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Analysis: New law tries to balance individual rights, police safety

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Analysis: New law tries to balance individual rights, police safety

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill this week that tweaks Indiana’s so-called castle doctrine and aims to overturn an Indiana Supreme Court ruling that banned homeowners from using physical force to stop police from entering their homes – even if the entry was unlawful. The debate at […]

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Daniels to have ‘a long look’ at illegal entry bill before decision to sign or veto

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll sign or veto a bill that is meant to give Hoosiers more authority to block police who try to enter their homes illegally. Senate Bill 1 passed late Friday night – just hours before lawmaker adjourned their […]

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House and Senate vote to overturn Indiana Supreme Court’s illegal entry decision

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The General Assembly passed a bill late Friday that would give Hoosiers more authority to physically block police from entering their homes unlawfully. The bill now moves to Gov. Mitch Daniels to be vetoed or signed into law. Senate Bill 1 is a reaction to a controversial […]

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Lawmakers closing in on deal for illegal entry bill

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters and opponents of a bill meant to give Hoosiers more authority to block police who try to enter their homes illegally battled Wednesday as they tried to finalize legislation before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday the General Assembly will pass […]

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House passes illegal entry legislation; bill moves to Senate to consider changes

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would have more authority to fight against police when they reasonably believe the officers are entering their homes illegally under a bill the House passed on Thursday. The legislation is meant to clarify state law in light of an Indiana Supreme Court decision issued last year […]

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Committee overhauls illegal entry bill to give Hoosiers more right to resist police

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give Hoosiers broad authority to physically resist police entry into their homes if officers are acting illegally. The Courts and Criminal Code Committee passed the bill 9-3 and it moves to the full House for consideration. The […]

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House proposal would give homeowners more authority to resist police entry

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee will consider a proposal Wednesday that would give Hoosiers broad authority to physically resist police entry into their homes if officers are acting illegally. The new language – which would be added to Senate Bill 1 – is a reaction to the Indiana […]

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Illegal entry bill moves to full Senate

By Shelby D. Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – After heated debate, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a measure that would define the circumstances in which citizens can use force to prevent a police officer from entering their homes, but not before amending the bill. Senate Bill 1’s author, Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, introduced the […]

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Lawmakers to consider illegal entry issues

By Shelby Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are divided about whether a measure that would allow people to use force to prevent police officers from illegally entering their homes will become law. Senate Bill 1 is a response to an Indiana Supreme Court decision last year in Barnes v. State. The court ruled […]