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‘Smoker’s bill of rights’ repeal clears the House

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would repeal the “Smoker’s Bill of Rights” passed the House Monday and now moves onto the Senate. The Smoker’s Bill of Rights prevents companies from screening potential hires for tobacco use, which has been linked to illness and decreased productivity. The bill of rights also prevents […]

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Telemedicine law adjusted

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is working on a bill that cleans-up governing language regarding telemedicine, a way for medical professionals to collect medical diagnosis and treatment through technological resources such as Skype. Previous Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, signed a bill into law involving telemedicine practice standards last year. House […]

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Easier access to Cannabidiol advances to Senate

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would create easier access to Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the House unanimously Tuesday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, would make parents of a child with epileptic seizures immune from prosecution or arrest if the CBD oil is being used […]

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Lawmaker: Cannabidiol offers desperate parents option for sick kids

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers want to provide new hope for children with epileptic seizures by creating easier to access Cannabidiol. Under current law possessing Cannabidiol, also called CBD oil, is illegal. Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, said with his bill parents of a child with epileptic seizures and doctors would be immune from […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Bill would make hair braiding without a license legal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A House bill would change requirements for professional hair braiding by allowing individuals to braid hair and get paid for it without a license. “This is predominantly an issue in the African American community of those who have learned this craft from someone who they have inherited, from basically […]

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Youth suicide training bill moves forward after change to frequency

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill requiring teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed committee unanimously Tuesday. Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, who authored House Bill 1430, met with the Department of Education after education committee members voiced their concerns […]

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Bill to raise the smoking age, cigarette tax advances

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are looking into a bill that would raise the cigarette tax and legal smoking age as a way to curb the state’s tobacco habit.   The author of House Bill 1578, Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, said the measure aims to: Raise the cigarette tax up to $2.49 depending […]

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Attorney general at odds with governor over needle exchanges

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill finds himself on the opposite side of Gov. Eric Holcomb and fellow House Republicans on the issue of syringe exchange programs. Hill testified against House Bill 1438, which would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than have to […]

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Petition denouncing total abortion ban delievered

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of Hoosiers gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday with nearly 3,000 signatures on a petition denouncing Rep. Curt Nisly’s proposed total abortion ban. The Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition, which represents 10 Indiana organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, delivered […]

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