House Bill 1059 (2015)

The 2015 General Assembly is underway and we have started looking at some of the bills.  House Bill 1059 (2015) proposes changes to several statutes, which are summarized as:

IC 31-37-2-2 is the status offense of leaving home without permission.  The proposed change would add “or a specific location previously designated by that the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian.”

IC 35-44.1-2-3 —  False Informing as a Class B Misdemeanor — would be modified by adding two new acts:  (1) giving “a false report of an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult,” or (2) giving “false information in the official investigation of the commission of an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult.”

IC 35-44.1-2-5 — Assisting a Criminal as a Class A Misdemeanor — would be modified, in part, as follows:  “[a] person not standing in relation of parent, child, or spouse to another person who: (1) has committed a crime; (2) has committed an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult; or (3) is a fugitive from justice who; with intent to hinder the apprehension or punishment of the other person, harbors, conceals, or otherwise assists the person commits assisting a criminal, a Class A misdemeanor…”

IC 35-45-2-5 — Interference with the Reporting of a Crime — would be modified as follows:  “[a] person who, with the intent to commit, conceal, or aid in the commission of a crime or an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult, knowingly or intentionally interferes with or prevents an individual from: (1) using 911 emergency telephone system; (2) obtaining medical assistance; or (3) making a report to a law enforcement officer; commits interference with the reporting of a crime, a Class A misdemeanor.”

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