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Proposed changes could expand the Lifeline Law to drug users

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are considering expanding the protections of the Lifeline Law to drug users. The law already gives immunity to callers under 21 years old who are looking for help to assist someone who has had too much to drink, but Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, hopes to add drug-related […]

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Alcohol police crack down on violations around college campuses

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State excise police have been cracking down on underage drinking around college campuses across the state – and the strategy is working, if arrests are a measure. The excise police – which enforce the state’s alcohol and tobacco laws – have logged 801 arrests or tickets related to college […]

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College students get web messages about Lifeline Law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students returning to several Indiana colleges will be blasted with social media messages reminding them to call 911 to help friends who are in trouble, even if they’ve been drinking illegally. A new campaign to promote the Indiana Lifeline Law means students accessing the web through their colleges or […]

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30 Laws: Lifeline law expanded to help protect more kids

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Lifeline law will be expanding to add provisions that will shift it from one focused only on alcohol and drugs to one that focuses as well on those in need of medical attention. Senate Bill 227 adds new provisions to the Lifeline law that Sen. Jim Merritt, […]

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House passes lifeline law expansion, study of sex assaults

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Lifeline Law that gives immunity to intoxicated minors who call 911 could be expanded under a bill that unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 227, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would extend immunity to minors reporting any medical emergency, as well as minors who are […]

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Webcast Episode 6: TheStatehouseFile weekly roundup

Anchors John Sittler and Kimmy Drake host our sixth legislative recap with stories about HJR 3, mass transit, school snow day makeup options, and more. TheStatehouseFile’s Weekly Broadcast from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Reporters Deron Molen, Jesse Wilson and Emily Metheny have stories in this episode. Thanks to editor, director and cameraman Jesse Wilson, and journalists […]