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ACLU, Planned Parenthood files suit challenging new ultrasound requirements

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new state law that changes the requirements of timing an ultrasound before an abortion is going under the microscope. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) challenging the constitutionality of the law that took effect July […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: New law aims to make volunteer firefighters more visible on the road

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s volunteer firefighters will soon be allowed to affix a blue LED light on their personal vehicles for use when responding to an emergency call. The General Assembly passed House Bill 1038 earlier this year. The law aims to clear up some confusion as to whether LEDs were a […]

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New law: Information to be widely available for parents of special needs children

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was during a prenatal appointment that Nina Fuller found out her baby girl, Tess Fuller, had Down syndrome and two heart defects. Instead of receiving reassuring advice and in-depth information on what life would be like after Tess’ delivery, Fuller was told she should go to the library. […]

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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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New law: Budget authorizes new state park lodge

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Potato Creek could be the first Indiana State Park in nearly 80 years to get a new inn. Gov. Mike Pence has proposed building a $25 million lodge to be called the Bicentennial Inn at the property in North Liberty. It will be named for Indiana’s 200th birthday coming […]

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30 Laws: Female veterans to get dedicated assistance

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s female veterans will have a program and a liaison dedicated to their issues under a law that takes effect July 1. Senate Bill 354 creates the Hoosier Women Veterans Program and authorizes the state to hire a coordinator to oversee the program. The program is meant to […]

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30 Laws: Law orders study of state’s ‘regional’ cities

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will conduct a study to compare Indiana cities to others across the region that are economically booming. The study – called for a by law that the General Assembly passed earlier this year – will provide Indiana cities with the information and resources to […]

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30 Laws: State tightens up do-not-call list

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will prohibit a telephone solicitor from helping another person in violating the Do Not Call law or the autodialer law. Bryan Corbin, public information officer for Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, said some companies have intentionally tried to evade the […]