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Attorneys battle over Girl Scout camp at state’s high court

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A contract dispute between two Girl Scout groups over a former camp in Southwestern Indiana landed in the Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday. The Vincennes Indiana Girls turned Camp Wildwood in Knox County to the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois back in 1965 during a reorganization of the national […]

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Committee passes bill to cut credit time for some offenders

By Kendra Rhonemus TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would prohibit sex and violent offenders from moving up their prison release dates by earning degrees is now one step closer to becoming a law. The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee passed Senate Bill 260 with an 8-1 vote and sent it to the Appropriations […]

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Chief Justice Brent Dickson to give his first State of the Judiciary address

By Tyler Gribbons TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson will give his first State of the Judiciary speech on Wednesday, about nine months after he became took over as the court’s top judge. It will be the first time in a quarter century the State of the Judiciary has not come […]

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Committee considers bill meant to curb meth production

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee delayed a vote on legislation meant to curb meth production so lawmakers could take out a provision that would require the Indiana State Police to spend money on a new tracking system. Radio report State senators are considering a bill that would […]

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Bill would mean dementia training for police officers

By Sarah Seward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana police officers would get more information on handling Hoosiers suffering with dementia if passed by the Indiana House on Tuesday becomes law. House Bill 1044 – which now moves to the Senate – will require police officers to add information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to their yearly […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Phil Boots on child seduction laws

Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, is pushing legislation to broaden the state’s child seduction law so that more adults can be charged with a crime for having sex with 16- and 17-year-olds. Boots talked to Natavia Howell at TheStatehouseFile.com about the legislation.

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Bill would ban educational credit time for sex and violent offenders

By Kendra Rhonemus TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two lawmakers are pushing bills that would prohibit incarcerated sex and violent offenders from moving up their release dates by earning degrees in prison. House Bill 1249 and Senate Bill 260 would also prohibit inmates that already have two-year or four-year college degrees from getting early-release credit time by […]

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Committee moves bill to expand definition of child seduction

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee passed a bill unanimously Tuesday that would expand the number of people that can be charged with child seduction for relationships with minors aged 16 and 17. As amended on Tuesday, Senate Bill 53 would remove military recruiters and mental health professionals […]

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Bill to boost penalties for vehicular manslaughter moves to Senate

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A committee passed a bill Tuesday that would increase penalties for vehicular manslaughter. It now moves to the full Senate for debate. The bill would increase vehicular manslaughter from a Class D felony to a Class C, which is punishable up to eight years in jail. The bill passed 6-1.

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Zoeller pledges fight against ‘overzealous’ federal government in speech Monday

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com Radio report As Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann were sworn in as Indiana’s next governor and lieutenant governor, Attorney General Greg Zoeller was inaugurated for a second term as the state’s top attorney. TheStatehouseFile.com’s Deron Molen has the story.   INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Greg Zoeller said Monday that he will use […]

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