Government

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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Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey

January 13, 2017
 Associated Press
FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocol in the email server case.
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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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VW pleads guilty in emissions scandal; 6 employees indicted

January 11, 2017
 Associated Press
Volkswagen is pleading guilty to three criminal charges and will pay $4.3 billion to the U.S. government for cheating on emissions tests and destroying evidence in an elaborate cover-up.
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Lawsuits over Trump business threaten to tie up presidency

January 11, 2017
 Associated Press
As a businessman, Donald Trump has kept the courts busy. That's hardly likely to change when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potentially serious problem for a sitting president.
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State's dubious vaping law to get big overhaul

January 11, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana’s vaping industry could be upended again as lawmakers tackle changes to a law that has been roundly criticized as unfair and even corrupt.
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Human trafficking on the rise in Indiana

January 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Attorney General Office’s 2016 Indiana State Report on Human Trafficking shows that in a span of just two years, the number of tips to the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans, or IPATH, task force about possible trafficking incidents quadrupled, up to 520 tips in 2016 from 130 in 2014.
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Supreme Court, Legislature leave police body camera statute as is

January 11, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Prosecutors say releasing police video will violate Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.
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Men in KKK costumes disrupt Sessions confirmation hearing

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Protesters disrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general Tuesday, including two men wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes and a woman wearing a pink crown.
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Forfeiture bill would restrict police, prosecutors

January 9, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill scheduled for a hearing before the Indiana Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee Tuesday would require law enforcement to get a conviction before moving ahead with civil forfeiture.
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Divided COA rules in favor of Pence in public records case

January 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court decision finding that former Indiana Gov. and Vice President-elect Mike Pence did not violate open records laws when he redacted and withheld certain documents related to his decision to join a Texas lawsuit challenging federal executive orders on immigration.
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State Department assailed for new rules on foreign adoptions

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The State Department, which oversees the adoption of foreign children by American families, is under fire from scores of adoption agencies for drafting new regulations that critics depict as overly rigid and potentially budget-busting.
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Monroe County inmates to get use of tablets for video visits

January 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Monroe County Correctional Center is getting a technology infusion too boost opportunities for inmates to visit with family and friends.
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Hustler Hollywood sues Indianapolis over zoning roadblocks

January 6, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Hustler Hollywood, which wants to open a retail store in Castleton, is suing the city of Indianapolis over a zoning denial that the company says is infringing on its constitutional right to operate a business.
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Trump selects former Sen. Coats for top intelligence post

January 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a role that would thrust him into the center of the intelligence community that Trump has publicly challenged, a person with knowledge of the decision said Thursday.
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Coats said to lead Trump’s picks for intelligence post

January 5, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats is the front-runner to become Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, according to two people familiar with the decision, a move that would put him in the position of defending the agencies whose conclusions on Russian hacking have been openly questioned by the president-elect.
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Muncie mayor says FBI searches city government office

January 5, 2017
 Associated Press
The Muncie mayor's office says FBI agents searched the city building commissioner's office.
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Bill would alter plea agreement, sentencing requirements

January 5, 2017
IL Staff
Judges would no longer be required to advise criminal defendants of the earliest and latest possible release dates under legislation introduced in the Indiana Senate. The legislation also would strike language that shields rejected plea agreements and proceedings from the official court record.
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Grassley expects tough fight on Supreme Court nomination

January 5, 2017
 Associated Press
Sen. Charles Grassley says he doesn't think he'll be condemned for moving quickly on a Donald Trump nominee for U.S. Supreme Court after refusing last year to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
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Trump names Wall Street lawyer Clayton as SEC chairman

January 5, 2017
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose a Wall Street attorney with experience in corporate mergers and public stock launches as his nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Hoosier law students, professors oppose Sessions nomination

January 5, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana law school professors are joining an open letter opposing the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
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Gary councilwoman challenges accusations of law violation

January 4, 2017
 Associated Press
A city councilwoman has filed a lawsuit to keep her second job as an employee of the Gary Sanitary District.
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House Republicans' road plan includes gas-tax increase, user fees

January 4, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo
Indiana House Republicans on Wednesday released their legislative agenda, which includes a tax increase and increased user fees to pay for improving the state’s roads.
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