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Alternative to formal guardianships proposed

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for the developmentally disabled want lawmakers to consider legislation creating an alternative to formal guardianships that would make it easier for the disabled to make their own decisions and function independently. An interim study committee chaired by Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, discussed the relatively new supported decision making […]

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Study committee is revisiting Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate committee is taking up the issue of when and how the government can seize an individual’s property under state forfeiture laws. Dozens packed into the Senate Finance Committee room at the Statehouse Wednesday to hear testimony about the state’s forfeiture laws, which allow the seizure of […]

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Abortion bill focuses on strengthening parental rights

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Judiciary committee passed a bill Wednesday that would strengthen the rights of parents whose child wants to get an abortion. Current Indiana law requires that an unemancipated minor to have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. However, the adult accompanying the minor […]

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New wording aims to help victims avoid prostitution stigma

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee is pushing a bill forward that would change the name of a specific prostitution crime. Lawmakers say doing so would help protect sex trafficking victims, while also protecting the reputation of those who are associated with the crime but aren’t acting as a prostitute. The new […]

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Bill reducing access to police body cam video sees major revisions

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A heavily debated bill restricting the release of police body camera video is undergoing a makeover. An early version of House Bill 1019 would have allowed law enforcement to withhold video and possibly force the media or the public to get a court order to see it. Tuesday a […]

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Bill exempts rolling papers from drug paraphernalia law

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill approved unanimously Tuesday by a Senate committee could make it legal for individuals to possess the paper used to roll marijuana joints because that type of drug paraphernalia has some legal uses. The bill would also reduce the penalties for possession of other drug paraphernalia. Sen. Rodric […]

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Meet Sen. Rodric Bray, continuing a family tradition

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. INDIANAPOLIS – New to the Statehouse but not to politics, Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, takes his place in the Indiana Senate in the same seat his father sat in a year ago. […]