Bills address domestic violence, truth in music


Indianapolis - People arrested for domestic violence would have to spend at least eight hours in jail to "cool off" under a bill unanimously approved by the Indiana House.

Lawmakers say the bill would give those arrested time to settle down in jail, rather seek retribution. The legislation would also give victims the time to go to shelters or find help with relatives or friends.

Some Indiana judges already impose similar restrictions. In some counties, however, people arrested for domestic violence can get out of jail on bond or be released without bail soon after they are charged.

The bill already cleared the Senate. If the bill's Senate sponsors agree to a change to the bill made by the House, the bill would head to the governor for consideration.

Truth in music

When you pay good money to see '50s and '60s groups like the Platters and the Drifters, you'll see the real thing under a bill approved by the Indiana House.

Under the bill, at least one member of a performing act must have been a member of the recording group and have the legal right to use the name. Violating the law could result in fines up to $10,000 for each performance.

One advocate for the bill was Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, who found fame with the '50s revival group Sha Na Na. Bauman visited the Statehouse this month to lobby for the legislation.

The bill wouldn't affect tribute bands identifying themselves as such - good news for Representative Bruce Borders, a Republican from Jasonville who is an Elvis impersonator.

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