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Indiana Supreme Court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who want to avoid second hand smoke can continue to breathe easy in Indianapolis after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled to uphold the current smoking ban. The Indianapolis ordinance was first passed in 2005, banning smoking in public businesses. The original ordinance exempted bars and taverns that had […]

Commentary: The human beings beneath the robes

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Commentary: The human beings beneath the robes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Justices have first names. And they even use them with each other. That’s one thing I learn from talking with Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson. We’re doing a radio show on the state’s highest court. We’d started out […]

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Gov. to pick from three nominees for the Indiana Supreme Court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence will consider three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. Justice Brent Dickson is retiring in April and leaving an empty seat on the court. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler, Boone Superior Court Judge Matthew Kincaid and […]

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Finalists named for open Indiana Supreme Court seat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fifteen finalists have been named for the open seat on the Indiana Supreme Court. Justice Brent Dickson is retiring in April after 30 years as a judicial branch leader. Thirty judges and lawyers submitted applications. One withdrew his name from consideration. The Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed 29. The commission considers […]

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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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