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Proposed law would increase charges for drug dealing resulting in death

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that increases punitive measures for drug dealing that results in death passed a Senate committee Tuesday by a wide margin. Only Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, voted against House Bill 1359, which was heard by the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee. He voiced concerns that the bill could […]

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Bill permitting guns on church school grounds passes out of Senate

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would permit a licensed gun owner to carry a firearm onto church property that also has a school. Current law bars guns on school property but Senate Bill 33 aims to change that, allowing the gun owner to carry the weapon when attending worship, […]

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House drops fees for lifetime gun permits

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would eliminate the fee for a lifetime gun permit passed the Indiana House Monday in spite of concerns that it would affect funding for police training. House Bill 1424, which passed 70-20, also changes a four-year handgun license to five years. In its original form, the bill proposed eliminating […]

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Bill would add second homicide charge in murder of pregnant woman

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek a second murder charge against a criminal defendant accused of killing a pregnant woman passed out of the Senate Thursday. “This bill, simply put, attacks a criminal defendant, a perpetrator, a third party who would shoot and kill a woman and if that woman […]

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House approves bills to open up access to CBD oil

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Hoosiers are closer to being able to buy CBD oil for their medical needs as a result of actions in the Indiana House this week. On Wednesday, House members unanimously approved House Bill 1137, which makes clear that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are […]

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Guns in church bill clears Senate committee

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would allow persons to carry firearms to worship services that have schools on their property passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. “This bill would simply add and change the law where a person, who can regularly possess a firearm, can possess a firearm,” Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, […]

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Senate Republicans sink hate crime legislation

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hate crime legislation appears to be dead for the 2018 session after Senate Republicans Tuesday pulled it, saying they were unable to find common ground to advance the bill. Senate Bill 418 would have allowed judges to weigh everything from race and sex to gender identity and sexual orientation as aggravating […]

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House approves bill to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Drug dealers would face tougher criminal charges if a customer fatally overdoses on their product under a bill that cleared the Indiana House Monday. House Bill 1359, approved by an 85-12 vote, highlights the higher-level felonies drug dealers could face if one of their customers dies as a result of using […]

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Bill to remove handgun licensing gets last-minute changes

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Law enforcement and community representatives packed a House Public Policy Committee Wednesday to testify on a bill to lessen restrictions on handgun ownership. Instead, author Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, told the room to “forget the bill.” Soon after the hearing convened, Wesco proposed an amendment that retracted his original […]

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Senate committee hears testimony on hate crime bill

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — La’Kysha Gardner’s 15-year-old son, Jason, was beaten nearly to death and left in a ditch because of his race. His attacker was sentenced to 30 days. “I sat in the courtroom yesterday and watched a young man who almost killed my child receive 30 days,” Gardner told the Senate […]

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