The 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly ended early Saturday morning. With 27 bills already delivered to the governor and signed into law, many more measures were approved on Friday and are now on their way to his office. Read below for highlights of important legislation that came before the 2012 General Assembly:
New Enrolled Acts
RIGHT TO WORK:
House Enrolled Act 1001
, the so-called “Right to Work” bill, was approved by the General Assembly early in the 2012 legislative session and signed immediately by the governor. In the Senate, an unorthodox schedule was employed to get the House bill through the chamber. The law bans unions from requiring any employees to pay union fees. Questions were raised regarding the substance and impact of the bill as well as the shortcuts and limited debate by which the legislation was moved through the process. Democrats also contend “Right to Work” states generally pay lower wages and include fewer benefits, affecting all employees in the state and local economies.
Senate Enrolled Act 4
strengthens the state’s human trafficking laws by eliminating loopholes and making it easier to prosecute offenders with the removal of a requirement to prove force or fraud. The legislation also includes a clause that blocks offenders from citing consent as a defense. Penalties are increased with new language geared to protect children specifically, stating that any person who recruits, harbors, or transports a child less than 16 years of age with the intent of engaging the child in forced labor, involuntary servitude, prostitution or sexual conduct commits promotion of human trafficking of a minor, a Class B felony punishable by six to 20 years in prison. Further, the new law makes it illegal for any adult to sell or transfer custody of a child for sexual activity, expanding old law that only applied to a child’s parent, guardian or custodian.
INVESTMENTS WITH IRAN:
The governor signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 231
, which limits state dollars from investment activities with Iran. The bill restricts agencies of state government, state educational institutions and political subdivisions from investing with persons or financial institutions that invest in Iran. This legislation also requires the Indiana Department of Administration to make public a list of people who engage in such investment activities. Those companies that find themselves on Indiana’s list will be prohibited from renewing or starting new contracts with any state department.
Enrolled acts; Sent to governor