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The finances of restricting access to police video

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — A bill restricting public access to police video is causing concerns about putting a financial burden on police agencies and the people requesting to see the video. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed possible amendments to House Bill 1019. The bill, if passed as is, would allow law […]

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Pharmacists could be allowed to deny sales of cold medicine

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that would allow a pharmacist to deny the sale of certain types of cold medicine used in making meth passed the House of Representatives Monday. A pharmacist would be allowed to use his or her professional judgment to prevent the sales ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The bill also provides […]

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Hate crime legislation expanded to include both actual & perceived hate

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An amendment Monday broadened a proposed hate crime law to include both perceived and actual hate. “It’s a notion that is being broadcasted if you will, that Indiana does not protect its citizens,” said Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange. “That we have something against certain individuals because of identifiable characteristics […]

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Legislation reducing access to police body cam video advances

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill limiting the public’s access to police body camera and dash camera video is advancing to the Senate. House Bill 1019 would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold body camera or dash camera video. Under the legislation, there would be three situations where law enforcement agencies must release […]

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Harsher punishments for drug dealers moves to the Senate

By Jay Siskin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill creating stricter punishments on convicted drug dealers passed the house on Tuesday. “[House Bill] 1235 is part of the never ending battle on drugs in our state,” said author of the bill Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon. “It would allow the law to treat the worst defenders differently. […]

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Protections for athletic officials fails this year, could return next

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Coaches and other athletic officials won’t be getting extra protections written into state law this session. “Sports officials are acting in a judging capacity,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette. “They should be protected while in the decision making in this role.” Senate Bill 97 would have […]

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Plan to establish school safety requirements moves forward

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Schools could beef up security measures if a bill, which passed out of committee unanimously Tuesday, becomes law. “Our schools need to be safe and we have the technology. We have the means to be able to do that, and so we must do that,” said Superintendent for Southwestern […]

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Bill would reduce access to police body camera video

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana media associations are frustrated with a new bill that, if passed, could restrict the public release of law enforcement recordings. “We feel like the current language right now makes it nearly impossible for the public or the media to access video of a particular police incident. We think […]

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School safety standards and funding proposed

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After violent attacks in the nation in recent years, committee members met Tuesday morning to discuss potential new safety measures for teachers and students. Senate Bill 147, authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish minimum standards and best practices for a […]

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Bill would let pharmacists deny cold medicine purchases

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill could give pharmacists more discretion when Hoosiers buy cold medication. “What I’m trying to do is find a way to strike at meth labs, to reduce the number of meth labs in Indiana,” said Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, author of Senate Bill 80. “While allowing law […]

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