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12 The Message w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana . ICC Board approves priority issues for legislative Indiana Catholic Conference A range of priority issues in- cluding informed consent prior to an abortion, assistance for poor individuals and working families, and gun control was approved by the Indiana Catholic Conference Board of Directors last month for the 1994 legislative session. The Board includes the state's seven active bishops and a lay member from each diocese. Dr. M. Desmond Ryan, ICC Executive Director and Lobby- ist, along with many ICC net- workers around the state, will address bills that surface dur- ing the session concerning these issues. Four of the approved issues are part of the traditional focus of ICC efforts: Informed consent to ensure a pregnant woman considering an abortion is informed about loE' L Leel J Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street ashington, IN 254-3612 @rl / jill Ann White, /Im#dsmilc Hw/. 57 So, Wadgton, IN 812-254-4516 irle Village ing Center the abortion procedure, risks, fetal development, and alter- natives to abortion. Aid to Families with De- pendent Children (AFDC) pilot programs that would allow AFDC beneficiaries who work or find work to keep their wages and receive AFDC pay- ments up to the poverty level. Recommendations of the Commission on Abused and Neglected Children in Indiana which would establish caseload standards, reclassify child wel- fare workers, and comprehen- sive family preservation ser- vices. Monitor legislation that may require comprehensive health education in elementary and secondary schools. New legislative issues se- lected by the Board include: State earned income tax credits that would be estab- lished for working families who earn less than $20,000, refund- able if under $11,000, and have at least one child living with them. Gun control measures that would prohibit anyone other than law enforcement to pos- sess a firearm on school grounds; strengthen penalties for gun-related crimes commit- ted near schools; increase to 21 years the required age to pur- chase or obtain a firearm; ban semi-automatic weapons; and require parental liability for storing or leaving a loaded firearm, or ammunition near an unloaded firearm, easily ac- cessible to children. Victims of Crime Constitu- tional Amendment (VOCCA) that would guarantee crime victims a right to be informed, present, and heard when rele- vant at all critical stages of criminal proceedings, unless it interferes with rights of the ac- cused. The ICC will support VOCCA, although concerns were raised about the status of current Indiana victims' rights and victims' assistance pro- grams which lack funding. The ICC Board also ap- proved the drafting of a pas- toral letter on the status of poor children and families in Indiana and the adequacy of services available to them. AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS Washin Auto Trim 27 Years Service 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER I I MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 Names, addresses, phone num- bers, places, dates, offices, direc- tors, parishes, schools, institutions, vital statistics, financial statistics, priests' assignments -- they are all in the 1994 Yearbook of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. You may purchase your copy at the Catholic Center for $7.50. For marl orders, include $1.50 for postage and handling. 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