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Commentary: Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

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Commentary: Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

By Tami Silverman Special to TheStatehouseFile.com While this summer’s road construction is a visual reminder that Indiana adopted a landmark road funding bill in the recent legislative session, it’s also worth noting that state lawmakers passed a host of new bills that pave the way for stronger and safer Hoosier kids. Several of this year’s […]

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New law: State bans microbeads out of concerns about fish, Great Lakes

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is following in the footsteps of several other states including New York and Illinois concerning synthetic plastic microbeads. Manufacturers will no longer be able to produce personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on Dec. 31, 2017. One year later, retailers will not be able to sell […]

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New law: Good Samaritan law aims to help kids stuck in cars

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new law will protect a person who breaks into a locked vehicle to save a child in danger. “You shouldn’t be afraid of liability if a child’s life is at stake,” said Amber Rollins, director of KidsandCars.org. House Bill 1161 provides that a “child” is any individual under […]

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New law: Businesses can now stock EpiPens for customers, others

By Max Bomber TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are trying to make public places safer for those who are at risk of severe allergy attacks. Auto-injectable epinephrine can be prescribed to a business, organization or governmental agency under a law that takes effect July 1. The legislation – passed as House Bill 1445 earlier this […]

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New law: Sawed-off shotguns no longer outlawed

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Manufacturing, importing, selling and owning a sawed-off shotgun will be legal in the Hoosier state beginning on July 1. Indiana currently prohibits these firearms, but Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, authored Senate Bill 433, which the General Assembly approved this session. “The state discontinued to transfer federal approvals and all of […]

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New law: Indiana to add farm commodities and news service pilot program

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A farm commodities and news service pilot program will provide necessary information to Hoosier farmers about selling prices for their products, starting July 1. “It’s an information program. It just needs to be done,” said Indiana farmer Carolyn Orr. “It is providing the market information to growers that they need.” […]

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New law: Jennifer Act meant to help those with addictions

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new law called The Jennifer Act aims to bring hope to those who are struggling with addiction by ensuring Medicaid will provide inpatient detoxification and cover some medical treatments such as methadone. Hoosier Sharon Blair pushed for the law – passed in April – in memory of her […]

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College students to get more info about loans, debt

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students going back to college this fall will be greeted by more than just new classes and textbooks. They’ll be getting more information about their student loans as well – all in the name of helping students make better decisions about their debt. Under a law that takes effect […]

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New law: State aims to bring students back to college

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are seeking to get degrees in the hands of more Hoosiers – in part by encouraging those who quit college to return. The Indiana Higher Education Commission is launching a project called Return and Complete, which requires the state’s public colleges and universities to reach out to […]

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30 Laws: Medicaid change means wheelchairs for more disabled children

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will give disabled children the chance to be more mobile will go into effect July 1. Senate Bill 397 expands Medicaid to pay for specialized wheelchairs for children who are living in skilled nursing facilities – even if their conditions are unlikely to improve. “Many require […]

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