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Bus law serves Special Olympics athletes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For 47 years the Porter County Special Olympics team has utilized the Valparaiso Community School district’s buses to get to and from events. This year that almost changed because of a law many people were unaware of. Lorrie Woycik, a retired Special Olympics co-coordinator, followed her usual routine but […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Pawnshops allowed to accept additional firearms for loans

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For years gun owners could secure a loan at a pawnshop with a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, but handguns were a different […]

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30 laws in 30 days: State cleans up definition of pyramid scheme and toughens penalty

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 22nd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is beefing up the possible fine for an illegal pyramid scheme violation from the current fine of $500 to $10,000. The new law goes into […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Misuse of drones won’t fly under new law

By Abrahm Hurt 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— Before he even had a driver’s license, Blaine Fuhs had his own business, Fuhs Video. At 15 years old, Fuhs had aspirations to work for the then-up-and-coming […]

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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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