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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 extend statute of limitation in rape cases

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana lawmaker is pushing a bill that would increase the statute of limitations from five to 10 years in rape cases when an offender confesses or is identified. The bill is part of a package outlined Wednesday by five Central Indiana senators who are concerned about crime in […]

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Bill exempts rolling papers from drug paraphernalia law

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill approved unanimously Tuesday by a Senate committee could make it legal for individuals to possess the paper used to roll marijuana joints because that type of drug paraphernalia has some legal uses. The bill would also reduce the penalties for possession of other drug paraphernalia. Sen. Rodric […]

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Committee passes bill to make decapitation punishable by death

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill unanimously Tuesday that would make murderers eligible for the death penalty if they decapitate or attempt to decapitate a victim who is still alive. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, authored Senate Bill 8 after he learned about an Oklahoma beheading last fall. Steele said […]

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Commentary: What makes the death penalty awful

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, it seems that capital punishment is supposed to be an educational experience for the person being executed. Last month, a St. Joseph County judge ruled that convicted murderer and rapist Michael Dean Overstreet couldn’t be put to death because he has delusions and hallucinations that disconnect him from […]

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Tallian to push legalization of medical marijuana

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After several failed attempts to pass laws that would decriminalize marijuana, state Sen. Karen Tallian has decided to enact a different strategy. In the 2015 session, Tallian, D-Portage, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and establish an agency to create and oversee its […]

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