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30 Laws in 30 Days: Victims to be notified of offender’s changed release date

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The state is aiming to keep victims out of the dark when it comes to the release date of their perpetrator. Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, and […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Pawnshops allowed to accept additional firearms for loans

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For years gun owners could secure a loan at a pawnshop with a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, but handguns were a different […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Families to receive diplomas for deceased high school seniors

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Jerrold Parker was only weeks away from finishing his classes at Pike High School when he was murdered in Indianapolis on February 3, 2016. “It feels […]

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30 laws in 30 days: State cleans up definition of pyramid scheme and toughens penalty

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 22nd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is beefing up the possible fine for an illegal pyramid scheme violation from the current fine of $500 to $10,000. The new law goes into […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Police presence could increase on hospital campuses

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Hospitals around the state could be beefing up security if they take advantage of a new state law. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, authored Senate Enacted Bill 112. […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Misuse of drones won’t fly under new law

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS­— Before he even had a driver’s license, Blaine Fuhs had his own business, Fuhs Video. At 15 years old, Fuhs had aspirations to work for the then-up-and-coming […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: New law aims to make volunteer firefighters more visible on the road

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s volunteer firefighters will soon be allowed to affix a blue LED light on their personal vehicles for use when responding to an emergency call. The General Assembly passed House Bill 1038 earlier this year. The law aims to clear up some confusion as to whether LEDs were a […]

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30 laws in 30 days: New law expected to decrease farmland property taxes

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Maloney has farmed all his life. As a fourth-generation farmer, Maloney has never had another job. His 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Brownsburg, Indiana, have been around since 1861, and Maloney said he hopes they’ll be around for much longer. But the state hasn’t made […]

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New law: Inmates to go off site for career training

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State prisons can now take inmates off site for career training meant to ensure they can earn a living wage once released. Starting July 1, Senate Bill 173 authored by Sen. Michael Young, R–Indianapolis, will allow minimum security inmates to be eligible for offsite training by the DOC. Offenders […]

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New law: State bans microbeads out of concerns about fish, Great Lakes

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is following in the footsteps of several other states including New York and Illinois concerning synthetic plastic microbeads. Manufacturers will no longer be able to produce personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on Dec. 31, 2017. One year later, retailers will not be able to sell […]

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