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Bill would convert some felonies to misdemeanors

By Sarah Seward The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that is meant to give criminals convicted of Class D felonies another chance. House Bill 1033 allows a judge to reduce a Class D felony to a Class A misdemeanor if the crime was nonviolent and nonsexual in nature. Rep. […]

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Indiana Supreme Court says Daniels not subject to deposition in IBM case

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Monday that Gov. Mitch Daniels is not required to give a deposition as part of the legal wrangling over a $1.3 billion welfare contract that he ordered cancelled. The court ruled unanimously just hours after attorneys for the state and IBM Corp. […]

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National housing deal means $145 million for Indiana and Hoosier homeowners

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse Bureau INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s share of a mortgage settlement between 49 states and five banks will be about $145 million to be used primarily for homeowner loan refinancing and modifications, cash payments for borrowers who lost homes, and consumer protection programs. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that the […]

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Commission names semi-finalists for Indiana Supreme Court vacancy

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named seven candidates Thursday as semi-finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. Four of the seven are judges, including one member of the Indiana Court of Appeals, and two serve in posts for Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will make […]

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House to consider bill that gives immunity to young good Samaritans

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An underage drinker could call an ambulance to help a friend without fear of prosecution under legislation a House committee unanimously passed Wednesday. “This is very, very important public policy,” Deputy Attorney General David Miller told the Courts and Criminal Code Committee on Wednesday. He said the […]

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Daniels signs human trafficking bill into law

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law Monday that would make it easier to prosecute and punish people who force others into the sex trade. The move comes less than one week before the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, an event expected to attract those in the […]

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Indiana Supreme Court to consider House fining dispute

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — A dispute over the Republican speaker of the Indiana House’s ability to collect fines from Democrats who boycott the chamber is headed to the Indiana Supreme Court. See the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to take up the Indiana House fining case. Click here. The court decided to […]

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Human trafficking bill headed to the governor in time for the Super Bowl

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a bill Friday to boost the penalties for human trafficking, making it the first bill approved by the General Assembly this year. Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to sign the bill into law before the Super Bowl, which authorities say will draw a […]

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House passes ban on synthetic drugs

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will ban more synthetic drugs passed the Indiana House unanimously Thursday. Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, wrote the legislation because of the increasing use of a drug known as “bath salts.” Smith said he has seen the drug popping up in high schools in his […]

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Local NFL stars pledge to discourage Super Bowl sex trade

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Saturday and Tarrick Glenn have teamed up with Indiana Attorney General Gregg Zoeller to make a stand against human trafficking in Indiana. The Super Bowl is the single biggest human trafficking event in the United States and Zoeller has made it his goal to raise awareness […]

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