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Federal judge grants same-sex marriage status to one couple – for now

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Thursday that a same-sex couple’s marriage is legal – at least temporarily. The case, Baskin v. Bogan, addressed end-of-life issues facing a lesbian couple from southern Indiana. Plaintiffs Nikole Quasney and Amy Sandler, represented by the law firm Lambda Legal, requested the […]

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State seeks to reinstate charges against David Lott Hardy

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney for the former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman argued Monday that the decision of a Marion County judge to dismiss all charges should be upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. In August 2012, the state filed charges accusing David Lott Hardy of inappropriately assisting an IURC […]

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Criminal code legislation makes prosecutors happy, public defenders nervous

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed an update Wednesday to last year’s massive criminal code reform, a measure Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, called a “culmination of one of the largest collaborations on one bill in Indiana history.” The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Thursday, the last day legislators […]

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House approves study of gun buyer background checks

By John Sittler TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House amended a bill Wednesday that would require a study to determine the effectiveness of background checks in curbing gun violence. Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, authored the amendment to Senate Bill 169, which is meant to keep guns out of the hands of felons. The amendment was approved […]

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House passes lifeline law expansion, study of sex assaults

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Lifeline Law that gives immunity to intoxicated minors who call 911 could be expanded under a bill that unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 227, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would extend immunity to minors reporting any medical emergency, as well as minors who are […]

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House passes bill to increase trespassing penalties

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Trespassing on private property could soon carry more serious consequences under a bill passed Monday in the House. Senate Bill 101 says that “no trespassing” signs do not have to be posted to tell people they are unwelcome on private property. Under current law, someone must be told verbally, […]

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Committee delays vote on bill to ban gun buyback programs

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Local governments could lose the ability to buy firearms back from citizens under a Senate bill that was considered in the House Public Policy Committee on Wednesday. Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, said he authored Senate Bill 229 because he’s “never understood the logic” behind firearm buyback programs. He said […]

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Senate commitee passes digital privacy legislation

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology. The bill’s author, Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said the legislature’s challenge is “to define those conditions and circumstances under which the use of certain technologies should be allowed, […]

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Video & story: Lifeline bill expanded to include study of sex assaults

Indiana state Rep. Christina Hale talks about her legislation to study sexual assault from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sexual assault victims who were under the influence at the time of their attack could receive more help under a bill that unanimously passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Under current law, minors […]

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Indiana Supreme Court rules Evansville can’t ban smoking at bars but allow it at casino

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Evansville’s only casino could not be treated differently than area bars and clubs under the city’s smoking ban. The ruling concluded that the 2012 ordinance conflicted with the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution. “Today we hold that this […]

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