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Lawmakers close to deal to allow more needle exchanges

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers say they’re close to reaching a deal about a proposal to legalize needle exchange programs in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere, a key negotiator on the legislation and advocate of needle exchange, said the new proposal could allow programs in counties that are deemed high risk based on […]

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Eight attorneys apply for position with appeals court

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Eight attorneys have applied for a position on the Indiana Court of Appeals that will open when Judge Ezra Friedlander retires this summer. The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the candidates and review the applications before choosing three finalists to forward to Gov. Mike Pence, who will make the […]

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EMS workers would get death benefit under bill headed to governor

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that provides payments to the families of emergency medical responders who die in the line of the duty is headed to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. The House approved the bill 85-0 on Thursday. The bill by Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, establishes the Public Safety Officer Special Death Benefit […]

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Decapitation bill heads to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would add decapitation to the list of aggravating circumstances that make a murderer eligible for execution passed the House nearly unanimously on Monday. Senate Bill 8 now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill was […]

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Lawmakers debate details of crime fighting bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are continuing to tinker with a plan to send extra cash for crime fighting to Marion, Lake and Allen counties as they face a Thursday deadline for action. Senate Bill 551 creates a pilot program that’s meant to increase the number of police on duty in high crime […]

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Mental health experts want to see help provided to reduce recidivism

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Mental health experts told the Senate Health & Provider Services committee they want to ensure that incarcerated individuals received federal benefits once they’ve been released from prison. Senate Bill 1269, which was authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, requires that the Department of Corrections or a county […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent the governor a bill on Tuesday aims to prevent human trafficking and take care of its victims. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund and allows law enforcement agencies to seize property, including vehicles, that […]

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Bill to provide more time for some rape prosecutions passes House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives police and prosecutors more time to find and charge a rapist in some cases. Senate Bill 94, authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years on cases that have DNA evidence […]

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Bills offer civil immunities for doctors, rescuers, others

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee heard three bills Monday that would grant civil immunities in certain cases for Hoosiers. Bills to provide immunity for volunteer health care providers and individuals who forcibly enter a car in order to rescue a child both passed the committee unanimously. But the committee postponed a […]

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Bills to train inmates for jobs after incarceration moves forward

By Aubrey Helms                                                                                                         […]

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