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Senate Bill 0342

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB 342 (Updated April 29, 2009 5:46 pm - DI 75)

Compensation for victims of violent crimes and wrongful death or injury of a child. Allows the Indiana criminal justice institute (CJI) to pay funeral, burial, or cremation expenses from the violent crime victims compensation fund (fund) for the victims of certain crimes involving motor vehicle accidents. Allows the CJI to pay funeral, burial, or cremation expenses from the fund regardless of whether the victim was married. (Current law allows the payment only if the victim was unmarried.) Increases from $4,000 to $5,000 the maximum amount of expenses for which the CJI may compensate a claimant from the fund for the funeral, burial, or cremation of a victim. Provides that the CJI may award compensation from the fund in connection with a violent crime if the violent crime was reported to a law enforcement officer not more than 72 hours after the occurrence of the crime. (Under current law, the time limit is 48 hours.) Provides that expenses for necessary medical and hospital services and prescription drugs must be incurred within 180 days after the crime to be compensable from the fund, but that an extension of the 180 day period may be granted under certain circumstances. Allows the CJI to compensate a crime victim for up to $3,000 of the cost of outpatient mental health counseling related to the crime. Removes provisions requiring a sex crime victim to cooperate with law enforcement. Relocates a definition. Specifies that the law concerning the wrongful death or injury of a child: (1) does not apply to a legally performed abortion; and (2) applies to a fetus that has attained viability. Provides that the law concerning the wrongful death or injury of a child does not affect or supersede any other right, remedy, or defense provided by any other law.
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