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Indiana legislature suspended and government buildings closed due to nationwide security concerns

The Indiana Statehouse will be closed to the public next week and all legislative activities have been suspended due to national security threats expected from demonstrations to begin this weekend and continue to Inauguration Day.

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Following a year filled with racial tension, 2021 could be time for criminal justice reform in Indiana

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Rep. Carolyn Jackson spent 30 years as a probation officer at the Cook County Adult Probation Department. Now her experience informs her legislation. In House Bill 1128, Jackson, D-Hammond, calls for mental health checks for police officers. She was emotional as she said a friend was shot on duty. “They came […]

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Teachers and other groups ask to be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine

Groups across the state, such as educators and people with underlying medical conditions, feel brushed aside and misinformed about when they will receive eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Unlawful assembly bill faces pushback—and likely death in committee

Sen. James Tomes, R-Wadesville, and Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, are promoting an 18-page bill that could impose steep punishments on protestors charged with rioting and police officers for negligence, including barring them from government jobs and some public assistance.

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Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline sets the bar for more services to be developed for Hoosiers

In response to COVID-19, Indiana launched the Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline for those whose struggles with mental health have been made more difficult by the pandemic. But the service is soon to end.

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Vaccination eligibility expands to 70 and older

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Vaccination eligibility expands to 70 and older

By Sydney Byerly TheStatehouseFile.com Hoosiers 70 and older can now schedule appointments to receive coronavirus vaccinations.  Those 70 and older account for 7% of Hoosiers, 23% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 26% of COVID-19 deaths in the state.  This additional age group comes after nearly 86,000 Hoosiers aged 80 and older scheduled appointments within days of […]

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Senate committee approves bill to fully fund virtual instruction

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—In a unanimous vote, a Senate committee decided to fully fund schools teaching students online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 2 responds to a debate that began when many traditional schools had to switch to online instruction. Students who spent at least half their time learning virtually only brought 85% […]

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Governor’s budget proposal increases spending on schools and broadband, but critics want more for teachers

Gov. Eric Holcomb proposes increasing K-12 funding, widening broadband access and paying off project debts in the state’s next budget.

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SoToxa Mobile Test System will be used as a new way to identify impaired drivers in Indiana

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Law enforcement in Indiana will use a new roadside system to identify people driving under the influence of alcohol and, for the first time, drugs. The SoToxa Mobile Test System is a rapid drug screen, as described by Abbott Laboratories, a producer of medical devices and health care […]

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House bill aims to protect Hoosier victims of human trafficking 

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House bill aims to protect Hoosier victims of human trafficking 

Editor’s note: The phone number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888. By Isaac Gleitz  TheStatehouseFile.com  Lawmakers want to ensure that young Hoosiers, including those younger than 14, are protected from human trafficking. If enacted, House Bill 1200 will allow prosecutors to use video testimonies from victims who were under 14 when the offense […]

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