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30 Laws in 30 Days: Families to receive diplomas for deceased high school seniors

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Jerrold Parker was only weeks away from finishing his classes at Pike High School when he was murdered in Indianapolis on February 3, 2016. “It feels […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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Decapitation bill heads to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would add decapitation to the list of aggravating circumstances that make a murderer eligible for execution passed the House nearly unanimously on Monday. Senate Bill 8 now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill was […]

Public safety director doesn’t point fingers when trying to improve the city

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Public safety director doesn’t point fingers when trying to improve the city

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Troy Riggs talks about crime or any other subject about which he cares a lot, he punches his right index finger into the palm of his left hand hard enough at times to make his hand shake. Riggs, Indianapolis’s public safety director, and I are on the air […]

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Courts could choose mental health experts under Senate bill

By Carley Campbell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A bill that would eliminate the need for a psychiatrist in court cases dealing with insanity passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 88, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, would amend part of a current statute that requires psychiatrists to determine insanity in criminal cases. The new bill would […]