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Hoosiers fear what changes to healthcare might bring

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — In the hours leading up to the vote in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Hoosiers were feeling unsure of what’s to come. Thursday, before Congress voted for the repeal of ACA, a handful of Hoosiers gathered at the Indiana Democratic Party headquarters to urge Indiana’s […]

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New syringe exchange law causes hope and concern in Scott County

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  AUSTIN, Indiana — While walking down the streets of Austin, the sounds of dogs barking and sight of the trash in the ditches distract from the smaller, less noticeable objects lying on the ground: syringes. The bright orange caps are the only thing that help the needles stand out in the […]

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Convenience store owners happy with no cigarette tax hike

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— A convenience store executive is relieved that the Indiana General Assembly rejected a $1 a pack tax on cigarettes that would have hurt business at his company’s chain of stores. But the failure to raise the cigarette tax was a missed opportunity to reduce smoking rates in Indiana, the American […]

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Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the Senate on Thursday. House Bill 1148, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would make the use of CBD oil legal for the treatment of specific forms of epilepsy […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes to governor unanimously

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill requiring teachers and staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness is headed to the governor. The latest version of House Bill 1430 combines its contents with Senate Bill 506, which creates more extensive suicide training requirements than […]

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Minors seeking abortion will need parental consent in writing

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that places new hurdles in front of a minor seeking an abortion passed out of the Indiana Senate Wednesday after a review of changes made in the House. Senate Bill 404 would require that before a minor can have an abortion her parent, legal guardian or custodian […]

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Issues with vaping bill unresolved

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – House and Senate members are hashing out differences over a bill that will overhaul the state’s current vaping law, which created a monopoly in the industry. “In general the bill is in the form I like it in. There may be some minor tweaks,” Sen. Randy Head, R- Logansport, […]

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Pharmacists could soon administer more vaccines

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could soon go no farther than their local pharmacy for more of their shots. Senate Bill 51 looks to expand the number of vaccines pharmacists can administer, as the current number sits at just six. The neighboring states of Illinois and Kentucky have no limits on the types […]

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Cannabidiol bill for epileptic seizures moves closer to becoming law

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Separate bills to legalize the use of cannabidiol to treat epileptic seizures passed the Indiana House and Senate Thursday. The House passed Senate Bill 15 by a 94-0 margin while House Bill 1148 cleared the Senate by a 35-13 vote after some members expressed concern about whether the drug […]

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Syringe exchange bill passes Senate after spirited debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would shorten the process for a county to open up its own needle exchange program passed the Senate Thursday after a lively debate over whether it promotes drug use. The debate centered on whether the kits provided through needle exchange programs supplies drug users with some […]

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