Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 168

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 9-30-6-6.

Synopsis: Chemical tests for intoxication. Provides that a bodily substance sample may be taken by a person qualified through training, experience, or education to obtain a bodily substance sample. Specifies that provisions describing the procedures for obtaining a bodily substance sample do not prohibit a court from issuing a search warrant to obtain a bodily substance sample.

Effective: July 1, 2013.





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    January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections & Criminal Law.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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SENATE BILL No. 168



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

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

SOURCE: IC 9-30-6-6; (13)IN0168.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 9-30-6-6, AS AMENDED BY P.L.77-2012, SECTION 3, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 6. (a) A physician or a person trained in obtaining bodily substance samples and acting under the direction of or under a protocol prepared by a physician, who:
        (1) obtains a blood, urine, or other bodily substance sample from a person, regardless of whether the sample is taken for diagnostic purposes or at the request of a law enforcement officer under this section; or
        (2) performs a chemical test on blood, urine, or other bodily substance obtained from a person;
shall deliver the sample or disclose the results of the test to a law enforcement officer who requests the sample or results as a part of a criminal investigation. Samples and test results shall be provided to a law enforcement officer even if the person has not consented to or otherwise authorized their release.
    (b) A physician, a hospital, or an agent of a physician or hospital is

not civilly or criminally liable for any of the following:
        (1) Disclosing test results in accordance with this section.
        (2) Delivering a blood, urine, or other bodily substance sample in accordance with this section.
        (3) Obtaining a blood, urine, or other bodily substance sample in accordance with this section.
        (4) Disclosing to the prosecuting attorney or the deputy prosecuting attorney for use at or testifying at the criminal trial of the person as to facts observed or opinions formed.
        (5) Failing to treat a person from whom a blood, urine, or other bodily substance sample is obtained at the request of a law enforcement officer if the person declines treatment.
        (6) Injury to a person arising from the performance of duties in good faith under this section.
    (c) For the purposes of this chapter, IC 9-30-5, or IC 9-30-9:
        (1) the privileges arising from a patient-physician relationship do not apply to the samples, test results, or testimony described in this section; and
        (2) samples, test results, and testimony may be admitted in a proceeding in accordance with the applicable rules of evidence.
    (d) The exceptions to the patient-physician relationship specified in subsection (c) do not affect those relationships in a proceeding not covered by this chapter, IC 9-30-5, or IC 9-30-9.
    (e) The test results and samples obtained by a law enforcement officer under subsection (a) may be disclosed only to a prosecuting attorney or a deputy prosecuting attorney for use as evidence in a criminal proceeding under this chapter, IC 9-30-5, or IC 9-30-9.
    (f) This section does not require a physician or a person under the direction of a physician to perform a chemical test.
    (g) A physician or a person trained in obtaining bodily substance samples and acting under the direction of or under a protocol prepared by a physician shall obtain a blood, urine, or other bodily substance sample if the following exist:
        (1) A law enforcement officer requests that the sample be obtained.
        (2) The law enforcement officer has certified in writing the following:
            (A) That the officer has probable cause to believe the person from whom the sample is to be obtained has violated IC 9-30-5.
            (B) That the person from whom the sample is to be obtained has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in

the serious bodily injury or death of another.
            (C) That the accident that caused the serious bodily injury or death of another occurred not more than three (3) hours before the time the sample is requested.
        (3) Not more than the use of reasonable force is necessary to obtain the sample.
    (h) If the person:
        (1) from whom the bodily substance sample is to be obtained under this section does not consent; and
        (2) resists the taking of a sample;
the law enforcement officer may use reasonable force to assist an individual, who must be authorized under this section to obtain a sample, in the taking of the sample.
    (i) The person authorized under this section to obtain a bodily substance sample shall take the sample in a medically accepted manner.
    (j) This subsection does not apply to a bodily substance sample taken at a licensed hospital (as defined in IC 16-18-2-179(a) and IC 16-18-2-179(b)). A law enforcement officer may transport the person to a place where the sample may be obtained by any of the following persons who are trained in obtaining bodily substance samples and who have been engaged to obtain samples under this section:
        (1) A physician holding an unlimited license to practice medicine or osteopathy.
        (2) A registered nurse.
        (3) A licensed practical nurse.
        (4) An advanced emergency medical technician (as defined in IC 16-18-2-6.5).
        (5) A paramedic (as defined in IC 16-18-2-266).
         (6) Any other person qualified through training, experience, or education to obtain a bodily substance sample.
    (k) This chapter does not prohibit a court from issuing a search warrant or other order permitting a person to obtain a bodily substance sample from an individual suspected of committing an offense under this article.