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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - Massive overload next week in General Assembly?

Niki Kelly just tweeted: "Lawmakers are really holding pretty much everything of major consequence for a vote until next week. Going to be a chaotic time."

Next week the last week for bills to come out of second house committee. The committee vote on most controversial bills has been postponed till next week, even if there have been hearings this week or last.

For instance, this story yesterday by Zach Osowski of the Evanville Courier&Press is headed: "Body cam bill delayed another week; amendment filed flipping burden of proof." It begins:

A vote on an Indiana House bill regulating police body cameras was pushed off for another week to give committee members more time to think about the bill and a proposed amendment.

House Bill 1019 was scheduled to for amendments and a vote Wednesday but was delayed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Brent Steele, who said he wanted to give committee members more time feel out the bill before voting. Next week will be the final week to get a bill out of committee.

HB 1019 would institute statewide laws regarding police body camera videos. The main sticking point for the Senate has been who has access to the video and how a video can become public. The bill's author, Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, placed the burden of proof on the public for the release of a video. That version of the bill passed the House along partisan lines.

Since being heard last week, the Senate has been working to flip the burden of proof to the law enforcement agency. Under a proposed amendment the committee will consider next week, instead of a member of the public having to prove the video should be released, the police will have to prove to a court why a video shouldn't be released.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 18, 2016 09:41 AM
Posted to Indiana Government