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30 Laws in 30 Days: Adoptees to find answers to long held questions

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehousFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — When Laura Aughe had her daughter in 1998, it was as if the baby was a missing puzzle piece in her life. That was the […]

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Adoptees ask for access to sealed records

By Jasmine Otam The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working on legislation that would change the lives of adoptees and their parents. Senate Bill 91, authored by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, would open up adoption records, including their biological parents’ health records and the adoptee’s sealed birth certificates, from 1941 to 1994. A contact preference […]

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Support grows for opening adoption records

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow a birth parent to be contacted directly or through an intermediary passed the Senate Thursday. “Melissa Shelton contacted me on this issue. We have worked on this issue for eight years,” said Sen. Michael Delph, R-Carmel, author of Senate Bill 91. “She wanted to […]

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Lawmakers seek AG investigation into Humane Society of US fundraising

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of six lawmakers wants the state to investigate the Humane Society of the United States, accusing the group of deceptive fundraising tactics. The lawmakers – led by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford – wrote to Attorney General Greg Zoeller to ask him to look into the society, which […]

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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: Senate defeats constitutional ‘right-to-farm’ proposal

Right to Farm amendment dies in Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate stopped the controversial right-to-farm resolution in its tracks on Tuesday – to the delight of environmental groups that had been fighting it. The Senate voted 28-22 against the proposal, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution […]

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Senate committee passes right-to-farm amendment even as some farmers say no

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday meant to protect the rights of farmers – but it was farmers who came out to oppose the legislation. The right-to-farm and ranch amendment is meant to protect property rights for farmers and guarantee that Hoosiers can “engage in diverse […]

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Measure to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing moves to full Senate

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Hoosiers’ right to hunt and fish is one step closer to becoming etched in the state’s constitution. The same proposed constitutional amendment passed the General Assembly last year. But because the resolution would change the constitution, it must pass two, separately-elected legislatures. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, author of […]

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Decapitation legislation passes Senate, moves to House

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would make people who decapitate or attempt to decapitate a victim while he or she is still alive eligible for the death penalty passed the Indiana Senate on Thursday. The bill passed 45-4 and is moving to the full House for consideration Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, […]

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Committee passes bill to make decapitation punishable by death

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill unanimously Tuesday that would make murderers eligible for the death penalty if they decapitate or attempt to decapitate a victim who is still alive. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, authored Senate Bill 8 after he learned about an Oklahoma beheading last fall. Steele said […]

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