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Bill to fund 211 referral service headed to the House floor

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A service that helps Hoosiers connect to critical health and safety resources could receive state funding if lawmakers support a bill heading to the House floor. House Bill 1010, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would appropriate $2 million annually to the 211 phone service. The service is currently […]

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Bill would eliminate Smoker’s Bill of Rights, regulate e-cigarettes

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Consumers of e-cigarettes, smokers seeking employment, and Indiana gamblers could experience changes if proposed legislation is made into law. The bill – authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany – would add electronic cigarettes to the definition of smoking, eliminate the state’s Smoker’s Bill of Rights, and lump Indiana casinos into […]

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AG, legislators announce bill to regulate, tax e-cigarettes

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller introduced a legislative proposal Friday aimed at regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes and limiting their accessibility to young Hoosiers. The bill would allow “vape shops” – which currently have little regulation or governmental oversight– to be regulated and licensed by the state’s Alcohol […]

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Zoeller pushes bills meant to protect consumers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could have more protection from identity theft and personal data loss if legislation proposed by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller passes through the 2015 legislative session. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is aimed at strengthening the requirements for businesses to store sensitive data. If passed by […]

Commentary: Congress must fix broken immigration system

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Commentary: Congress must fix broken immigration system

By Greg Zoeller TheStatehouseFile.com Nearly everyone agrees the U.S. immigration system with its inefficiency, inconsistent enforcement and incoherent results is broken. While no one supports the current system, the failure of Congress to reach agreement on immigration reform has left us in law enforcement facing a growing multitude of problems. Frustration with this situation led […]

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State won’t appeal ruling that killer is incompetent to be executed

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will not appeal a judge’s decision that Michael Dean Overstreet – who was convicted of the 1997 abduction, rape and murder of a Franklin College student – is incompetent to be executed. Overstreet was sentenced to death in 2000 in the death of 18-year-old Kelly Eckart. But […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against Obama’s immigration policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will join 16 states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies. The suit – spearheaded by Texas – asks a judge to declare the president’s executive order unconstitutional because it’s a policy change that did not receive congressional approval. Pence will use outside attorneys to […]

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Pence considers suit to stop Obama immigration policies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday the state will consider suing the federal government to stop President Barack Obama’s new immigration policies from taking effect. In a statement, Pence – a possible candidate in the GOP presidential primary in 2016 – said state officials are evaluating Obama’s executive action, […]

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Judge: Killer in Franklin College case is not competent to be executed

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge ruled Thursday that Michael Dean Overstreet – convicted of murdering Franklin College student Kelly Eckart in 2000 – is incompetent and cannot be executed. St. Joseph Superior Judge Jane Woodward Miller’s decision does not change Overstreet’s conviction or his death sentence. But, the state will be unable […]

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State settles with drug maker Organon over Medicaid fraud charges

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana attorney general’s office has recovered more than $181,000 for the Indiana Medicaid program by joining with other states and the federal government in a fraud settlement with the drug manufacturer Organon. The combined settlement – which resulted two whistleblower lawsuits – resolves allegations that Organon underpaid rebates to […]

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