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Daniels signs illegal entry bill

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law Tuesday that gives Hoosiers the right to use force against police officers who are entering their homes unlawfully. Senate Enrolled Act 1 is state lawmakers’ reaction to a controversial decision last year by the Indiana Supreme Court that stripped […]

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Walking drunk now legal in Indiana – sometimes

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law Monday that is meant to let Hoosiers walk drunk in public or ride in a car while intoxicated without fear of arrest – unless they’re causing a problem. Senate Bill 97 narrowed the scope of the state’s public intoxication […]

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Daniels picks Connie Lawson as secretary of state

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday appointed state Sen. Connie Lawson, R-Danville to replace the convicted Charlie White as Indiana secretary of state. “Indiana has probably never been served by a secretary of state better prepared on day one,” Daniels said. Lawson has served in the Senate since […]

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Daniels signs bill to battle synthetic drug trade

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill Thursday that would tighten the state’s law against synthetic drugs meant to mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine and make it easier to punish businesses that put the illegal product on their shelves. The new law – passed by the […]

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Daniels to have ‘a long look’ at illegal entry bill before decision to sign or veto

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll sign or veto a bill that is meant to give Hoosiers more authority to block police who try to enter their homes illegally. Senate Bill 1 passed late Friday night – just hours before lawmaker adjourned their […]

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Nation’s AGs file court papers to formalize mortgage settlement

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined with 48 other state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice in filing a civil complaint in federal court against the country’s five largest mortgage servicers, a step to formalizing a settlement reached last month. The suit alleges that the […]

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House and Senate vote to overturn Indiana Supreme Court’s illegal entry decision

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The General Assembly passed a bill late Friday that would give Hoosiers more authority to physically block police from entering their homes unlawfully. The bill now moves to Gov. Mitch Daniels to be vetoed or signed into law. Senate Bill 1 is a reaction to a controversial […]

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Lawmakers closing in on deal for illegal entry bill

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters and opponents of a bill meant to give Hoosiers more authority to block police who try to enter their homes illegally battled Wednesday as they tried to finalize legislation before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday the General Assembly will pass […]

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Bill to give immunity to minors who help friend goes to governor

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would grant limited immunity to minors who call 911 to help a friend who’s had too much to drink passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday and is on its way to the governor’s office. Senate Bill 275 would grant limited immunity to so-called good […]

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House passes illegal entry legislation; bill moves to Senate to consider changes

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would have more authority to fight against police when they reasonably believe the officers are entering their homes illegally under a bill the House passed on Thursday. The legislation is meant to clarify state law in light of an Indiana Supreme Court decision issued last year […]

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