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Bill Watch, Jan. 10, 2020: Current Litigation Legislation of Note - Litigation News

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Posted on: Jan 14, 2020

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following litigation related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Mindy Westrick at mwestrick@indianaenergy.org.

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HB1022    LEGISLATIVE NOTARIES. (TORR J) Makes stylistic and technical changes to the statute that confers notarial powers on members of the general assembly, the principal clerk of the house of representatives, and the principal secretary of the senate. Provides that the power of a legislative notary expires: (1) on the date the current term of office of the individual expires, if the individual is a member of the general assembly; or (2) on the date the term of the current general assembly expires, if the individual is the principal clerk of the house of representatives or the principal secretary of the senate. (Current law does not state when the power of a legislative notary expires.) Provides that a legislative notary must indicate on a document that the legislative notary signs the date the legislative notary's power expires. (Under current law, a legislative notary who is a member of the general assembly must indicate on the document when the individual was elected to the general assembly. The law does not currently impose such a requirement on the principal clerk of the house of representatives or the principal secretary of the senate.)

HB1117    EMINENT DOMAIN. (SHACKLEFORD R) Allows a business owner, including a lessee, that operates a business located on property subject to an eminent domain action to seek business damages. Provides for the assessment of business damages in an eminent domain matter. Expands the right to an award of attorney's fees in an eminent domain matter.

HB1176    FIRST STEPS PROGRAM. (CLERE E) Provides that a health plan may not require prior authorization for services specified in the covered individual's individualized family service plan. Adds habilitative services to the services that are required under the definition of "early intervention services" in the infants and toddlers with disabilities program. Provides that a member of the interagency coordinating council (council) shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed. Removes the authority of the governor to designate the chairperson of the council or to call a meeting of the council. Requires the council to annually elect a chairperson and vice chairperson. Provides that, except for members of the general assembly, per diem and travel expenses for council members are governed by the policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency. Establishes requirements before the division of disability and rehabilitative services may make a change to the cost participation schedule. Establishes a method to determine a service provider's reimbursement for providing early intervention services using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code rates. Requires a health plan information card to indicate the type of health plan that is providing the health benefits and services.

SB238    VARIOUS HUMAN SERVICES MATTERS. (BROWN L) Removes obsolete references to Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital. Amends the definition of "early intervention services" to include additional services and qualified personnel for purposes of the infants and toddlers with disabilities program. Requires child care ministries to have at least one individual who maintains a CPR certification present at all times that a child is in the care of the child care ministry and requires employees and volunteers who are caregivers to maintain current first aid certification.

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