the plan. Authorizes an MHC, with the approval of the commissioner, to enter into a merger or consolidation or to acquire the assets of a stock insurance company or a mutual insurance company. Makes information obtained by the commissioner concerning a plan of reorganization or a plan to issue stock exempt from disclosure under the public records law. Prohibits an MHC and its subsidiaries and affiliates from taking certain actions, including the payment of any special compensation to any officer or director for participating in a stock offering.

SB 346: (LS 7157) Mills (DI:73)
Secretary of state fees and penalties.

Reduces various fees charged by the secretary of state. Increases from $5,000 to $10,000 the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed by the securities commissioner for violations of the securities regulation provisions. Reduces certain fees charged for filing Uniform Commercial Code documents filed with the secretary of state.

SB 347: (LS 6758) Sipes (DI:87)
Emergency management assistance compact.
Enacts the emergency management assistance compact, a compact that Indiana and other states may enter into to provide for: (1) mutual assistance among the party states in managing an emergency or disaster; and (2) cooperation in emergency related exercises, testing, or other training activities. Requires each state that is a party to the compact to formulate specified procedural plans and programs for interstate cooperation.

SB 348: (LS 6976) Johnson (DI:69)
Ghost employment.

Specifies that, for purposes of the law concerning ghost employment, an employee of a governmental entity who voluntarily performs services: (1) for the benefit of an organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and (2) with the approval of the employee's supervisor, is considered to be performing duties related to the operation of the governmental entity.

SB 349: (LS 6990) Wheeler (DI:73)
Transfer tuition.

Provides that a student who is placed in a health care facility by the student's parent or guardian may receive classroom instruction at the facility under certain conditions. Requires the school corporation in which the student has legal settlement to pay transfer tuition to the health care facility. Allows a school corporation to enter into an agreement to pay transfer tuition to a nonprofit corporation that educates children who have been placed in a health care facility.

SB 350: (LS 6931) Landske (DI:73)
State police pension benefits.

Provides a 2% cost of living adjustment to a member of the 1987 state police benefit system who retired or was disabled after July 1, 1987, and before July 2, 1997. Provides that the amount of the basic supplemental pension benefit for an eligible retired member of the state police pre-1987 benefit system is equal to 50% of the difference between: (1) the member's pension amount; and (2) the greater of the pension benefits of an employee retiring with 20 years of active service or the pension benefits of an employee retiring with the same number of years of active service as the member. (Current law provides that the supplemental benefit equals 50% of the difference between the member's pension and the pension benefits of an employee retiring with 20 years of active service.) Provides that the maximum supplemental pension benefit that a retired member of the state police pre-1987 benefit system may receive is 100% of the regular pension of a retired employee with the same number of years of service (rather than 20 years of service, under the current law) as the retired member. Provides a cost of living adjustment to a retired or disabled member of the state police pre-1987 benefit system equal to the greater of: (1) the supplemental benefit that will accrue to the member between July 1, 1998, and July 1, 1999; or (2) 2% for a member who retired or was disabled after July 1, 1984, and before July 2, 1997, 3% for a member who retired or was disabled after July 1, 1976, and before July 2, 1984, or 4% for a member who retired or was disabled before July 2, 1976.

SB 351: (LS 6962) Hume (DI:94)
Distribution of highway funds.

Changes the motor vehicle highway account and local road and street distribution formulas to include lane miles and not road miles. Changes the basis upon which the auditor of state allocates money from the local road and street account among the counties from passenger car registrations only to passenger car and pickup truck registrations. Requires that each county, city, and town annually file sufficient information with the Indiana department of transportation for the department to determine the lane mileage in the political subdivision. Requires the Indiana department of transportation to certify mileage for each county, city, and town to the auditor of state before December 1 in each year.

SB 352: (LS 7128) Kenley (DI:51)
Eliminates school general fund property taxes.

Eliminates the authority of a school corporation to impose a general fund property tax levy for the general operation and maintenance of the school corporation. Terminates the authority of: (1) Lake County to impose a property tax for a county supplemental school distribution fund; (2) Dearborn County to impose a property tax for a county school distribution fund; and (3) a school corporation in Lake County to impose a property tax for a supplemental school operating reserve fund. Continues the authority of a school corporation to impose a property tax levy for certain public libraries, nursery schools, historical societies, art associations, cultural institutions, public playgrounds, and the Children's Museum in Marion County. Recodifies provisions of current law concerning emergency loans to school corporations and the duty of a school corporation to raise sufficient property tax revenues to repay outstanding bonds and other debt payable from the transportation fund, capital projects fund, or debt service fund. Provides that the maximum amount of money that may be loaned to the general fund is computed based on the amount of money available in the general fund rather than the amount of property tax revenue in the fund. Makes related changes.

SB 353: (LS 6334) Lubbers (DI:92)
Property tax deductions for trusts.

Provides that the property tax deductions for the elderly, blind, disabled, disabled veterans, and World War I veterans may be claimed by a trust if a qualified individual owns a beneficial interest in the trust. Makes conforming amendments to the statutes as amended by Public Law 6-1997 that do not take effect until March 1, 2001.

SB 354: (LS 6539) Bray (DI:51)
Court magistrates.

Removes the authority of the judge of the juvenile court in counties with a population of more than 50,000 to appoint one or more magistrates. Codifies magistrate positions appointed under prior authority. Specifies that the persons serving as juvenile magistrates under the prior authority continue to serve as magistrates. Repeals the statutes requiring counties to pay a part of the salaries of magistrates and requires the state to pay the salary of a magistrate. Repeals the statute concerning the payment of Allen County juvenile referees that provided for payment in the same manner as juvenile magistrates under the repealed statute. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)

SB 355: (LS 7016) Simpson (DI:71)
Sex and substance abuse crimes.

Requires state institutions of higher education to: (1) provide assistance to and cooperate with a student who reports a campus sex crime to a law enforcement agency; and (2) develop a written campus sex crimes policy. Specifies required contents for the policy. Makes rape a Class A felony instead of a Class B felony if a defendant facilitates the commission of the rape by furnishing the victim with a controlled substance. Allows a court to consider as an aggravating factor at sentencing the use of a sedating or hypnotic drug. Makes gamma hydroxybutyrate a Schedule II controlled substance. Requires the state police department, Indiana criminal justice institute, and Indiana state board of pharmacy to work with interested parties to amend the Indiana recommended protocol for the forensic and medical examination of sex offense victims to include an explanation of date rape drugs and an offer of testing for the drugs to sex offense victims.

SB 356: (LS 7035) Simpson (DI:97)
Insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Requires insurers, health maintenance organizations, limited service health maintenance organizations, preferred provider plans, and comprehensive health insurance policies providing coverage for outpatient prescription drugs and outpatient services provided by health care providers to provide equal coverage for contraceptive drugs, devices, and services.

SB 357: (LS 6793) Simpson (DI:88)
Homemaker companions and attendant caregivers.

Requires an entity that receives state or federal funds that are designated to pay for certain services for a medically frail elderly or disabled individual in the individual's home to do the following: (1) Conduct the same criminal history check that is required for home health employees on each applicant who desires to become one of the entity's employees. (2) Provide an annual tuberculosis test to the entity's employees. Requires an entity that provides these services but that is not licensed as a home health agency to register with the state department of health on an annual basis and to provide a toll free complaint hotline number to each individual served by the entity. Requires the state department of health to establish a toll free complaint hotline number and to distribute the number to each entity that registers with the state department.

SB 358: (LS 6782) Wolf (DI:94)
Enterprise zones.

Provides for enterprise zones for municipalities that are unable to meet the minimum population requirements of the zone and have a population of less than 5,000. Requires that: (1) at least 50% of the zone must be within the limits of the municipality; (2) the total area of the zone must be less than either three square miles or 25% of the area of the municipality; (3) any zone containing an area that is outside the limits of the municipality must be approved through the adoption of a resolution by the legislative bodies of the municipality and the county; (4) the proposed zone must be contiguous with the municipality by the greater of: (A) one quarter of the aggregate external boundaries of the portion of the proposed zone located outside the corporate limits of the municipality; or (B) 150 feet; and (5) the area of the proposed zone must be within the zoning jurisdiction of the municipality as determined by statute. Provides for a representative of the county legislative body to serve on the urban enterprise association for the zone.

SB 359: (LS 7129) Alexa (DI:88)
Hospice licensing.

Provides for the licensing of hospices by the state department of health. (Current law provides for optional certification of a hospice by the state department of health.) Provides requirements a person must follow to obtain a hospice license. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules for hospice licensing that are based on federal regulations. Requires the state department of health to charge an annual hospice license fee of $100 for each hospice owned or operated by a licensee. Provides that the state department of health may conduct a hearing to determine whether a hospice may receive a license. Allows the state department of health to conduct periodic inspections of a licensed hospice. Allows the state department of health to suspend or revoke the license of a hospice that: (1) violates a standard or rule; (2) commits a violation of law; or (3) conducts a practice detrimental to the hospice's patients. Provides the procedure the state department must follow to suspend or revoke the license of a hospice. Repeals optional certification of hospice providers by the state department of health. Provides that a hospice that is certified under current state law or that has a certification under federal law is not required to apply for a license under state law until July 1, 1999. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 361: (LS 7194) Clark (DI:76)
Paternity and adoption.

Provides for the following requirements in paternity actions in which an adoption is pending: (1) Requires the court to conduct an initial hearing not more than 30 days after the filing of the paternity petition or the birth of the child, whichever occurs later. (2) Requires the court to order blood or genetic testing at the initial hearing and requires the court to order the state department of health to pay for the testing under certain circumstances. (3) Requires the court to conduct a final hearing to determine paternity not later than 90 days after the initial hearing. (4) Requires the court to issue its ruling in the paternity action not more than 14 days after the final hearing. Provides that a licensed child placing agency or an attorney in an adoption shall submit to the court an affidavit setting forth the circumstances surrounding service of prebirth actual notice to a putative father, regardless of who served the notice. Requires a court to enter a default judgment against and terminate the parental rights of a parent who fails to appear at the termination hearing after being located and served with notice of the hearing. Repeals statutes requiring a court to preside over a paternity action in which an adoption is pending in a manner that does not cause unreasonable delay. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 362: (LS 7185) Clark (DI:76)
Adoption deception.

Provides that a person who allows for the payment of adoption related expenses under certain statutorily proscribed false pretenses commits adoption deception, a Class D felony. Requires a court to order a person who commits adoption deception to make restitution to a prospective adoptive parent who paid or on whose behalf unlawful adoption related expenses were paid. Requires an attorney or child placing agency to inform a birth mother, or person who seems to be a birth mother, of the penalties for committing adoption deception before transferring a payment for adoption related expenses with respect to the birth mother or other person.

SB 363: (LS 6988) Gard (DI:88)
Point of service option.

Provides that if a health insurance plan restricts the access of enrollees of the health insurance plan to health care providers, each enrollee in the health service plan is entitled to have the opportunity to obtain covered services at any time through a point of service option. Allows a health insurance plan to impose a cost sharing requirement, within specified limits, on an enrollee who exercises a point of service option. Provides that a health insurance plan may not offer a provider incentive plan that has the effect of reducing or limiting medically necessary services provided to enrollees in the health insurance plan. Requires a health insurance plan to provide a written description of the health insurance plan, including the terms and conditions of the health insurance plan's point of service option and any cost sharing requirements, to all enrollees and prospective enrollees.

SB 364: (LS 6948) Lawson (DI:88)
Managed care consumer protection.

Defines a managed care entity as an entity that establishes, operates, or maintains a network of participating health care providers to provide health care services to individuals enrolled in managed care plans. Requires a managed care entity to provide enrollees of each managed care plan operated by the managed care entity with the following: (1) Full and timely access to clinically appropriate health care personnel. (2) Adequate choice among health care providers that are accessible and qualified. (3) Open communication between participating providers and enrollees. (4) Access to information regarding limits on coverage for experimental treatments. (5) Coverage for all drugs and devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. (6) Assurance that medical decisions are made by the appropriate medical provider. (7) Appropriate managed care plan data. (8) Full public access to information regarding health care service delivery within managed care plans. (9) Descriptions of grievance and appeal resolution plans. (10) Timely resolution of grievances and appeals. (11) Information regarding quality management programs that a managed care entity is required to maintain. (12) Confidentiality regarding enrollees' medical information and medical records. (13) Comprehensive descriptions of each managed care plan. Requires the department of insurance to oversee all managed care entities. Repeals current provisions governing quality management programs, grievance procedures, and hold harmless contract clauses pertaining to health maintenance organizations. Makes conforming changes.

SB 365: (LS 6406) Bray (DI:41)
Family courts pilot program.

Requires the division of state court administration to administer a family court demonstration program in counties volunteering to participate in the program. Requires the division to select for the program at least three counties that are representative of small, medium, and large populations. Appropriates $150,000 to the division of state court administration to be granted to the counties selected to participate in the family court program. Provides for the program to begin January 1, 1999, for a two year duration. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)

SB 366: (LS 6827) Weatherwax (DI:58)
Gross income tax exemption.

Provides a gross income tax exemption for gross income received from the sale of a semitrailer to an unrelated nonresident purchaser regardless of the method of delivery or the place that the nonresident purchaser takes control of the semitrailer.

SB 367: (LS 6995) Weatherwax (DI:02)
Insurance information for school employees.

Provides that it is not an unfair practice for a school employer to communicate with school employees concerning insurance coverage provided by the school employer that may affect the potential liability of school employees arising from the course of the school employees' employment.

SB 368: (LS 7065) Weatherwax (DI:78)
Donations to foundations by solid waste districts.

Permits a solid waste management district to contribute certain funds to a nonprofit foundation. Corrects a conflict between two statutes enacted by the 1997 general assembly.

SB 369: (LS 6771) Jackman (DI:75)
Milk and milk products.

Makes technical changes in statutory definitions applicable to the Indiana state board of animal health. Authorizes the board to adopt administrative rules to define "milk" and "milk products". Authorizes the board to adopt administrative rules to establish and impose civil penalties for violations of laws that prohibit drug residues in milk and milk products. Establishes the dairy drug residue abatement fund. Requires civil penalties collected for milk drug residue violations to be deposited in the fund. Provides that money in the fund may be used to implement education and other programs designed to prevent drug residue violations. Appropriates money in the fund for these purposes.

SB 370: (LS 6686) Skillman (DI:92)
Motor vehicle excise tax information.

Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to issue motor vehicle excise tax refunds. Provides that the bureau may retain a $3 fee from a refund. (Current law requires the county auditor to issue the refund and provides that the bureau must transfer $1.50 of the fee to the county issuing the refund.) Requires the bureau to include a space on the registration form for showing the taxing district where the owner of a vehicle resides. Requires the bureau to verify the collection of the motor vehicle excise tax by the license branches. Requires the bureau to provide the county auditor adequate and accurate registration form information.

SB 371: (LS 7123) Server (DI:71)
Performance based accreditation.

Provides that a school must develop a school improvement plan under the performance based accreditation system only if a majority of the students in the school scored below state achievement standards in the most recent statewide assessment test.

SB 372: (LS 7209) Worman (DI:13)
Vehicle bill

SB 373: (LS 7236) Zakas (DI:96)
Disposal of residential property near airport.

Provides that the general procedure for disposal of real property by a political subdivision does not apply to disposal of residential real property acquired under the federal Airport Noise Compatibility Planning Program.

SB 374: (LS 7233) Miller (DI:69)
Child seduction.

Expands the categories of persons who can be convicted of child seduction to include: (1) a child care worker who provides care or supervision of a child in a school or shelter care facility; and (2) a custodian who resides with a child and is responsible for the child's welfare.

SB 375: (LS 6875) Wolf (DI:93)
Religious exemption from use of a funeral director.

Exempts licensed physicians who are members of or who serve a religious group that is opposed to using the services of a funeral director from having to be licensed as a funeral director to perform funeral services such as preparing and holding human remains for disposition and supervising a funeral for the disposition of human remains. Prohibits a physician providing funeral services from charging more than the cost of the services. Requires a physician providing funeral services to obtain the services of a funeral director to the extent the physician lacks the skills or facilities to provide the funeral services in a manner that is consistent with the public health and safety. Prohibits a physician from providing funeral services where the services are provided as part of a relationship between the physician and a corporation. Allows a local health official to issue a permit for the disposition of a body to a physician allowed to provide funeral services because of religious considerations.

SB 376: (LS 6879) Lawson (DI:58)
Property tax assessment.

Reestablishes a county land valuation commission in each county. Requires assessing officials in townships that rely on the county to enter computer records to file the data with the county assessor not later than April 1 (instead of May 15). Changes the filing of exemption applications from the county auditor to the county assessor. Requires the county assessor to approve expenditures from the property reassessment fund. Provides that only one other level two appraiser must be on the property tax assessment board of appeals if the county assessor is a level two appraiser. Requires the county fiscal body to make the second appointment if a level two appraiser is not already on the board of appeals. Prohibits employees of a county, municipality, or township from serving on the property tax assessment board of appeals. Requires the county assessor to set the agenda for the board. Requires the state board of tax commissioners to provide examinations that coordinate with these training sessions. Provides that county, township, and trustee assessors and employees of these offices have priority in attending the training sessions. Permits the state board of tax commissioners to revoke the certification of level one or level two assessors if fraud or misrepresentation occurs. Requires county legislative bodies to pay 125% of the base pay to any assessor who attains level one certification and 150% of the base salary to any assessor who attains level two certification. Repeals the $1,000 bonus for township assessors who achieve level two certification. Requires the county fiscal body to appropriate sufficient money to cover the expenses of the county assessor when the county assessor must perform the functions of the township assessor.

SB 377: (LS 6146) Nugent (DI:92)
Pickup trucks in highway funding.

Changes the basis upon which the auditor of state allocates money from the local road and street account among the counties from passenger car registrations only to passenger car and pickup truck registrations. Phases in the change over a four year period beginning July 1, 1998.

SB 378: (LS 7120) Gery (DI:02)
University financial aid computations.

Provides that a state higher education institution, when computing the amount of a student's award for need based financial assistance for enrollment periods beginning after June 30, 1998, must disregard the assets of a student or the student's immediate family that have accumulated in a state savings program account that names the student as a beneficiary and has been in existence for at least five years before the enrollment of the student in the institution.

SB 379: (LS 6965) Hume (DI:94)
Railroad crossings.

Requires the Indiana department of transportation to install automatic signals at a railroad crossing that is the site of at least two fatal accidents. Requires the Indiana department of transportation to complete preparatory engineering work within six months. Requires the railroad involved with the grade crossing to install the signals within twelve months. Requires the railroad to maintain the signals. Provides that the funds to pay for the signals must come first from federal funds dedicated to railroad purposes and then from state highway funds that may be used for railroads.

SB 380: (LS 7142) Meeks (DI:77)
Residential services appropriation.

Requires the division of disability, aging, and rehabilitative services to authorize and make available all of the residential services for developmentally disabled persons appropriation beginning on July 1, 1997, and ending July 1, 1999, for the appropriate placement of persons currently residing in intermediate care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, or the community.

SB 381: (LS 7180) Meeks (DI:88)
Case mix reimbursement system.

Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to adopt rules to implement a case mix reimbursement system for reimbursing costs to nursing facilities. Requires reimbursement rates to be calculated based on a formula relating to the weighted median costs for all nursing facilities' allowable costs of each of the following components: (1) 114% for direct care. (2) 100% for indirect care. (3) 100% for administrative costs. (4) 78% of capital costs. Provides a formula to calculate incentive payments to nursing facility providers. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to adopt rules, including emergency rules, to implement the new reimbursement system and the incentive payments. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to submit a state plan amendment to the federal Health Care Financing Administration to implement the new reimbursement system and the incentive payments. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to recalculate, publish, and pay Medicaid reimbursement rates to nursing facilities based on the new system.

SB 382: (LS 7160) Mills (DI:73)
Property tax abatement.

Provides that property tax abatement deductions may be granted for any number of years less than or equal to ten years. (Current law limits the abatement deduction to three, six, or ten years for real property and five or ten years for personal property.) Provides that certain research and development equipment is eligible for property tax abatement deductions. Allows the abatement deduction for research and development equipment only if the equipment is used in a research and development facility: (1) engaged in activities devoted directly and exclusively to experimental or laboratory research and development for new products, new uses of existing products, or improving or testing existing products; (2) in which at least 150 additional jobs will be created; and (3) for which a capital investment of at least $15,000,000 has been or will be made. Provides that a property owner is not entitled to a property tax abatement deduction to the extent the property owner after June 30, 1998, substantially reduces or ceases operations in Indiana in order to relocate the operations to an economic revitalization area.

SB 383: (LS 7103) Wheeler (DI:92)
County jail inmate medical costs.

Establishes the county jail inmate medical care fund. Allows a county to levy a property tax to pay the medical care expenses of a person confined to the county jail for a term exceeding 30 days. Provides that the property tax is outside the government levy limits. Provides the following limits to the amount a county may levy to pay for inmate medical expenses: (1) $1,250,000 in a county having a population of at least 100,000; (2) $500,000 in a county having a population of at least 40,000 but less than 100,000; and (3) $250,000 in a county having a population of less than 40,000. Provides that a person confined to a county jail for a term of less than 30 days is responsible for the person's medical care expenses. Caps the amount that may be spent on an inmate's medical care expenses from the county jail inmate medical care fund. Provides that the state pays from the Medicaid indigent care trust fund amounts for jail inmate medical care that exceed the amounts paid from a county jail inmate medical care fund.

SB 384: (LS 6753) Jackman (DI:75)
Rabies control.

Provides that when the state veterinarian orders a quarantine for rabies, the owners of animals within the quarantine area must confine their animals, and the state veterinarian may order any animal vaccinated for rabies. Provides that the board of animal health may adopt rules for documenting rabies vaccinations and identifying vaccinated animals. Provides that the owner of an animal must document that the animal was vaccinated for rabies during the previous 12 months as a condition to obtain the release of the animal. (Under current law, the owner must document that the animal was vaccinated during the previous nine months.) Eliminates the $1 ceiling on the impoundment fee that a board of county commissioners may impose for impounded animals. Provides that an animal may be confined under the supervision of a person designated by any person who exercises authority under the rabies control statute.

SB 385: (LS 6453) Bray (DI:51)
Senior judge appointments and city court clerks.

Specifies that a senior judge may be appointed for a county court and a probate court, in addition to a circuit court and superior court. Specifies that the clerk of a third class city serves as the clerk of the city court if the judge does not perform the duties of court clerk. Adds the service of clerk of the city court to the list of duties of clerks of second and third class cities. Allows a county that contains two department of correction facilities housing at least 100 but less than 1,500 offenders to appoint a second deputy prosecuting attorney. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)

SB 386: (LS 7111) Howard (DI:44)
Marion County capital improvement board.

Changes the membership of the Marion County capital improvement board.

SB 387: (LS 6993) Gard (DI:78)
Provision of services in a solid waste district.

Restricts the powers of a solid waste management district concerning control over collection or disposal of solid waste and recyclables. Exempts household hazardous waste projects from those restrictions. Limits the total balance of all funds, other than the nonreverting capital fund maintained by a solid waste management district, to 25% of the district's annual expenditures, and requires that funds in excess of that amount must be used for certain purposes. Removes the evaluation of cost from consideration when determining the need for a solid waste management district to provide waste management services.

SB 388: (LS 7164) Paul (DI:94)
Uniform consumer credit code.

Provides that the date of sale for a consumer credit sale other than a revolving charge account sale is the date that credit is granted. (Current law provides the date of the sale is the date that credit is granted unless the delivery of goods, or the performance of services commences more than ten days after the date that credit is granted.)

SB 389: (LS 7179) Harrison (DI:02)
Programs for high ability students.

Requires the department of education to establish a state resources program for high ability students. Requires the governing body of a school corporation to develop a local plan and provide a program for high ability students in the school corporation at all grade levels. Repeals the law providing for an optional gifted and talented curriculum in local schools and makes conforming amendments.

SB 390: (LS 7200) Harrison (DI:88)
Medical malpractice.

Requires a health care provider to carry a policy of malpractice liability insurance of at least $250,000 per occurrence and $750,000 in the annual aggregate in order to be covered under the medical malpractice act. (Current law requires policy limits of $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 in the annual aggregate.) Requires a hospital to carry a policy of malpractice liability insurance of at least $5,000,000 in the annual aggregate if the hospital has 100 or fewer beds, and a policy of at least $7,500,000 in the annual aggregate if the hospital has more than 100 beds. (Current law provides limits of $2,000,000 and $3,000,000, respectively.) Increases from $25 to $100 the minimum annual surcharge each health care provider is required to pay. Provides methods for the commissioner of the department of insurance to calculate the annual surcharge for physicians and hospitals. Requires the commissioner to pay an attorney to protect the patient compensation fund. Provides that the commissioner has sole authority for making decisions regarding the settlement of claims against the patient compensation fund and determining the reasonableness of a fee submitted by an attorney who defends the patient compensation fund. Allows a malpractice claimant to initiate a confidential action in court at the same time the claimant's proposed complaint is being considered by a medical review panel. Requires the commissioner to order a hearing on the motion of a party or on the commissioner's own initiative to dismiss a case before the department of insurance if no action has been taken in the case for at least two years. Requires an attorney to complete at least 12 hours of continuing legal education in matters relating to the administration of medical malpractice cases in order to serve as a medical review panel chairman in cases where the parties are unable to select a panel chairman by agreement. Increases from $1,250 to $2,000 the maximum a medical review panel chairman may be paid. Increases the maximum amount recoverable for an injury or death of a patient from $750,000 to $1,250,000 for an act of malpractice that occurs after December 31, 1998. Increases from $100,000 to $250,000 the maximum amount for which a qualified provider may be held liable for an act of malpractice. Repeals a provision allowing the commissioner to decrease the amount of the surcharge paid by providers if the patient compensation fund maintains a balance of at least $125,000,000 at the end of two consecutive six month periods.

SB 391: (LS 7210) Merritt (DI:44)
Legalization of tax abatements.

Permits a consolidated city to retroactively grant tax abatements that were offered to a property owner if the property owner has fulfilled all expectations of the consolidated city concerning the tax abatements but is not eligible for those abatements because both the property owner and the consolidated city failed to comply with the statutory procedures for granting tax abatements.

SB 392: (LS 7007) Simpson (DI:87)
Dispute resolution process for state government.

Allows certain governmental agencies to develop and use alternative dispute resolution procedures. Requires an agency to designate an employee of the agency to be a dispute resolution specialist. Provides that alternative dispute resolution may be used to resolve a dispute between an agency and another agency, a private entity, or a person. Provides that certain communications, notes, and records concerning the alternative dispute resolution are confidential. Provides that an agency may inform and consult with the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute of Indiana University regarding the agency's alternative dispute resolution procedure. Provides that the governor may establish a pilot program that assists agencies in developing, implementing, and evaluating the agency's alternative dispute resolution program. Provides that the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute of Indiana University may provide in-kind services to the pilot program.

SB 393: (LS 7075) Simpson (DI:88)
Licensure of midwives.

Provides for the licensing of certified professional midwives. Provides that to qualify as a licensed certified professional midwife, an individual must: (1) be at least 21 years of age; and (2) complete educational and practical licensing requirements. Establishes the Indiana midwifery board and specifies the board's duties for administering the licensing of certified professional midwives. Allows for apprenticeship licensing. Establishes certain disciplinary sanctions for violations of licensed certified professional midwifery laws. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor to practice certified professional midwifery without a license. Provides that a health care provider who in an emergency situation assists a woman who is under the care of a certified professional midwife or apprentice midwife is liable only for damages arising from the health care provider's: (1) gross negligence; or (2) willful or wanton acts or omissions. Provides the required elements of informed disclosure that a licensed certified professional midwife must provide to a potential client before the midwife accepts the client for midwifery care. Requires a licensed certified professional midwife to have a written collaborative plan of treatment with a licensed physician in order to provide services to at-risk clients. Provides that an individual is entitled to give birth in the presence of and receive assistance during the birth process from a midwife. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning and the office of the secretary of family and social services to adopt rules providing for Medicaid reimbursement for licensed certified professional midwives. Requires the Indiana midwifery board and the Indiana department of insurance to adopt rules providing for insurance and third party payor reimbursement for licensed certified professional midwives. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 394: (LS 7063) Rogers (DI:92)
Tax sales in Lake County.

Provides that a property with delinquent taxes for the current year is eligible for a tax sale. Provides that Lake County may hold tax sales at any time throughout the year. (Current law permits a county to hold tax sales between August 1 and November 1.) Allows the City of Gary to hold tax sales of properties within the city's jurisdiction that have delinquent taxes and are eligible for tax sale. Provides for the execution of tax deeds to Lake County and the City of Gary.

SB 395: (LS 7206) Kenley (DI:92)
Property tax credits.

Provides a property tax credit to individuals with household incomes of less than $50,000 who: (1) are at least 65 years of age; or (2) have been declared totally disabled for purposes of the federal Social Security laws. Provides that the tax credit changes each year so that the individual's net property tax liability will never be more than the individual's property tax liability in the first year the individual qualified for the credit for as long as the individual files for the credit. Makes an appropriation from the property tax replacement fund to pay for the property tax credits.

SB 396: (LS 7137) Kenley (DI:88)
Children's health insurance program.

Increases for one year the family income eligibility standard for Medicaid for a child who is less than 19 years of age to 150% of the federal income poverty level. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to provide Medicaid services to a pregnant woman who is less than 19 years of age or a child who is less than 19 years of age and who is eligible for Medicaid for 12 consecutive months from the date the pregnant woman's or child's eligibility is determined, or until the pregnant woman or child becomes 19 years of age, whichever occurs first. Provides an exception for a child who becomes eligible for employer sponsored health coverage during the 12 month period. Provides that disproportionate share hospitals may, and enhanced disproportionate share hospitals shall, determine whether a pregnant woman or a child is presumptively eligible for Medicaid. Provides that presumptive eligibility ends when a formal determination of Medicaid eligibility is made by an employee of a county office of family and children, or on the last day of the month following the month during which a presumptive eligibility determination is made, whichever occurs earlier. Allows a pregnant woman or the parent or guardian of a child who is presumptively eligible for Medicaid to select a representative of a disproportionate share provider or enhanced disproportionate share provider to serve as the child's or pregnant woman's authorized representative in interactions with the county office of family and children to determine Medicaid eligibility. Requires a provider that makes presumptive eligibility determinations to reimburse the office of Medicaid policy and planning for all funds expended in providing care for a presumptively eligible individual if the individual is subsequently determined not to be eligible for Medicaid. Provides that applications for Medicaid may be made at a disproportionate share hospital, enhanced disproportionate share hospital, or county office of family and children in the county where the applicant resides. Requires an individual who applies for Medicaid to verify that all statements made on the application are truthful. Provides that an individual who knowingly or intentionally provides false information on a Medicaid application commits a Class B misdemeanor and is ineligible for Medicaid assistance for one year. Amends provisions that reference the crime of Medicaid fraud to instead reference the crime of Medicaid deception. Establishes the children's health insurance program advisory panel to advise the governor in designing and implementing a children's health insurance program in Indiana.

SB 397: (LS 7053) Clark (DI:88)
Changes in juvenile law.

Makes several changes to the child protection system, including the following: (1) Provides that a child alleged to be a child in need of services may not be removed from the child's family home unless: (A) the child's physical health is endangered due to injury as a result of the act or omission of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian; (B) the child has been or is in danger of being a victim of certain sex-related or obscenity-related offenses; or (C) the child is in danger of serious bodily harm as the result of a failure to provide the child with necessary food, shelter, or medical care and a court order has been obtained. (2) Provides that other family members must first be considered for placement if the child is removed from the child's home. Requires a court to consider the request of a child's parent, guardian, or custodian to use a particular provider of family services if the parent, guardian, or custodian is required to participate in family services. (3) Creates a rebuttable presumption that a court retains jurisdiction over a child in need of services for not longer than 12 months. (4) Provides that a child may not be removed from the child's family home in cases where the child is alleged to be a child in need of services or a delinquent child if the only evidence in the case is an anonymous report. (5) Requires the division of family and children to destroy within six months all photographs and records of an unsubstantiated child abuse or neglect report. (6) Provides that a proceeding to terminate a parent-child relationship must be open to the public upon the request of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian. Allows the court to protect the child's identity in these cases. (7) Provides that the rules of evidence apply to detention, dispositional, and placement review hearings. (8) Requires the court to advise a child's parent, guardian, or custodian that alternative reports may be prepared by the parent, guardian, or custodian for consideration by the court in making recommendations for the care, treatment, or rehabilitation of a child determined to be a child in need of services or a delinquent child. (9) Provides that a child's parent or other family member is not required to reimburse the state or a provider of family services for expenses relating to supervised visitation. (10) Requires certain juvenile court determinations to be made by a preponderance of the evidence. (11) Repeals rebuttable presumption, created upon the introduction of certain evidence, that a child is a child in need of services because of an act or omission of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian.

SB 398: (LS 7220) Zakas (DI:94)
Study of U.S. 31 Transportation corridor.

Requires the Indiana department of transportation to take the following actions concerning the transportation corridor between St. Joseph County and Marion County: (1) Undertake any additional studies. (2) Undertake any environmental impact statement needed. (3) Determine the right of way. (4) Determine the costs of obtaining the right of way. Authorizes the Indiana department of transportation to purchase any necessary right of way for the improvements. Requires the Indiana department of transportation to prepare an annual report for the governor until the improvements have been completed.

SB 399: (LS 6992) Washington (DI:69)
Misdemeanant transfer from correctional facilities.

Provides that whenever state correctional facilities are filled to capacity with felons: (1) a county may not commit a misdemeanant to a state correctional facility; (2) a county may not receive a per diem for a misdemeanant committed to the county jail or another local sentencing option because a state correctional facility is unavailable; (3) a misdemeanant confined by a state correctional facility may be returned for confinement by the county that committed the misdemeanant to the state correctional facility; and (4) a county will be charged a per diem for each misdemeanant transferred to a state correctional facility or rejected by the county for transfer back to the county correctional facility after the county has received notice of the unavailability of space in state correctional facilities. Allows a county to transfer misdemeanants and receive per diem when the county receives notice that space is available in the state correctional facility.

SB 400: (LS 6817) Sipes (DI:71)
Financial responsibility; motor vehicles.

Requires an insurer that provides motor vehicle liability insurance to provide to the policyholder a proof of financial responsibility card. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to provide a proof of financial responsibility card to a person who has satisfied proof of financial responsibility by means other than motor vehicle insurance. Requires the operator of a motor vehicle to carry within the vehicle a proof of financial responsibility card and to display the card to a law enforcement officer upon request. Requires a law enforcement officer to impound the license plate of a vehicle for which the operator is unable to present a valid card. Requires the operator of a motor vehicle who is unable to present a proof of financial responsibility card upon the request of a law enforcement officer to present a valid card to the requesting law enforcement agency within 72 hours, and provides that if a valid card is presented, the law enforcement agency must return the license plate for the vehicle. Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle without carrying a financial responsibility card or who fails to show the card commits a Class C infraction. Provides that if a person has presented a valid proof of financial responsibility card the bureau of motor vehicles may not request additional proof of financial responsibility.

SB 401: (LS 7261) Lanane (DI:94)
Rental purchase agreement disclosure requirements.

Provides that an annual percentage rate for purposes of a rental purchase agreement is the sum of interest and other charges stated as an annual percentage rate computed according to the guidelines of the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act. Requires that a rental purchase agreement must disclose the annual percentage rate.

SB 402: (LS 6704) Waterman (DI:73)
Increase in public employee pensions.

Provides that the multiplier used in calculating PERF or TRF pension benefits for retirees is 1.1% plus an additional 0.02% for each year of service in excess of ten years, with a maximum multiplier of 1.5%. (Current law provides that the multiplier is 1.1%.)

SB 403: (LS 7047) Bray (DI:93)
Criminal history checks by school corporations.

Allows a law enforcement agency to provide national and state criminal history data to a school corporation of an applicant for employment or the professional standards board if the law enforcement agency edits the data to include only limited criminal history information. Allows the law enforcement agency to obtain the information from the Indiana data and communication system. Allows the law enforcement agency to charge a fee of not more than $5 for the service provided. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally misuses limited criminal history information commits a Class A misdemeanor.

SB 404: (LS 6985) Washington (DI:51)
Six member jury for Class C felony.

Provides that a six person jury must be used in a criminal trial for a Class C felony unless the defendant and prosecuting attorney agree to a number of jurors that is more than six and less than 13.

SB 405: (LS 6897) Randolph (DI:93)
Prices based on weights and measures.

Requires the division of weights and measures of the state department of health to adopt rules that require state, county, and city weights and measures inspectors to inspect and test for the accuracy of weights and measures commercially used to compute the basic charges or payments for services rendered on the basis of weight, measure, or count. Requires the state, county, and city weights and measures inspectors to inspect prices and point-of-sale systems for accuracy under the rules adopted by the division of weights and measures. Makes misrepresenting the price of a commodity or service or representing the price in a manner tending to mislead or deceive a Class C infraction.

SB 406: (LS 6974) Johnson (DI:88)
Moratorium on long term care beds.

Removes the power of the Indiana health facilities council to adopt rules to implement the certificate of need law. Provides a moratorium on the creation of additional comprehensive long term care beds. Prohibits a hospital from converting certain acute care beds to comprehensive long term care beds. Prohibits the Indiana health facilities council or the state department of health from recommending or approving additional comprehensive care beds until July 1, 2001. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 407: (LS 7237) Miller (DI:97)
Out of hospital do not resuscitate orders.

Provides for use of do not resuscitate orders for certain patients in locations other than acute care hospitals. Allows a patient with a terminal condition or a patient with a medical condition that would ultimately prevent cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts from being successful to express the patient's wish that cardiopulmonary resuscitation not be undertaken if the patient's cardiac or pulmonary functions cease at a location other than an acute care hospital. Provides for revocation of an out of hospital do not resuscitate declaration and order. Provides guidance and immunity for health care providers in caring for a patient with an executed out of hospital do not resuscitate declaration and order. Establishes criminal penalties.

SB 408: (LS 7251) Craycraft (DI:71)
Merging for road construction zone.

Amends definition of "worksite" to include certain lanes of a highway leading up to an area upon which construction or maintenance activity is being performed on the highway. Provides that after being directed by a sign to merge into another lane because of a worksite, a person who drives a vehicle: (1) must merge into the lane as soon as the movement can be made safely; and (2) may not pass another vehicle within 1,000 feet of the point at which all traffic must be merged. Provides that a violation is a Class C infraction and may be subject to an additional fee.

SB 409: (LS 6853) Landske (DI:75)
State police salary matrix.

Increases the number of increments in the state police salary matrix from 10 to 15. Provides that the top salary of the pay range for each rank of police employee within the state police department may not be less than the average of the top salary paid to state police officers of equivalent rank in the four states that surround Indiana. Appropriates money from the state general fund and the motor vehicle highway account to pay for salary increases that result from changes in the matrix.

SB 410: (LS 7274) Landske (DI:51)
Community corrections and home detention.

Allows a convicted sex offender who is not convicted of a sex crime that is a felony for which a sentence may not be suspended to be placed on home detention or in a community corrections program. Prohibits a court from suspending the sentence of a person convicted of a sex crime unless the person is placed on home detention or, if the offense is a felony, the person is placed in a community corrections program during the term of the person's probation.

SB 411: (LS 7282) Miller (DI:88)
Prohibition against human cloning.

Defines cloning as the growing or creation of a human being from a single cell or cells of a genetically identical human being through asexual reproduction. Provides that the term does not apply to techniques of assisted reproductive technology. Prohibits the state department of health from using money appropriated to or administered by the state department of health, or allowing employees or facilities of the state department of health to be used to participate in or otherwise support research or other activities relating to the cloning or attempted cloning of a human being. Requires the state department of health to revoke the license of a hospital if the state health commissioner proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the hospital participates in or otherwise supports research or other activities facilitating the cloning or attempted cloning of a human being. Requires the medical licensing board to revoke a physician's license if, after notice and an opportunity for a hearing, the attorney general proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the physician participates in or otherwise supports research or other activities facilitating the cloning or attempted cloning of a human being. Prohibits funds appropriated under the biennial budget enacted in 1997 from being used for research or any other activity relating to cloning or attempting to clone a human being.

SB 412: (LS 6785) Alexa (DI:71)
Financial responsibility for motor vehicles.

Raises the amount of financial responsibility required for a motor vehicle from $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person to $50,000 for bodily injury or death of one person, from $50,000 per occurrence to $100,000 per occurrence, and from $10,000 for property damage to $20,000 for property damage.

SB 413: (LS 7162) Wolf (DI:73)
County adjusted gross income tax.

Allows Pulaski County to impose a county adjusted gross income tax at a rate of 1.3%. Provides that the county adjusted gross income tax revenue in Pulaski County that is derived from a tax rate of 0.3% may be used only to pay the costs of operating and maintaining a jail and justice center.

SB 414: (LS 7240) Lubbers (DI:93)
Commercial bus inspections.

Allows a motor bus to be inspected by an employee of a certified third party inspector for the purposes of meeting the safety standards concerning the transportation of individuals to or from an organizational activity. Allows the state police department to adopt rules to establish a third party certification program for the inspection of motor buses used to transport individuals to or from organizational activities.

SB 415: (LS 7196) Randolph (DI:76)
Parole for certain kidnappers.

Provides that a person who was sentenced to more than one term of life imprisonment without parole upon conviction of more than one felony because the person committed kidnaping as one of the felonies before the criminal code was enacted in 1976, is eligible for consideration for release on parole. Applies regardless of the amount of time the person has served on the person's sentence.

SB 416: (LS 7020) Randolph (DI:76)
Expungement of records.

Provides that a person may petition a court for expungement of criminal records relating to an arrest and conviction for a Class D felony if the person has not committed another offense during the ten years immediately following the person's conviction for the Class D felony. Allows the court to: (1) expunge the person's criminal records relating to the Class D felony; or (2) set aside the judgment of conviction for the Class D felony and enter a judgment of conviction as a Class A misdemeanor. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 417: (LS 6343) Waterman (DI:92)
Payment in lieu of property taxes.

Provides that the department of natural resources shall make a semi-annual payment in lieu of property taxes (PILOT) for land owned or leased by the department of natural resources, except for land used as a state park. Provides that the legislative body of a county and the board of directors of a conservancy district may collect a PILOT. Provides that for purposes of calculating a PILOT, the land is considered to have an assessed value of $165 per acre. Makes an appropriation for a PILOT from the state general fund.

SB 418: (LS 7226) Antich (DI:77)
Nursing home licensure requirements.

Provides that before a license may be issued to a health facility with at least 50 available beds, the facility must have on staff a licensed physician, a registered nurse, and a full-time facility administrator.

SB 419: (LS 6338) Antich (DI:92)
Reassessment dates and assessor elections.

Specifies that the county assessors, township trustees, and township assessors shall be elected at the 1998 general election and every four years thereafter. Postpones the general reassessment of real property scheduled to begin July 1, 1999, to July 1, 2000. Specifies that a county may impose a levy equal to 1/4 of the estimated cost of the general reassessment in the year the general reassessment is scheduled to commence and in the three years preceding that year. Provides that a general reassessment of real property may not begin in a calendar year following the election of a county assessor, a township trustee, or a township assessor.

SB 420: (LS 6627) Antich (DI:76)
Child support age of emancipation.

Lowers from 21 years of age to 18 years of age the age of emancipation for purposes of child support obligations if the child: (1) graduates from high school; or (2) is not enrolled in or is not continuously attending high school. Terminates court ordered child support regardless of educational circumstances after a child becomes 19 years of age, unless the child is incapacitated. Retains a court's ability to order secondary school educational expenses after the child reaches 19 years of age if the child has not obtained a high school diploma as the result of a physician documented illness. Permits court ordered postsecondary educational expenses under certain circumstances. Requires the child to maintain at least a C grade average under certain circumstances in order to be entitled to receive parental financial support regarding the child's education. Prohibits a court from ordering a parent to pay for a child's educational expenses that exceed the costs assessed by a public institution of higher learning. Makes the payment of court ordered child support in dissolution of marriage and paternity cases mandatory. Prohibits a custodial parent from voluntarily withdrawing the parent's child from school without the noncustodial parent's consent unless withdrawing the child from school is the result of a physician documented illness. Allows a court to escrow child support payments until the child is reenrolled in school unless the court determines that the escrowing of child support payments is likely to harm the child's best interests. Makes conforming changes.

SB 421: (LS 6179) Antich (DI:79)
Worker's compensation claims.

Provides that claims for compensation under a worker's compensation or occupational diseases compensation law of another state are not assignable and are exempt from the claims of creditors if the claimant is a resident of Indiana.

SB 422: (LS 6169) Antich (DI:41)
911 tort claims immunity.

Provides that a supplier of 911 emergency services is not liable for mechanical failures or acts of God but is liable for negligence or willful or wanton misconduct of employees. (Current law provides liability only for willful or wanton misconduct.)

SB 423: (LS 6185) Antich (DI:79)
Second injury fund compensation.

Provides that worker's compensation awarded or renewed from the second injury fund for total and permanent disability shall be increased by 10% after June 30, 1998, and before July 1, 1999, and shall be adjusted by the cost of living after June 30, 1999.

SB 424: (LS 6166) Antich (DI:41)
City or town courts.

Provides that a city court or town court established by a second or third class city or a town may be abolished only by action of the general assembly.

SB 425: (LS 7286) Clark (DI:76)
Adoption and safe families act.

Requires that whenever a hearing is requested on a petition to involuntarily terminate the parent-child relationship, a court must conduct the hearing not more than 90 days after the petition is filed. Applies this requirement to proceedings to involuntarily terminate the parent-child relationship involving: (1) a child in need of services or a delinquent child; or (2) a parent who has been convicted of a certain offense. (Under current law, the court is not required to conduct the involuntary termination hearing within a specified period after the petition is filed.) Extends the right to notice and the opportunity to be heard at a child's periodic case review, including a permanency hearing, in a child in need of services proceeding and at any hearings in an involuntary termination proceeding with respect to the child to the following persons: (1) The child's foster parent. (2) A prospective adoptive parent named in a petition for adoption under certain circumstances. (3) Any other person who the county office of family and children knows is currently providing care for the child. (4) Any other suitable relative or other guardian or custodian. Requires that whenever a petition to terminate the parent-child relationship has been filed or authorized concerning a child in need of services, the division of family and children shall post certain nonidentifying information about the child on the Internet in order to facilitate a potential adoptive placement of the child. Provides that, in an effort to facilitate a permanent placement for the child, the county office of family and children may contract with a licensed child placing agency to assume the county office's role in the child in need of services proceeding provided that the state has retained its jurisdiction over the child for more than 12 months after: (1) the child has been removed from the home; or (2) the court enters its original dispositional decree. Requires a petition to terminate the parent-child relationship to be filed and a hearing on the petition to be conducted if: (1) a child in need of services has been in a certain out-of-home placement for at least 15 months out of the most recent 22 months; or (2) a court has made a finding that reasonable efforts for family preservation or reunification with respect to a child in need of services are not required. Allows the county office of family and children to file a petition or motion requesting that the court not terminate the parent-child relationship in the above-named circumstances if: (1) the child is being cared for by a certain relative; (2) termination would not be in the child's best interests; (3) the county office of family and children has not provided adequate services to the child; or (4) the completion of the program for family services has not expired. Provides for certain standards and procedures to apply whenever it is mandatory to file a petition to terminate the parent-child relationship. Provides for certain phase-in deadlines applicable to when certain mandatory termination proceedings must begin to be conducted.

SB 426: (LS 7122) Wyss (DI:94)
Geothermal energy property tax deduction procedure.

Specifies the procedure for claiming the geothermal energy property tax deduction. Specifies that an approved statement and proof of certification applies to the first year and any succeeding years if the property remains eligible. Places the application process into the same provision as the deduction. Provides that a change in the nature of the property so that the property no longer utilizes a geothermal energy heating or cooling device makes the property ineligible for the deduction. Makes corresponding changes. Provides that individuals who file a statement and proof of certification and receive deductions for 1998 are not required to file a statement and proof of certification for any succeeding year for which the property remains eligible for the deduction.

SB 427: (LS 7227) Blade (DI:71)
Textbook reimbursement.

Requires the department of education to fully reimburse school corporations for costs of furnishing free school textbooks, supplies, and other required class fees to students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches. Requires the department of education to fully reimburse accredited nonpublic schools for costs of furnishing free school textbooks, supplies, and other required class fees to students who are eligible for free lunches. Appropriates from the state general fund a sufficient amount to fully fund the reimbursement program.

SB 428: (LS 7229) Johnson (DI:44)
School corporation capital projects fund.

Provides that school corporation capital projects funds must be divided into two separate accounts (a general account and a technology account) for calendar years beginning after December 31, 1999. Provides that any savings realized by a school corporation as a result of federal legislation calling for universal service discounts must be used for technology purposes. Provides that money appropriated from a school corporation general fund for technology purposes, plus grants, donations, and other funds received for technology purposes, must be transferred to the capital projects fund to be credited to the technology account.

SB 429: (LS 7212) Bray (DI:76)
Sex and violent offender registry.

Expands the sex offender registry to include offenders who have been convicted of kidnaping or criminal confinement of a victim less than 18 years of age. Requires a local law enforcement agency to immediately notify the Indiana criminal justice institute whenever an offender registers with the local law enforcement authority. Provides that not more than three days after an offender who is required to register is released from a correctional facility, an official of the correctional facility shall send to the Indiana criminal justice institute certain information. Requires a law enforcement agency to conduct a mailing in order to verify the address of an offender who is required to register. Provides that whenever an offender is sentenced for committing certain sex offenses, the sentencing court shall determine whether the person is a sexually violent predator. Requires a person who is adjudicated a sexually violent predator to register with the sex and violent offender registry for an indefinite period unless a court, at least ten years after the person is sentenced, finds that the person is no longer a sexually violent predator. Allows a person who is a sexually violent predator to petition a court, not earlier than ten years after the person is sentenced, to consider whether the person continues to be a sexually violent predator. Requires a court to consult with two psychologists or psychiatrists who have expertise in criminal behavioral disorders whenever the court considers whether a person is a sexually violent predator. Requires a court to send notice to the Indiana criminal justice institute whenever a person is found no longer to be a sexually violent predator. Classifies a nongovernmental entity that performs a governmental function for a criminal justice agency as a criminal justice agency for the purposes of the law governing the collection and release of criminal history information. Allows the distribution of a limited criminal history upon a request related to a child care volunteer or sex offender even if the offender petitions to have access limited. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 430: (LS 7146) Meeks (DI:77)
Medicaid reimbursement for day services.

Provides for Medicaid reimbursement for day services in community residential facilities for the developmentally disabled.

SB 431: (LS 7290) Mills (DI:75)
Electric utility competition and deregulation.

Establishes a procedure for deregulation of electric utilities. Freezes electricity rates of electric utility companies as of July 1, 1999, and requires those rates to trend down after that date to a statewide average by June 30, 2004. Provides that after June 30, 2004, the utility regulatory commission may not generally regulate the production, sale, or marketing of electricity. Establishes protections for retail electric customers and allows them to choose their electricity supply companies after September 30, 1999. Requires the utility regulatory commission to adopt a code of conduct before September 1, 1998, to govern the dealings between electric utility companies and various parties producing, supplying, and marketing electricity. Establishes protections for market competition among electric utility companies. Gives the utility regulatory commission certain authority over construction and upgrading of electric line facilities. Establishes the low income residential assistance fund to provide electric assistance and efficiency funding for low income residential customers. Provides that the director of family and children administers the fund and determines the criteria for eligibility and payments under the program. Sets funding levels for the fund. Requires the department of state revenue and the state board of tax commissioners jointly to study tax laws and procedures that affect the production, transmission, distribution, marketing, or sale of electricity and to report the results of the study and any recommendations to the regulatory flexibility committee. Requires the utility regulatory commission to study the effects of this act on the utility regulatory commission and other agencies and to report the results of the study and any recommendations to the regulatory flexibility committee. Requires the utility regulatory commission to report to the regulatory flexibility committee on the commission's proposed plan and budget for educating retail electric customers during the transition period from regulation to competition on the rights and responsibilities of customers under the restructuring of the industry.

SB 432: (LS 7156) Wyss (DI:51)
Money laundering.

Makes money laundering a Class D felony. Enhances the offense to a Class C felony if the value of the proceeds or funds is at least $100,000. Includes money laundering in the definition of racketeering activity.

SB 433: (LS 7268) Simpson (DI:71)
Sex and substance abuse crimes.

Requires state institutions of higher education to: (1) provide assistance to and cooperate with a student who reports a campus sex crime to a law enforcement agency; and (2) develop a written campus sex crimes policy. Specifies the required contents for the policy. Makes the following classification changes for offenses if the commission of the offense was facilitated by the administering to the victim, without the victim's knowledge, of a controlled substance: (1) Rape, from a Class B felony to a Class A felony. (2) Criminal deviate conduct, from a Class B felony to a Class A felony. (3) Child molesting, from a Class B felony or Class C felony to a Class A felony. (4) Sexual battery, from a Class D felony to a Class C felony. (5) Sexual misconduct with a minor, from a Class C felony to a Class A felony, or from a Class D felony to a Class B felony. Makes gamma hydroxybutyrate a Schedule II controlled substance. Requires the state police department, Indiana criminal justice institute, and state board of pharmacy to work with interested parties to amend the Indiana recommended protocol for the forensic and medical examination of sex offense victims to include an explanation of rape drugs and an offer of testing for the drugs to sex offense victims.

SB 434: (LS 7056) Simpson (DI:88)
Children's health insurance.

Increases for one year the family income eligibility standard for Medicaid for a pregnant woman or a child who is less than 19 years of age to 200% of the federal income poverty level. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to use all funds appropriated for outreach to conduct outreach activities in order to encourage individuals who are eligible for Medicaid but are not enrolled in the Medicaid program to enroll in the Medicaid program. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to provide Medicaid services to a child who is less than 19 years of age and who is eligible for Medicaid for 12 consecutive months from the date when the child's eligibility is determined or until the child becomes 19 years of age, whichever occurs first. Provides that certain entities may determine that a pregnant woman or child is presumptively eligible for Medicaid. Provides that presumptive eligibility ends when a formal determination of Medicaid eligibility is made by an employee of a county office of family and children or the last day of the month following the month during which a presumptive eligibility determination is made, whichever occurs earlier. Provides that applications for Medicaid may be made at a hospital, provider's office, school, day care center, county health department, county office of family and children, or other location in the county where the applicant resides that is approved by the office of Medicaid policy and planning. Allows an interested entity to apply to the office of Medicaid policy and planning to serve as an outstationing center. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to adopt rules to do the following: (1) Establish an eligibility system that relies on objective measures rather than subjective judgments. (2) Consolidate filing an application and interviewing an applicant into one meeting. Provides that a copayment applies to Medicaid services provided to an individual who is a member of a family with an annual income of at least 150% of the federal income poverty level. Establishes the children's health insurance program advisory panel to advise the governor in designing and implementing a children's health insurance program in Indiana. Provides several features that the panel's final program design must include. Establishes a pilot program to allow political subdivisions to form a community care network for pooling and administering funds to be used in providing or arranging to provide health services and items to the employees and residents of the political subdivisions.

SB 435: (LS 6551) Alexa (DI:87)
Manufactured home owners' bill of rights.

Provides that all leases for the rental of space in a manufactured home park must be in writing and for a term of at least five years. Requires that a rental agreement must be written in easily understood language and must disclose all fees and charges. Requires residents of manufactured home parks to be given at least 30 days notice of: (1) proposed increases in rent and other fees; (2) eviction; and (3) proposed new rules or changes in existing park rules. Prohibits the manufactured home park operator from placing certain restrictions on the sale and placement of manufactured homes within the park. Prohibits the manufactured home park operator from restricting the organization of resident associations. Requires notice of, and permits resident participation in, the formulation of rules for a manufactured home park owner who wishes to sell the park to give a resident association the right to make the first offer for the park. Requires the attorney general to enforce the rights of manufactured home owners.

SB 436: (LS 7195) Server (DI:77)
Assisted living facilities.

Requires that an assisted living facility must register with the bureau of aging and in-home services. Provides that an assisted living facility may not use the term "assisted living" unless the facility is certified by the bureau of aging and in-home services.

SB 437: (LS 7254) Kenley (DI:88)
Resource limits for motor vehicles.

Provides that a county office of family and children may not consider $5,000 of equity value in a motor vehicle that belongs to a member of a child's family when determining the eligibility of the child for assistance under Indiana's Title IV-A program (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families).

SB 438: (LS 6724) Paul (DI:71)
Proof of financial responsibility.

Raises the amount of financial responsibility required for a motor vehicle from $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person to $100,000 for bodily injury or death of one person, and from $50,000 per occurrence to $300,000 per occurrence. Requires a certified copy of the certificate of insurance that sets forth the amount of coverage at the time of a motor vehicle accident to be submitted as part of an accident report following a motor vehicle accident in which bodily injury or death occurs.

SB 439: (LS 7235) Paul (DI:88)
Controlled substance prescription monitoring.

Requires a person that dispenses a Schedule II or Schedule III controlled substance to provide certain information to the central repository of the controlled substance prescription monitoring program. (Current law requires a person to provide this information if the person dispenses certain Schedule II controlled substances.) Removes a provision requiring the controlled substances advisory committee to adopt rules designating which Schedule II controlled substances should be monitored through the controlled substance prescription monitoring program.

SB 440: (LS 7219) Paul (DI:51)
Notary publics.

Changes the term of a notary public commission from ten years to six years. Allows the secretary of state to prescribe a notary public application form that may be submitted to the secretary of state by computer or other electronic device. Allows the oath of office of a notary public to be self administered and certified under penalty of perjury on an application form.

SB 441: (LS 7326) Ford (DI:51)
Indiana finance authority.

Abolishes, effective July 1, 1999, the: (1) Indiana bond bank; (2) Indiana development finance authority; (3) Indiana housing finance authority; (4) state office building commission; (5) Indiana transportation finance authority; and (6) recreational development commission. Establishes the Indiana finance authority. Transfers the powers and obligations of the eliminated instrumentalities to the Indiana finance authority on July 1, 1999. Allows the board of the Indiana finance authority to organize and meet after July 1, 1998, to adopt bylaws, rules, and policies for the Indiana finance authority and to recommend legislative changes affecting the Indiana finance authority to the general assembly.

SB 442: (LS 7277) Landske (DI:51)
Public defender office in Lake County.

Exempts Lake County from the law governing county public defender offices. Allows Lake County to establish a public defender's office for a division of the superior court of Lake County. Allows a public defender's office established for a division of the Lake County superior court to be reimbursed from the public defense fund only for expenses incurred for the division.

SB 443: (LS 6174) Nugent (DI:79)
Charitable gaming donations.

Repeals the requirement that a charitable organization that receives 90% or more of the organization's total gross receipts from charitable gaming events is required to donate 60% of its gross charitable gaming receipts less prize payout to another qualified organization.

SB 444: (LS 6894) Weatherwax (DI:87)
Industrial park for the city of Peru.

Adds municipalities in Miami County to the municipalities that may annex territory that is not contiguous to the municipality, has its entire area not more than two miles from the municipality's boundary, is to be used for an industrial park containing one or more businesses, and is either owned by the municipality or by a property owner who consents to the annexation.

SB 445: (LS 7296) Wolf (DI:87)
Agricultural nonconforming uses.

Provides that an agricultural nonconforming use of land that began before a comprehensive plan or zoning ordinance came into effect may continue if the landowner maintained the nonconforming use for any three year period in a five year period. Provides that a county or municipality may not restrict an agricultural nonconforming use. Provides that an owner of land used for an agricultural nonconforming use is not required to obtain a use or building variance for the land. Provides that an owner of land that is located in a historic area in Marion County and used for an agricultural nonconforming use is not required to obtain a use or building variance, work permit, or certificate of appropriateness from the Marion County historic preservation commission.

SB 446: (LS 6281) Alexa (DI:02)
International baccalaureate program.

Establishes a school's student International Baccalaureate (IB) examination participation and passing scores as a benchmark to be reported to the department of public instruction and as a component of the performance-based award and incentive program. Requires the department of education to pay student fees for taking IB examinations and to encourage schools and students to participate in the IB program. Establishes the IB diploma higher education loan program for Indiana residents who graduate from a public or private high school with an IB diploma, maintain residency in Indiana, and attend an Indiana public or private nonprofit institution of higher learning on a full-time or part-time basis. Provides eligible students with a loan in an amount equal to the undergraduate tuition at the institution of the student's choice (subject to the availability of appropriations), less an adjustment for money awarded to the student under other state higher education award programs. Provides for forgiveness of the loan obligation if a loan recipient graduates from the Indiana institution, remains a resident of Indiana for four consecutive years following graduation, and is employed in Indiana for at least 42 months of the four consecutive years following graduation. Provides for administration of the program by the state student assistance commission. Provides an $800 IB diploma award to school corporations for each eligible pupil of the school corporation who achieves an IB diploma. Appropriates from the state general fund a sufficient amount to administer various programs relating to the IB diploma.

SB 447: (LS 7287) Craycraft (DI:44)
Retired state employees health insurance.

Provides that the state shall pay the employer's share of the health insurance premium for retired state employees who are not eligible for Medicare coverage and meet certain other requirements. Permits a retired employee to elect to provide health insurance benefits for the employee's dependent children if the employee pays the amount the employee would have been required to pay for the coverage had the employee not retired.

SB 448: (LS 7021) Howard (DI:94)
Indianapolis police and fire residency requirement.

Requires members of the Indianapolis police and fire departments to be residents of Marion county.

SB 449: (LS 6893) Waterman (DI:87)
Inspection and copying of death certificates.

Provides that a certificate of death is a public record and is subject to public inspection and copying.

SB 450: (LS 6015) Randolph (DI:77)
Nonemergency physician requirement.

Requires a hospital with at least 100 beds to have on duty at all times, in addition to any emergency room physicians on duty, a physician serving nonemergency patients.

SB 451: (LS 7263) Weatherwax (DI:92)
Railroad car companies.

Requires the state board of tax commissioners to assign the assessed value of a railroad car company's indefinite-situs distributable property to each county containing mainline track in the proportion that the length of mainline track in the county bears to the length of mainline track in Indiana. Requires the board to compute the taxes on a railroad car company's indefinite-situs distributable property for each county containing mainline track based upon the average property tax rate that is imposed by the county. Provides that property taxes assessed upon the indefinite-situs distributable property of a railroad car company are distributed to the appropriate county treasurer. Provides that property taxes assessed upon the distributable property of a railroad company that provides service within a commuter transportation district and uses electricity to power substantially all of its railroad passenger cars are distributed to the county treasurer of each county in which the railroad company provides service. Removes provisions that require the distribution of property taxes paid by railroad car companies and certain railroad companies to the commuter rail service fund and the electric rail service fund.

SB 452: (LS 7303) Rogers (DI:69)
Handgun possession and licenses.

Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally carries a loaded handgun or an unloaded handgun accompanied by ammunition in a vehicle or on or about the person's body while the person: (1) is intoxicated; or (2) has at least 0.10% of alcohol by weight in grams in 100 milliliters of the person's blood or 210 liters of the person's breath commits unlawful possession of a handgun, a Class B misdemeanor. Prohibits the issuance of a license to carry a handgun to a person who: (1) has been convicted of unlawful possession of a handgun within five years before the date the person applies for the license; or (2) is less than 21 years of age.

SB 453: (LS 7119) Server (DI:71)
Special education.

Changes the membership of the state advisory council on the education of children with disabilities and provides additional duties for the advisory council. Provides that a disciplinary action against a child with disabilities is subject to federal and state procedural requirements and that the child continues to be entitled to receive a free appropriate public education. Makes certain changes regarding ISTEP testing for children with disabilities.

SB 454: (LS 6743) Hume (DI:71)
Vehicle covers.

Requires a vehicle to be covered to prevent the vehicle's contents from dripping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping from the vehicle.

SB 455: (LS 7312) Lanane (DI:94)
Homeowner's private mortgage insurance protection.

Requires private mortgage insurance to terminate once the principal balance on the residential mortgages on a property is less than 75% of the lesser of: (1) the sales price of the property if the loan was made for purchase of the property; or (2) the appraised value of the property, as determined by the appraisal conducted in connection with the making of the loan. Allows the borrower to cancel private mortgage insurance if the conditions and procedures established by the lender for termination are met. Requires a lender to disclose in writing at or before settlement: (1) that the private mortgage insurance may be canceled while the mortgage is outstanding; (2) an address and phone number to contact for information regarding canceling the private mortgage insurance; and (3) that the private mortgage insurance will be terminated by operation of law. Requires the mortgage loan servicer to provide the borrower with annual disclosure statements similar to an initial disclosure statement. Prohibits the mortgage loan servicer from charging the borrower for the costs of the statements. Requires the servicer to notify the borrower within 45 days after the automatic termination of the private mortgage insurance. Excludes a borrower who is not current in the payment of a mortgage loan from the cancellation of the private mortgage insurance. Requires that a condition determined by the servicer for the cancellation of the loan must be reasonably related to the purposes for which the requirement for private mortgage insurance was imposed at the time the loan was made. Provides that a servicer is not liable for the failure of the mortgage holder to comply with the statute. Requires the mortgage holder to provide necessary information to the servicer. Provides that these requirements apply to mortgages entered after June 30, 1998.

SB 456: (LS 7183) Merritt (DI:44)
Military base recovery tax credit.

Establishes a state tax credit for rehabilitation of real property located in military base facilities designated by the state enterprise zone board.

SB 457: (LS 7181) Lewis (DI:92)
Property tax assessment appeals.

Requires the division of appeals of the state board of tax commissioners to provide notice of a hearing on a petition for review to the affected taxing units. Requires a county executive to appeal to the tax court upon the request of a majority of the affected taxing units if a final determination of the state board would result in a claim for a refund that exceeds the lesser of: (1) $800,000; or (2) an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the aggregate tax levies of all taxing units in the county for that year. Provides for the repayment of refunds that exceed $100,000 in not more than five (5) annual installments. Requires the county auditor to certify the amount of contested valuation as of July 15 to the fiscal officer of each political subdivision in the county. Requires a political subdivision to exclude the amount of contested assessed valuation when calculating its proposed tax rate and tax levy for the ensuing budget year.

SB 458: (LS 7332) Riegsecker (DI:69)
Elkhart circuit and superior courts magistrate.

Allows the judges of the Elkhart circuit and superior courts to jointly appoint two full-time magistrates to serve the circuit and superior courts. (Current law allows the judges of the Elkhart circuit and superior courts to jointly appoint one full-time magistrate.)

SB 459: (LS 7333) Miller (DI:02)
Governance of school corporations.

Transfers the administrative authority for managing a school corporation specifically to the administration (the superintendent or the superintendent's designee) of the school corporation. Allows the governing body to delegate any power of the governing body to the administration and allows the administration to exercise any power delegated to it by the governing body. Requires the department of education to provide technical assistance to school corporations with regard to the transfer of authority between the administration of a school corporation and its governing body. Requires the legislative services agency to prepare legislation for introduction in the 2000 regular session of the general assembly making all of the necessary changes in statutes that are appropriate to delineate the roles of the governing body and the administration. Provides that a governing body may appoint an appeal panel to hold hearings and decide: (1) whether to cancel an indefinite contract with a permanent or semipermanent teacher; (2) appeals on the expulsion of students; and (3) appeals on eligibility for financial assistance for student fees. Provides that a member of a school board may receive not more than $3,000 annually in per diem for attendance at meetings. (Under current law, a member may also receive an annual salary that does not exceed $2,000.)

SB 460: (LS 7345) Riegsecker (DI:77)
Assisted living establishments.

Requires an assisted living establishment to register with the securities commissioner. Requires a housing with services contract to contain certain information. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally fails to comply with the registration requirements commits a Class A infraction.

SB 461: (LS 7336) Johnson (DI:88)
Payment systems for mental health providers

Allows the division of mental health to continue developing and implementing a prospective or per diem funding system to fund eligible community mental health centers and managed care providers for services to eligible mentally ill and substance abuse patients other than seriously and persistently mentally ill adults. Requires the division of mental health to continue implementing the division's prospective payment system for funding programs that benefit seriously and persistently mentally ill adults. Requires the division of mental health to develop all Allows the division of mental health to continue developing and implementing a prospective or per diem funding system to fund eligible community mental health centers and managed care providers for services to eligible mentally ill and substance abuse patients other than seriously and persistently mentally ill adults. Requires the division of mental health to continue implementing the division's prospective payment system for funding programs that benefit seriously and persistently mentally ill adults. Requires the division of mental health to develop all Allows the division of mental health to continue developing and implementing a prospective or per diem funding system to fund eligible community mental health centers and managed care providers for services to eligible mentally ill and substance abuse patients other than seriously and persistently mentally ill adults. Requires the division of mental health to continue implementing the division's prospective payment system for funding programs that benefit seriously and persistently mentally ill adults. Requires the division of mental health to develop all payment systems using actuarial principles and generally accepted accounting principles incurred by efficient and economically operated programs that serve mentally ill and substance abuse patients who are found to be eligible for care that is paid for in part or in whole by the state. Delays for one year the repeal of current laws regarding funding methodologies for the seriously and persistently mentally ill. Extends the commission on mental health for four years. Requires the commission to monitor the implementation of managed care programs for all populations of the mentally ill that are eligible for care that is paid for in part or in whole by the state and to make recommendations regarding the commission's findings to the appropriate division or department. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on mental health.)

SB 462: (LS 7109) Alexa (DI:75)
Municipal sewer jurisdiction.

Provides that a sewage disposal company may not provide sewage disposal service within ten miles outside the corporate boundaries of a municipality unless the legislative body of the municipality authorizes a sewage disposal company to provide sewage disposal service in the area.

SB 463: (LS 7310) Wyss (DI:69)
Tuition exemptions for relatives of veterans.

Specifies that the following persons are eligible to receive tuition exemptions as the relatives of veterans: (1) A person who is a pupil at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home if the person was admitted to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home because the person was related to a member of the armed forces of the United States. (2) A person whose mother or father served in the armed forces of the United States if the mother or father received the Purple Heart decoration or was wounded as a result of enemy action and received any discharge or separation from the armed forces other than a dishonorable discharge. (3) A person whose mother or father served in the armed forces of the United States before July 1, 1998, during any war or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service or campaign medal of the United States if the mother or father suffered a service connected death or disability and received any discharge or separation from the armed forces other than a dishonorable discharge. Provides that a person may not receive a tuition exemption unless the person: (1) is eligible to pay the resident tuition rate at the college or university the person will attend as determined by the college or university; and (2) possesses the requisite academic qualifications. Provides that the tuition exemption is for 124 semester credit hours. (Current law provides that the tuition exemption is for a four year period.) Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a person to knowingly or intentionally submit a false or misleading application or other document to receive a tuition exemption. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on military and veterans affairs.)

SB 464: (LS 7151) Waterman (DI:73)
State funding for the Kinsey Institute.

Provides that state appropriations may not be used for the administration, operation, and programs of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

SB 465: (LS 7337) Kenley (DI:02)
Indiana academic standards commission.

Establishes the Indiana academic standards commission to recommend to the Indiana state board of education comprehensive academic standards that are internationally competitive in academic rigor for Indiana elementary and secondary school students. Requires the Indiana academic standards commission to make initial recommendations for academic standards to the Indiana state board of education not later than July 1, 1999. Transfers the duties of the state standards task force and the proficiency statements overview committee to the Indiana academic standards commission. Repeals the proficiency statements overview committee law, repeals the state standards task force law, and makes conforming amendments. Provides that the Indiana academic standards commission terminates on December 31, 2001, and is replaced with a twenty-first century state standards task force and a twenty-first century proficiency statements overview committee.

SB 466: (LS 7265) L. Hume (DI:75)
Campaign finance

Establishes a system of public funding for candidates for governor and the general assembly who agree to limit contributions from private sources and expenditures to the public funds allocated. Establishes criteria for candidates to qualify for public funding, including voluntary limits on contributions from private sources during the qualifying period. Provides for political parties to make limited contributions to candidates who participate in the public funding program. Provides that all expenditures by participating candidates, except for small expenditures, must be made with a public election debit card drawn against money in the public election campaign fund. Provides for increasing a participating candidate's funding to offset certain expenditures by nonparticipating opponents, independent expenditures, and issue advertising. Prohibits an individual who holds a state or a legislative office from making certain mailings with public funds unless the individual has publicly stated that the individual will not seek reelection or election to certain other offices. Requires the Indiana election commission to impose civil penalties for violations of the campaign financing law. Authorizes the commission, and under certain circumstances, private persons to seek judicial remedies and gives the attorney general powers to prosecute criminal violations of the statute. Establishes the public election campaign fund to finance the election campaigns of participating candidates. Provides that the fund consists of: (1) appropriations; (2) money transferred from the state general fund through an individual income tax checkoff; (3) certain contributions and funds required to be paid by participating candidates; (4) civil penalties imposed by the commission under Indiana election law; (5) voluntary contributions; and (6) interest earned on money in the fund. Makes an annual appropriation of $5.25 million from the state general fund to the fund. Establishes a voluntary program under which individuals may designate $2 to the fund from the state general fund on their Indiana income tax returns. Requires the auditor of state annually to transfer the total amount designated by individuals on their income tax returns from the state general fund to the public election campaign fund. Provides that the tax liability of an individual is not affected by a designation.

SB 467: (LS 7346) Wheeler (DI:93)
Automobile lease term disclosure.

Requires a retail lessor of motor vehicles to comply with the disclosure requirements imposed by federal law. Specifies a statement that must be included in a lease agreement as part of complying with the federal disclosure requirements. Removes a specification that certain statements must be included in a lease agreement. Requires a lease agreement to state the amount of net credit of a trade-in vehicle used to pay amounts due at the time the lease is signed or the vehicle is delivered.

SB 468: (LS 7339) Wheeler (DI:69)
State recognition of Miami Indians

Recognizes the Miami Indians of Indiana as an independent Indian tribe.

SB 469: (LS 7301) Blade (DI:96)
Worker's compensation.

Eliminates the limitation on compensation payable to the remarried spouse of a deceased employee who was entitled to worker's compensation.

SB 470: (LS 7343) Weatherwax (DI:02)
Education tax credits.

Provides an adjusted gross income tax refundable credit for certain elementary and secondary education expenses (kindergarten through grade 12) that are incurred by a taxpayer for a dependent and paid to others. Specifies the various expenses that are qualified education expenses for credit purposes for dependents who are: (1) enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school; (2) enrolled in a nonaccredited nonpublic school; (3) not enrolled in a school; or (4) enrolled in a public school. Requires participation in the ISTEP program for tax credit eligibility but allows certain students to substitute other approved tests for the ISTEP test. Provides that a taxpayer having dependents in both public schools and nonpublic education may claim only one credit. For taxpayers having dependents enrolled in a school, establishes the maximum amount of the credit for household incomes under $35,000 at $1,000 per child or $2,000 per family and for household incomes over $35,000 at $500 per child or $1,000 per family. For taxpayers having dependents who are excused from school (public or nonpublic) attendance, establishes the maximum amount of the credit at $1,000 per child or family regardless of household income. Requires the department of education to develop a list of certain programs approved for tax credit purposes and to administer the ISTEP program requirement for certain students.

SB 471: (LS 6300) K. Adams (DI:69)
Landfill disposal fees.

Establishes the conditions under which a township in St. Joseph County may receive a specified percentage of landfill disposal fees: (1) paid to the county under a host agreement; and (2) to be used by the township to provide fire services within the township.

SB 472: (LS 7334) Weatherwax (DI:51)
Cass superior court No.

Establishes Cass superior court No. 2. Renames the current Cass superior court as Cass superior court No. 1. Allows a candidate for judge of Cass superior court No. 2 to file a declaration of candidacy before noon on April 10, 1998. Makes related changes.

SB 473: (LS 7347) Weatherwax (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 474: (LS 7221) Gard (DI:13)
Vehicle bill

SB 475: (LS 7344) Antich (DI:87)
Annexation.

Adds cities located in Porter County to the cities that may not annex territory if all of the following conditions concerning the territory are proved at an annexation hearing: (1) Police and fire protection and street and road maintenance are supplied by a provider other than the city seeking annexation. (2) The annexation will have a significant financial impact on the residents or owners of land. (3) A majority of the owners of the land proposed to be annexed or owners of more than 75% of the assessed valuation of the land proposed to be annexed are opposed to the annexation.

SB 476: (LS 7338) Clark (DI:76)
Various CHINS and adoption issues.

Creates a rebuttable presumption that a court retains jurisdiction over a child who is a child in need of services (CHINS) for not longer than 12 months. Provides that if the state does not sustain its burden for continued jurisdiction at the end of the 12 month period, the court is required to: (1) authorize the filing of a petition for termination of the parent-child relationship; or (2) discharge the child and the child's parent, guardian, or custodian. Provides that the court may authorize a licensed child placing agency or an attorney representing prospective adoptive parents to file the termination petition under certain circumstances. Requires each periodic case review of a child who is in need of services to be conducted by a court at a formal hearing. Requires, after July 1, 1999, an additional periodic case review for each child in need of services, which must occur at least three months after: (1) the child's removal from the home; or (2) the date of the dispositional decree, whichever occurs first. Confers the right to notice and the opportunity to be heard in a child in need of services proceeding or proceeding to terminate the parent-child relationship upon certain statutorily prescribed persons or entities, including a licensed child placing agency or attorney seeking to represent a person who is interested in adopting the child who is the subject of the proceeding. Requires that whenever a petition to terminate the parent-child relationship has been filed or authorized concerning a child in need of services, the division of family and children shall post certain nonidentifying information about the child on the Internet in order to facilitate a potential adoptive placement of the child. Provides that, in an effort to facilitate a permanent placement for the child, the county office of family and children may contract with a licensed child placing agency to assume the county office's role in the child in need of services proceeding provided that the state has retained its jurisdiction over the child for more than 12 months after either: (1) the child has been removed from the home; or (2) the court enters its original dispositional decree. Allows the court with jurisdiction over the child in need of services proceeding to order the county office of family and children to enter into the contract with the licensed child placing agency. Makes certain conforming amendments.

SB 477: (LS 7348) Meeks (DI:76)
Grandparent visitation.

Expands grandparent visitation rights to allow a grandparent to petition a court for visitation rights with a grandchild regardless of the marital status of the child's parents, unless a paternal grandparent is seeking visitation with a child born out of wedlock and the child's father has not established paternity. Allows a court to grant grandparent visitation rights unless the court determines, after a hearing, that the visitation rights may: (1) endanger the child's physical health; or (2) significantly impair the child's emotional development. Provides that a violation of the grandparent visitation order: (1) is punishable as contempt of court; and (2) constitutes grounds for a change in the child's custody. Makes conforming amendments.

SB 478: (LS 6928) Howard (DI:51)
Hate crimes.

Requires law enforcement agencies to collect information concerning crimes that are apparently directed at an individual or a group because of the individual's or group's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin and to submit the information to the Indiana central repository for criminal history information. Requires the Indiana central repository for criminal history information to submit a compiled report of this information to each law enforcement agency. Allows an individual who suffers a pecuniary loss as a result of: (1) being injured; or (2) having property damaged or destroyed by another individual because of the individual's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin to bring a civil action against the individual who caused the loss. Defines bias crime offender. Requires a court, when sentencing an individual who has committed a crime motivated by a bias against another individual's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin, to impose an additional fixed term of imprisonment not to exceed five years.

SB 479: (LS 7349) Breaux (DI:13)
Vehicle bill.

SB 480: (LS 7294) Harrison (DI:96)
Common construction wage.

Provides that a taxing unit that enters into a capital project construction agreement must provide the school property tax control board or the local government tax control board with documentation regarding the payment of common construction wages for labor on the project. Provides that a taxing unit must demonstrate that its wage committee considered the categories of classes of labor for each classification to be used in the project, and that it determined the reasonably anticipated costs of providing fringe benefits to workers on similar projects. Provides that a taxing unit must demonstrate that the wage committee considered common construction wage reports and data and based its determination on wages representative of the county in which the work is to be performed. Provides that the state board of tax commissioners shall review the recommendations of the local government tax control board and school property tax control board as to a taxing unit's compliance with the statute and may review compliance on its own motion. Provides that the state board of tax commissioners may enforce the provisions of the statute.


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