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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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Human trafficking bill heads to governor for signature

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is heading to Gov. Mike Pence for final approval. HB 1216 requires the superintendent of the Indiana State Police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when a child is reported missing. It also provides […]

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Committee considers bill to ban powdered alcohol as company prepares to sell

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee postponed a vote Wednesday on a bill that bans powdered alcohol – one day after the company that founded the product announced it had received federal approval to sell it. Senate Bill 6, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, prohibits Palcohol, which can be […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to full Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is moving through the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1216 – authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette – requires the superintendent of state police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when encountering a […]