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Bill Watch, May 1, 2015: Current Family Law Legislation of Note - Family Law News

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Posted on: May 1, 2015

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following family law related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Lawren Mills at

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HB1196   CHINS AND DELINQUENT CHILD DUAL DETERMINATION. (MCNAMARA W) Requires that in a child in need of services (CHINS) determination, a court shall determine if the child has been adjudicated as a delinquent child. Requires that in a delinquency determination, a court shall determine if the child is a child in need of services. Provides that if a child is a child in need of services and has been adjudicated as a delinquent child, a court may determine if the department of child services or the probation department of the court shall be the lead agency supervising the child. Creates procedures to determine whether a child should be assessed by a dual status assessment team. Creates dual status assessment teams that will assess certain children and make recommendations to a juvenile court whether the court should proceed with applicable child in need of service petitions and delinquency petitions.

HB1434 DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES. (MAHAN K) Makes changes to the child services and juvenile laws concerning the following: (1) Criminal history background checks. (2) Exception of certain governmental employees to licensing or certification requirements of social workers and counselors. (3) The responsibilities of the department of child services. (4) Transitional services plans for certain individuals receiving foster care or collaborative care. (5) Regional service strategic plans. (6) Foster care. (7) Detention of children alleged to be children in needs of services. (8) Case plans for children in need of services. (9) Dispositional decrees and review of disposition decrees concerning children in needs of services. (10) Dispositional decrees and review of dispositional decrees concerning delinquent children. Repeals provisions concerning local plans for the provision of child protection services.

SB324 VARIOUS CHILD SUPPORT MATTERS. (HEAD R) Makes various changes to family and juvenile law concerning the following: (1) Parties entitled to file a paternity action. (2) Petitions for child support. (3) Petitions for adoption. (4) Adoption decrees. (5) Duties of the child support bureau. (6) Costs of services for children and payments of child support. Repeals the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act currently in effect and replaces it with an updated version of the act. Makes technical corrections.

SB441    VARIOUS TAX MATTERS. (HERSHMAN B) Eliminates the World War I veteran property tax deduction for property taxes imposed for an assessment date after 2015. Provides that the equipment eligible for the double direct sales tax exemption includes material handling equipment purchased for the purpose of transporting materials into production activities from an onsite location. Provides that: (1) the cutting of steel bars into billets; and (2) the felling of trees for further use in production or for sale in the ordinary course of business; is to be treated as processing of tangible personal property for purposes of the double direct sales tax exemption for certain manufacturing activities. Eliminates the taxation of income that is attributed to a state that does not have an income tax (the "throwback rule"). Specifies that gross receipts derived from the sale of computer software shall be treated as sales of tangible personal property. Increases the maximum amount of the state income tax deduction for federal civil service annuity income to $8,000 for 2015 and $16,000 for 2016 and thereafter. Provides that the deduction is also available to a surviving spouse. Extends the sunset date of the venture capital investment tax credit and the Hoosier business investment tax credit from January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2021. Provides that upgrading or building passing lines or automated switches on a rail line is an eligible logistics investment for purposes of the Hoosier business investment tax credit. Provides that, in the case of the Hoosier business investment tax credit, the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) may under a written agreement accelerate payment (at a discounted amount) of any unused excess tax credit that certain taxpayers would otherwise be eligible to carry forward to a subsequent tax year. Provides that the total amount of such accelerated tax credits that the IEDC may approve may not exceed $17 million in a state fiscal year. Provides that after December 31, 2015, qualified investments for purposes of the community revitalization enhancement district tax credit do not include a taxpayer's expenditures made on property that is classified as residential for property tax purposes. Eliminates various add backs for purposes of determining Indiana adjusted gross income. Provides that business income is all income apportionable to the state under the Constitution of the United States. Eliminates various income tax deductions, exemptions, and credits. Broadens the add back to Indiana adjusted gross income related to intercompany interest expenses. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments. Provides that in addition to any appropriations made in HEA 1001-2015, there is appropriated from the state general fund to the department of correction $9,000,000 in the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016, for community corrections programs.


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