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Lawmakers weigh differences between two different Cannabidiol bills

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers from the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate wrangled Thursday over similar bills to legalize cannabidiol treatment for people with epilepsy, but didn’t vote for either one. They said they would take the discussion up at their next meeting. Cannabidiol, or CBD is found in the seeds, stalk, […]

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Hoosier Holocaust survivor honored with Sachem Award

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Seventy-three years ago, Eva Mozes Kor watched as her family was ripped apart at the gates of a concentration camp, never to be seen again. Just days before, Kor was packed into a cattle car with hundreds of other Jews, including her parents and three sisters. Her family traveled […]

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Bill requiring DNA collection with a felony arrest on final step

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample is headed to the governor’s desk for his final decision. Senate Bill 322 requires the sample to be taken by a cheek swab along with fingerprints, photographs during the arrest. The DNA will go to through […]

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School prayer bill heading to governor’s desk

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — A bill extending religious expression rights in schools is headed to the governor’s desk, despite concerns of the legislation stepping on or merely repeating First Amendment rights. Although House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing […]

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‘Baby box’ bill sent to the governor’s desk

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation designed to protect distressed mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns is taking the final steps toward becoming law in Indiana. Under the Safe Haven law, a mother is allowed to give up her baby at a police station, fire station or a hospital emergency room […]

Who should pay for damages when rescuing pets from hot cars?

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are at odds over whether people who rescue animals from a hot car should pay to repair damages to the vehicle. House Bill 1085 would allow someone to break into a vehicle if they reasonably believe the animal is in true danger, contact law enforcement or 911, use […]

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Ricker’s issue could lead to overhaul of state’s alcohol laws

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A dispute over who can sell cold beer could push lawmakers to rewrite the state’s alcohol laws. Ricker’s convenience stores began selling cold carry-out beer after obtaining a restaurant license for two of their locations by selling made-to-order Tex-Mex style food. That’s left lawmakers questioning how the Alcohol and […]

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Commentary: Waking up from dreamland

Commentary: Waking up from dreamland

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Who among us does not have some experience, in some way, with addiction? For the few Americans who can raise their hand to that question, my best advice is to count your blessings today and to not bet on that winning streak continuing tomorrow. I bought an important book last year, […]