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Minority Leader Pelath: Civil rights discussions are not over

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— House Democratic Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is ready to bring the LGBT civil rights debate back to the Statehouse this year. “This issue is not over, just because they decide not to bring a bill down on a calendar in one house doesn’t mean that we stop talking about […]

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LGBT civil rights bill dies for this session, expected to return next

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The LGBT community will have to wait to find out if the state will extend protections to them. “After several, several, several months of honest, good-faith discussion, it has become apparent that Senate Bill 344 lacks the support in our Senate to advance any further. And as a result, […]

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Organizations pushing legislators to improve veteran services

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four organizations came together Friday to announce their support for legislation to help veterans. “We’re so excited to be working together with these other three organizations collectively for nearly half a million Hoosier veterans,” Larry Lowry, commander of the American Legion in Indiana. “We’re also excited to openly work […]

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LGBT rights bill faces a new barrier

By Jay Siskin, Amanda Creech and Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The first LGBT civil rights bill to make progress in the legislature this year is facing a new hurdle. “I have yet to talk to someone who thinks the bill is a good idea,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. “It is hard to […]

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LGBT civil rights move forward without the T

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana remains divided, once again, over how to handle LGBT civil rights. Senate Bill 344 passed the Senate Rules and Legislative Committee 7-5 Wednesday. The bill would offer protections to gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, but does not extend rights to transgendered people. Instead, the bill calls for a […]

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RFRA rewrite dies in committee meeting with no discussion

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Dressed in red, opponents of a bill they coined “Super RFRA” filled the committee room in order to listen to and participate in the deliberation of the Judiciary Committee. However, there was no discussion when the bill died with no testimony and no committee vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 66 […]

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Legislators could be packing heat in the Statehouse soon

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A gun rights bill could allow members and employees of the General Assembly to carry a handgun in the Statehouse if they have a valid Indiana license. “The people that work here at the Statehouse all have a right to defend themselves against some attack or something that could […]

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Support grows for opening adoption records

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow a birth parent to be contacted directly or through an intermediary passed the Senate Thursday. “Melissa Shelton contacted me on this issue. We have worked on this issue for eight years,” said Sen. Michael Delph, R-Carmel, author of Senate Bill 91. “She wanted to […]

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Gender issue bill would affect intersex children in custody of the state

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, hopes his bill about consent for intersex children in state custody will open up a broader discussion on gender issues. “It’s not a familiar topic,” Clere said. “I’m hoping to spark interest in the issue here in Indiana.” House Bill 1242 would prevent intersex […]

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Alternative civil rights bill doesn’t include transgender protections

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An alternative civil rights bill defines sexual orientation as “actual or perceived bisexuality, heterosexuality, or homosexuality” but does not extend rights to transgender individuals. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said Senate Bill 344 has not been created to replace a separate civil rights bill, Senate Bill 100. He said the […]

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