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Success unlikely for bills to require prescriptions for some cold medicines

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bills aiming to reduce Indiana’s meth problem by requiring prescriptions for some cold medicines probably won’t be considered in House or Senate committees this session, key lawmakers said. House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said he doesn’t want to make it harder for Hoosiers to get the […]

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Bill to making rolling papers legal, change other paraphernalia laws moves to House

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Drug paraphernalia regulations may be changing. The bill stipulating that rolling papers – the paper used to roll marijuana joints – would no longer be considered drug paraphernalia unanimously passed the Senate on Thursday. When reviewing a law that passed last session, Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, found that possession […]

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Decapitation legislation passes Senate, moves to House

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would make people who decapitate or attempt to decapitate a victim while he or she is still alive eligible for the death penalty passed the Indiana Senate on Thursday. The bill passed 45-4 and is moving to the full House for consideration Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, […]

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Bill would require drivers to go hands-free

By Caitlin Soard TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new bill may change how Hoosiers spend their daily commutes. House Bill 1033, authored by Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, would require drivers to use hands-free or voice-operated technology when using a cell phone while driving – aside from calling 911 for a “bona fide emergency.” Smith said the […]

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Bill aims to help kids who’ve been trafficked into sex trade

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Parents of missing children could receive additional help if a bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the House Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee becomes law. House Bill 1216, authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R- West Lafayette, would require the Indiana State Police superintendent to create a pamphlet to be […]

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Bill to extend statute of limitations on rape moves to full Senate

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Keith Morris, a victim of a sexual assault as a child, found himself unable to seek justice for the crime committed against him. After 24 years of processing the incident, he finally came forward and shared what he had experienced, but nothing could be done because the statute of […]

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Bill requires background checks for Uber, ride-sharing drivers

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, is looking to make hopping into the back of a cab, an Uber car or other ride-sharing vehicle safer with statewide requirements for driver background checks. House Bill 1090 intends to “provide consistency” and “protect people when they get in the back of a taxi […]

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5 reasons Indiana may be one of the last states to OK marijuana

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Even though a Ball State survey finds 52 percent of Hoosiers support making marijuana a regulated substance, Indiana may be one of the last states to legalize it. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana around the nation, while Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have legalized it for recreational use. […]

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Bill would open records for older adoptions

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that is meant to save lives and reconnect families. Senate Bill 325 would allow individuals who were adopted before Jan. 1, 1994 to obtain pre-adoption, identifying information – unless the case has a non-release provision on file. If passed, Indiana would become […]

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Bill would boost penalties for battery on sports officials

By Caitlin Soard TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An East Chicago legislator wants to boost penalties for battery against a sports official but a key lawmaker says the change may not be necessary. Democratic Sen. Lonnie Randolph, the author of Senate Bill 134, wants to increase the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Under the proposed […]

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