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Bill to curb heroin epidemic heads to the House

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would allow emergency medical service providers to hold drug users in the emergency room after receiving a dose of Narcan is on its way to the Indiana House. “I don’t want to hold someone against their will, but I also don’t want to see someone die,” Sen. […]

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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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‘Sanctuary campus’ bill passes Senate after debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges could soon see changes to what they are required to disclose with the government through one Republican lawmaker’s bill. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011, that prohibits sanctuary cities — cities that said they will not […]

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Program dedicated to help Hoosier students celebrates 10th anniversary

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sixty junior and senior high school students wearing blue shirts gathered at the Statehouse in honor of the 10th anniversary of Indiana’s Jobs for America Graduates program. “JAG, paired with the best specialists in the world, make children feel that they mean something in this world and that there […]

Commentary: Don’t underestimate that guy named Joe

Commentary: Don’t underestimate that guy named Joe

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Although it might seem a little early to start talking about the 2018 elections, I think it’s only fair to point out that Joe Donnelly won’t be a pushover come next year. And even though Republicans in Indiana walked away with just about everything but the kitchen sink last year, anyone […]

Video: Program dedicated to help Hoosier students celebrates 10th anniversary

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Later school start date fails with a tie vote

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Hoosier students will continue to go back to school as early as July after an effort to push the school start back date to the end of August failed.  “Ten years ago school started starting earlier. Now there are schools that are starting in July,” Sen. Jean Leising, […]

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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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Senate vaping bill moves full steam ahead to the House

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that strives to fix Indiana’s current vaping law, part of which was ruled unconstitutional, passed the Senate Tuesday. Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, said she voted and spoke against Indiana’s current law regarding the vaping industry last year with the fear it would give undue control to […]

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