January 28, 2005
HOUSE BILL No. 1155
DIGEST OF HB 1155
(Updated January 26, 2005 6:36 pm - DI 73)
Citations Affected: IC 14-21; IC 16-37; IC 23-14; IC 34-30; noncode.
Synopsis: Cemetery maintenance. Establishes the pioneer cemetery
account within the cemetery and burial ground trust fund. Provides that
if a fee is charged for a death certificate, an additional $1 fee is
imposed on the first death certificate issued to a person to be used by
a county cemetery commission (commission) for maintenance of
certain cemeteries. Allows a commission to maintain certain cemeteries
established before 1900. Changes appointment requirements for
commission members. Allows a commission to use certain tax revenue
for township cemeteries. Requires a commission to file an annual
report with the division of historic preservation and archeology.
Requires township trustees to make an annual report to the
commission. Allows the commission to accept donations and maintain
pauper burial records. Adds commission duties. Provides that a private
property owner who allows a person on the owner's land to access a
cemetery is not liable, except for certain actions, for injuries to a
Effective: July 1, 2005.
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January 6, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Local Government.
January 27, 2005, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
January 28, 2005
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1155
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
business and other associations and to make an appropriation.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 14-21-1-13.5; (05)HB1155.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 14-21-1-13.5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 13.5. (a) The division
may conduct a program to survey and register in a registry of Indiana
cemeteries and burial grounds that the division establishes and
maintains all cemeteries and burial grounds in each county in Indiana.
The division may conduct the program alone or by entering into an
agreement with one (1) or more of the following entities:
(1) The Indiana Historical Society established under IC 23-6-3.
(2) A historical society as defined in IC 20-5-17.5-1(a).
(3) The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.
(4) A professional archeologist or historian associated with a
college or university.
(5) A township trustee.
(6) Any other entity that the division selects.
(b) In conducting a program under subsection (a), the division may
receive gifts and grants under terms, obligations, and liabilities that the
director considers appropriate. The director shall use a gift or grant
received under this subsection:
(1) to carry out subsection (a); and
(2) according to the terms of the gift or grant.
At the request of the director, The auditor of state shall establish
a cemetery and burial ground trust fund is established for purposes
of holding money received under subsection (b).
(d) The pioneer cemetery account is established within the trust
fund from money received under IC 16-37-1-9 and IC 16-37-1-11.
Money in the account shall be distributed to county cemetery
commissions for the following purposes:
(1) To maintain and repair cemeteries under IC 23-14-67.
(2) To purchase land that contains a cemetery that will be
maintained by a county cemetery commission.
(3) To replace and repair grave markers located in cemeteries
under IC 23-14-67. However, any replacement or repair
conducted under this subdivision must be made in accordance
with guidelines established by the division.
(d) (e) The director shall administer a the trust fund established by
subsection (c). The expenses of administering the trust fund shall be
paid from money in the trust fund.
(e) (f) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the trust fund
established by subsection (c) that is not currently needed to meet the
obligations of the trust fund in the same manner as other public trust
funds may be invested. The treasurer of state shall deposit in the trust
fund the interest that accrues from the investment of the trust fund.
(f) (g) Money in the trust fund at the end of a state fiscal year does
not revert to the state general fund. Money in the pioneer cemetery
account at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the trust
(g) (h) Nothing in this section may be construed to authorize
violation of the confidentiality of information requirements of 16
U.S.C. 470(w) and 16 U.S.C. 470(h)(h).
(h) (i) The division may record in each county recorder's office the
location of each cemetery and burial ground located in that county.
(j) Money in the trust fund, including money in the pioneer
cemetery account, is annually appropriated to the division for
purposes of this section.
SOURCE: IC 16-37-1-9; (05)HB1155.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 16-37-1-9 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 9. (a) A local health
charge a fee
under IC 16-20-1-27 for each
certificate of birth, death, or stillbirth registration.
(b) If the local department of health
makes a charge charges a fee
for a certificate of death under subsection (a), the following shall be
collected in addition to the fee for the certificate established under
(1) A one dollar ($1) coroners continuing education fee.
added to the rate established under IC 16-20-1-27.
(2) A one dollar ($1) fee for the pioneer cemetery account
established by IC 14-21-1-13.5 that is imposed only on the first
certificate of death for an individual that is requested by and
issued to a person.
The local department of health shall deposit any coroners continuing
education fees and any pioneer cemetery account fees with the
county auditor within thirty (30) days after collection. The county
auditor shall transfer semiannually any coroners continuing education
fees and any pioneer cemetery account fees to the treasurer of state.
(c) Notwithstanding IC 16-20-1-27, a
charge fee may not be made
charged for furnishing a certificate of birth, death, or stillbirth
registration to a person or to a member of the family of a person who
needs the certificate for one (1) of the following purposes:
(1) To establish the person's age or the dependency of a member
of the person's family in connection with:
(A) the person's service in the armed forces of the United
(B) a death pension or disability pension of a person who is
serving or has served in the armed forces of the United States.
(2) To establish or to verify the age of a child in school who
desires to secure a work permit.
SOURCE: IC 16-37-1-11; (05)HB1155.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 16-37-1-11 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 11. (a) The state
department shall charge and collect a fee of eight dollars ($8) for each
search of the records in the division of vital records. If the requested
record is found, one (1) certification of the record will be issued
without charge. Additional certifications of the same record will be
issued at that time for an additional fee of four dollars ($4) for each
(b) The state department shall charge and collect an additional fee
of eight dollars ($8) for any amendment to a record previously filed
with the division of vital records.
(c) Verification without charge will be issued to an agency of local,
state, or federal government upon written request by the agency.
(d) The state department shall charge and collect an additional
one dollar ($1) fee that is imposed only on the first certificate of
death for an individual that is requested by and issued to a person
under this section. The state department shall transfer
semiannually the fees collected under this subsection to the
treasurer of state for deposit in the pioneer cemetery account
established by IC 14-21-1-13.5.
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-1; (05)HB1155.1.4. -->
SECTION 4. IC 23-14-67-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 1. This chapter applies
to cemeteries that were established before 1900 and:
(1) are without funds or sources of funds for reasonable
(2) have suffered neglect and deterioration; or
(3) may be the burial grounds for Indiana pioneer leaders or
veterans of an American war, including the Revolutionary War.
(4) were established before 1850.
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-2; (05)HB1155.1.5. -->
SECTION 5. IC 23-14-67-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 2. (a) The board of
commissioners of a county may appoint a county cemetery commission
consisting of not less than five (5) residents of the county. One (1)
member of the commission must be a township trustee. A township
trustee appointed under this subsection may designate an
individual to serve on the trustee's behalf.
(b) The members of a county cemetery commission shall be
appointed for a term of
five (5) four (4) years. The board of county
commissioners shall stagger the terms of the members to permit the
appointment or a reappointment of at least one (1) commission
member per year.
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-3; (05)HB1155.1.6. -->
SECTION 6. IC 23-14-67-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 3. A county cemetery
commission may request the levy of an annual tax for the purpose of
restoring and maintaining one (1) or more cemeteries described in
section 1 of this chapter or IC 23-14-68 that are located in the county.
The tax may not exceed fifty cents ($0.50) on each one hundred dollars
($100) of assessed valuation of property in the county.
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-3.5; (05)HB1155.1.7. -->
SECTION 7. IC 23-14-67-3.5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 3.5. (a) Before March
1 of each year, a county cemetery commission shall file an annual
report with the
Indiana historical bureau established by IC 4-23-7-3.
division of historic preservation and archeology of the department
of natural resources.
(b) An annual report filed under this section must include
information on the following:
(1) The budget of the county cemetery commission for the
preceding calendar year.
(2) Expenditures made by the county cemetery commission
during the preceding calendar year.
(3) Activities of the county cemetery commission during the
preceding calendar year.
(4) Plans of the county cemetery commission for the calendar year
during which the report is filed.
Indiana historical bureau division of historic preservation
and archeology of the department of natural resources shall make
reports filed under this section available for public inspection under
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-4; (05)HB1155.1.8. -->
SECTION 8. IC 23-14-67-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 4. (a) A county
cemetery commission established under this chapter shall:
(1) present an annual plan and budget; and
(2) make an annual report;
to the board of county commissioners and the county council for
(b) Before March 1 of each year, each township trustee shall
present an annual report to the county cemetery commission that
includes the following information:
(1) Records of the pauper burials.
(2) Whether new burials are being allowed in a cemetery
maintained by the trustee under IC 23-14-68.
(3) A summary of all expenditures for cemetery restoration
and maintenance, including to whom each expenditure was
(4) Recommendations for future funding needs.
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-5; (05)HB1155.1.9. -->
SECTION 9. IC 23-14-67-5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2005]: Sec. 5. (a) A county cemetery commission may do the
(1) Accept for the county the donation of real property that
complies with the following conditions:
(A) The real property contains a cemetery that is described
under section 1 of this chapter.
(B) The county surveyor has completed a survey of the real
property and has provided a copy of the survey to the
county cemetery commission.
(C) The owner of the real property deeds the property to
(2) Accept donations, apply for grants, and coordinate
volunteers to restore and maintain cemeteries.
(3) Accept and maintain pauper burial records from township
(b) A county cemetery commission shall do the following:
(1) Assist township trustees with the restoration and
maintenance of abandoned cemeteries under IC 23-14-68.
(2) Notify the county auditor and county recorder of the
location of cemeteries within the county.
(3) Educate local officials and residents concerning the legal
requirements regarding the care, protection, and preservation
(4) Designate cemeteries within the county as active or
inactive with regard to future burials.
SOURCE: IC 23-14-67-6; (05)HB1155.1.10. -->
SECTION 10. IC 23-14-67-6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 6. (a) Except as provided in
subsection (b), a private property owner who gratuitously allows
a person on the owner's land to obtain access to or visit a cemetery
is not liable for any injury to the person visiting or obtaining access
to the cemetery.
(b) This section does not apply to the following:
(1) A property owner's willful, wanton, or intentional
(2) A property owner's willful or malicious failure to warn of
a dangerous condition.
SOURCE: IC 34-30-2-91.5; (05)HB1155.1.11. -->
SECTION 11. IC 34-30-2-91.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 91.5. IC 23-14-67-6 (Concerning
a private property owner allowing access or a visit to a cemetery).
SOURCE: ; (05)HB1155.1.12. -->
SECTION 12. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005] (a) Notwithstanding
IC 23-14-67-2, as amended by this act, the term of a member of a
county cemetery commission who was appointed to the member's
current term before July 1, 2001, expires on July 1, 2005.
(b) This SECTION expires July 1, 2006.