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Weekly Statehouse Update: AI revenge porn, prior authorization reform, child labor laws

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The 2024 Indiana legislative session will run through no later than March 14, 2024.

An artificial intelligence revenge pornography bill clears the House. A Senate committee advances prior authorization reform. And a House committee rolls back some child labor protections.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

HB 1047: Sexual offenses

A House-approved bill, HB 1047, makes it a crime to share intimate images or videos of someone that were computer-generated without the person’s consent. The measure is an extension of the state’s “revenge porn” law.

SB 3: Prior authorization

Legislation approved by a Senate committee, SB 3, bans prior authorization for routine and emergency services, and common prescription drugs. Prior authorization is pre-approval that insurance companies require before they’ll pay for a medical service. The bill also puts limits on both the amount of prior authorizations insurers can require, and the time it takes to approve services.

READ MORE: How do I follow Indiana’s legislative session? Here’s your guide to demystify the process

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HB 1093: Employment of minors

A measure approved by a House committee, HB 1093, scales back some child labor exemptions on hour and time restrictions for 14 to 18-year-olds throughout the state. Proponents say it would help Indiana rules mirror federal regulations, while providing child workers more opportunities. Opponents worry about children’s safety.

Find all the bills our statewide team is covering in our bill tracker at ipbs.org/2024billtracker/.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.