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Vaping regulation overhaul clears the House

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s vaping bill that will overhaul the state’s e-liquid rules passed out of the House Thursday with modifications.  “This session I’m glad we’ve been able to work through the concerns raised by businesses, health care advocates and individual Hoosiers,” author of the original bill the General Assembly is […]

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Tesla bill gets hearing Wednesday

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would prohibit auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public will get its first committee hearing on Wednesday. House Bill 1592 is similar to legislation proposed last year by Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, that would have compelled manufacturers to sell their vehicles through a dealership. “For […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Rules for preserving police body camera video

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – Accountability for law enforcement is expected to increase with the implementation of police body cameras and new rules on what agencies should do with the […]

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Body cam bill goes to the governor without excessive force provision

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rules for accessing police body camera and dash camera video are headed to the governor for his approval. “We were dealing with the very difficult issue when you’re trying to balance public records, disclosure, transparency, but also be protective of people’s privacy rights,” said Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City. […]

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Excessive force provision could be removed from the body cam bill

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Whether to automatically release police body camera video in a case of possible excessive use of force or civil rights violations is up for debate. House Bill 1019 allows law enforcement to keep a video private if they can prove it needs to be confidential for reasons including an […]

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Police body camera legislation moves forward

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An overhauled version of a bill allowing police to limit public access to police dash and body camera video could undergo more changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, said the bill likely would be assigned to a conference committee after the Senate voted 49-1 Tuesday. An earlier […]

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Bill reducing access to police body cam video sees major revisions

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A heavily debated bill restricting the release of police body camera video is undergoing a makeover. An early version of House Bill 1019 would have allowed law enforcement to withhold video and possibly force the media or the public to get a court order to see it. Tuesday a […]

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The finances of restricting access to police video

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — A bill restricting public access to police video is causing concerns about putting a financial burden on police agencies and the people requesting to see the video. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed possible amendments to House Bill 1019. The bill, if passed as is, would allow law […]

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Legislation reducing access to police body cam video advances

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill limiting the public’s access to police body camera and dash camera video is advancing to the Senate. House Bill 1019 would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold body camera or dash camera video. Under the legislation, there would be three situations where law enforcement agencies must release […]

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Bill would reduce access to police body camera video

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana media associations are frustrated with a new bill that, if passed, could restrict the public release of law enforcement recordings. “We feel like the current language right now makes it nearly impossible for the public or the media to access video of a particular police incident. We think […]

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