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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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Human trafficking bill moves to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent the governor a bill on Tuesday aims to prevent human trafficking and take care of its victims. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund and allows law enforcement agencies to seize property, including vehicles, that […]

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Bill to provide more time for some rape prosecutions passes House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives police and prosecutors more time to find and charge a rapist in some cases. Senate Bill 94, authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years on cases that have DNA evidence […]

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