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Man fights all the way to US Supreme Court to protect his marriage

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A man at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case about marriage equality spoke Friday in Indianapolis, saying he is honoring his late husband with his fight to legalize their union. “When my husband John died, I never thought I would have to fight all the way to […]

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Guest column: Addiction and the anonymous people

By Michael Leppert Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Fairbanks held its Fourteenth Annual Circle of Hope Dinner recently.  I am pretty connected around town, so I got to attend for the second year in a row. Last year, NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter shared his personal story of addiction and recovery. It was fascinating and motivational. […]

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Gambling, education, criminal justice bills still unresolved going into session’s last day

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers were still working late Tuesday to make deals on key bills about gambling, education and local criminal justice programs with just one day left in the 2015 legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said a proposed agreement on the gambling bill will allow riverboat casinos to […]

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Task force will study state tax court operations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State judicial officials are creating a new task force to examine the overall operations of the Indiana Tax Court. The task force will be made up of seven members and will be chaired by Indiana Court of Appeals Judge James S. Kirsch. State Court Administration and the Indiana Judicial […]

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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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Lawmakers debate details of crime fighting bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are continuing to tinker with a plan to send extra cash for crime fighting to Marion, Lake and Allen counties as they face a Thursday deadline for action. Senate Bill 551 creates a pilot program that’s meant to increase the number of police on duty in high crime […]

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Bill to give immunity to volunteer docs, nurses moves back to House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that gives civil immunity to volunteer healthcare providers. House Bill 1145, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, is meant to encourage doctors, nurses and other providers to volunteer their services. The bill does not give civil immunity for events that may occur […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent the governor a bill on Tuesday aims to prevent human trafficking and take care of its victims. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund and allows law enforcement agencies to seize property, including vehicles, that […]

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Bill to provide more time for some rape prosecutions passes House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives police and prosecutors more time to find and charge a rapist in some cases. Senate Bill 94, authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years on cases that have DNA evidence […]

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Bills offer civil immunities for doctors, rescuers, others

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee heard three bills Monday that would grant civil immunities in certain cases for Hoosiers. Bills to provide immunity for volunteer health care providers and individuals who forcibly enter a car in order to rescue a child both passed the committee unanimously. But the committee postponed a […]

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