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“Partners in justice” honored in State of the Judiciary

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Justice Loretta Rush dedicated her third State of the Judiciary address to “partners in justice” across Indiana Wednesday. “Our courts carried out our constitutional mission in the 1,396,362 cases that came before us last year,” Rush said. “But we do not fulfill our mission alone.” Dozens of judges […]

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Bill aims to protect pets of abuse victims

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Victims of domestic violence often leave behind their animals when they escape abusive relationships and getting these animals back can be difficult and dangerous. A bill authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, would help victims of domestic abuse more easily retrieve their animals with help from law enforcement. It […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars could become legal

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would be allowed to smash a car window in order to rescue dog from a hot car if a proposed bill becomes law. Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, and Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, are working on a bill to provide immunity to people who save pets from locked hot […]

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Legislator’s trip abroad inspires security observations

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few blocks from the place in Berlin where Rep. David Ober and his sister spent part of their Christmas holiday, a terrorist had rammed a truck into a scenic market killing and injuring dozens. But when Ober, R-Albion, visited the market just days after the attack, there were […]

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Police, firefighters push for allowing residency outside Indiana

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some police and firefighters living in the 36 border counties in Indiana are fighting for the chance to live in nearby states rather than the Hoosier state. South Bend police officer Blake Paturalski has two children and one on the way. Recently, he had what he calls a “unique […]

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New wording aims to help victims avoid prostitution stigma

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee is pushing a bill forward that would change the name of a specific prostitution crime. Lawmakers say doing so would help protect sex trafficking victims, while also protecting the reputation of those who are associated with the crime but aren’t acting as a prostitute. The new […]

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Drug czar position created as one of Holcomb’s first executive orders

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Newly-inaugurated Gov. Eric Holcomb made good on his plan to establish a drug czar position when he signed an executive order on his first official day in office as governor Monday. The executive director of drug prevention, treatment and enforcement was specifically established to tackle the state’s drug epidemic. Holcomb […]

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Proposal to expand school employee background checks raises concerns about pay

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill requiring more extensive background checks on school employees has some questioning whether those employees should pay for the checks themselves. Testimony was heard for Senate Bill 34, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, during the Education and Career Development committee hearing on Wednesday. This bill, if implemented, […]

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Holcomb names INDOT commissioner, drug czar

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has announced three new leaders who are expected to be influential in his administration. On his first day in office, Holcomb plans to sign an executive order creating a new position designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic. He announced Tuesday that Jim McClelland will serve […]

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Proposal to increase age of consent to 18

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Since last summer, Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, has been working on a bill to change the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old. The proposed bill also introduces a new offense called indiscretion, which would punish licensed teachers for having any kind of sexual contact with students […]

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