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Zoeller announces new victim services division

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Thursday the addition of a new Victim Services and Outreach Division to his office. The goal is to focus resources on helping victims of sexual assault and abuse. The Attorney General’s Office will offer training and information on human trafficking and other […]

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Indiana leaders differ on needle exchange legislation

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are split on needle exchange legislation with just days until the General Assembly is set to adjourn for the year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Thursday he supports the extension of a temporary needle exchange in Scott County – the epicenter of […]

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Lawmakers still looking for deal on gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An always-evolving gambling bill at the Indiana Statehouse could undergo more changes after a conference committee met Wednesday and then recessed to come up with a deal behind closed doors. Lawmakers are still trying to decide whether to authorize live dealers at the state’s two horse track casinos – […]

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Decapitation bill heads to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would add decapitation to the list of aggravating circumstances that make a murderer eligible for execution passed the House nearly unanimously on Monday. Senate Bill 8 now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill was […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill passes House largely on party lines

Religious Freedom Bill Passes House, Just Steps From Governors Office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House Monday and needs just one final vote before heading to the governor to be signed into law. Supporters say the bill will provide Indiana courts with […]

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Military members could cancel services during deployment

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill on Tuesday that would give active duty National Guard members more protections at home during their term. The Service Member Civil Release Act is a state extension of a federal statute that protects military members across the country. The state version would […]

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Story & video: 5-year-old seeks legislators’ help getting treatment for fatal illness

Senate committee moves ‘right-to-try’ bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – “Please say yes.” That was the simple plea from 5-year-old Jordan McLinn to a Senate committee considering whether to let him and other terminal patients access drugs that might help them but are still available only in clinical trials. Jordan […]

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Construction on Bicentennial Plaza could be underway this fall

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A $2 million project to beautify the plaza west of the Indiana Statehouse could start as soon as September if it’s approved by the General Assembly. The Bicentennial Plaza will include a fountain, an “enduring flame” sculpture, and upright columns that represent Indiana’s 92 counties. Funding for the project […]

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Free financial literacy class launched by Ivy Tech and Hoosier Lottery

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House gets bill that bans abortion based on gender, disabilities

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill passed the Senate on Tuesday that would ban a doctor from performing an abortion if the physician knows the mother is basing her decision on gender selection or fetal disabilities. Senate Bill 334 – authored by Travis Holdman, R-Markle – now moves to the House for […]

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