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Health committee discusses drugs, eye-care for children

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 10,000 Hoosiers received treatment for opioid addiction last year. Opioid addiction is in “epidemic proportions in this state,” said Dean Babcock, the vice president of Midtown Community Mental Health Center. The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services met Wednesday to discuss the […]

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Police tell Brooks, Merritt that heroin is growing problem

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Local, state and federal law enforcement told a congresswoman and a state senator on Tuesday that Indiana has a growing problem with heroin addiction and deaths. Officials from Madison, Marion, Hartford and Hamilton counties were among those who came to a listening session in Noblesville hosted by U.S. […]

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30 Laws: New law lets parents protect kids’ credit

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Changes are coming for children and consumer protection. Starting July 1, parents and guardians will be able to put a security freeze on their children’s credit reports – at least until the kids are 16 years old. State Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, said the law – passed by the […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers make changes, get out of town quickly

Legislators return to the Statehouse for technical corrections session on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators met for a one-day session on Tuesday – for what most hope will be the only technical corrections day the General Assembly will ever need. Lawmakers used the technical corrections day to tweak some errors in a […]

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Lawmakers to tackle molesting, shoplifting problems at technical corrections day

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators say they will tweak a new sentencing law so that it doesn’t reduce prison terms for some child molesters when they meet for a technical corrections day on Tuesday. The error is one of several lawmakers intend to fix during the one-day session. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, told […]

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Brent Dickson to step down as Indiana chief justice

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson announced Wednesday he will step down as the state’s highest judge before Sept. 1 after just two years in the position – but he will stay on as an associate justice until he’s forced by law to retire in 2016. “It has been a […]

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30 Laws: Lifeline law expanded to help protect more kids

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Lifeline law will be expanding to add provisions that will shift it from one focused only on alcohol and drugs to one that focuses as well on those in need of medical attention. Senate Bill 227 adds new provisions to the Lifeline law that Sen. Jim Merritt, […]

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30 Laws: Giving a gun to a felon will be against the law

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com This is the fifth in a series of stories about new state laws, most of which take effect on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – People who knowingly distribute firearms to felons – or to someone else who is ineligible to own one – could be charged with a crime under a law […]

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30 Laws: Victims advocate to be allowed in civil court proceedings

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com This is the second in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – Victims of domestic violence and other crimes will be allowed to have advocates sit with them in civil court under a law that will take effect on July […]

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Indiana’s refusal to comply with federal rape law could cost the state cash

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana risks losing 5 percent of federal grants for corrections because state officials refuse to comply with the federal rape law. Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter on May 15 informing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that Indiana won’t try to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act – […]

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