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‘Sanctuary campus’ bill passes Senate after debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges could soon see changes to what they are required to disclose with the government through one Republican lawmaker’s bill. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011, that prohibits sanctuary cities — cities that said they will not […]

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Hate crimes bill dies on the Senate floor

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will continue to be one of five states without a law addressing hate crimes after a bill that would have changed that was killed on the Senate floor Monday.   If passed into law, Senate Bill 439 would have allowed Hoosier judges to consider enhancing criminal sentences based […]

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Vaping bill revamped after ruling

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate’s overhaul of the state’s vaping regulations has undergone a complete transformation.    “At the very end of January, the Federal District Court issued an opinion which had caused us to start over entirely and then recraft this bill,” Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said. From the beginning of […]

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Sanctuary bill passes committee over students’ objections

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — College students across the state gathered on their campuses in November to urge administrators to keep students’ citizenship information confidential from the government. Three months later, students gathered again. This time, they were at the Statehouse. Ball State University student Erika Espinoza is living in constant fear. She was […]

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Bill proposing teens be tried as adults in pharmacy robberies advances

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require 16- and 17-year-olds who rob a pharmacy to be tried as adults passed the Senate Monday despite concerns about race and the treatment of juveniles. Senate Bill 170, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed the Senate with a 36-12 vote. Young wrote the […]

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Teenagers could be tried as adults with pharmacy robbery bill

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation that would require 16- or 17-year-olds who rob a pharmacy to be tried as adults had some raising concerns about race and the treatment of juvenile delinquents. Senate Bill 170, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, was heard during the Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Young was inspired […]

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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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Taylor’s new strategy for proposing hate crime legislation

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the fifth time, Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, will try to get a hate crime law on the books in Indiana. During the 2017 legislative session, he wants to add the hate crime provision to another proposed piece of legislation that is designed to protect police officers. A hate […]

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Body cam bill goes to the governor without excessive force provision

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rules for accessing police body camera and dash camera video are headed to the governor for his approval. “We were dealing with the very difficult issue when you’re trying to balance public records, disclosure, transparency, but also be protective of people’s privacy rights,” said Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City. […]

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Bill restricting abortions based on disability, ethnicity advances

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill placing restrictions on abortions passed through the Senate with opposition from Democrats and three Republicans. In committee, lawmakers amended House Bill 1337, which prevents aborted remains from being discarded as medical waste, to include Senate Bill 313. That legislation prohibits an abortion if the provider knows that […]

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