INDIANAPOLIS | The General Assembly will convene June 17 for an extraordinary one-day technical session to correct recently spotted drafting errors in the state's criminal code reforms and a new tax law.
The Legislative Council, headed by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, agreed Wednesday to hold the first technical session to make technical changes since the law authorizing a technical session was enacted in 1995.
The Republican-controlled Legislature met for the first time on the designated technical session day last June to override a veto issued by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said legislative staff cross-referencing crimes and penalties in the 149-page House Enrolled Act 1006, an update of Indiana's criminal code, encountered conflicting provisions that must be fixed before the law takes effect July 1.
"The penalties for some serious crimes were increased significantly and some less serious ones were decreased, and there might have been one or two that got in the wrong column," Bosma said. "None of it was intended. It was technical errors in the drafting. ... There will be no substantive policy changes that were not discussed and agreed upon during the legislative session."
The other measure set for correction is House Enrolled Act 1180. Bosma said a change made to state tax credits for natural gas-fueled vehicles inadvertently altered the taxes on all alternative fuels and needs to be remedied.