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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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Bill allows victims to separate phone plan from abuser

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With her own experience helping victims of domestic violence, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, is pushing a bill that would put more virtual distance between victims and their abusers. “Having worked as a family case manager for the Department of Child Services, I’ve worked with victims of domestic violence to […]

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DNA swabs for felony arrests passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­ – The Indiana Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would require every person arrested on a felony charge to provide a DNA sample. Senate Bill 322, which was approved 36-13, makes it mandatory that the arrestee submit to a mouth swab to provide the DNA sample. The DNA […]

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Senate unanimously passes drone bill

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would criminalize the inappropriate use of drones passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 299 establishes four new Class A misdemeanors for misusing drone technology. Author of the bill, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said misuse of a drone covers: a sex offender operating a drone to […]

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Hate crimes bill dies on the Senate floor

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will continue to be one of five states without a law addressing hate crimes after a bill that would have changed that was killed on the Senate floor Monday.   If passed into law, Senate Bill 439 would have allowed Hoosier judges to consider enhancing criminal sentences based […]

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Senate bill would require DNA samples for all felony arrests

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – A bill that would require every person arrested for a felony crime after Dec. 31 to submit a DNA sample passed another hurdle Monday in the Senate. Senate Bill 322 was amended to require arrestees to submit a written request to get their DNA removed from the database, if […]

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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Community providers trained on overdose reversal medication

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the community made their way to the Indianapolis Police Department for a training day on how to administer Narcan, a medication that counteracts the effects of an overdose from opioids such as Oxycontin or heroin. The rise in overdoses over the past several years has prompted officials […]

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