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Statewide emergency contact database proposed

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation moving through the General Assembly would create a statewide emergency contact database that would enable Hoosiers to be more quickly notified of a family member’s death or serious injury in the case of a road accident. House Bill 1084 would let anyone with a BMV-issued card submit two […]

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DNA swabs for felony arrests passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­ – The Indiana Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would require every person arrested on a felony charge to provide a DNA sample. Senate Bill 322, which was approved 36-13, makes it mandatory that the arrestee submit to a mouth swab to provide the DNA sample. The DNA […]

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Stronger parental rights in daughter’s abortion passes Senate

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change the process for minors to seek an abortion passed the Senate Tuesday. Current Indiana law requires that a minor to have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. However, the adult accompanying the minor is not required to provide […]

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Senate unanimously passes drone bill

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would criminalize the inappropriate use of drones passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 299 establishes four new Class A misdemeanors for misusing drone technology. Author of the bill, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said misuse of a drone covers: a sex offender operating a drone to […]

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Holcomb’s first law: Providing transportation options for students with disabilities

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed his first bill into law, surrounded by Special Olympians Thursday. House Bill 1507 allows Special Olympics groups to rent school buses for the kids to travel to their events. “This bill moved to my desk quickly with bipartisan support, because it is a common-sense, […]

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Old growth forest legislation dies in committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Activists who supported legislation protecting old growth trees in Indiana are saddened to hear it will not pass committee. Senate Bill 420 would have required the Department of Natural Resources to designate at least 10 percent of each state forest as an old growth forest. The bill also required […]

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Easier access to Cannabidiol advances to Senate

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would create easier access to Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the House unanimously Tuesday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, would make parents of a child with epileptic seizures immune from prosecution or arrest if the CBD oil is being used […]

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Activists rally to protect old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers wearing green and carrying signs with sayings like “Let the forest be forest” rallied at the Statehouse in support of protecting old growth trees. Participants at Monday’s Stand Up for Your Forests rally ranged from preschoolers to Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington. They advocated for Senate Bill 420, […]

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Coalition delivers valentines to lawmakers

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition gave out over 2,000 valentines to lawmakers Tuesday to raise awareness for some the bills they support and oppose dealing with reproductive health and food security. Elizabeth Prout, a mother and member of Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition helped pass out valentines and […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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