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Bauer brings back measure to collect DNA

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, filed a bill during Organization Day Tuesday to require the collection of a DNA sample from people arrested on felony charges. “This is an important, crime-fighting measure that will help to bring to justice people who have committed violent crimes, like murder and rape,” Bauer said […]

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Attorney General launches campaign urging Hoosiers to freeze credit

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the holiday shopping season ramps up, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says Hoosiers should consider freezing their credit. “The way we secure our finances must change in the digital age to respond to growing threats of identity theft and cyber hacks that jeopardize our credit and financial stability,” Zoeller said […]

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Application process underway for state’s highest court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If you have a desire to sit on Indiana’s highest court, now would be the time to apply. Applications to replace retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson have a tentative due date of Jan. 25. Dickson has served the state as justice for the past 30 years. “Indiana has […]

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Indiana Justice Brent Dickson announces spring 2016 retirement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Justice Brent E. Dickson announced his retirement plans on Monday for spring 2016. “During my 17 years of general and trial practice as a lawyer in Lafayette, it had never occurred to me to seek appellate judicial service,” Dickson said in a statement. “But at the suggesting and urging […]

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Pence orders new drug enforcement work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has directed the state to take action on a second round of recommendations coming from the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention. “The latest recommendations from the Task Force are another step in the right direction, and I am very thankful to the members […]

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Appeals court judge rules election process of Marion County judges is unconstitutional

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An appeals court judge has ruled that the process used to elect new judges in Marion County is unconstitutional. “There is no more important right in our Constitution than that of exercising a meaningful vote,” said Ken Falk, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana legal director, in a statement. […]

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Committee talks body cameras for Indiana law enforcement

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Interim Study Committee on Government started the discussion Wednesday on the benefits and ramifications of providing the state’s law enforcement with body cameras. Jim Corridan, Indiana state archivist, said putting body cameras on law enforcement in Indiana could be a costly move. He said the oversight committee adopted […]

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State Police kick off sober driving campaign

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to curb the number of drunk drivers on the road, the Indiana State Police are participating in an annual enforcement effort that kicked off on Friday. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national campaign supported by federal funding allocated to Indiana State Police from the […]

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Study reveals lack of data and underreporting make it difficult to stop sexual violence against minors

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new study reveals a shocking number of Hoosier minors will experience sexual assault before they turn 18 and Indiana isn’t equipped to curb the problem thanks to underreporting and a lack of data. “Previous studies have called for creating some process and some repository for aggregating this data […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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