INDIANAPOLIS | While the Indiana General Assembly seemingly was consumed this week by debate over the "religious freedom" law and its nondiscrimination fix, lawmakers still managed to vote on other pending legislation.
The following measures won approval from a second chamber without changes, or are amended proposals that were re-approved by their originating chamber. They all now go to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.
Microbreweries (approved 90-5) -- Senate Enrolled Act 297, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, and state Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, triples to 90,000 barrels the amount of beer Indiana microbreweries, such as Munster's Three Floyds, can manufacture for distribution within the state. A beer barrel contains 31 gallons.
Internet access (96-0) -- Senate Enrolled Act 80, sponsored by Randolph and state Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, prohibits the state or local governments from taxing Internet access if the federal moratorium on Internet access taxation, set to expire Oct. 1, is not renewed.
Public corruption (97-0) -- Senate Enrolled Act 394 guarantees confidentiality to individuals who report misdeeds by public officials to the State Board of Accounts. It also provides for job reinstatement, back pay and other compensation if a person is retaliated against by his or her employer for reporting public corruption.
The measure is sponsored by state Reps. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, Julie Olthoff, R-Crown Point, and Hal Slager, R-Schererville; and state Sens. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, and Randolph.
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Rape (47-1) -- Senate Enrolled Act 94, sponsored by Charbonneau, Olthoff and state Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, permits prosecution for rape after the five-year statute of limitations has expired if the state finds new evidence through DNA testing, prosecutors discover a previously unknown recording of the crime or the perpetrator confesses.
Prisoner job training (49-0) -- Senate Enrolled Act 173, sponsored by Randolph and state Sens. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, and Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, authorizes the Department of Correction to establish a vocational skills program to train minimum security inmates nearing the end of their sentences for post-prison employment.
Sex offenders (90-0) -- Senate Enrolled Act 522, sponsored by state Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, Olthoff and state Rep. Bill Fine, R-Munster, makes it a felony for most sex offenders ever to step foot on school property, even to vote in an election. It provides that serious sex offenders automatically are eligible to vote by mail.
Coroners (93-0) -- Senate Enrolled Act 10, sponsored by state Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, and Randolph, requires a county coroner who believes he or she has an investigatory conflict of interest to contract with the coroner of another county to fulfill the coroner's duties.
Pension credit (93-0) -- Senate Enrolled Act 265, sponsored by Tallian and state Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, permits former police officers and firefighters, now serving as public officials or in another government job, to consolidate their public safety pension contributions with benefits earned through the Public Employees Retirement Fund.