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Potential new penalties for criminal misuse of drones

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working to develop specific  language in a bill that would create penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.” “What is a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy?” Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, asked. “To one person their privacy means one thing, […]

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Black legislative caucus defines 2017 agenda

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is making a bias crime law one of its top priorities for the 2017 legislative session. “We cannot continue to put this on the back burner in regards to bias crime here in the state of Indiana,” said caucus member, Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis. […]

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Teenagers could be tried as adults with pharmacy robbery bill

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation that would require 16- or 17-year-olds who rob a pharmacy to be tried as adults had some raising concerns about race and the treatment of juvenile delinquents. Senate Bill 170, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, was heard during the Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Young was inspired […]

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Mother of car crash victim testifies for bill on victim notification

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The family of Clay Meyers had to fight for every piece of information about the criminal case against the drunk driver who killed the young man in 2013. “I feel that we are just a case number and a file folder on their desk,” said Amy Meyers, mother of […]

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“Partners in justice” honored in State of the Judiciary

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Justice Loretta Rush dedicated her third State of the Judiciary address to “partners in justice” across Indiana Wednesday. “Our courts carried out our constitutional mission in the 1,396,362 cases that came before us last year,” Rush said. “But we do not fulfill our mission alone.” Dozens of judges […]

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Bill aims to protect pets of abuse victims

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Victims of domestic violence often leave behind their animals when they escape abusive relationships and getting these animals back can be difficult and dangerous. A bill authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, would help victims of domestic abuse more easily retrieve their animals with help from law enforcement. It […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars could become legal

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would be allowed to smash a car window in order to rescue dog from a hot car if a proposed bill becomes law. Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, and Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, are working on a bill to provide immunity to people who save pets from locked hot […]

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Legislator’s trip abroad inspires security observations

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few blocks from the place in Berlin where Rep. David Ober and his sister spent part of their Christmas holiday, a terrorist had rammed a truck into a scenic market killing and injuring dozens. But when Ober, R-Albion, visited the market just days after the attack, there were […]

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Police, firefighters push for allowing residency outside Indiana

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some police and firefighters living in the 36 border counties in Indiana are fighting for the chance to live in nearby states rather than the Hoosier state. South Bend police officer Blake Paturalski has two children and one on the way. Recently, he had what he calls a “unique […]

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New wording aims to help victims avoid prostitution stigma

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee is pushing a bill forward that would change the name of a specific prostitution crime. Lawmakers say doing so would help protect sex trafficking victims, while also protecting the reputation of those who are associated with the crime but aren’t acting as a prostitute. The new […]

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