Government

Lawmakers table easing access to gun permits for alcohol abusers

January 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Confusion over whether alcohol abusers are considered proper people to receive permits to carry handguns caused a Senate panel to delay action on a bill that would erase such language from state law.
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Indianapolis agency gets grant to help inmates find jobs

January 14, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis agency has won a $500,000 federal grant for a demonstration project to help inmates find jobs once they’re released.
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Bill to open adoption records passes Senate committee

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A proposal to expand access to sealed adoption records for adoptees is headed to the Indiana Senate floor after winning unanimous approval from a Senate committee.
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Indiana parole board rejects parole for deputy's killer

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
The sisters of a sheriff's deputy shot to death during a 1972 bank robbery sat through an emotional Indiana Parole Board hearing on Tuesday that ended with the panel again rejecting freedom for their brother's convicted killer.
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Pence says he won’t support LGBT bill that ‘diminishes' religious freedom

January 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in his State of the State speech Tuesday night finally addressed the most contentious issue at the Statehouse this year – how to balance religious freedom with civil rights for LGBT people – but his statements left unclear whether he would sign any of the bills proposed so far during this General Assembly.
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Marion County judicial selection now in lawmakers’ lap

January 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A federal appeals court rocked the Marion County court system last fall when it quashed its unusual judicial election process, saying it burdened the right to cast a meaningful vote. Now the court’s fate is in the hands of lawmakers, who will get a crack at replacing the election system the federal judges ruled unconstitutional.
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Coalition pushes for hate crime legislation

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana is one of five states without a hate crime law on the books.
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Expunged criminal records still may show up and might be required in some cases

January 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
If you’ve stayed out of trouble for the required number of years, Indiana’s expungement statute will erase your criminal record and give you a clean slate. (Individual results may vary.)
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Married lesbian couples seek birth certificate equality

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Lesbian couples in Indiana are learning the fight for state recognition did not stop with the legalization of same-sex marriage. The battle now has moved to parenthood.
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Former Indiana justice, assistant U.S. attorney nominated for federal bench vacancies

January 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
President Barack Obama has announced his nominations for two federal judicial openings in Indiana.
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Donnelly champions federal support of veterans courts

January 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In advance of the State of the Union address tonight, Sen. Joe Donnelly highlighted the need to help military veterans and praised the work being done in Indiana’s veterans courts.
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Adoption records, gun licensing reform bills to be heard this week

January 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
Hoosier adoptees will make a new push for access to their birth records, beginning with a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
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Terror-related arrests in 2 states refuel refugee debate

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Two Iraqi-born men who came to the United States as refugees have been arrested on terrorism-related charges by federal authorities who allege one traveled to Syria to fight with terrorists in the civil war and the other provided support to the Islamic State group.
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Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press
President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation to repeal his signature health care law.
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Senate bill would protect sexual orientation, punt on gender identity

January 7, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A Republican state senator’s answer to the debate over gay rights and religious freedom would protect gay, lesbian and bisexual Hoosiers from employment, housing and public accommodations discrimination but would exclude transgender people and punt the debate on their issues until next year.
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State Department watchdog finds 'inaccurate' response to Clinton email questions

January 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A report released Thursday by the State Department's Inspector General found the department provided inaccurate responses in 2012 to inquiries about then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's email practices.
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Indiana BMV fees overhaul proposed after overcharging woes

January 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles would see its fee structure simplified under a bill presented Wednesday to legislators following an audit last year that found the agency had overcharged motorists more than $60 million since 2013.
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New bid planned to end Indiana's Sunday alcohol sales ban

January 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A new attempt could be coming to end Indiana's eight decades-old ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.
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House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

January 6, 2016
 Associated Press
After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk Wednesday striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement.
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Bill proposes increasing med-mal cap by $400,000

January 6, 2016
Dave Stafford
The maximum award for medical malpractice would increase by $400,000 under legislation proposed after a study committee last year examined Indiana’s caps. Caps on damages were last raised 17 years ago and have been increased just twice in 40 years.
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Coalition advocating for hate crime legislation

January 5, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A coalition of religious and civic organizations has already started pushing the Indiana General Assembly to pass hate crime legislation that includes language covering sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Obama says expanding gun background checks no threat to rights

January 5, 2016
 Bloomberg News
President Barack Obama said expanding background checks to cover more firearms transactions won’t trample on the right of Americans to own guns or lead to confiscation of weapons, as he made an emotional pitch for a package of executive actions intended to stem gun violence.
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Pence agenda addresses ISTEP impact, not LGBT rights

January 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence called for lawmakers to pass legislation decreasing Indiana's reliance on 2015 ISTEP standardized test scores but made no mention of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state law when he released his agenda for the coming legislative session.
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Bill eases law on alcohol offenders obtaining gun permits

January 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will consider a plan to lift state restrictions on alcohol offenders obtaining handgun licenses.
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US sues VW over emissions-cheating software in diesel cars

January 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal authorities are suing Volkswagen over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States.
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