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Indiana courts to be all digital as soon as 2018

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court justices envision a future where accessing most court records can be as easy as opening a laptop. E-filing is expected to be used by every county in Indiana by the end of next year or by the beginning of 2019. According to the Indiana Supreme Court’s […]

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Lawmakers to study invoking parental privilege in court

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are taking a closer look at a bill that would allow parents to invoke parental privilege in court. If enacted, Senate Bill 99 would allow parents to not testify against their child in court. Monica Kelsey, a medic and firefighter from Woodburn, said she was on duty when […]

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New protections for police officers being discussed by lawmakers

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are discussing strengthening penalties when a law enforcement officer or their family is harmed, regardless of whether they are on- or off-duty. “With the recent targeting and violence against police officers, it’s imperative for Indiana to update its laws to protect our public safety officers both on- […]

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Court upholds Indiana law limiting chilled beer sales

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chilled beer won’t be sold at Hoosier grocery stores, convenience stores or big-box stores anytime soon. “Unfortunately, Hoosiers are left with no choice but to patronize liquor stores to purchase their cold beer,” Scot Imus, executive director of Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, said in a statement. “We […]

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Appeals court judge rules election process of Marion County judges is unconstitutional

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An appeals court judge has ruled that the process used to elect new judges in Marion County is unconstitutional. “There is no more important right in our Constitution than that of exercising a meaningful vote,” said Ken Falk, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana legal director, in a statement. […]

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Appeals Court rules former DOC employee can marry inmate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that prevented a former Indiana Department of Corrections worker to marry an inmate. The American Civil Liberties Union brought the case on behalf of Rebecca Riker, former employee of an Indiana Department of Corrections at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in […]

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Gov. Pence appoints new judge to the Indiana Court of Appeals

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence appointed a new judge to the Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday. Judge Robert Altice, currently the Marion County Superior Court judge, was appointed to take the second district spot in the Indiana Court of Appeals. “I really look forward to serving the public at this […]

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U.S. Supreme Court keeps Obamacare subsidies in place in Indiana, elsewhere

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 160,000 Hoosiers will keep their Obamacare health insurance subsidies under a ruling Thursday from the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court upheld a decision by the Internal Revenue Service to provide tax breaks to citizens who buy insurance through local health exchanges – even if those marketplaces […]

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Pair facing more than 90 felony counts after an investigation reveals food stamp fraud

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation has ended in the arrest of two Indianapolis residents accused of running a scheme that defrauded the state’s food stamp program. Tarita Vaughner and Reginald McGraw were arrested and charged with more than 90 felony counts. Vaughner, who was an employee of Xerox, which administers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

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Court of Appeals names its next administrator

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Court of Appeals has selected attorney Larry Morris as its new court administrator. Morris will assume the role Oct. 1. Morris will succeed Steve Lancaster, who is retiring after 20 years with the court. Morris has been the senior law clerk for Judge Ezra Friedlander for 22 years. “I’m […]

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