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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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Indiana Supreme Court requests funding for technology advances

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court presented its proposed budget Tuesday to the House Ways and Means Committee, requesting nearly $98 million in funds for the next biennium – including $24.4 million to increase court technology. Chief Justice Loretta Rush, accompanied by other high-ranking judiciary officials, told the committee about the […]

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Video & story: Rush focuses first address on modernizing court operations

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The first female chief justice in Indiana’s history, Loretta Rush, delivered the 2015 State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, focusing on modernizing court operations with a new cross-county filing system. Rush rounded out last year’s successes and outlined her initiatives for the upcoming year, including a statewide electronic filing […]

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Bill would raise mandatory retirement age for appellate judges to 80

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would raise the mandatory judicial retirement age for appellate courts from 75 years to 80 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill’s author, Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, said he’s tried to remove the mandatory retirement age completely with past bills, which passed the House […]

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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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Right-to-work law is constitutional says Indiana Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a controversial right-to-work law as constitutional after determining no union is required to represent a specific group of workers. The unanimous decision ends two court challenges to the law and overturns decisions by two Lake County judges who had declared it unconstitutional. Those […]

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Supreme Court: Cause of death is public record

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – County records that list a cause of death are open to the public, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a unanimous decision, the court said death certificates maintained by county health departments are subject to the Access to Public Records Act and are not covered by any exemptions. […]

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RTW fight returns to Statehouse – this time at the Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution because it requires unions to provide services to non-members without compensation, an attorney representing labor groups told the state’s highest court Thursday. But a lawyer for the attorney general said the constitutional provision in question would only apply if the state […]

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Rush makes Hoosier history

Chief Justice Loretta Rush makes Hoosier history from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Justice Loretta Rush made history Monday by being sworn in as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court – the fist woman to hold the position in the state’s history. Rush is taking the place of Brent Dickson, […]

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Rush to be sworn in Monday as Indiana’s Chief Justice

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History will officially be made on Monday, as Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will be formally sworn-in as Chief Justice of the state’s highest court. She is the first woman in the nearly 200 years of the court to hold the position. Current Chief Justice Brent Dickson – […]

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