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How a recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling strengthens gun shop protections

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When walking into Beech Grove Firearms on the city’s southeast side, barrels stand ready, pointing through the glass cases. The guns, attached to wood pegs so they lay upright and have handwritten price tags hanging off, are both powerful and somehow homey in numbers. The shop is standard, with […]

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Pharmacies that supply execution drugs will be kept secret

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Buried in the state’s massive 168-page budget bill is a provision that keeps secret the names of the pharmaceutical companies that would supply the drugs in Indiana’s lethal injection executions. Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the state’s $32 billion biennial budget this week with the provision on […]

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Holcomb plans to sign law banning “ban the box” legislation

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Even as Gov. Eric Holcomb is banning the box for applicants for employment with the executive branch, he said he plans to sign into law legislation that stops local municipalities from taking similar action. Banning the box refers to laws that bar employers from asking potential employees about past […]

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Donnelly and Young team up to treat mental health issues in law enforcement

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Police officers put their lives on the line every day to help protect their communities but often the public forgets that behind the badge, they are human beings, too. From homicides to rape cases, police officers witness crimes and atrocities that nobody wants to see. That is why post traumatic […]

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Gun bill heads to summer study committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would relax Indiana’s concealed carry guns laws will go to a summer study committee. The Indiana House and Senate voted Friday to study whether a person who has a civil protection order, which stems from domestic violence, should be allowed to temporarily obtain a gun without […]

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Animal rescue bill passes General Assembly

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Good Samaritans will soon have the go-ahead to rescue animals from locked, hot vehicles. But the catch is they’ll have to pay half the cost of a broken car window. House Bill 1085, which passed Friday, requires the person to reasonably believe that the animal is in true danger, […]

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Candidates for Supreme Court vacancy announced

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected three nominees to fill the Indiana Supreme Court justice vacancy. Justice Robert Rucker is retiring on May 12 after serving for 26 years. The commission narrowed down the field from 21 applicants to the final three: Vicki Carmichael, Christopher Goff and Matthew Kincaid. […]

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Audit of all untested rape kits to start this fall

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate adopted a resolution on Wednesday that encourages the Indiana State Police audit of all untested sexual assault examination kits that exist across the state. Senate Resolution 55 looks to find out why there are sexual assault examination, or rape, kits that have DNA samples but have not […]

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Bill requiring DNA collection with a felony arrest on final step

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample is headed to the governor’s desk for his final decision. Senate Bill 322 requires the sample to be taken by a cheek swab along with fingerprints, photographs during the arrest. The DNA will go to through […]

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Criminal use of drones penalties fly to governor

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly is working to keep up with drone technology. Senate Bill 299, which creates penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s privacy, is headed to the governor’s desk for his consideration. Under this legislation, misuse of a drone includes the following: a sex offender […]

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