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Top State of the Judiciary issues include opioid crisis and technology

Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Deep into the 21st century, the judicial system is grappling with an age-old scourge of drug addiction, Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday. Rush, making her fifth State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, focused on the opioid epidemic that she said “has invaded every Indiana community.” She said the courts […]

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Adult court for juveniles who commit attempted murder? Senate committee says yes

Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Cory Whistler, whose daughter Ella was shot by a classmate last year, came to the Statehouse Tuesday with a message for lawmakers: She lives with the fear he’ll hurt her again. Ella was shot seven times by a 13-year-old classmate at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25. Under current law, he […]

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Senate committee wants more recent child fatality data

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers want the Department of Child Services to provide them with more recent data and in greater detail about the deaths of children statewide. Members of the Senate Family and Children Services committee said Monday they are concerned with outdated fatality data reported by DCS used to support Senate […]

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Indiana Forward pushes lawmakers to enact hate crimes law

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A group of business leaders, non-profits and faith-based groups is pushing to take Indiana off the list of states without hate crimes legislation. Indiana Forward, a state-wide campaign group, rallied supporters of hate crimes legislation at the Statehouse Tuesday. State legislators and members of the campaign spoke confidently to the crowd […]

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Senator proposes bill to lower fees to reinstate drivers’ licenses

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Richard Samuels was caught in a vicious cycle following his release from 26 years in prison after as he tried to get his driver’s license reinstated and reenter society. “More important than getting a job, more important than all of that, was getting my license,” Samuels testified before the Senate Corrections […]

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Indiana Forward wants to make 2019 the year a hate crime law passes

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—There’s little doubt the hate crimes discussion in Indiana will dominate conversation through the next legislative session. And a coalition of several hundred state business leaders and interest groups want to see to it that lawmakers do more than talk by upping the pressure on them to finalize a bill that […]

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Attorney General partners with BBB and FTC to battle internet scams

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s attorney general joined the heads of the Better Business Bureau and Midwest region of the Federal Trade Commission to deliver age-old advice to Hoosiers in the era of internet scams—free-trial offers that sound too good to be true often are. Attorney General Curtis Hill on Tuesday announced a partnership with […]

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Supreme Court panel reviewing bar exam

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has created a study commission that will review the future of the state bar examination, the test future lawyers must pass in order to be licensed to practice law. Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued an order Tuesday where she said there have been significant changes […]

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Attorney General Curtis Hill announces lawsuit against Indiana security company

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Monday that he will be joining 11 other states in filing a lawsuit against a Fort Wayne security company who suffered a data breach affecting more than 3.9 million people. The breach occurred in May 2015. Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. and NoMoreClipboard LLC, known collectively […]

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State reaches settlement with consumer debt firm

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Some Indiana consumers wrongly targeted by a California-based debt collection company will see at least some of their debts erased as a result of a settlement reached Tuesday with 41 states and the District of Columbia. Indiana is among the states that accused Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries, Midland Credit […]

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