2nd week of the second half of the legislative session. This week will see many bills moving onto the house floor.
From State Representative Randy Frye –
SB77. Author Senator Crider, Sponsor Rep Frye Summary of Legislation: This bill provides, with certain exceptions, that written or oral communications concerning the provision of peer support services and Critical Incident Stress Management services (CISM services) to a first responder are confidential and may not be disclosed without the first responder’s consent. (Current law provides that communications concerning CISM services to an emergency responder are confidential.)It provides that a first responder’s communication is not confidential and may be disclosed:(1) to prevent the first responder from committing a crime or fraud that the provider of CISM services or peer support services reasonably believes is likely to result in death, substantial bodily harm, or substantial economic injury to another;(2) if it conveys information regarding spousal abuse;(3) if the provider of CISM services or the peer support services was a witness or a party to the incident resulting in the provision of services to the first responder; or(4) if the first responder consents to disclosure.The bill also provides that a person providing peer support services is not liable for damages for an act, error, or omission committed by the person in performing peer support services unless the act, error, or omission constitutes wanton, willful, or intentional misconduct.
SB187. Author Senator Crider, Sponsor Rep OtlhoffSummary of Legislation:
Synopsis: Protection of monuments, memorials, and statues. States the policy of the state of Indiana regarding the protection of monuments, memorials, and statues. Requires the state police department to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of persons who destroy, damage, vandalize, or desecrate a monument, memorial, or statue. Requires the state police department to assist political subdivisions in the investigation and prosecution of persons who destroy, damage, vandalize, or desecrate a monument, memorial, or statue. Provides that it is state policy to withhold state support relating to public spaces for political subdivisions that fail to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues and from political subdivisions that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism.
HCR 21. Memorializing Cpl. John C Bishop. Cpl Bishop was killed in Afghanistan or September 8th, 2010. Cpl Bishop was serving his third tour of duty in the Middle East. HCR 21 urges INDOT to name the bridge on US 50 east of Versailles over Laughery Creek in his honor. It is fitting we do so for a brave hero like Cpl Bishop.