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Criminal use of drones penalties fly to governor

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly is working to keep up with drone technology. Senate Bill 299, which creates penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s privacy, is headed to the governor’s desk for his consideration. Under this legislation, misuse of a drone includes the following: a sex offender […]

‘Sanctuary campus’ legislation heads to governor’s desk

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges and universities could soon be prohibited from declaring themselves a “sanctuary campus” if Gov. Eric Holcomb signs one Senate bill into law. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011 that prohibits sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is one […]

Issues with vaping bill unresolved

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – House and Senate members are hashing out differences over a bill that will overhaul the state’s current vaping law, which created a monopoly in the industry. “In general the bill is in the form I like it in. There may be some minor tweaks,” Sen. Randy Head, R- Logansport, […]

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Pharmacists could soon administer more vaccines

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could soon go no farther than their local pharmacy for more of their shots. Senate Bill 51 looks to expand the number of vaccines pharmacists can administer, as the current number sits at just six. The neighboring states of Illinois and Kentucky have no limits on the types […]

Commentary: A powerful lesson spoiled, maybe

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Commentary: A powerful lesson spoiled, maybe

By Diana Hadley Special to TheStatehouseFile.com This should be a success story about students who worked on legislation passed to protect student journalists. It should be, but right now it isn’t. Several of Indiana’s high school and college student journalists, publications advisers and directors of Indiana’s press associations have worked with Rep. Ed Clere, R-New […]

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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No ATV helmet could soon be a problem

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Underage ATV riders might want to start looking up the prices of helmets to wear. The governor will soon consider whether to sign House Bill 1200 into law. The legislation would require off-road vehicle drivers and passengers younger than 18 years old to wear helmets. “The Senate did make […]

General Assembly OKs armor-piercing bullets for police only

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill allowing Indiana law enforcement agencies to use armor-piercing ammunition moved one step closer to becoming law. House Bill 1095 passed the House floor for the final time with a 91-2 vote Tuesday. The legislation would adopt the federal definition of armor-piercing bullets, which are ones made entirely […]