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Streaming child pornography added to Indiana law

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation modernizing the state’s child pornography laws is heading to the governor’s desk for his signature. House Bill 1091 updates the current law to make it illegal to stream or access any photos or videos that shows a child under the age of 18. Such a violation would be […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars approved by the Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who have the urge to save pets from hot cars are on the way to getting that privilege. The Senate voted 39-9 Thursday to approve giving immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person who breaks into a vehicle to rescue a hot pet. However, for the […]

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Giving state police the ability to dispose of firearms

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State police could soon have procedure for returning or disposing of firearms confiscated for criminal reasons without further court order. Senate Bill 191 passed the House on Wednesday, with a vote of 94-2. State police would be required to hold onto the gun for 180 days and the agency […]

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Bill calls for giving up DNA with a felony arrest

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all those who are arrested on felony charges to submit a DNA sample passed the House by an 84-14 vote on Wednesday. Senate Bill 322 would require that the DNA sample be gathered by a buccal, or cheek, swab. The DNA sample would not […]

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Domestic violence gun bill moved to summer study committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed people with a civil protection order to carry a handgun without a license has been pushed to a study committee. The Senate voted 42-5 to have the committee to consider whether people aged 18 and up and have a civil protection order against […]

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Taking a drug test? Use your own urine

Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Using someone else’s urine to pass a drug test might have crossed some Hoosiers minds in the past. State lawmakers are about to make that illegal. House Bill 1104, sponsored by Sen. James Merritt R-Indianapolis, will make it a misdemeanor for the use and selling of another person’s urine or synthetic […]

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House committee OKs bill to collect DNA samples in felony arrests

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill allowing law enforcement to collect DNA samples from people at the time they are arrested on felony charges advanced to the full House. On Thursday, Senate Bill 322 passed the House Judicial Committee by a 9-1 vote. The bill’s author, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, told the committee […]

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Bill providing protections for businesses hiring ex-criminals moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers want to ensure one particular question stays on job applications: “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?” Senate Bill 312 is their method. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, and Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg, has two main parts related to “Ban the […]

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Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees. “We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage […]

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CASA volunteers rally for children still waiting

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS — About 6,000 children are waiting for someone to volunteer and become their court appointed special advocate. Several hundred volunteers, lawmakers and judicial staff members rallied at the Statehouse Monday to help raise awareness for the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, program. “The really unique thing about CASA […]

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