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    Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell

    Bemis Duncan & Merchant, LLP

    May 6, 2021

    Dear Friends:

    The Indiana General Assembly has recessed the 2021 session! They will return in the fall to deal with redistricting.

    The FOP had a great year. We were able to accomplish many of our goals and defeat many bills that would have negatively impacted the Indiana Law Enforcement community.

    Below I have highlighted and summarized many of the bills that passed with our support. I have also included many of the bills that we worked to successfully defeat.

    Bills that passed with FOP support.

    HB1006 – Law Enforcement Officers (Signed by the Governor)

    • Allots $70 million to repair and update the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy's training facility.
    • Requires the Indiana law enforcement training board to establish mandatory training in de-escalation as part of the use-of-force curriculum, and requires de-escalation training to be provided as a part of: (1) pre-basic training; (2) mandatory in-service training; and (3) the executive training program.
    • Establishes a procedure to allow the Indiana law enforcement training board to decertify an officer who has committed misconduct.
    • Specifies that a law enforcement officer who turns off a body worn camera with the intent to conceal a criminal act commits a Class A misdemeanor.
    • HB 1006 received unanimous support in both chambers, even garnering applause and a standing ovation in the House.  

    HB1033 – Residency of Police Officers (Signed by the Governor)

    • Revises the residency requirements for members of police departments and ends the requirement that police officers reside within 50 miles of their department.

    HB1115 – Law Enforcement Training Board (Signed by the Governor)

    • Provides that the law enforcement training board may establish certain required standards of training and procedure. We believe this legislation will prevent training programs and departments from creating policies that are inconsistent with Graham v. Connor.

    SB232 – Exposure Risk Disease (Signed by the Governor)

    • Adds any variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), including coronavirus disease (COVID-19), to the list of diseases considered an exposure risk disease for purposes of emergency and public safety employee death and disability presumed in the line of duty.
    • Provides, for any employee who is diagnosed after June 30, 2021, with a health condition caused by any variant of SARS, including COVID-19, that if the health condition results in disability or death and the employee wishes to have a presumption of disability or death incurred in the line of duty apply to the employee, the employee shall, by written affidavit executed before death, provide verification that the employee has not, outside the scope of the employee's current employment, been exposed to another individual known to have any variant of SARS, including COVID-19.

    Bills the FOP worked to defeat. 

    HB1015 - LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MISCONDUCT DATA BASE (DEAD BILL)

    HB1066 - STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION OF USE OF FORCE (DEAD BILL)

    HB1369 - CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY (DEAD BILL)

    SB344 – PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF CHOKEHOLDS (DEAD BILL)

    The Final 2021 Legislative Report is attached. As always, please feel free to contact President Owensby, Leo Blackwell, or myself for additional information.

    Stay safe,

    Ed

    Edward J. Merchant
    Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell
    Bemis Duncan & Merchant, LLP
    135 N. Pennsylvania St., Ste 1600
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    (317) 634-4356 (p)?(317) 634-8635 (f)
    www.rkblegalgroup.com

    Final Legislative Report


    Mar 25, 2017

    Mar 25, 2017
    2019-2020 PAC COMMITTEE 
    Download:
    2020endorsements2.pdf



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