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‘Baby box’ bill sent to the governor’s desk

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation designed to protect distressed mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns is taking the final steps toward becoming law in Indiana. Under the Safe Haven law, a mother is allowed to give up her baby at a police station, fire station or a hospital emergency room […]

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Patient access to opioid prescriptions could be limited

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some patients who need Oxycodone or Vicodin may find that their doctor can only prescribe the medication for a week if bill continues to advance through the General Assembly. Minors and first-time users would be limited under Senate Bill 226 with the hopes of preventing opioid addiction. With only […]

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Bill would shorten length of opioid prescriptions

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Patients who are in need of pain medication may soon find their doctor can only prescribe them for a shorter period of time. Senate Bill 226, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would limit the amount of time a physician can prescribe opioids to minors and first-time adult users […]

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Proposal to expand school employee background checks raises concerns about pay

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill requiring more extensive background checks on school employees has some questioning whether those employees should pay for the checks themselves. Testimony was heard for Senate Bill 34, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, during the Education and Career Development committee hearing on Wednesday. This bill, if implemented, […]

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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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New protections for police officers being discussed by lawmakers

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are discussing strengthening penalties when a law enforcement officer or their family is harmed, regardless of whether they are on- or off-duty. “With the recent targeting and violence against police officers, it’s imperative for Indiana to update its laws to protect our public safety officers both on- […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Toxicology results of pregnant women to be confidential

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — A new law will keep the toxicology results of pregnant women private, in the hopes of promoting treatment for drug addicts instead of jail time. […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Overdose reversal drug to be over-the-counter

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — A mother’s mission has resulted in making a life-saving medication available to anyone in the state of Indiana. Aaron’s impact “We all knew for a […]

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Pence signs into law seven bills designed to combat drug abuse

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law seven bills designed to punish drug dealers as well as treat and prevent addictions. “Sometimes people ask me what keeps me up at night and I say without hesitation—as much as a dad, as a governor—it is the scourge of drug abuse […]

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Lawmakers, staff roll up their sleeves to donate blood

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators and government staff joined the Indiana State Capitol Blood Donor Challenge Wednesday. Legislators rolled up their sleeves for this friendly competition among several state departments, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Meg Ahlering, account manager with the American Red Cross, said legislators are “role models” for Hoosiers. […]

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