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Legislators raced to fix errors in new laws

State legislators had to travel to Indianapolis for a one-day session called "Technical Correction Day."

State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, explains that the day is all about taking care of errors in the way laws were written and approved.    

Smith says one of the laws that was corrected pertained to shoplifting. As written, he says the new law would have made in extremely difficult to arrest a suspected shoplifter. Prior to the correction, police would not have been allowed to arrest or cite someone for shoplifting unless they personally witnessed the crime. Now, those arrests or citations can take place as they always have, with store personnel making the apprehension and calling the police.

Another correction the legislature worked on was related to child molesters. Smith says the new law, as written, may have been construed as reading that a convicted child molester would only have to serve half of their sentence. He says lawmakers want offenders to serve no less than 85-percent of their sentence.

Smith added that had the legislature not gathered and acted, these faulty laws would have gone into effect on July 1st.
Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 7:45:25 AM


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