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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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Video: Bill is meant to help minors who need help after drinking

A bill that would grant immunity to minors who are drinking but call the police for friends in need has passed the Indiana Senate and is headed to the House for consideration. See our story about the issue.   Alcohol immunity bill passes Indiana Senate from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Senate passes bill to encourage young drinkers to call for help

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will grant immunity to minors who are drinking but call 911 to help a friend passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 274 now moves to the House for consideration. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said the idea came from student government officials at four […]

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Committee passes bath salts bill; pot legislation likely to die

Listen to the radio version of this story: By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee passed legislation Tuesday that is meant to help police crack down on a synthetic drug known as “bath salts,” sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration. But members of the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters […]

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Senate passes bill to allow Hoosiers to resist police entry – sometimes

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would give Hoosiers some ability to resist police who enter their homes illegally passed the Senate 45-5 on Monday. Senate Bill 1 now moves the House. The bill, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, is a response to Hoosiers’ concerns about Barnes v. State, […]

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