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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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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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Zoeller to lawmakers: Pay attention to health risks of e-cigarettes

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has told lawmakers he wants them to put more emphasis on health issues as they consider regulations for e-cigarettes. “Recent surveys show that e-cigarette use has doubled among teenagers over the past three years while regular cigarette use continues to decline,” Zoeller said in […]

Commentary: Better men must stand up, speak out

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Commentary: Better men must stand up, speak out

By Greg Zoeller TheStatehouseFile.com Human trafficking is difficult to discuss and harder to combat. Traffickers prey on the vulnerabilities of teenagers, some as young as 12, who run away from home and are targeted, picked up and then sold into the commercial sex trade. Other victims are deceived, threatened and intimidated into this form of […]

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Indiana receives $21.5 million from court settlement

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will receive $21.5 million after reaching a settlement stemming from the 2008 recession. The settlement involves Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a credit rating agency that is the recipient of a number of state and federal complaints concerning dishonesty to its investors. The complaints manifested into lawsuits […]

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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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