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HB 1427 – Licensure of Naturopathic Physicians

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:17:12 +0000

Rep. Lehe has introduced HB 1427 which would license “naturopathic physicians.” With some exceptions, people would be prohibited from practicing naturopathic medicine without a license. Naturopathic medicine is defined as, “the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human health conditions, injury, and disease using patient education and naturopathic therapies and therapeutic substances recognized by the Council on […]

Publication of annual report of local government receipts and expenditures online rather than in print

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:06:19 +0000

The Hoosier State Press Association has an opinion column in the Courier Press objecting to proposed legislation that would result in annual government reports of receipts and expenditures being published online and would no longer require them to be published in the newspaper. It specifies HB 1004 by Rep. Siegrist (concerning cities and towns) and […]

HCR 3 – Overt Identification of Free and Reduced Price Lunch Recipients

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:15:06 +0000

Rep. Siegrist has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 3 concerning the practices of schools with respect to overt identification of students who receive free and reduced price lunches. The resolution urges the legislative council to study the issue of how to reduce overt identification of these students. It’s not terribly surprising that students (like anyone) perform […]

HB 1011 – All Players Stand or Triple Your Money Back! (Face Value Only. Some Restrictions May Apply)

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:24:04 +0000

Rep. Milo Smith has introduced HB 1011 which rewards people for being offended if they attend games of the NFL, the NBA, or the WNBA and the players kneel during the national anthem. Soccer fans offended at Indy 11 games or baseball fans offended at Indians games will have to be made of sterner stuff. […]

SB 400 – Ranked Voting

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:33:48 +0000

Sen. Stoops has introduced SB 400 concerning “ranked voting.” It’s a long piece of legislation, and the election code — Title 3 – is somewhat bewildering, so, full disclosure: I haven’t read it all. But, very generally, it allows cities, towns, and counties to provide for ranked voting in filling their offices. The way ranked […]

SB 155 – The Voting Dead

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:22:56 +0000

The motive behind SB 155 concerning deceased voters is not a bad one, but with a subject like “deceased voters,” you’re going to invite people to make fun of it. I clearly couldn’t resist. Sen. Walker’s bill provides that, if a person casts an absentee ballot and then subsequently dies (making the vote very absentee), […]

SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:06:37 +0000

Sen. Raatz has introduced SB 172 mandating that high schools include computer science in their curriculum and creating a state computer science grant program and associated fund. I’m generally against state mandates for local school curriculum. But, if the state is going to impose requirements, computer science sounds like a good one. The grant program […]

HB 1094 – Animal Cruelty

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:21:40 +0000

Rep. Hatfield has introduced HB 1094 concerning animal cruelty. It enhances the penalty and creates some standards related to the offense. For example, it defines “adequate shelter” as, among other things, requiring four walls, a roof, and construction material that is impervious to rain. “Minimum care” is defined as, among other things, having access to […]

SB 270 – State consent required to settle local litigation (Updated)

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 15:10:24 +0000

Sen. Koch has introduced SB 270 which, among other things, requires that local government get the consent of the State to settle certain kinds of local litigation. (“Unit” refers to a unit of local government). Sec. 8.7. A unit does not have the power to compromise or settle a claim by agreeing, in whole or […]

HB 1086 – Garnishments

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 16:10:46 +0000

Rep. Hamm has introduced HB 1086 concerning garnishment orders. There are two broad categories of tools given to judgment creditors in order to collect debts that have been reduced to judgment: attachment and garnishment. Attachment refers to an order that a judgment debtor turn over property in his or her possession while garnishment refers to […]