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Emergency contact database bill moves to the governor

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to create and maintain an emergency contact database for Hoosiers. House Bill 1084 would require law enforcement to reach out to the emergency contacts of a person injured in a car accident within a […]

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Driver’s license bill for foster children on its way to the governor

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will allow foster children to obtain a driver’s license is on its way to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 366 would allow foster children between the ages of 16 and 18 to get a license and insurance after going through court a review by the juvenile […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars approved by the Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who have the urge to save pets from hot cars are on the way to getting that privilege. The Senate voted 39-9 Thursday to approve giving immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person who breaks into a vehicle to rescue a hot pet. However, for the […]

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‘Tesla bill’ passes Senate with zero changes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would prevent Hoosiers from buying cars directly from auto manufacturers passed the Senate Thursday with no changes. With the exception of Tesla, House Bill 1592 specifically bars direct customer sales by auto manufacturers if more than 1,000 vehicles are sold or six years after the initial […]

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Giving state police the ability to dispose of firearms

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State police could soon have procedure for returning or disposing of firearms confiscated for criminal reasons without further court order. Senate Bill 191 passed the House on Wednesday, with a vote of 94-2. State police would be required to hold onto the gun for 180 days and the agency […]

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Domestic violence gun bill moved to summer study committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed people with a civil protection order to carry a handgun without a license has been pushed to a study committee. The Senate voted 42-5 to have the committee to consider whether people aged 18 and up and have a civil protection order against […]

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Fate of Airbnb-style rentals bill up in the air

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Changes made to a short-term rentals bill earlier in the week were erased in the Senate Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which would prevent local governments from banning the Airbnb-style businesses, was amended to require short-term rental hosts to obtain and pay for a permit in order to operate their business. […]

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Taking a drug test? Use your own urine

Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Using someone else’s urine to pass a drug test might have crossed some Hoosiers minds in the past. State lawmakers are about to make that illegal. House Bill 1104, sponsored by Sen. James Merritt R-Indianapolis, will make it a misdemeanor for the use and selling of another person’s urine or synthetic […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill stalls in committee

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial bill that would have required doctors to tell those who receive an abortion-inducing drug that the procedure may be reversed is likely dead for this legislative session. The legislation passed the House 54-41, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, confirmed Thursday that the bill […]

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Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]

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