Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Legislative Update

We want to continue to bring you updates from the Indiana General Assembly. Several bills that are being heard in committee meetings pertain to the mission of the Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County.

You can click here to download a word document outlining these bills.This document also contains updates as of January 17th, 2012.


  • SBSB 0234: Synthetic Drugs: Bill passed out of committee with a vote of 11-0. The bill will add two dozen chemical compounds to the already existent bill. It was to be voted on in the full Senate Tuesday but no update is available.
  • SB 0274: Medical Amnesty: Bill was heard in committee this morning. Amended to provide immunity to the caller only and not the person who is being treated.
  • HB 1149: Smoking Ban: Passed out of committee by a vote of 9-3. Private Club language was changed to strengthen it and to allow only those 18 and older to enter a club that allows smoking. An exemption was added for tobacco retail stores. The signage language was clarified to mandate that a sign be posted outside that smoking is not allowed withing 12 feet of any entrance to the business. Bill has not been voted on in the House.


You can watch the hearings live by going to this website and clicking in the upper right hand corner on "watch live." You will need to use Internet Explorer.


You can find updates for particular Bills by visiting this website and typing the bill number in to the box on the left side. Once you get to the bills page you can see updates under the link "action items." You can read the entire bill under "latest printing."


  • The coalition's Policy Advocacy Committee, led by Tammy Loew, will be meeting regularly to discuss these issues and create a plan of action. We are always looking for new members to join this committee.
  • Please consider contacting your legislators and sharing with them your thoughts about these bills. If you need contact information for your legislator please contact us or click here to find your legislator.

We will continue to use Facebook and our blog to keep you updated on the bills as they pass through legislation.

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