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EMS workers would be eligible for death benefits under bill

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana lawmaker is pushing a bill that would make EMS providers eligible for death benefits if they die as a direct result of injury or illness while performing their duties. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, presented House Bill 1080 to the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on […]

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Bill opens up wine shipments for Hoosiers

By Caitlin Soard TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would change the way wine consumers make purchases passed the Senate on Tuesday. Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, authored Senate Bill 113, which passed 40-10. “It’s a great bill for consumers in Indiana,” said Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, during testimony before the bill passed. The legislation will […]

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Senate approves bill to train minimum security inmates

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow the Department of Corrections to establish a specialized vocational program to train minimum-security inmates in various trades passed the Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 173, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed 49-1. The bill is meant to help minimum security inmates get back […]

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Bill changes statute of limitations on rape cases

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on rape cases passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 94, which would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years if the state finds DNA evidence or a suspect confesses to the crime, is authored by […]

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Legislation meant to help children who are runaways

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth runaway every year in the United States. Often, their parents don’t always know where to turn. But a proposed bill could help push parents in the right direction. If passed into law, House Bill 1216 would require the Indiana State Police to distribute […]

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Bill would add years for some firearms charges

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would add an additional 20 years to sentences for some firearms charges. Senate Bill 559 would tack an extra 20 years onto a criminal’s sentence if he or she aimed or shot a firearm at a law enforcement officer while committing a […]

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Bills to restructure audit process head to House, Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Bills intended to help the State Board of Accounts meet its audit requirements will move to the House and Senate floors for consideration. The SBOA has requested additional funds to increase staff and perform timely audits. As a result of current shortages, the SBOA has not performed some required […]

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Bill to regulate ride-sharing services heads to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For-profit ride-sharing services and traditional taxi cab companies would be required to do background checks on all drivers under legislation approved Tuesday by a House committee. House Bill 1090 means companies like Uber – which offers an app to connect riders with largely part-time drivers who use their own […]

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Bill loosens rules for combined wineries, distilleries & breweries

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Combined distilleries, microbreweries, and farm wineries are one step closer to selling their alcohol from the same serving area after a bill passed the Indiana House on Tuesday. House Bill 1053, authored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, removes a literal wall between a microbrewery, farm winery, and artisan distillery. […]

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Teachers could get tax break for teacher supplies under bill headed to House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators could receive an unexpected tax deduction next year to reimburse, at least partially, the personal money they used to purchase classroom supplies. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Education Committee unanimously and is now headed to the full House for consideration. It […]

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