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Permitless carry bill clears House, heads to Senate

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that would repeal Indiana’s requirement for a license to carry a handgun passed the Indiana House Monday.  Authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, HB 1369 was advanced to the Senate in a 65-31 vote. Before the vote, legislators spoke in support of and in opposition to the […]

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COVID-19 civil liability bill signed into law

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COVID-19 civil liability bill signed into law

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Bill 1 into law Thursday. This bill will provide businesses, schools and health care providers with civil immunity to lawsuits related to COVID-19. At his press availability following the Senate session Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, said he was happy to be able […]

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Ways and Means clears permitless carry bill, passes to the House floor

By Carolina Puga Mendoza  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—The House Ways and Means Committee cleared its handgun license bill and passed it to the full House Tuesday.  House Bill 1369, which removes the requirement of a license to legally carry a gun, passed to the House in a 15-7 vote after being amended.  Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, and […]

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Committee hearing sends SB 168 to summer study as debates become agitated

By Carolina Puga Mendoza  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—A bill that would have shifted control of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to a five-member board dominated by gubernatorial appointees was amended Tuesday by a Senate committee to send the proposal to a legislative committee for study during the summer. Senate Bill 168, under which the governor would have […]

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Senate concurs with House changes in COVID-19 lawsuit bill, which now heads to governor

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Senate concurs with House changes in COVID-19 lawsuit bill, which now heads to governor

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate on Monday concurred with a House amendment to a previously passed Senate bill providing businesses and other institutions with protections against lawsuit overexposure due to COVID-19.  The Senate voted 39-7 to concur on Senate Bill 1 as amended by the House, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Eric […]

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Bill to repeal the need for a license to carry a handgun awaits committee action

By Carolina Puga Mendoza  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An Indiana House committee may vote as soon as next week on a bill to repeal the state law requiring a license to carry a handgun. The House Public Policy Committee heard testimony on Wednesday from groups that support and oppose the bill, which would add Indiana to the 16 […]

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Indiana State Police will change curriculum for 81st class of recruits

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—After the events of 2020, new Indiana State Police recruits should expect changes to their curriculum as the state revises its training tactics.  Ex-officio chairman of the Law Enforcement Training Board and superintendent Doug Carter said that after May 25, 2020, and the death of George Floyd, a Black man […]

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Department of Child Services 2019 fatality report shows slight decrease in deaths

By Bekah Eaker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Child Services reported 61 deaths in 2019 due to caregiver maltreatment, slightly below the 65 determined in 2018, according to an annual report from the agency. Unsafe sleeping arrangements, predominantly co-sleeping, continued to be the leading cause of infant fatalities, with 11 sleep-related deaths blamed on neglect […]

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Following a year filled with racial tension, 2021 could be time for criminal justice reform in Indiana

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Rep. Carolyn Jackson spent 30 years as a probation officer at the Cook County Adult Probation Department. Now her experience informs her legislation. In House Bill 1128, Jackson, D-Hammond, calls for mental health checks for police officers. She was emotional as she said a friend was shot on duty. “They came […]

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Unlawful assembly bill faces pushback—and likely death in committee

Sen. James Tomes, R-Wadesville, and Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, are promoting an 18-page bill that could impose steep punishments on protestors charged with rioting and police officers for negligence, including barring them from government jobs and some public assistance.

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