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Child seduction law under scrutiny in Senate committee

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana couple told lawmakers Tuesday that therapists should be added to the list of adults who can’t have sex with minors – even when they reach 16, the age of consent in other situations – because they have influence over their lives. Charlotte and Ronald Standeford of Crawfordsville […]

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Bill would eliminate mandatory retirement age for appellate judges – CORRECTED

Editor’s note: The original story in this post contained incorrect information that could not be easily fixed without completely rewriting the story. We thought that would be disingenuous to those who had visited this post and read the story previously. Therefore, we are including up top a new story that corrects the information. Below that, you will […]

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Chief justice urges compromise on case stemming from House fines

By Sarah Seward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson said on Thursday that the Republican state auditor and the Democrats in the Indiana House should find a compromise on fines levied during the Democrats’ 2011 walkout. After 45 minutes of arguments over whether the state auditor had the right to withhold the fines […]

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State fines utility $100,000 following 2011 explosion in New Albany

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State regulators on Wednesday fined one of the state’s largest utility companies $100,000 for mistakes that led to a natural gas explosion a year ago in New Albany. The IURC order The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered Vectren Energy to pay $100,000 in connection with a 2011 explosion in […]

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State considers action against stockbrokers who owe child support

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Secretary of State Connie Lawson on Tuesday ordered four stockbrokers who are registered with the agency’s securities division to pay their delinquent child support, threating to suspend their licenses otherwise. Lawson’s office would not release the stockbrokers’ names. Spokesman Valerie Kroeger said that until the state formally acts to […]

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Zoeller, Merritt take message about lifeline law to Indiana college campuses

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, are on a campus tour across Indiana to promote a law that could save high school and college-aged kids who drink to excess and need emergency assistance. On Wednesday, the pair visited Purdue University, Wabash College and DePauw University after […]

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Lawmaker calls police, prosecutors to meeting about synthetic drugs

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials and law enforcement personnel are planning an emergency meeting to develop what the organizer is calling an “aggressive, results-driven approach” to eliminating the sale of synthetic drugs in Indiana. Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he called for the meeting after a TV report about a 17-year-old girl who […]

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Tippecanoe County judge becomes second woman on Indiana Supreme Court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will have its first female Supreme Court justice in 13 years – and only the second in the state’s history. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Friday that he was appointing Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Hogan Rush to the state’s highest court. “In studying Judge Rush’s stellar legal and […]

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AG to take appeals court work away from Department of Child Services

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Thursday that his office will take over appeals court work from attorneys at the Department of Child Services to ensure that the state’s legal strategy is consistent. But a key DCS official said more discussion should take place before the change is final. […]

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10 schools win visit from Indiana Supreme Court justices

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court justices plan to visit 10 schools as part of a statewide contest to celebrate Constitution Day. The schools were chosen from among 40 applicants. Teachers had to describe why a visit from one of the state’s five justices would benefit their classrooms. Court officials said the program […]

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