Indiana General Assembly

Panel endorses new magistrates for Clark, Shelby County courts

September 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
Clark County, Indiana’s perennially busiest judicial circuit on a weighted-caseload basis, and Shelby County will get new magistrates next year if the General Assembly follows Thursday’s recommendation of a judicial study panel.
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Lawyers blast bias in ALJ system; urge technical adjudicators remain

September 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawyers who practice before Indiana administrative law judges painted a picture Wednesday of a rigged, onerous system that overwhelmingly favors the government when parties appeal state agency actions.
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Lawmakers OK more background checks for Indiana teachers

September 21, 2016
 Associated Press
A panel of Indiana lawmakers has endorsed recommendations to strengthen the state's background checks system for educators and streamline the process for revoking a teacher's license.
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Indiana senator to introduce bill extending civil filing fee

September 19, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The sunset may be longer in coming for the $1 fee that was tacked onto civil legal filings to help shore up pro bono and legal services programs.
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Legislative panel to consider administrative law reforms

September 19, 2016
IL Staff
Lawyers who practice before administrative law judges will be among those who testify this week before a General Assembly study committee that will consider reforms that could include establishment of administrative law panels.
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Lawmaker takes job with firm at center of vaping controversy

September 16, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
An Indiana lawmaker who voted two years in a row for legislation that put one private company in control of who could manufacture e-liquid for sale in Indiana has now gone to work for a division of that firm.
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Some police departments shelve body cameras, cite data costs

September 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Police departments in at least two states that outfitted their officers with body cameras have now shelved them, blaming new laws requiring videos to be stored longer, which they say would significantly increase the cost.
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Indiana video gambling fans to plan legislative strategy

September 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Advocates of legalized video gambling in Indiana will plot legislative strategy this week in Indianapolis.
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Committee to weigh new courts, changes for existing courts

September 7, 2016
IL Staff
The next meeting of the General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary will consider requests for new courts and changes to existing courts when it meets Sept. 22.
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Longtime attorney named to fill open IURC position

September 6, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A longtime Indiana attorney has been named to serve on a state commission that approves utility rates for millions of residents and businesses.
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Both sides remain divided on LGBT rights ahead of session

August 31, 2016
 Associated Press
Advocates on both sides of Indiana's debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents remained divided and were unable to make recommendations Tuesday to a committee of lawmakers considering the topic ahead of the upcoming legislative session.
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FBI probing for possible corruption in vaping law

August 23, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The FBI is probing whether any illegal activity led to the creation and passage of Indiana’s contentious new vaping law.
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Cities call for change in Indiana redistricting

August 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The Anderson City Council has become the sixth Indiana municipal legislative body to pass a resolution calling for a citizen panel to take over the drawing of district lines for seats in the U.S. Congress and the Indiana General Assembly.
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Committee to look at unauthorized immigrant college attendance

August 16, 2016
IL Staff
The Senate Select Committee on Immigration Issues meets for the fourth time Wednesday, where the committee will discuss national security issues and attendance at Indiana colleges and universities by unauthorized immigrants.
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Indiana education committee looks at sexual misconduct

August 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A group of Indiana lawmakers is looking at sexual misconduct in schools to see if legislation is needed in 2017 to help curb abuse.
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Legislative panel on judiciary to discuss LGBT civil rights

August 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
"Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation” is the lone subject on the agenda for the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary’s initial meeting on Aug. 30.
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Legislator plans to introduce hate crime bill this session

August 10, 2016
IL Staff
A state senator from Indianapolis announced Tuesday his intention to again file legislation to enact a hate crime statute in Indiana, one of only five states that does not have this kind of law on the books.
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Legislators plan to introduce bills to protect law enforcement and their families

August 2, 2016
IL Staff
Two Republican members of the Indiana General Assembly have announced just days apart their intentions to introduce legislation in response to recent threats against police officers and the shooting of an off-duty police officer’s home and squad car in Indianapolis.
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Statute, plea agreement do not preclude converting felony to misdemeanor

August 2, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s decision to reduce a man’s Class D felony conviction following a guilty plea to theft in 2000 to a Class A misdemeanor 15 years later.
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Caseworker vs. DCS

July 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Despite a caseworker’s lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Child Services, her employer says she’s right: There aren’t enough caseworkers to handle the exploding growth in cases of Indiana children and families in crisis. But that’s where the agreement ends.
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Safe Families effort wins favor in Legislature

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A new law furthers the group’s power of attorney arrangement in order to keep kids out of the child welfare system.
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Indiana high court rejects rehearing in lawmaker emails case

July 13, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to rehear a case that sought to force lawmakers to release their email correspondence with lobbying groups and businesses.
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Abortion bill author got unregistered PAC contribution, highlighting gaps in reporting

July 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
The author of an Indiana anti-abortion law struck down by a federal judge hours before it could take effect July 1 received a primary-eve campaign contribution whose source remains confused. It’s also unclear whether regulators will investigate.
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New Indiana laws begin July 1

June 29, 2016
IL Staff
Read a complete list of the laws that will become effective July 1.
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New state law allows distilleries to sell carryout 7 days a week

June 29, 2016
IBJ Staff, Lesley Weidenbener
A new state law that takes effect July 1 lifts the ban on carryout sales for artisan distilleries, putting the businesses on par with wineries and craft breweries, which already sell alcohol on Sundays.
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