Indiana’s suffragists to be honored with Statehouse monument

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As the legislative session in Indianapolis wraps up this month, several bills have already been signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb.

One piece of legislation will honor Indiana’s suffragists who were instrumental in the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 by constructing a monument on Statehouse grounds.

The legislation extends the Indiana’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission until July 1, 2024. The group will commission the creation of the monument, which the Department of Administration will construct by January 1, 2024.

Holcomb signed this bill into law on April 1.

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Gov. Holcomb also put his stamp of approval on legislation that will enhance training for sexual assault investigators.

The training will include instruction on the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed interviewing and other investigative techniques applicable for sexual assault investigators. The focus of the bill is on adult victims of sexual assault.

Experts will be consulted in order to develop the training, which will be required to begin being offered by July 1, 2022.

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High tech crimes are the focus of a third bill signed into law on April 1 by Gov. Holcomb.

The legislation defines high tech crimes as “a criminal act that is either committed with or assisted by digital evidence, network, or communications technology.”

These high tech crimes will be the focus of a High Tech Crimes Unit program, which will establish 10 high tech crime units throughout the state of Indiana.

These units will assist prosecutors in the investigation of high tech crimes by helping with evidence collection and other technological expertise.

For a full list of the bills introduced at this year’s legislative session, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website.

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