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Indiana legislature suspended and government buildings closed due to nationwide security concerns

The Indiana Statehouse will be closed to the public next week and all legislative activities have been suspended due to national security threats expected from demonstrations to begin this weekend and continue to Inauguration Day.

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Following a year filled with racial tension, 2021 could be time for criminal justice reform in Indiana

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Rep. Carolyn Jackson spent 30 years as a probation officer at the Cook County Adult Probation Department. Now her experience informs her legislation. In House Bill 1128, Jackson, D-Hammond, calls for mental health checks for police officers. She was emotional as she said a friend was shot on duty. “They came […]

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Unlawful assembly bill faces pushback—and likely death in committee

Sen. James Tomes, R-Wadesville, and Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, are promoting an 18-page bill that could impose steep punishments on protestors charged with rioting and police officers for negligence, including barring them from government jobs and some public assistance.

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Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline sets the bar for more services to be developed for Hoosiers

In response to COVID-19, Indiana launched the Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline for those whose struggles with mental health have been made more difficult by the pandemic. But the service is soon to end.

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House bill aims to protect Hoosier victims of human trafficking 

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House bill aims to protect Hoosier victims of human trafficking 

Editor’s note: The phone number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888. By Isaac Gleitz  TheStatehouseFile.com  Lawmakers want to ensure that young Hoosiers, including those younger than 14, are protected from human trafficking. If enacted, House Bill 1200 will allow prosecutors to use video testimonies from victims who were under 14 when the offense […]

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Indiana’s HIRE program and PACE Indy help ex-offenders find work

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Indiana’s HIRE program and PACE Indy help ex-offenders find work

By Isaac Gleitz TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Jeannie Reed was released from prison in 2018, she sought guidance from PACE Indy, an Indianapolis organization that enables ex-offenders to support themselves after jail time. “I don’t think I would be where I am today if I hadn’t been able to find this building,” Reed said. “I walked in […]

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Senate Democrats want to see movement on worker protection, police reform and election policies

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Senate Democrats want to see movement on worker protection, police reform and election policies

By Erica Irish & Bekah Eaker  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democrats plan to focus their legislative goals this session on policies that would help working families, enact police reform and change how elections are conducted in the state.  Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, and other leading Senate Democrats unveiled their agenda for the session at a […]

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What difference will federal stimulus package make to Hoosiers?

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What difference will federal stimulus package make to Hoosiers?

By Erica Irish  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Federal aid is on its way to Americans after President Donald Trump signed a coronavirus relief bill into law Sunday night.  The $900 billion stimulus package is the first significant effort in nine months to get financial aid to the people and institutions most affected by the ongoing pandemic. […]

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Holcomb names Notre Dame leader as state’s first inclusion officer

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has named Notre Dame University’s public affairs director as Indiana’s first-ever chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer effective Feb. 1. Karrah A. Herring will report directly to Holcomb as a member of the cabinet and will focus on improving state government operations as well as drive change to remove […]

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Indiana’s foster care to adoption program receives national recognition

By Thomas SamuelTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has been recognized as the best state in the nation at moving foster care children into permanent homes through adoption. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb received a federal award of more than $4.7 million on behalf of Indiana from U.S. Administration of Children and Families Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson in a virtual press event […]

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