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Senate passes human trafficking legislation; bill moves to House

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would strengthen Indiana’s law against human trafficking, keeping the legislation on track to pass before the Super Bowl. Senate Bill 4 broadens the definition of human trafficking so that it can include the recruiting, harboring or selling of a […]

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Child support bill moves to full Senate

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change Indiana law so that parents don’t have to pay child support after a child turns 19 passed a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 18 moved out of the Senate Correction, Criminal, and Civil Matters Committee on 7-2 vote. The bill would require […]

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Bill would make attending an animal fight a felony

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is trying to crack down on animal fighting by going after people who attend the events. Senate Bill 11, which would make simply attending an animal fighting contest a Class D felony, moved Tuesday out of the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee. […]

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Bill would boost state liability cap to $22 million

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, filed a bill Monday that would mean more money for victims of last summer’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. House Bill 1234 would increase the state’s liability cap to $1.3 million per person or $22 million per incident. In current law, the […]

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Lawmakers to consider illegal entry issues

By Shelby Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are divided about whether a measure that would allow people to use force to prevent police officers from illegally entering their homes will become law. Senate Bill 1 is a response to an Indiana Supreme Court decision last year in Barnes v. State. The court ruled […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Randy Head on human trafficking

A Senate committee on Thursday unanimously passed Senate Bill 4, which is meant to strengthen the state’s human trafficking law. The bill’s author, Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said his goal is to make the bill law before the Super Bowl. Untitled from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Human trafficking bill moves quickly out of committee

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS- A bill that enacts much harsher penalties on human traffickers passed a Senate committee 9-0 Thursday as lawmakers pushed to get the bill passed quickly. With the Super Bowl one month away, legislators are facing a time crunch to get Senate Bill 4 – and other legislation – […]

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Circuit court judge to rule on Charlie White’s future

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS–A Marion County circuit court judge will decide Wednesday morning if Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White can stay in office while White appeals a ruling that he was ineligible to run for office. Judge Louis Rosenberg heard arguments Tuesday from White’s lawyers and attorneys for the Indiana Democratic […]

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Indiana Supreme Court upholds state’s robo-call law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s highest court said Thursday that a law that bans some automated calls with recorded messages does not violate the free speech clause of the Indiana Constitution and can be enforced. Click here to read the Indiana Supreme Court’s robo-call decision. But the law remains under […]

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State accepts applicants for Supreme Court vacancy

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A judicial nominating committee is now accepting applications for a vacancy on the five-member Indiana Supreme Court that will be created when Chief Justice Randall Shepard retires in March. Applications are due Jan. 27. Indiana attorneys who have been members of the bar for 10 years or have […]

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