Three Bills Supported by State Rep. Hatfield Move to State Senate

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Three separate bills at the Indiana Statehouse bearing the name of State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) have been approved by the State House on Tuesday.

House Bill 1571, which allows a coroner to make autopsy reports available to a peer review committee at the hospital in certain circumstances passed 95-0. Hatfield authored that bill and State Rep. Ron Bacon co-authored the legislation.

“This bill allows coroners to review autopsy reports to make sure that hospitals use best practices,” said Hatfield. “It will also ensure that hospitals have all the information needed to make essential decisions regarding their employees and procedures.”

“As a respiratory therapist and a former coroner, I believe this policy would be beneficial for health-care professionals and the Hoosiers they treat,” said Bacon.

House Bill 1406, which raises the penalties for selling and manufacturing meth, also passed 95-0. This bill was authored by State Rep. Thomas Washburne (R-Evansville) and co-authored by Hatfield.

Under the bill, the penalty is being increased from a Level 5 Felony to a Level 4 Felony. The penalty for causing death of a person while manufacturing meth would be increased from a Level 5 Felony to a Level 2 Felony.

Hatfield also joined Washburne on House Bill 1091 which increases punishment for someone who uses the Internet to view child pornography. The bill would raise that to a Level 6 Felony. That measure was approved 96-0.

All three bills are now moving to the State Senate.

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