From State Representative Randy Frye. Frye will be on the radio with an update this morning at 7:10.
The 2021 Indiana General Assembly got off to a Start on Monday, January 4th. So far three bill list have been handed down by Speaker Huston assigning bills to various Committees.
The Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 13th at 12:30 pm.Bills being heard are
HB 1032, Safe Haven Baby Boxes
Allows for a Safe Haven Baby Box to be located in a Volunteer Fire Station so long ag the fire station is located within an incorporated city of town with a full time paid police department. Allows for a Safe Haven Baby box to be located in municipal buildings like ambulance station, 911 centers, other municipal buildings staffed 24/7. Provides for immunity for the person surrendering the infant in any of the approved locations.
HB 1033 Residency Requirements for Public Safety Officers
Removes provision a professional police officer or firefighter must live within 50 miles of their department reporting center.
HB 1044 Line of Duty Death Benefits for Dispatchers. Provides line of duty death benefits for dispatchers. Currently other first responders receive the benefit.
(Decatur County. HB 1043 will include language adding a magistrate for Decatur County). This bill will be heard Tuesday January 12th in Courts and Criminal Code at 10AM.
COVID 19 continues to slow down the legislative process. In a normal legislative session the General Assembly would meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday with Wednesday being a committee day. 2021’s legislative session is meeting on Thursday only with Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday being Committee Days. The hope is after legislators are vaccinated the General Assembly can get back to a normal schedule.
COVID-19 vaccines are now being distributed to Hoosiers 80 years old and older. Hoosiers 80 and over can schedule a vaccination by dialing 211. The vaccine will be distributed to various age groups as it becomes available.