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Criminal use of drones penalties fly to governor

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly is working to keep up with drone technology. Senate Bill 299, which creates penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s privacy, is headed to the governor’s desk for his consideration. Under this legislation, misuse of a drone includes the following: a sex offender […]

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Senate unanimously passes drone bill

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would criminalize the inappropriate use of drones passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 299 establishes four new Class A misdemeanors for misusing drone technology. Author of the bill, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said misuse of a drone covers: a sex offender operating a drone to […]

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Potential new penalties for criminal misuse of drones

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working to develop specific  language in a bill that would create penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.” “What is a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy?” Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, asked. “To one person their privacy means one thing, […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eric Koch, moving from the House to the Senate

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly.   INDIANAPOLIS – After serving 14 years in the House, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, plans to carry over the skills that he has developed during his time as a representative. Koch, a private practice […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Kansas family turns tragedy into hope in Indiana

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Missey Smith’s worst nightmare came true on June 2, 2007. When her daughter, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, headed to the local Target store in her hometown […]

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Kelsey Smith Act aims to help emergency situation responses

By Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill designed to help law enforcement officers respond quickly during emergency situations is moving to the full House. The Kelsey Smith Act passed the Courts and Criminal Code Committee Wednesday. The bill would require cellphone providers to immediately give the location of a cellphone when a victim is […]

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Identification cards for Hoosiers with behavioral disorders proposed

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Drew Dietrick, diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at 11 years old, testified for a bill that would allow Hoosiers with an autism spectrum disorder to get an identification card from the Indiana State Department of Health. “House Bill 1012 provides a clear path to understanding me and those I might […]

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Bill to ban taxes on Internet access moves to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana took another step toward becoming the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access after a bill that would implement a permanent ban passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. Senate Bill 80 might be largely meaningless. The federal Tax Freedom Act has put a moratorium on […]

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Speaker kills bill criticized as detrimental to solar, wind energy usage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana House has killed a bill that critics say would have depressed the use of solar and other alternative energies. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, pulled the bill off the calendar Tuesday, a key deadline for action. “There are a whole variety of issues that […]