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Press freedom bill for student journalists advances

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS β€” Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration. After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there […]

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INSPECT bill could slow spread of opioid addiction

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS β€” Legislation that would require all medical practitioners to use state prescription-monitoring software, before prescribing opioids, passes 47-1 in the Senate. Senate Bill 221, authored by Erin Houchin, R-Salem, requires doctors to have access to INSPECT, a website to allow practitioners to check a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. Houchin said […]

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House training bill to require sexual harassment training

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS β€” The House approved an amendment to add yearly sexual assault training to a bill requiring training for elected officials. House Bill 1309 would require newly elected officials to complete training courses before taking their seat in office. This amendment adds at least one hour of yearly sexual harassment training […]

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Medical marijuana goes to interim study committee

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLISβ€”The Indiana House unanimously passed a resolution that would have an interim legislative study committee take up the issue of medical marijuana. The committee, which would meet later next summer or fall, will explore whether there are medical benefits to the use of marijuana, which is currently classified as a Schedule […]