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Legislators To Fix Mistakes In Two Bills
Updated May 15, 2014 7:17 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(STATEHOUSE) - Legislators will return to the statehouse June 17 for a one-day session to fix mistakes in two new laws before they take effect.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says a bill governing the tax credit for trucks that run on natural gas inadvertently raised taxes on other alternative fuels.

And he says adjustments to the sentences for shoplifting and some drug offenses in the rewrite of Indiana's criminal code mistakenly moved the penalties in the wrong direction.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Brent Steele (R-Bedford) says he's concerned one of the changes goes beyond a mere correction to a dispute over how much leeway judges will have to suspend sentences.

Bosma is adamant there won't be any changes to the substance of the bills, and says he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) are satisfied the changes are just fixing drafting errors.

The General Assembly sets aside one day after its regular session as a potential "technical corrections day" to address errors that can't wait until the next session gets rolling in January. It used that authority for the first time last year, not to fix typos but to override a gubernatorial veto.

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