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Stronger parental rights in daughter’s abortion passes Senate

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change the process for minors to seek an abortion passed the Senate Tuesday. Current Indiana law requires that a minor to have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. However, the adult accompanying the minor is not required to provide […]

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New law: Juvenile delinquents will be screened for abuse, neglect

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Kids who are abused and neglected are significantly more likely to be convicted of a crime as a juvenile. That’s why a new state law will require that minors in criminal detention are screened to see if they are victims as well. “After 20 years working with children, I […]

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Committee considers bill to ban powdered alcohol as company prepares to sell

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee postponed a vote Wednesday on a bill that bans powdered alcohol – one day after the company that founded the product announced it had received federal approval to sell it. Senate Bill 6, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, prohibits Palcohol, which can be […]

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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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Video & story: Senate sends lifeline expansion to governor

Indiana lawmakers act to expand Lifeline Law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent legislation to the governor Thursday that would expand the state’s Lifeline Law to give immunity to minors who are crime victims or witnesses even if they’ve been drinking. Senate Bill 227 is meant in part […]

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Video & story: Ban on teen tanning heads to governor

Indiana General Assembly votes to ban teens under 16 from tanning from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New restrictions on teen tanning are one step from becoming law after legislation passed the Indiana Senate and moved to the governor on Thursday. Senate Bill 50, authored by Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, bans […]

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Video: House passes ban on teen tanning

Indiana House passes tanning ban from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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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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Public Health committee ‘thinks’ about tanning bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the House Public Health Committee said Wednesday that members need to take “time to think” about a bill that would ban commercial tanning for Hoosiers 16 years and younger before deciding whether to approve it. Indiana’s current law allows minors to tan at commercial facilities with […]

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Committee passes ban on young tanning

By Ryanne Wise TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Commercial tanning beds may soon be off limits to Hoosiers younger than 16 under a bill approved Wednesday by a Senate committee. Senate Bill 50 – unanimously passed by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee –would repeal a provision that requires minors 15 years of age and younger […]

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