Keeping an eye on the 2006 GA

Laura McPhee

In its first two weeks at work as part of the 2006 session of the Indiana General Assembly, members of the Senate have introduced nearly three hundred pieces of new legislation. The following bills are all currently in committee, and (if passed) will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote. For a full listing of legislation introduced this session go to

SB 0002 Permits a sheriff or the Indianapolis police chief to visit the listed residence of a sex offender to determine if the sex offender resides at the residence. Prohibits a sex offender who is required to register for life with the sex offender registry after June 30, 2006, from residing within 1,000 feet of school property or from establishing a new residence within one mile of the residence of the victim.

* SB 0004 Dispensing abortion devices or drugs or birth control. Provides that a person may not be required, as a condition of training, employment, pay, promotion, or privileges, to dispense: (1) a medical device or drug that may result in an abortion; or (2) a birth control device or medication.

* SB 045 Requires that fetal development curriculum in Indiana public schools include (1) the result of human sperm and egg convergence; (2) the resulting development of human conception; (3) the health consequences of early termination of pregnancy; (4) photographic images portraying each state of uterine fetal development; and (5) descriptions of human fetal development.

* SB 0066 Establishes a procedure to determine whether a person is a mentally ill individual and prohibits the imposition of life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty on a person found to be a mentally ill individual.

* SB 0221 Prohibits the Indiana finance authority from: (1) selling the Indiana Toll Road to any entity other than the state; (2) leasing the Indiana Toll Road to any entity other than the department of transportation (INDOT); or (3) entering into a contract for the operation of the Indiana Toll Road with any entity other than INDOT.

* SB 0242 Provides that an individual furnishes acceptable "proof of identification" for voting purposes if the individual presents one of the following documents issued to the individual, if the document shows the name of the individual, and if the name conforms to the name in the individual's voter registration record: (1) Identification issued by the state, the United States, or a public or private higher educational institution located in Indiana. (2) A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or another government document that shows the name and address of the voter. (3) A driver's license or state identification card issued by a state other than Indiana.

* SB 0287 Requires a video game retailer to place a warning label on violent or sexually explicit video games. Prohibits the sale or rental of a violent or sexually explicit video game to a child less than 18 years of age. Provides affirmative defenses if: (1) certain relatives of the child were involved in the sale or rental; (2) the child used false identification to buy or rent the video game; or (3) the video game was rated appropriate for children less than 18 years of age by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

* SB 0292 Permits a voter to register at the polls by completing a voter registration form, an affirmation that the person has not voted elsewhere in the election, and proof of residence. Specifies the documents acceptable as proof of residence, including a statement signed by another voter in the precinct that corroborates the residency of the person registering to vote. Requires that voter registration forms executed at the polls be processed in the same manner as other registrations.

* SB 0354 Provides that environmental impact statements do not apply to forestry management practices of the division of forestry. Establishes the forest restoration fund. Amends the definition of "merchantable timber". Repeals: (1) provisions concerning assessment of classified lands; (2) the assessment of certain wildlife habitats; and (3) the prohibition of certain reclamation sites from enrolling in the classified land program. Transfers land classified as wildlife habitats to land classified as wildlands.


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