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Cannabidiol bill advances to full Senate for action

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation to make it easier for parents whose children have medical conditions like epilepsy get access to cannabidiol passed a Senate committee Wednesday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, cleared the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 7-2 despite objections from prosecutors. Cannabidiol, also known […]

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Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership creates lifetime bonds

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nidia Cuevas dreams of the day she can serve Hoosier families as a nurse. Cuevas, an Indianapolis resident, was 19 when she found out she was pregnant with Oliver, her now two-year-old son. “In the beginning, I was a bit lost with my pregnancy. I was worried about school, […]

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Some lawmakers fear Hoosier health care threatened by GOP plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Republicans support the GOP health care plan that could replace 7-year-old Obamacare, but Democrats fear the policy could be disastrous for Hoosiers. The U.S. House of Representatives delayed an expected vote Thursday on their version of a health care plan, the American Health Care Act. If enacted, the […]

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Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

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Parental rights versus child safety debated in abortion bill

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 10 times a year, Marilyn Moores sees young girls expelled from their home or abused by their parents after telling them of their decision to seek an abortion. Moores, presiding judge of the Marion County Juvenile Court, fears a Senate bill moving through the House Public Policy Committee […]

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Rally to encourage lawmakers to improve access to healthy food

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — Advocates held a rally Tuesday to push lawmakers to consider legislation that would improve access to healthy food. The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition supports Senate Bill 277, which would provide grants for businesses that want to offer fresh foods in the areas that desperately need them. Retailers could […]

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Trump talks healthcare to Hoosiers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  LOUISVILLE — For 33-year-old Nathan Lewis, a short trip down I-65 from Campbellsburg, Indiana to Louisville was a breeze if it meant being just feet away from President Donald Trump. Lewis and several of his Hoosier relatives made the short trek to the Kentucky Exposition Center Monday to hear Trump talk […]

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Pharmacists would have power to dispense vaccines under proposed law

By Taylor Brown TheStateouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping a bill that would give pharmacist the authority to dispense certain drugs will increase the rate of immunizations and decrease the number of smokers in Indiana. House Bill 1540 would allow the state health commissioner or designated public health authority to issues a statewide standing order, […]

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Mother battling cervical cancer asks lawmakers for help

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the young age of 27, Erica Frazier’s life was changed forever. That is when she found out she had cervical cancer — a painful experience no woman ever wants to go through. “I have a 7-year-old son at home and I’ve had cancer more than half of his […]

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Bill protects schools that provide emergency medication

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill moving through the Statehouse would protect school employees from liability if they administer life-saving medications to their students. Senate Bill 392 was heard by the House Education Committee Thursday and it would allow schools to provide, store and fill epinephrine, albuterol and naloxone, which are used in […]

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