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Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Attorney General > Office Initiatives > Legislative Agenda Legislative Agenda

In the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller proposes, recommends or supports legislation that protects the public and consumers. The Attorney General’s legislative team attends select committee hearings and floor votes of the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate involving bills supported by or that would impact the office or based on legislators’ requests. The team testifies at hearings and works to inform legislators about the impact on Hoosiers that bills would have if they become law. Deputy Attorney General David Miller and Chief Deputy Attorney General Matt Light lead the legislative team. The following are bills proposed, recommended or supported by the Attorney General:

HOUSE BILL 1278: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION

The Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking Program, or INSPECT, is a database the state has operated for several years that tracks the dispensing of certain addictive controlled substances in order to deter prescription drug abuse. This bill allows county coroners to access INSPECT records when determining cause of death. It allows medical practitioners to put INSPECT records in a patient’s file and allows patients to access the INSPECT record in their file.
Bill Status: Assigned to House Public Health Committee, passed out of committee 12-0 on Jan. 20, moved to the full Indiana House, passed on third reading 95-0 on Jan. 26, moved to the state Senate.  Assigned to the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, passed out of committee 8-0 on Feb. 17, moved to full Senate, passed 49-0 on third reading Feb. 23; bill advanced to Governor’s desk.  Governor signed bill into law March 21; it is now Public Law 82 of 2016. 

SENATE BILL 297: OPIOID DEPENDENCE TREATMENT

The Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by Attorney General Greg Zoeller, has studied the epidemic problem of abuse of addictive opioid painkillers, especially when medicines originally prescribed to one person are stolen and sold to another person.  Information about the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force's efforts to raise awareness are at this link: www.BitterPill.In.gov.  In recent years the Task Force had made recommendations to legislators on proposed new laws that would help courts and medical providers address opioid addiction problems that often occur in communities. Senate Bill 297 addresses one aspect of that by promoting state support for comprehensive opioid treatment centers and options for medication-assisted treatment for addicted persons.  Among other things, the bill would make treatment for opioid dependence more readily available for Medicaid patients.
Bill Status: Assigned to Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, passed out of committee 6-2 on Jan. 20, moved to full Senate, passed 35-14 on third reading on Jan.. 26, moved to Indiana House.  Assigned to House Public Health Committee, passed out of committee 11-0 on Feb. 17, moved to full House, passed as amended 99-0, returned to Senate for concurrence. Senate concurred 44-4 in House amendments on March 7; bill advanced to Governor’s desk. Governor signed the bill into law March 21; it is now Public Law 8 of 2016.

SENATE BILL 187: NALOXONE STANDING ORDER

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an antidote to an opioid overdose. The Attorney General’s Office has supported efforts to make Naloxone kits more readily available to first responders, such as police, EMTs and paramedics, to administer to overdose victims to prevent overdose deaths and provide more time to get these patients medical attention. Families of at-risk individuals have sought to obtain supplies of Naloxone to have on-hand to administer in the event a loved one suffers an opioid overdose. This bill authorizes the State Health Commissioner to issue a standing order for all persons to be able to obtain Naloxone kits.
Bill Status: Assigned to Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, passed out of committee 11-0 on Jan. 20, moved to full Senate, passed on third reading 50-0 on Feb. 1, moved to Indiana House.  Assigned to Public Health Committee, passed out of committee 9-0 on Feb. 22, moved to full House, passed as amended on third reading 97-0, returned to Senate which dissented from House amendments. Bill assigned to conference committee, House and Senate both adopted conference committee report March 9; bill advanced to Governor’s desk. Governor signed the bill into law March 21; it is now Public Law 6 of 2016.

SENATE BILL 14: VICTIM SERVICES AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Prior to the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, the Legislature at Attorney General Zoeller’s recommendation passed a new human trafficking statute.  The Legislature has passed other updates to the law since then recommended by the Attorney General, who is co-chair of the Indiana Protection of Abused and Trafficked Humans task force, or IPATH. Among other things, this bill increases the criminal penalty for possession of child pornography and child exploitation. It also expands the definition of the crimes of “visiting a common nuisance” and “maintaining a common nuisance” to encompass situations where people visit or maintain places where human trafficking takes place.
Bill Status: Assigned to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, passed out of committee 7-0 on Jan. 5, moved to full Senate, passed on third reading 50-0 on Feb. 1, moved to Indiana House. Assigned to the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, passed out of committee 10-0 on Feb. 24, moved to full House, passed as amended on third reading 95-0 on March 2, returned to Senate which dissented from House amendments. Bill assigned to conference committee.  Senate adopted conference committee report 48-0 on March 10 and House adopted conference committee report 98-0 on March 10; bill advanced to Governor’s desk. Governor signed the bill into law March 21; it is now Public Law 13 of 2016.

SENATE BILL 355: TAX SALE SURPLUS FUNDS

The Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Unit has investigated multiple abuses of the tax delinquency auction process, where companies approached distressed homeowners and convinced them to sign quit-claim deeds in exchange for minimal amounts without the homeowners knowing they were entitled to receive the surplus between the tax owed and the price the house sold for at auction, meaning they were defrauded out of tens of thousands of dollars and did not have the opportunity to redeem their homes from the tax sale. The Attorney General’s Office has filed lawsuits against various entities to stop these abuses. This bill would address gaps in state law to prevent homeowners from being cheated out of surplus tax sale amounts to which they would be entitled.
Bill Status: Assigned to Senate Local Government Committee, passed out of committee 7-0 on Jan. 27, moved to full Senate, passed 49-0 on third reading Feb. 3, moved to Indiana House. Assigned to House Ways and Means Committee, passed out of committee 22-0 on Feb. 23, moved to full House, passed 95-0 with amendments on third reading on March 1, returned to Senate. Senate concurred 48-1 on House amendments; bill advanced to Governor’s desk. Governor signed the bill into law March 21; it is now Public Law 187 of 2016.  

SENATE BILL 174: PUBLIC SERVANT IMPERSONATION AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE OVERPRESCRIBING

The Attorney General’s Licensing Enforcement Division investigates consumer complaints against licensed professionals, and brings substantiated complaints to the appropriate licensing board.  The Office has pursued licensing actions before the Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board against individuals who had impersonated police officers.  This bill clarifies wording in the statute that prohibits impersonation of a police officer.
Separately, this bill also clarifies criminal law to make it an offense for a healthcare practitioner to deal in a controlled substance; and it adds a penalty enhancement for overprescribing resulting in death
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Bill Status: Assigned to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, passed out of committee 7-1 on Jan. 12, moved to full Senate, passed on third reading 48-0 on Jan. 21, moved to Indiana House. Assigned to House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, passed out of committee 8-0 on Feb. 24, moved to full House, passed on third reading 93-0 on March 1, returned to Senate.  Senate concurred 42-0 with House amendments; bill advanced to Governor’s desk. Governor signed the bill into law March 21; it is now Public Law 31 of 2016.

 

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