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Arnold legislation to become law
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Acts address variety of issues, including public safety and law enforcement 

INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly, and several have already been signed into law. Most new laws become effective July 1, 2013. Included in his legislative initiatives this session were bills aimed at improving school safety standards and law enforcement policies.

Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1, co-authored by Sen. Arnold, seeks to increase safety for Hoosier school children. The act assists schools in hiring more school resource officers and specifies how to implement school resource officer programs. Individuals would need to complete training requirements for law enforcement officers, as well as receive an additional 40 hours of certified school officer training. SEA 1 helps schools hire school resource officers by providing nearly $20 million in various grant opportunities. The act also makes it optional for schools to hire school resource officers. In addition, a summer study committee will be tasked with researching further safety measures in schools.

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1151, sponsored by Sen. Arnold, improves safety and ensures protection for police officers in Indiana. The act creates a Blue Alert program for officers who are killed, hurt or missing in the line of duty. The Blue Alert program allows participating television and radio stations to broadcast and transmit information to the public about officers in danger. The Indiana State Police would be required to determine the area boundaries for the alert, as well as the implementation of guidelines for receiving and verifying information, and the use of the broadcasts.

Sen. Arnold co-authored SEA 277, which makes buyers aware of vehicles previously used as mobile meth labs. The act requires sales persons who have knowledge of a vehicle’s use in methamphetamine production to disclose that information in writing prior to the sale. Those who are unaware of the vehicle’s history will not be held responsible. SEA 277 also provides that vehicle salespersons who fail to supply this information may face civil action, remediation or reimbursement of costs.

Sen. Arnold sponsored HEA 1093, which increases accountability for individuals who harm law enforcement animals. The act provides that criminals convicted of permanently disabling or killing a police dog will be responsible for paying K-9 replacement costs. The cost of purchasing law enforcement K-9s ranges from $8-$12,000, while some training fees total up to $15,000. HEA 1093 also assigns an interim study committee the task of determining a suitable criminal penalty for the offense.

HEA 1044, sponsored by Sen. Arnold, improves public safety training for police officers. The act requires law enforcement officers to receive training for interactions with individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Currently, officers only receive training for missing persons cases. However, HEA 1044 provides that training for interacting with missing endangered adults will be administered by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Sponsored by Sen. Arnold, HEA 1256 aims to decrease the trafficking of contraband into state prisons. The act aims to deter the trafficking of cellphones into prisons by making it a Class C felony. Individuals who are convicted of smuggling cellphones to inmates would be fined up to $10,000 while inmates found possessing cellphones would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and fined up to $5,000. The act also increases the penalty for trafficking deadly weapons into a jail from a misdemeanor to a felony.

HEA 1261, sponsored by Sen. Arnold, provides property tax relief for residents of LaPorte County by consolidating property tax payments. As a result of delays caused by assessment disagreements, LaPorte county residents have received a number of property tax bills. Sen. Arnold’s legislation eliminates the upcoming billing and will consolidate property tax bills into one payment. 

Sen. Arnold authored SEA 4, which creates a specific method for removing historic designations for buildings or properties. The act requires that owners wanting to remove the historic designations must file petitions with the area’s local historic preservation commission. The commission will hold public hearings on the petitions and determine if the removal would have a negative economic impact on the owners or historic resources. 

Sen. Arnold represents District 8 in the Indiana State Senate which encompasses the majority of LaPorte County including the City of LaPorte and the eastern part of Michigan City. It also includes western St. Joseph County and Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson townships in Starke County.

For more information on Sen. Arnold, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S8.

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 NOTE: A photo of Sen. Jim Arnold can be downloaded at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Arnold.jpg

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
Sen. Arnold
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