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Lawmakers honored for public safety work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has recognized state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, and Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, for their work in getting a felony DNA law enacted. Bauer and Houchin received the Legislative Excellence Awards for their work on the bill in the 2017 legislative session which requires […]

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Judge blocks portions of state’s new abortion law

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge has blocked provisions in a new abortion law that would make it harder for a girl under 18 to have an abortion without telling her parents. Under current Indiana law, anyone under 18 must have the consent of a parent, legal guardian or custodian to get an […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Helping victims split from abuser’s cellphone plan

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 30th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — For parents of teenagers, the ability to track their child’s location via cellphone can be a powerful tool that increases the dependent’s safety. But when those […]

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Planned Parenthood files suit against new abortion legislation

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit Thursday against new legislation that would change the process of a minor getting an abortion. Senate Enrolled Act 404, which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb last month, would require that before a minor can have an abortion […]

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New syringe exchange law causes hope and concern in Scott County

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  AUSTIN, Indiana — While walking down the streets of Austin, the sounds of dogs barking and sight of the trash in the ditches distract from the smaller, less noticeable objects lying on the ground: syringes. The bright orange caps are the only thing that help the needles stand out in the […]

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Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the Senate on Thursday. House Bill 1148, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would make the use of CBD oil legal for the treatment of specific forms of epilepsy […]

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Lawmakers weigh differences between two different Cannabidiol bills

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers from the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate wrangled Thursday over similar bills to legalize cannabidiol treatment for people with epilepsy, but didn’t vote for either one. They said they would take the discussion up at their next meeting. Cannabidiol, or CBD is found in the seeds, stalk, […]

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Bill allows victims to separate phone plan from abuser

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With her own experience helping victims of domestic violence, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, is pushing a bill that would put more virtual distance between victims and their abusers. “Having worked as a family case manager for the Department of Child Services, I’ve worked with victims of domestic violence to […]

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DNA swabs for felony arrests passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­ – The Indiana Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would require every person arrested on a felony charge to provide a DNA sample. Senate Bill 322, which was approved 36-13, makes it mandatory that the arrestee submit to a mouth swab to provide the DNA sample. The DNA […]

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Stronger parental rights in daughter’s abortion passes Senate

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change the process for minors to seek an abortion passed the Senate Tuesday. Current Indiana law requires that a minor to have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. However, the adult accompanying the minor is not required to provide […]

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