Indiana General Assembly

Senate committee considers vacating trafficking victims’ convictions

February 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Victims of human trafficking in Indiana could soon have a new mechanism for relief from charges brought against them while they were under the control of a trafficker if a new bill designed to vacate those charges is passed.
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Indiana Senate panel considers adding drone-related crimes

February 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Some Indiana lawmakers concerned that operators with nefarious intentions could turn peeping drones into peeping Toms are pushing to criminalize using the high-tech flying gadgets for voyeurism.
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7th Circuit strikes down portions of Indiana vaping law

January 30, 2017
Olivia Covington, IBJ Staff
A federal court has struck down portions of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, holding that the “astoundingly specific provisions” related to regulations of security, cleanliness and other physical requirements imposed on out-of-state manufacturers violates federal law and seems to imply a state attempt to create a monopoly for an Indiana security firm.
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State lawmakers discuss expanding screening for teachers

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will help strengthen Indiana’s system for running background checks for teachers.
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Legal aid filing fee bill moves to House

January 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would extend the $1 filing fee on civil cases submitted to Indiana state courts has breezed through the Senate and is now headed to the House of Representatives.
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Congressmen write Trump letter about East Chicago lead

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for details related to cleaning up lead contamination in East Chicago.
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Abortion ban bill won't be heard in Indiana House committee

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A key Indiana House panel won’t consider a contentious attempt to ban abortions, its chairman said Thursday, meaning the measure likely is dead this session.
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Senate to hear bill banning attorney indemnification clauses

January 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prevent attorneys from prohibiting clients from filing legal malpractice claims will soon be heard by the full Indiana Senate.
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House panel advances Marion County judicial selection bill

January 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
Despite public concerns that a bill for choosing Indianapolis judges would reduce diversity on the bench, deprive Marion County residents of the right to directly elect jurists and elevate political considerations, a House committee Wednesday advanced a merit-selection measure supported by lawyers, judges and the business community.
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Lawmakers consider funding for lead crisis in East Chicago

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
State lawmakers are considering two plans allocating a total of $15 million in state funds for the lead crisis in East Chicago.
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Lawmaker drops pay-hike push for governor, others

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker has decided to withdraw his proposal that would have given a big pay increase to the governor and other top elected state officeholders, calling instead for a study of those salaries compared with other states.
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House panel OKs needle exchange bill despite AG’s opposition

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press
A proposal that would give counties and municipalities control over creating needle-exchange programs in their communities advanced through a legislative committee Wednesday, despite opposition from new Attorney General Curtis Hill.
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College savings plan benefits could expand

January 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
As 529 plans hit 20-year milestone in Indiana, new state and federal contribution incentives have been proposed.
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Funding ‘critical’ to continue criminal code reform initiatives

January 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As lawmakers hammer out another biennial budget, officials backing Indiana’s criminal justice reform say money is the key to keeping the effort moving forward.
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Lawmakers consider bill prohibiting misdemeanor sex-crime expungement

January 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a high school teacher in Bedford was convicted of a felony for maintaining a sexual relationship with his 17-year-old student, the teacher received alternative misdemeanor sentencing and, upon, successful completion of probation, had the sexual offense expunged from his criminal record.
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Statehouse bills would bulk up judiciary in 3 counties

January 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Courts in Clark and Shelby counties are gaining support for their requests for additional judicial officers.
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House hearing set for Marion County judicial selection bill

January 24, 2017
IL Staff
An Indiana House committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would institute a new system for selecting the 36 judges of Marion Superior Court but would retain the partisan balance on the court that was a key element of the former system invalidated by a federal court.
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Indiana bill would keep pets with domestic violence victims

January 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Victims of domestic violence could take their pets with them after leaving the relationship under an Indiana lawmaker's measure that seeks to remove an impediment to reporting abuse.
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Indiana lawmakers seek changes to laws on property seizure

January 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are pushing to change a law that allows the government in some cases to take the personal property of a citizen.
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GOP lawmaker targets protesters obstructing traffic

January 19, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker says disturbing newscasts of chaotic and sometimes violent protests across the U.S. helped lead him to propose a bill that would direct police to use "any means necessary" to breakup mass gatherings that block traffic.
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GOP leaders pledge vape law overhaul, subject of FBI probe

January 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Republican legislative leaders say they want to unwind stiff regulations they imposed on Indiana’s vaping industry, which created a stranglehold on the burgeoning market for one company and prompted an FBI investigation.
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6 hate crime bills introduced at Statehouse

January 13, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Once again, a handful of Indiana lawmakers and community organizations are trying to get hate-crime legislation through the Statehouse and onto the governor’s desk.
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Link between addiction, criminal justice discussed with legislators

January 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
In Indianapolis, a person is more likely to die from a drug-related incident than a car crash. This and other drug-related facts where shared with the members of the Indiana House Courts and Criminal Code Committee at a meeting Wednesday. Representatives from the state’s judicial branch were invited to share progress and their concerns regarding Indiana criminal code reform with lawmakers.
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Senate committee extends for $1 pro bono filing fee

January 12, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill extending the $1 additional civil filing fee to support pro bono programs sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday despite a discussion about the possibility of allowing Marion County small claims courts to keep the filing fees they collect for themselves.
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Indiana health commissioner: Needle exchanges a success

January 12, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana's health commissioner told lawmakers needle exchanges were effective in combating the state's worst-ever HIV outbreak.
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