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30 laws in 30 days: State cleans up definition of pyramid scheme and toughens penalty

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 22nd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is beefing up the possible fine for an illegal pyramid scheme violation from the current fine of $500 to $10,000. The new law goes into […]

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Rental home market attractive to scammers ahead of the Indy 500

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, many Hoosiers are preparing their homes for visitors and listing rooms for rent on sites such as Airbnb and Craigslist. But with the money-making opportunity comes a greater risk of becoming the victim of potential scams. Indiana Attorney General […]

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Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

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Commentary: Indiana at the center of Supreme Court campaign

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — I invite you to take a little trip with me through the byzantine world of campaign finance as it is now playing out in Indiana. This trip starts at the Indiana Statehouse where, on Wednesday, Attorney General Curtis Hill held a press conference urging the state’s two senators to […]

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Indiana attorney general supports Trump’s recommendation for empty Supreme Court seat

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill urged the state’s two senators to approve President Donald Trump’s nomination to fill the empty U.S. Supreme Court seat. Hill’s press conference Wednesday was one of 11 organized by the Judicial Crisis Network held across the nation in states with vulnerable Democratic senators up […]

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Hoosiers warned not to answer phone calls from unknown numbers

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ — Unknown numbers calling your phone may seem harmless or a little annoying, but answering might lead you to more problems than you may be able to handle. “The simple answer is if you do not know who is calling you, do not answer the phone,” Attorney General Curtis Hill […]

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Hill announces support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced his support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday. Hill is one of 20 state attorneys to sign the letter of support. Each of those attorney generals are Republicans. “Judge Gorsuch is an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the U.S. […]

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Bill to raise state officer salaries heads to summer study committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would have raised the governor’s and other statewide office holders’ annual salary by nearly $30,000 by 2021 is on its way to a summer study committee. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said he originally filed Senate Bill 60 without Gov. Eric Holcomb’s knowledge because it was not intended […]

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Attorney general at odds with governor over needle exchanges

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill finds himself on the opposite side of Gov. Eric Holcomb and fellow House Republicans on the issue of syringe exchange programs. Hill testified against House Bill 1438, which would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than have to […]

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Governor, statewide officeholders could be in for a raise

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Circuit court judges in Marion County make nearly $30,000 more a year than the governor of Indiana. Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, wants to change that and give the governor and some other state officials a raise. “I think the salaries are so low that we drive away talent from […]

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