Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 512

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-8.1-5.1-14.5.

Synopsis: Counseling for certain students. Provides that a student who would otherwise be expelled for the possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, or controlled substance may participate in a counseling program for the student and the student's parents. Provides that the counseling program may be provided by a religious organization. Provides that if the student participates in a program, the student may be suspended for not more than ten school days for the action for which the student would otherwise have been expelled.

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Howard




    January 22, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Procedures.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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SENATE BILL No. 512



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 20-8.1-5.1-14.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 14.5. (a) As used in this section, "program" refers to a counseling program described in subsection (c).
    (b) This section applies to a student who would otherwise be expelled for the possession of:
        (1) a firearm or deadly weapon under section 10 of this chapter; or
        (2) a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9 ) under a policy adopted by the governing body of a school corporation.
    (c) The parents of a student to whom this section applies may request the student's principal to allow the student to participate in a counseling program instead of being expelled. A program:
        (1) must require the student and the student's parents to participate in individual and joint counseling sessions with a

social worker;
        (2) must provide for joint counseling sessions with the social worker for the student, the student's parents, and the student's principal or the principal's representative; and
        (3) may be provided by a religious organization.
    (d) Notwithstanding section 10 or 14 of this chapter, a student who participates in a program may not be suspended for a period of more than ten (10) school days for the action for which the student would otherwise have been expelled.