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Tax amnesty set for Sept. 15-Nov. 16

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Delinquent state taxpayers will have a chance to pay up without penalty under a tax amnesty program that will take place this fall. Gov. Mike Pence on Monday announced the dates for the amnesty will be Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. The goal is to collect at least $84 […]

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New law: “Jenny’s Law” extends statute of limitations for rape

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On April 29, Gov. Mike Pence picked up the phone and called Jenny Wendt Ewing. She’s a rape victim whose assailant confessed and went free because of the state’s statute of limitations. And Pence wanted to tell her that what has become known as “Jenny’s law” – which extends […]

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Zoeller announces new victim services division

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Thursday the addition of a new Victim Services and Outreach Division to his office. The goal is to focus resources on helping victims of sexual assault and abuse. The Attorney General’s Office will offer training and information on human trafficking and other […]

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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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Pence signs public safety bills

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a series of bills on Wednesday all aimed at making Indiana a safer place to live and visit. “Indiana should be the worst place in the nation to commit a crime,” said Pence, “and the best place to get a second chance once you’ve done […]

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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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Analysis: Addiction is a societal problem, one that must be tackled

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There was a time when I looked at addicts as people who made poor choices in their lives and refused to take responsibility for their actions. I had little interest in government-funded programs to serve people I believed had brought their problems on themselves. Today, I believe I had […]

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Indiana leaders differ on needle exchange legislation

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are split on needle exchange legislation with just days until the General Assembly is set to adjourn for the year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Thursday he supports the extension of a temporary needle exchange in Scott County – the epicenter of […]

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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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