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Senate bill would require DNA samples for all felony arrests

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – A bill that would require every person arrested for a felony crime after Dec. 31 to submit a DNA sample passed another hurdle Monday in the Senate. Senate Bill 322 was amended to require arrestees to submit a written request to get their DNA removed from the database, if […]

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Measure to collect DNA upon arrest returns to the Statehouse

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After several years of debate, lawmakers are once again discussing allowing police to collect a DNA sample from people arrested for a felony. “Which will enable us to hopefully catch more felons and serial rapist and murders,” the bill’s author, Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said. Under current Indiana law […]

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Bill to strengthen penalties against child porn convicts moves to full Senate

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A bill to strengthen punishments for certain child pornography convictions passed unanimously through the Corrections and Criminal Law committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 14 focuses on increasing the felonies penalties for child pornography and child exploitation, a technical term for producing child pornography. The bill, authored by Sen. Randy Head, […]

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Bauer brings back measure to collect DNA

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, filed a bill during Organization Day Tuesday to require the collection of a DNA sample from people arrested on felony charges. “This is an important, crime-fighting measure that will help to bring to justice people who have committed violent crimes, like murder and rape,” Bauer said […]

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ACLU says law prohibiting pictures of election ballots is unconstitutional

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state concerning a new law that prohibits people from taking pictures of their election ballots and also prohibits the posting of those pictures to social media sites. The ACLU filed the suit Thursday and said the law violates the First Amendment. Senate […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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House Republicans pen letter of support for Planned Parenthood investigations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Speaker Brian Bosma is just one of 59 House Republican Caucus members who sent a letter of support to Gov. Mike Pence amidst the call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities. The letter reads, in part, “We are writing to express our concerns regarding the recent revelations surrounding […]

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New law: Removal of officers following a felony conviction

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The removal of officers is becoming a more consistent process under a new law taking effect July 1. House Bill 1335 sets a process for removing public officers who hold an elected office or an appointed office of the state or a political subdivision that have been convicted of […]

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Bill would remove school board members from office after felony conviction

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House has approved a bill that would remove school board members from their positions if they are convicted of a felony. House Bill 1335 passed unanimously and now moves to the Senate for consideration. The bill extends impeachment provisions that currently exist for public officers of cities, counties, […]