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Guns in schools bill moves forward in Senate

By Maddie Alexander and Annah Elliott TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would allow trained ex-law enforcement officers to carry guns in schools easily passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday by a 10-1 margin. The author of Senate Bill 69, Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, alluded to a recent church shooting where the gunman was killed by an armed […]

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2020 preview: Marijuana reform bills filed in House and Senate

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Efforts to reform Indiana’s cannabis laws that some legislators called a “hot mess” have begun for the 2020 session. Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, filed three bills as part of her marijuana reform package in the Senate. One bill would reverse a provision in Senate Enrolled Act 516 that made smokable […]

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BMV proposes new rule to change gender on driver’s license

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Proposed changes to the rules allowing Hoosiers to legally change their gender on their driver’s licenses creates a process that is cumbersome and bureaucratic, critics say. The public will have a chance to be heard Monday when Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is holding a hearing on the proposed changes. One […]

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Finance study committee meets to discuss payday lending

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS––Lawmakers listened to four hours of testimony Thursday in an effort to determine how the legislature should handle the payday lending issue in Indiana. The Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance convened its first meeting of four scheduled throughout the fall on a number of topics, and the first […]

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Adolescent suicides have increased, new data show

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Suicide among children and youth—particularly among young men—is on the rise in Indiana, according to new findings released at a state commission meeting Wednesday. Jason Murrey, Indiana’s statewide suicide prevention coordinator, presented the new data to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana at its meeting, which was […]

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Women’s suffrage commission plans events for centennial

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Dr. Mary F. Thomas made an impassioned plea to Indiana lawmakers to grant women the right to vote and to reform the state’s property laws, she stood before an all-male legislature. “As mothers, as wives, as daughters, as sisters, and lastly as human beings, alike responsible with yourselves to God […]

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DCS and governor sued over level of care for vulnerable children

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A disability rights group has sued the state’s Department of Child Services to force change at an agency that has high numbers of children in an overburdened foster care system. Indiana Disability Rights, an Indianapolis organization that advocates on behalf of children, filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District […]

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Child Services agency sees improvements year after critical report

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Staff turnover is down, caseload sizes are dropping and the ratio of supervisors to case managers has improved in the year since an outside review found numerous shortcomings in the Indiana Department of Child Services. Information and updates about the progress at DCS were shared Thursday when Gov. Eric Holcomb held […]

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‘Is your family complete?’: Experts say Indiana surrogates need legal protections and social visibility

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After Fort Wayne mother Laura Wheeler spent several years caring for her three children with her husband, she felt her personal family was complete. With a husband who could support the family financially through his work as an attorney and with the help of benefits from time served in […]

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ACLU challenging state over abortion law

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s newest anti-abortion legislation is facing a legal challenge in federal court, less than a day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the measure into law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Thursday challenging House Enrolled Act 1211, which bans a form of a second trimester […]

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