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Senate passes bill to boost sentences for attending animal fights

Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would boost penalties for attending an animal fight passed the Senate on Thursday, despite concern about increasing the number of felony crimes. Senate Bill 11 now moves to the full House. “It is time we take steps to end this heinous thing,” said Sen. Jim […]

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Bill grants immunity to underage drinkers who seek help for friends

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Many parents and students know the feeling of losing a child or friend to an alcohol-related death. Lawmakers in Indiana say they want to adopt a measure to prevent some of those deaths from happening. Senate Bill 274 would grant immunity from arrest and prosecution to anyone […]

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Video: Committee passes ban on novelty lighters

Video: Novelty Lighters – The Statehouse File from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee passed legislation Tuesday that would ban selling lighters that look like toys. The bill’s author, Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, said he proposed the ban because he […]

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Man gets 33 years in sextortion case

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A federal court Friday sentence Trevor Shea to 33 years in prison in a “sextortion” case after Shea pled guilty to seven different counts of child pornography. The court also sentenced Shea to lifetime supervision when he gets out of prison. “Today’s hearing brings an end to […]

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Lawmakers want to tighten controls on synthetic drugs

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Indiana House of Representatives are considering a measure they say would keep them a step ahead of people who create synthetic drugs, at least for now. There has been an outbreak in the past couple years of a new drug known as “bath salts” […]

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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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