The law runs counter to the state’s criminal code reform which aimed to give judges more flexibility to suspend sentences, particularly of drug offenders.
The state’s previous ‘move it’ law was eliminated from the criminal code because it charged people with a misdemeanor; lawmakers thought that was too strict.
Some lawmakers question whether some of those topics – including Indiana’s sexual assault crisis – will get the attention they need.
Indiana’s criminal code reform was aimed largely at reducing penalties for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses in an effort to reduce recidivism.
Key issues in the upcoming legislative session will include education funding and Sunday alcohol sales.
Lawmakers are faced with whether to fund criminal code changes. What's being done to ensure burned out buildings aren't left in Indiana's historic towns?
The criminal code overhaul aims to treat more low-level offenders at the local level, but mental health service providers say they need more money to do that.
The Indiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges says the state needs to put more money into providing public defenders for juveniles.
Sen. Jim Merritt plans to pursue gun violence legislation in response to what he calls a “crisis” in Indiana’s urban areas.
The Indiana General Assembly passed 224 laws this year, including a pre-k pilot program and changes to the state's criminal code.