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Taylor’s new strategy for proposing hate crime legislation

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the fifth time, Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, will try to get a hate crime law on the books in Indiana. During the 2017 legislative session, he wants to add the hate crime provision to another proposed piece of legislation that is designed to protect police officers. A hate […]

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Veterans suit up for 12th annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride

  By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— More than 100 bikers suited up and took off Friday for the 12th annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride and for retired Army veteran Mike Palmer, it was familiar territory. “I started doing Ride with the Governor with Mitch Daniels,” said Palmer. While the annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride has been a […]

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ACLU, Planned Parenthood files suit challenging new ultrasound requirements

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new state law that changes the requirements of timing an ultrasound before an abortion is going under the microscope. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) challenging the constitutionality of the law that took effect July […]

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Judge grants injunction on state’s controversial abortion law

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial new law will not go into effect Friday after U.S. District Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed the lawsuit after the General Assembly passed a law earlier this year that would have banned abortions based on the fetus’ […]

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World Refugee Day gains attention following Pence’s legal battle

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In light of an international refugee crisis, a group of Hoosiers are taking steps to share the refugee experience. Debasree Dasgupta said it’s time for Americans to open their eyes on this year’s World Refugee Day. “It’s about creating awareness,” said Dasgupta, a University of Indianapolis Health Sciences professor. […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Working to get veterans the benefits they’ve earned

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For Vern Kahl, a five-year Navy veteran, the way the state government handles veterans care and benefits has been very frustrating. When Kahl, 64, came […]

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Families wait years to be united with children adopted from Democratic Republic of Congo

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has more families waiting to bring their children home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo than any other state in the United States. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, offered support and met with one of those families Wednesday morning, along with several parents who successfully adopted children […]

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Several prominent issues head to summer study committees

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, Sunday alcohol sales, sexual misconduct in schools, and bettering the roads of Indiana will all high priority topics of discussion in the Indiana Statehouse this summer. The Legislative Council – a group of top lawmakers from both chambers – […]

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Bathroom guidelines for transgender students leave Pence, Ritz at odds

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence Friday said the federal government has “no business” in mandating all public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. “I have long believed that education is a state and local function,” Pence said in a statement. “Policies regarding the security and privacy […]

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Is RFRA in the rearview?

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the national attention surrounding the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during last year’s the NCAA men’s Final Four, many visitors during this year’s women’s tournament felt comfortable in the city. Nearly 30,000 people came to Indianapolis for the tournament, including Steven Van Fleet who traveled from Connecticut to see […]

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