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Regulating fenced deer hunting advances to the House

By Jay Siskin, Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are one step closer to regulating fenced deer hunting preserves. Senate Bill 109 passed the Senate 29-19 Thursday. “The question of the making deer preserves legal or not has been already answered on the courts,” Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, the bill’s author said earlier this […]

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Fenced hunting bill dies in Senate – again

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, a bill to set restrictions and regulations for fenced hunting operations has been stopped in its tracks on the Senate floor. On Tuesday, senators voted 27-23 against House Bill 1453 – a bill that would have legalized and regulated an industry that […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Kenley on the budget, right-to-try and more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener review the week’s news from the Indiana Statehouse. Find out what Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley said about the budget, what Attorney General Greg Zoeller said about fenced hunting and what a 5-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy said about a bill to help him get treatment. And as always… […]

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Analysis: A decade is enough uncertainty for fenced hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a fight that has gone on too long. And it’s time for the General Assembly to end it. The state and the operators of fenced deer hunting preserves have been at odds for a decade over whether the operations are legal and can be regulated. During that time, […]

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State appeals fenced hunting case; Zoeller appeals for legislative action

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The attorney general has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says the state can’t regulate fenced deer hunting under current law. But Republican Greg Zoeller said his first choice is for lawmakers to step in and resolve a long-running dispute over whether the operations are […]

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Long: Fenced hunting bill will be held until compromise reached

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana Senate said Wednesday that a bill to legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting will remain in the Rules Committee he controls until the GOP caucus finds a solution “that’s fair and reasonable.” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said if that happens, […]

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House sends fenced hunting bill to Senate

By Aubrey Helms & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a controversial bill Tuesday that will legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting preserves, despite concern among opponents that hunting captive animals is unethical. House Bill 1453 now moves to the Senate. The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, called the proposal “common […]

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House committee approves fenced deer hunting bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill 8-4 Monday that would legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting – but only for those operations already in business. House Bill 1453 – approved 8-4 – now moves to the full House for consideration. If passed into law, the bill would end a […]

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Appeals Court: DNR has no authority to regulate fenced hunting

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State wildlife officials overstepped their authority when they acted to ban high-fence deer hunting preserves, according to a ruling Monday from the Indiana Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 decision, the court said state law does not speak to the hunting operations and therefore the Indiana Department of Natural […]

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Study group: Legalize, regulate fenced hunting preserves

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fenced deer hunting preserves would be legalized and regulated in Indiana if the General Assembly implements a recommendation approved Tuesday by a legislative study committee. The group’s endorsement went beyond simply legalizing the handful of preserves that already exist. Instead, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Study Committee voted 8-3 […]

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