The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 301 on sex offenses sponsored by Rep. Negele. The bill establishes an alternative sentencing range for certain child molesting cases and adds rape to the definition of a credit restricted felon.
An amendment was adopted to increase the maximum sentence for a person convicted of child molesting from 40 to 50 years under certain circumstances. A second amendment, adopted by consent, removed the crime of rape from the definition of a credit restricted felon.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council testified in support of the bill and the first amendment. The Indiana Public Defender Council testified in opposition. The amended bill passed 12-0.
Read the bill at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2023/bills/senate/301