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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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Lawmakers hope ‘baby boxes’ will aid distressed mothers

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Distressed mothers soon could have the option of anonymously dropping off their newborns in box designed to shelter the child until help can arrive. “Often times the little children are in a basket wrapped in blankets on steps of a church or a local fire station. The mothers care […]

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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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