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Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

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Commentary: Indy’s crime and punishment and perspective

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Normally I don’t use this space to write about Indianapolis-centric topics. However, with the recent spate of murders in the capital city, I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt to let you folks farther out know what the heck has been going on here, lest you believe you the largest city in […]

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Video & story: Senate sends lifeline expansion to governor

Indiana lawmakers act to expand Lifeline Law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent legislation to the governor Thursday that would expand the state’s Lifeline Law to give immunity to minors who are crime victims or witnesses even if they’ve been drinking. Senate Bill 227 is meant in part […]

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House sends digital privacy bill to the governor

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has sent the governor legislation that’s meant to protect the privacy of Hoosiers even as digital surveillance becomes easier and more sophisticated. House Bill 1009 requires police to obtain a search warrant before using a phone to track a person’s location or using an unmanned device – […]

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House passes lifeline law expansion, study of sex assaults

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Lifeline Law that gives immunity to intoxicated minors who call 911 could be expanded under a bill that unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 227, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would extend immunity to minors reporting any medical emergency, as well as minors who are […]

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Senate commitee passes digital privacy legislation

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology. The bill’s author, Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said the legislature’s challenge is “to define those conditions and circumstances under which the use of certain technologies should be allowed, […]

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Video & story: Lifeline bill expanded to include study of sex assaults

Indiana state Rep. Christina Hale talks about her legislation to study sexual assault from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sexual assault victims who were under the influence at the time of their attack could receive more help under a bill that unanimously passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Under current law, minors […]

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Commentary: Sexual assaults and Statehouse politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe it’s just a question of priorities. In this session of the Indiana General Assembly, state Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, introduced a bill that would gather more information about why the Hoosier state has such an appalling record when it comes to teen sexual assaults. A recent study revealed […]

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Senate sends gun bill to House for consideration

By Jessica Wray TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People who knowingly give a felon a gun could face harsher penalties under a bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday. The measure also applies to those that give a gun to someone ineligible for ownership or to someone who they know is going to commit a crime. The […]

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Warrant needed to monitor cell phone activity under House bill

By Brandon Mullens TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Police would need a warrant to look through a person’s cell phone under a bill passed by the House Thursday. Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, who authored House Bill 1384, said law enforcement would not be able to search through your phone unless there is probable cause you have committed […]

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Sex trafficking bill moves to full Senate for consideration

By Brandon Mullens TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that would help clubs cut down on human trafficking. Senate Bill 272, authored by Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, would allow the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew the alcohol permit of a person who provides adult […]

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