Introduced Version





SENATE RESOLUTION No. ___




DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION


    A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign to the sentencing policy study committee the topic of mental and sexual development as related to criminal offenses.



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Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


SENATE RESOLUTION



MADAM PRESIDENT:

    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

        A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign to the sentencing policy study committee the topic of mental and sexual development as related to criminal offenses.

    Whereas, Issues such as the mental and sexual development of individuals as related to criminal offenses must be studied in depth to ensure that our criminal justice system remains fair and equitable: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. That the legislative council is urged to assign to the sentencing policy study committee issues concerning:
        (1) the use of cellular telephones to send explicit photographs and video ("sexting"), especially by children;
        (2) the psychology of sexuality and sexual development;
        (3) the psychology of sexual deviants and deviancy; and
        (4) the mental development of children and young adults and how this affects the ability to make certain judgments;
as these issues apply to sex offenses covered by Indiana statutes. The sentencing policy study committee should consider revisions to these statutes based on the results of its study.