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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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Senate passes bill to crack down on synthetic drugs

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that tightens the restrictions on synthetic drugs – such as spice and K2 – passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday. House bill 1196 gives the Indiana Board of Pharmacy emergency powers to declare a substance a synthetic drug that is banned from sale. It also classifies […]

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Indiana Supreme Court considers arguments about Secretary of State office

Listen to reporter Tim Grimes‘ audio version of this story: By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney for the state asked the Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday not to undo the will of the voters who picked a Republican to serve as Secretary of State. Stephen Creason, a deputy attorney general representing […]

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Senate sends boating while under the influence bill to governor

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a bill Tuesday that will make the state’s boating while under the influence laws mirror those for driving. Senate Bill 154 – which passed the Senate unanimously – would create a Class C misdemeanor penalty for operating a motorboat while using a […]

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Committee overhauls illegal entry bill to give Hoosiers more right to resist police

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give Hoosiers broad authority to physically resist police entry into their homes if officers are acting illegally. The Courts and Criminal Code Committee passed the bill 9-3 and it moves to the full House for consideration. The […]

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House proposal would give homeowners more authority to resist police entry

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee will consider a proposal Wednesday that would give Hoosiers broad authority to physically resist police entry into their homes if officers are acting illegally. The new language – which would be added to Senate Bill 1 – is a reaction to the Indiana […]

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House votes to punish retailers that sell bath salts, other drugs

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House voted unanimously Monday to punish retailers that get caught selling illegal, synthetic drugs by stripping their ability to do business for one year. The language – which the House added to Senate Bill 234 – is a “one-strike provision” meant to deal harshly with […]

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House passes alcohol immunity bill to help underaged drinkers

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Minors who call 911 to help a friend who’s had too much to drink would be free from prosecution on several alcohol-related charges under legislation the Indiana House passed unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 275 would grant limited immunity to so-called good Samaritans – but not to the […]

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Task force will investigate small claims courts in Marion County

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court announced Tuesday that a task force will investigate allegations of unjust practices in Marion County Small Claims Courts. An article in The Wall Street Journal last summer detailed instances in Indianapolis in which debt collectors were able to pick the courts in which […]

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