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Bill providing protections for businesses hiring ex-criminals moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers want to ensure one particular question stays on job applications: “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?” Senate Bill 312 is their method. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, and Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg, has two main parts related to “Ban the […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

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Parental rights versus child safety debated in abortion bill

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 10 times a year, Marilyn Moores sees young girls expelled from their home or abused by their parents after telling them of their decision to seek an abortion. Moores, presiding judge of the Marion County Juvenile Court, fears a Senate bill moving through the House Public Policy Committee […]

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Rally to encourage lawmakers to improve access to healthy food

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — Advocates held a rally Tuesday to push lawmakers to consider legislation that would improve access to healthy food. The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition supports Senate Bill 277, which would provide grants for businesses that want to offer fresh foods in the areas that desperately need them. Retailers could […]

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Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees. “We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage […]

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Trump talks healthcare to Hoosiers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  LOUISVILLE — For 33-year-old Nathan Lewis, a short trip down I-65 from Campbellsburg, Indiana to Louisville was a breeze if it meant being just feet away from President Donald Trump. Lewis and several of his Hoosier relatives made the short trek to the Kentucky Exposition Center Monday to hear Trump talk […]

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CASA volunteers rally for children still waiting

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS — About 6,000 children are waiting for someone to volunteer and become their court appointed special advocate. Several hundred volunteers, lawmakers and judicial staff members rallied at the Statehouse Monday to help raise awareness for the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, program. “The really unique thing about CASA […]

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State distributing all-hazard radios through county emergency agencies

Staff Report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will be distributing more than 2,200 all-hazard weather radios to Hoosiers. IDHS has partnered with all 92 counties in the state and the radios will be distributed on local level by each county’s emergency management agency. The distribution focuses on citizens who are […]

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Pharmacists would have power to dispense vaccines under proposed law

By Taylor Brown TheStateouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping a bill that would give pharmacist the authority to dispense certain drugs will increase the rate of immunizations and decrease the number of smokers in Indiana. House Bill 1540 would allow the state health commissioner or designated public health authority to issues a statewide standing order, […]

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