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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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Video & story: Committee approves bill to fund criminal justice programs

Committee approves funding for community-based corrections programs from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill on Monday that would provide $50 million annually to be used by local governments for community-based rehabilitation programs for criminal offenders. HB 1006 received support from judges, sheriffs and others throughout the […]

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Bill to lengthen divorce goes to study committee instead

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that would have lengthened the waiting period for some divorces will go to a study committee for a more in depth look this summer under changes a committee approved Monday. The Senate Family and Children Committee voted to strip Senate Bill 564 of its original language, which would have […]