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High percentage of Hoosier children end up in state care

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Children in Indiana end up in out-of-home care at more than twice the rate of children in other states, an independent agency investigating conditions in the state’s Department of Child Services found. That and an antiquated data system are two of the issues called out by the Child Welfare Policy and […]

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Bill would add second homicide charge in murder of pregnant woman

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek a second murder charge against a criminal defendant accused of killing a pregnant woman passed out of the Senate Thursday. “This bill, simply put, attacks a criminal defendant, a perpetrator, a third party who would shoot and kill a woman and if that woman […]

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House approves bills to open up access to CBD oil

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Hoosiers are closer to being able to buy CBD oil for their medical needs as a result of actions in the Indiana House this week. On Wednesday, House members unanimously approved House Bill 1137, which makes clear that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are […]

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Guns in church bill clears Senate committee

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would allow persons to carry firearms to worship services that have schools on their property passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. “This bill would simply add and change the law where a person, who can regularly possess a firearm, can possess a firearm,” Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, […]

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Senators support parents’ choice in sex education

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—When it comes to educators, minors and taboo topics likes sex, Indiana’s senators erred on the side of parents Tuesday. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 65, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, 37-12, to require schools to send out permission slips for any in-class discussion on three specific areas of human sexuality: […]

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Senate Republicans sink hate crime legislation

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hate crime legislation appears to be dead for the 2018 session after Senate Republicans Tuesday pulled it, saying they were unable to find common ground to advance the bill. Senate Bill 418 would have allowed judges to weigh everything from race and sex to gender identity and sexual orientation as aggravating […]

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Gary officials demand answers for pharmacy closings

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For some 80,000 residents of Gary, Indiana, access to medicine is becoming an everyday struggle. Karen Freeman Wilson, the city’s mayor, said this is because three different Walgreens pharmacies and one Fagen pharmacy have closed without warning over the past three years. “This is an issue, and we don’t […]

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House approves bill to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Drug dealers would face tougher criminal charges if a customer fatally overdoses on their product under a bill that cleared the Indiana House Monday. House Bill 1359, approved by an 85-12 vote, highlights the higher-level felonies drug dealers could face if one of their customers dies as a result of using […]

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Anti-tobacco bill would increase smoking age to 21

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has been fighting to reduce Indiana’s high smoking rate for nearly 20 years. On Monday, the soon-to-be retired lawmaker got a little closer to his goal. The House Public Health Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1380, Brown’s newest strategy to reduce smoking rates by raising […]

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Press freedom bill for student journalists advances

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration. After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there […]

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