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Disciplinary hearing set for Attorney General Hill

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill’s disciplinary hearing on accusations that he groped women at an end-of-session legislative party in 2018 has been tentatively scheduled for October. Hill, a first-term Republican, is facing the potential loss of his license to practice law following a complaint to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. On […]

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Public defense spending in Indiana falls behind need

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In a gold-and-black building at the heart of Indianapolis, Marion County’s chief public defender sits in a quiet conference room. Robert Hill, who has served in the county’s lead public defense office since 2008, said he first felt called to the “high tradition” of public defense after working as […]

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Law students and attorney note challenges to Indiana’s public defense system

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — West of the Indiana Statehouse, students at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law often ponder their options for employment after law school. For law students Tiffany Wire-Costley, 36, and Macie Linn Ellis, 27, this often involves browsing local law bulletins and online job portals, where the two compare salary […]

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State sues Equifax over 2017 data breach

By Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANANPOLIS—The Indiana attorney general’s office has sued one of the nation’s largest credit reporting bureaus over a 2017 security breach that compromised the personal information of nearly four million Hoosiers. The lawsuit, announced Monday by Attorney General Curtis Hill, accuses Equifax of exposing sensitive personal data, including names, Social Security numbers […]

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Legislature targets gun bills for passage

By Bryan Wells and Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– As 80,000 gun-rights enthusiasts begin rolling in to Indianapolis for the National Rifle Association’s annual convention this week, legislation involving guns is in the final stages of becoming law. The House and Senate voted Monday to approve the final version of House Bill 1284, which gives immunity […]

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Senate approves compensation for exonerated prisoners

By Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a bill that would compensate those who have been wrongfully convicted. The only concern raised about the bill was the accuracy of the definition of “actually innocent.” House Bill 1150, however, passed out of the Senate by a vote of 48-0. HB 1150, sponsored […]

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Indiana’s ‘Red Flag’ law changed to protect suicidal people

By Andrew Longstreth TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An Indiana Senate committee voted Tuesday to make changes to Indiana’s ‘Red Flag’ law to help protect suicidal individuals. The bill, which earlier passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 5-3, was approved by the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee 8-2 and now goes to the full Senate for consideration. House Bill […]

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Senate Oks bill giving civil immunity to people who use force to protect another

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS– The Senate voted 42-7 Monday for a bill that would shield someone from a lawsuit if they justifiably used force – including deadly force – to protect another individual from harm. House Bill 1284, which earlier passed the House 80-13, now returns to the House to see if that chamber […]

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Governor signs hate crimes bill into law

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb quietly signed hate crimes legislation into law less than 24 hours after the Indiana Senate approved the final version, ignoring calls from critics to veto the measure because they believe it falls short of protecting all Hoosiers. There was no news conference, no fanfare. Instead Holcomb’s […]

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Hate crimes bill heads to governor for signature

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hate crimes legislation is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who said Tuesday he will sign it into law despite criticisms that the language isn’t specific enough. The Senate voted 34-14 to concur on Senate Bill 198, which was originally a drug sentencing bill. Last week, the House […]

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