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Concerns raised over possible tax hike for electric cars

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, both voiced concerns about a potential rate increase proposed by Indianapolis Power and Light that could help fund some of the start up costs for the BlueIndy project. The request for a 44 cent, per month, per […]

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30 Laws: Hoosiers will get more privacy protection under new laws

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Police will soon have to get a warrant when attempting to access an individual’s cell phone or when obtaining information using a drone. House Bills 1009 and 1394 – which take effect July 1 – are meant to protect Hoosier privacy and establish limits on what law enforcement officials […]

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30 Laws: State tightens up do-not-call list

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will prohibit a telephone solicitor from helping another person in violating the Do Not Call law or the autodialer law. Bryan Corbin, public information officer for Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, said some companies have intentionally tried to evade the […]

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Text-to-911 now available in some counties for Verizon customers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosiers will now be able to text 911 for help and be connected to their local emergency centers – although the service is not yet available in all areas or through all mobile carriers. State officials say the new 911 texting service will be especially helpful for […]

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State revamps website, mobile app

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s administration announced Wednesday the release of the IN.gov and IN.gov iOS app. The new site is targeted towards mobile users and lets users personalize content through my.IN.gov. Location Navigation consists of a more intuitive design to make it easier to find agencies. The site contains seven […]

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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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