January 11, 2006





SENATE BILL No. 47

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DIGEST OF SB 47 (Updated January 10, 2006 11:23 am - DI 106)



Citations Affected: IC 10-13.

Synopsis: Criminal checks and religious organizations. Exempts a church or religious organization from the fee for conducting a criminal background check on an employee or a volunteer who works in a nonprofit program or ministry.

Effective: July 1, 2006.





Hershman




    January 9, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters.
    January 10, 2006, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






January 11, 2006

Second Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2006)


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SENATE BILL No. 47



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning public safety.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 10-13-3-36; (06)SB0047.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 10-13-3-36, AS AMENDED BY P.L.177-2005, SECTION 30, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006]: Sec. 36. (a) The department may not charge a fee for responding to a request for the release of a limited criminal history record if the request is made by a nonprofit organization:
        (1) that has been in existence for at least ten (10) years; and
        (2) that:
            (A) has a primary purpose of providing an individual relationship for a child with an adult volunteer if the request is made as part of a background investigation of a prospective adult volunteer for the organization;
            (B) is a home health agency licensed under IC 16-27-1;
            (C) is a community mental retardation and other developmental disabilities center (as defined in IC 12-7-2-39);
            (D) is a supervised group living facility licensed under IC 12-28-5;
            (E) is an area agency on aging designated under IC 12-10-1;
            (F) is a community action agency (as defined in IC 12-14-23-2);
            (G) is the owner or operator of a hospice program licensed under IC 16-25-3; or
            (H) is a community mental health center (as defined in IC 12-7-2-38).
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (d), the department may not charge a fee for responding to a request for the release of a limited criminal history record made by the division of family and children or a county office of family and children if the request is made as part of a background investigation of an applicant for a license under IC 12-17.2 or IC 12-17.4.
    (c) The department may not charge a fee for responding to a request for the release of a limited criminal history if the request is made by a school corporation, special education cooperative, or nonpublic school (as defined in IC 20-18-2-12) as part of a background investigation of an employee or adult volunteer for the school corporation, special education cooperative, or nonpublic school.
    (d) As used in this subsection, "state agency" means an authority, a board, a branch, a commission, a committee, a department, a division, or another instrumentality of state government, including the executive and judicial branches of state government, the principal secretary of the senate, the principal clerk of the house of representatives, the executive director of the legislative services agency, a state elected official's office, or a body corporate and politic, but does not include a state educational institution (as defined in IC 20-12-0.5-1). The department may not charge a fee for responding to a request for the release of a limited criminal history if the request is made:
        (1) by a state agency; and
        (2) through the computer gateway that is administered by the office of technology established by IC 4-13.1-2-1.
    (e) The department may not charge a fee for responding to a request for the release of a limited criminal history record made by the health professions bureau Indiana professional licensing agency established by IC 25-1-5-3 if the request is:
        (1) made through the computer gateway that is administered by the office of technology; and
        (2) part of a background investigation of a practitioner or an individual who has applied for a license issued by a board (as defined in IC 25-1-9-1).
     (f) The department may not charge a church or religious society a fee for responding to a request for the release of a limited

criminal history record if:
        (1) the church or religious society is a religious organization exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code;
        (2) the request is made as part of a background investigation of an employee or adult volunteer; and
        (3) the employee or volunteer works in a nonprofit program or ministry of the church or religious society.