Lawmakers look to fix flaws in laws before July 1

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State lawmakers made history Tuesday as, for the first time ever, they met in June to repair mistakes made during the legislative session.

Two laws that are set to take effect on July 1 first had serious flaws. It took just minutes for the General Assembly to make repairs Tuesday afternoon.

The House Speaker kicked things off with something of an apology.

“It’s our intention that this does not become a routine part of the legislative process,” he said.

The biggest problem was a bill that changed criminal sentences. As passed in March, it made the sentence for child molesting 30 years. The sentence was intended to be 38 years.

Rep. Greg Steuerwald gave a technical explanation for a resolution that fixes the problem and a three second sales pitch saying simply, “I appreciate your consideration, appreciate your support.”

There was no discussion and the vote was unanimous.

There was no opposition in the Senate, either, as Sen. Brandt Hershman told fellow Senators, “There was simply an error made in the drafting and that has been corrected.”

And that was it. The business was complete in less than 45 minutes.

Leaders say it was a success.

“But we have to be careful that we don’t trip over to a line where people just say well, let’s come back here and do another another bill or fix some bills we weren’t happy with the outcomes,” said Senate GOP Leader David Long. “We can’t do that and we won’t.”

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