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Bill to allow DNA collection at time of arrest passes House

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow DNA samples to be collected upon a felony arrest passed the Indiana House with a 81-16 vote Tuesday. House Bill 1577, if passed into law, would allow for DNA samples to be taken from those who have been arrested, instead of waiting until they […]

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New hope for DNA collection after felony arrest

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators will once again try to pass a law that would allow police to collect DNA from people arrested on a felony charge. Currently Indiana collects DNA samples from convicted felons for use in the DNA database. That law has been in effect for almost 11 years. “Keeping our […]

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Pence vetoes private university police bill

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence vetoed a measure that would have allowed private university police departments to release less information about crimes than public police departments. “I have long believed in the public’s right to know and a free and independent press,” Pence said in a statement. “Limiting access to police records […]

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Bill would prevent sales of ivory

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill aims to stop the killing of elephants, rhinoceros and walrus for their ivory tusks. House Bill 1052 would ban all ivory sales within Indiana with a few exceptions. The bill was created in response to the growing ivory trade in Africa and Asia Minor that is […]