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Arnold sponsors House bills concerning law enforcement
Start Date: 3/8/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/8/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—As the Indiana General Assembly reaches its halfway point, a number of proposals from the House of Representatives have begun to advance forward in the Senate. State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) has sponsored a number of bills focusing on a broad range of issues, including support for law enforcement assistance.

Preventing trafficking in prisons
House Bill (HB) 1256 would deter 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 bill also changes trafficking of deadly weapons into a jail to make it a felony rather than a misdemeanor. In addition, Department of Correction or prison employees found convicted of trafficking cigarettes or tobacco products to an inmate would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

Justice for K9 killings
HB 1093 would increase accountability for individuals who harm law enforcement animals. The bill provides that criminals convicted of permanently disabling or killing a police dog would be responsible for paying K9 replacement costs, about $8,000 per canine. The same sentence would also apply to individuals who interfere and kill a police dog while it assists an officer.

Improved public safety training
HB 1044 would require law enforcement officers to receive training for dealing with individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Currently, officers only receive training for missing persons cases. However, this bill provides that training for interacting with missing endangered adults will be provided by the Law Enforcement Academy. Additional training would be incorporated into annual training updates.

In addition to these bills, Sen. Arnold has sponsored legislation on property tax deductions and railroad crossings.

Tax relief for LaPorte homeowners
HB 1261 would allow LaPorte County homeowners to receive deductions in delayed property taxes for a current assessment date. The bill would authorize the Department of Local Government Finance to delay payments for the March 1, 2011 or January 15, 2013 assessment dates. Certain property tax policies would also apply to delayed property taxes, such as payment through credit or debit card, exemptions from sales tax for one year, and a two percent discount for payments made within 30 days.

Safe railroad crossings for Hoosiers
HB 1037 would develop regulations for placing safe sightline railroad crossings. Current law mandates that sightline crossings occur at 1,500 ft. where locomotives are also required to sound the horn. This bill would require the Indiana Department of Transportation to create a better method for measuring and determining minimum distance requirements for crossings. Once new rules are adopted, railroads that do not comply would be charged $100 per day until the violations end while continued violations would result in harsher penalties.

Indiana State Museum
HB 1246 provides that the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites be exempted from public works contracts, policies and practices. The bill would allow the State Board of Accounts to review and change the museum’s terms of agreement every year, including those for the Indiana State Museum Foundation. The museum’s board would also be authorized to improve, relocate or convey historic property, as well as solicit and accept private funding from nonprofit corporations.

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
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