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Pence signs med-mal cap increase on final day

March 25, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Medical malpractice victims will be eligible for more compensation after Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill increasing the payment cap for the first time since the 1990s. The cap would increase from the current $1.25 million limit to $1.65 million next year and then to $1.8 million in 2019.
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Pence signs abortion restrictions opponents vow to block

March 25, 2016
 Associated Press
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said it will ask a court to block a measure Gov. Mike Pence signed Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.
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Pence vetoes limited private university police disclosure bill

March 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
A bill that critics said would limit the information private university police departments must make public was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence. The bill was passed just before the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of ESPN, which seeks records the University of Notre Dame police refuse to make public.
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Abortion, med-mal, private university police bills await Pence’s decision

March 24, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
High-profile bills involving restrictions on abortion, increasing the caps on medical malpractice damages and slightly lifting the secrecy of police units at Notre Dame and other private universities are among the unsigned bills remaining on the final day for Gov. Mike Pence to act.
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Pence restarts probate code study committee

March 24, 2016
IL Staff
Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday signed a bill re-establishing the Probate Code Study Commission that was terminated along with multiple other interim legislative committees in 2014.
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Legislators bet on fantasy sports

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
With figures that say between 500,000 and 1 million Hoosiers play daily fantasy sports, state legislators decided now was the time to regulate the growing industry before it got too big.
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Pence signs police body camera video regulation bill

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill giving law enforcement agencies authority to withhold some video recordings from body cameras.
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Probate study committee bill hoping for governor’s approval

March 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Supporters were successful this year in getting the Statehouse to approve legislation that re-establishes the Probate Code Study Commission, but they’re still awaiting the governor’s signature.
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Indiana governor concerned about Notre Dame police bill

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Monday that his "strong bias for the public's right to know" will weigh heavily as he decides whether to veto a measure that would shelter police departments at Notre Dame and 10 other Indiana private colleges from following the same crime reporting requirements as all other law enforcement agencies.
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Pharmacists, state court administration enlisted in fight against meth labs

March 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A comprise bill that would allow pharmacists to deny the sale of over-the-counter medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine was signed into law Monday.
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Pence approves mandatory minimums for drug dealing

March 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Gov. Mike Pence toughened sentences for drug dealers Monday, signing legislation that would mandate repeat offenders serve at least 10 years if their crime involves methamphetamine or heroin.
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Consumer groups call on Indiana lawmakers to release records

March 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers should be required to comply with their own public records law and release documents, including email correspondence with campaign donors and lobbying groups, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups told the Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday.
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Indiana Supreme Court hears lawmaker email case

March 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Lawyers for an open government group told the Indiana Supreme Court that lawmakers should be required to comply with the state's public records act.
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Indiana gay rights groups say history is on their side

March 16, 2016
Indiana LGBT rights activists said Tuesday that history is on their side and they will continue pressing for statewide civil rights protections for gender identity and sexual orientation despite lawmakers' unwillingness to act during the recently adjourned legislative session.
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Regulations coming for lawsuit funding industry

March 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In the final hours of the 2016 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly arrived at a compromise which, for the first time, will regulate companies that fund plaintiffs in civil lawsuits in Indiana.
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Lawmakers punt Marion County judge-selection bill to next year

March 11, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement on how to select Marion County Superior Court judges by the end of the legislative session on Thursday night and punted the decision until next year.
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Lawmakers pass police video bill

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana law enforcement agencies will get the right to withhold all body and dash cam video recordings from the public under a bill that's now headed to the governor's desk.
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Pharmacist discretion bill heads to governor's desk

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A bill to allow pharmacists to serve as gatekeepers for cold medicines that contain the common methamphetamine ingredient pseudoephedrine is on its way to the Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.
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Senate votes to raise medical malpractice payment cap

March 9, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Medical malpractices victims may be able to receive more money now that the Indiana Senate has passed a proposal to increase the compensation cap for the first time in nearly 18 years.
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‘No more stringent’ restrained

March 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Manufacturers, agriculture and other big Hoosier industries pegged House Bill 1082 at the top of their legislative agenda this year. So did about 20 environmental, health and public-interest groups that opposed the measure barring Indiana from adopting environmental regulations tougher than federal standards.
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Court taking up whether lawmakers can keep emails private

March 8, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will consider whether a state lawmaker’s emails and other correspondence with utility company officials about proposed legislation can be kept private.
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Marion County Bar Association opposes judicial selection bill

March 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawmakers are working to craft an 11th-hour agreement on how judges should be chosen in Marion County after they were unable to reach a compromise Monday. Meanwhile, Indianapolis’ historically black bar association called for direct election of judges instead of a proposed merit-selection system.
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Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

March 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
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Private college records exemption heads to governor's desk

March 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Private college police departments won't have to follow the same rules for crime reporting as public police departments under a bill that's now on its way to the governor's desk.
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Indiana House OKs measure to replace jailed councilman

March 4, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow East Chicago officials to temporarily replace a jailed councilman without removing him from office.
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  2. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  3. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  4. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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