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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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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill passes House largely on party lines

Religious Freedom Bill Passes House, Just Steps From Governors Office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House Monday and needs just one final vote before heading to the governor to be signed into law. Supporters say the bill will provide Indiana courts with […]

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Human trafficking bill heads to governor for signature

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is heading to Gov. Mike Pence for final approval. HB 1216 requires the superintendent of the Indiana State Police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when a child is reported missing. It also provides […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to full Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is moving through the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1216 – authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette – requires the superintendent of state police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when encountering a […]

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Commentary: ‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Troy Riggs has a problem and a plan. The problem, the Indianapolis public safety director explains as we talk on the air, is one that’s been in the news. Last year, 135 people were murdered in Indianapolis. That was the highest total in eight years. That is bad, but […]

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Senate passes crime fighting pilot legislation

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that creates a crime fighting pilot project that would benefit Marion, Lake and Allen counties. The bill moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 551, authored by Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, would increase the amount of on-duty officers in the three […]

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Commit a drug felony? Bill says no Sudafed for you without a prescription

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would make it more difficult for criminals to purchase products used in the production of meth. The bill moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires individuals convicted of drug-related felonies to obtain […]

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Bill would focus community corrections programs on addiction, mental health treatment

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower level felons would get mental health and addiction help in their home communities under legislation the Indiana House approved unanimously Monday. House Bill 1006 – which now moves to the Senate – creates a structure through which millions of dollars are expected to flow to community corrections and […]

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