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Ohio, Indiana officials explore drone opportunities

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana and Ohio politicians have joined together to try to expand on the states’ opportunities with unmanned aerial vehicles. Although Federal Aviation Administration officials rejected the states’ proposal to become an official drone test site, Rep. Todd Young, R-9th District, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, spent Monday and Tuesday […]

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House sends digital privacy bill to the governor

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has sent the governor legislation that’s meant to protect the privacy of Hoosiers even as digital surveillance becomes easier and more sophisticated. House Bill 1009 requires police to obtain a search warrant before using a phone to track a person’s location or using an unmanned device – […]

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Newspapers, charities among organizations exempted from Do Not Call expansion

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com         INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would expand restrictions on telephone solicitation – after adding an amendment to exempt some types of organizations. Senate Bill 349 would amend the Indiana “Do Not Call” law to include suppliers in consumer transactions and callers in commercial telephone solicitations. […]

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Senate commitee passes digital privacy legislation

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology. The bill’s author, Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said the legislature’s challenge is “to define those conditions and circumstances under which the use of certain technologies should be allowed, […]

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General Assembly launches new website; encounters issues

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A new legislative website launched just in time for the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly – but not without encountering problems with reliability and speed. George Angelone, the executive director of the Legislative Services Agency, said the issues should be resolved by the end of next week. […]

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Appeals court sides with state on auto-dial law but orders constitutional review

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court has ruled that an Indiana law banning most political calls that use automated dialers and recorded messages doesn’t violate federal consumer protection rules. But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals sent a case back to a lower court to decide whether the state law violates […]

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State works to update FAQs, other features on agency websites

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State agencies are working to remake and update the Frequently Asked Questions that appear on their websites as more readers appear to be using the feature. Traffic to the FAQ’s – known as online knowledgebases – increased approximately 30 percent in the last fiscal year, even though […]

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More than 187,000 FSSA clients may have had personal details disclosed

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 187,000 Hoosiers who receive services from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration may have had their personal information – including financial details – leaked to other clients, the agency announced Monday. As many as 4,000 of those clients may also have had their Social Security numbers […]

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Southern Indiana may get new phone numbers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers in the 812 area code will have a chance to comment on a request to add a new area code to southern and south-central Indiana. The telecommunications industry has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission – IURC – for a new area code for the southern portion of […]

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State awards technology grants to schools

Schools that won technology grants: Beech Grove City Schools Burris Laboratory School, Muncie Center Grove Community School Corporation Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation Danville Community School Corporation East Noble School Corporation Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District M S D Wabash County Schools Maconaquah School Corporation Madison Consolidated Schools North Adams Community Schools Northeastern […]

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