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Senate approves bill to train minimum security inmates

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow the Department of Corrections to establish a specialized vocational program to train minimum-security inmates in various trades passed the Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 173, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed 49-1. The bill is meant to help minimum security inmates get back […]

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Bill changes statute of limitations on rape cases

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on rape cases passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 94, which would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years if the state finds DNA evidence or a suspect confesses to the crime, is authored by […]

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Legislation meant to help children who are runaways

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth runaway every year in the United States. Often, their parents don’t always know where to turn. But a proposed bill could help push parents in the right direction. If passed into law, House Bill 1216 would require the Indiana State Police to distribute […]

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Bill would add years for some firearms charges

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would add an additional 20 years to sentences for some firearms charges. Senate Bill 559 would tack an extra 20 years onto a criminal’s sentence if he or she aimed or shot a firearm at a law enforcement officer while committing a […]

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Success unlikely for bills to require prescriptions for some cold medicines

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bills aiming to reduce Indiana’s meth problem by requiring prescriptions for some cold medicines probably won’t be considered in House or Senate committees this session, key lawmakers said. House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said he doesn’t want to make it harder for Hoosiers to get the […]

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Bill to making rolling papers legal, change other paraphernalia laws moves to House

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Drug paraphernalia regulations may be changing. The bill stipulating that rolling papers – the paper used to roll marijuana joints – would no longer be considered drug paraphernalia unanimously passed the Senate on Thursday. When reviewing a law that passed last session, Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, found that possession […]

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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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Bill aims to help kids who’ve been trafficked into sex trade

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Parents of missing children could receive additional help if a bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the House Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee becomes law. House Bill 1216, authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R- West Lafayette, would require the Indiana State Police superintendent to create a pamphlet to be […]

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Bill to extend statute of limitations on rape moves to full Senate

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Keith Morris, a victim of a sexual assault as a child, found himself unable to seek justice for the crime committed against him. After 24 years of processing the incident, he finally came forward and shared what he had experienced, but nothing could be done because the statute of […]

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Bill would open records for older adoptions

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that is meant to save lives and reconnect families. Senate Bill 325 would allow individuals who were adopted before Jan. 1, 1994 to obtain pre-adoption, identifying information – unless the case has a non-release provision on file. If passed, Indiana would become […]

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