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Judge considers temporarily stopping Indiana’s new abortion law

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt says she will rule on whether she’ll temporarily halt key portions of the state’s controversial abortion law before July 1—the date it is set to go into effect. The legislation, also known as the Dignity for the Unborn Law, would prohibit pregnant women […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent the governor a bill on Tuesday aims to prevent human trafficking and take care of its victims. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund and allows law enforcement agencies to seize property, including vehicles, that […]

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Bill to provide more time for some rape prosecutions passes House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives police and prosecutors more time to find and charge a rapist in some cases. Senate Bill 94, authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years on cases that have DNA evidence […]

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Human trafficking bill heads to governor for signature

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is heading to Gov. Mike Pence for final approval. HB 1216 requires the superintendent of the Indiana State Police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when a child is reported missing. It also provides […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Justin Moed, a new GOP chair and more

Niki Kelly of The Journal Gazette and Tom LoBianco and Jacob Rund of The Indy Star join host Lesley Weidenbener to talk about the Rep. Justin Moed scandal involving Sydney Leathers (of Anthony Weiner fame) as well as the new chair of the GOP party. We plead for Gov. Mike Pence to tell why to […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to full Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is moving through the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1216 – authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette – requires the superintendent of state police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when encountering a […]

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Sex offenders couldn’t vote at schools under bill passed by Senate

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal by state Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, to ban sex offenders from entering school grounds to vote passed the Senate on Thursday. “It is important that our children are protected in every way possible,” Mrvan said in a press release. “Schools are no place for those who have been […]

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Child molesters would get tougher penalties if they pass on STD

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Corrections & Criminal Law Committee passed a bill to the full Senate Tuesday morning that would increase the penalty for child molestation when a sexually transmitted disease is involved. Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend, brought Senate Bill 363 before the committee. It was amended by consent and […]

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State approves $65,000 sexual assault study

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s victim services committee has approved a $65,000 grant to study the underreporting of sexual assaults against youth in Indiana. The study is the result of legislation pushed by Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis. The proposal was added to the Lifeline Law during the 2014 session. […]

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House passes lifeline law expansion, study of sex assaults

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Lifeline Law that gives immunity to intoxicated minors who call 911 could be expanded under a bill that unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 227, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would extend immunity to minors reporting any medical emergency, as well as minors who are […]

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