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ACLU says law prohibiting pictures of election ballots is unconstitutional

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state concerning a new law that prohibits people from taking pictures of their election ballots and also prohibits the posting of those pictures to social media sites. The ACLU filed the suit Thursday and said the law violates the First Amendment. Senate […]

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More than a dozen counties are considering needle exchange

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana counties – Scott, Madison and Fayette – are taking advantage of needle exchange programs and more than a dozen others are looking to add their names to the list. “I think it’s safe to say that these communities as they move forward they represent a new generation […]

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Study reveals lack of data and underreporting make it difficult to stop sexual violence against minors

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new study reveals a shocking number of Hoosier minors will experience sexual assault before they turn 18 and Indiana isn’t equipped to curb the problem thanks to underreporting and a lack of data. “Previous studies have called for creating some process and some repository for aggregating this data […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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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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