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House lawmakers plan 'substantial' amendment to vaping bill

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana House Republican says a "substantial" amendment is planned for a bill overhauling last year's vaping law, but isn't offering many specifics yet.
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Industry chief: solar doesn't now threaten utility profits

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana's influential power companies urged lawmakers on Wednesday to move forward with a bill that would sharply curtail a benefit available to solar panel owners, even though it does not pose a current threat to their bottom line.
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Protest bills with anti-traffic obstruction focus sweep US

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
In response to the increasing number of demonstrations, legislators across the country have introduced bills limiting where protesters can demonstrate or increasing fines for participation in peaceful protests that turn violent.
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Arrestee DNA collection bill Senate hearing Wednesday

March 21, 2017
IL Staff
A bill that would require Indiana authorities to collect DNA samples from people arrested for a felony will be heard by a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
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Bar association speaks out against bill banning prospective liability releases

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
One of the state’s largest bar associations is speaking out against a bill in the Indiana General Assembly that would prohibit attorneys’ ability to prospectively release themselves from malpractice liability.
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Advocates of hate crime statute still pushing Legislature to act

March 16, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
With a little more than a month remaining in the 2017 Indiana General Assembly session, advocates are ramping up their efforts to get hate crime legislation through the Statehouse this year.
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Panel backs letting staffers have guns in Statehouse

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislative employees could carry guns as they go about their duties at the Indiana Statehouse under a National Rifle Association-backed measure that is advancing.
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Indiana gun measures head toward final approval

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two firearms bills moved closer to final approval in the Indiana Legislature Wednesday.
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Indiana legislators pursue legal careers after taking elected office

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Being Indiana legislators inspired a handful to go to law school while working in the General Assembly.
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7th Circuit opinion shapes overhaul of vaping law

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Guidance from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was the driving force behind an overhaul of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, which is now before the House of Representatives in a significantly amended form.
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Solar bill draws heat

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Homeowners, churches, schools among those who decry slashing incentives, though big arrays may thrive under the legislation.
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Children’s commission bill advances

March 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would allow the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana to hire an executive director, costing an estimated $150,000 annually, will be presented to the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services Monday.
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Bill prohibiting sanctuary campuses moves to Indiana House

March 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill meant to require Indiana colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration investigations has passed the Senate, though concerns remain about the policy’s implication on Indiana campuses.
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Peeping drones crime bill clears Indiana Senate

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Anyone using the advanced technology of an aerial drone to undertake the age-old crime of voyeurism could be charged with a new offense under a measure approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Indiana Senate OKs abortion bill on parental notification

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Pregnant minors would be unable to obtain an abortion without at least attempting to notify their parents under a measure that cleared the Indiana Senate Tuesday.
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Indiana House approves ‘abortion reversal’ bill

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a measure on a so-called ‘abortion reversal’ procedure despite concerns from both sides of the aisle that the method hasn’t been sufficiently vetted.
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Senate OKs legislative employees bringing guns to work

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislative employees could join lawmakers in carrying handguns in the Indiana Statehouse under a measure advanced by the Senate.
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Republican mass protest bill softened in committee

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
A bill calling for Indiana authorities to use "any means necessary" to keep roadways clear during a protest was softened in a Senate committee.
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Indiana Senate panel advances restrictive abortion bill

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana abortion bill meant to strengthen parental rights would require notifying parents when a daughter under the age of 18 pursues legal action to obtain an abortion without their consent.
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New vaping bill moves to full Senate

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Less than a month after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court decision striking down the most controversial portions of Indiana’s vaping law, a new e-liquids bill designed to fall into compliance with federal regulations is moving through the General Assembly.
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Merit selection for Marion County a path back to court?

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the General Assembly weighs a new means of choosing Marion County judges, critics of the proposed merit-selection system say its enactment will almost guarantee another court fight.
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Lawmakers consider attorney anti-indemnification bill

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prohibit attorneys from indemnifying themselves from legal malpractice claims is up for consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives, but some malpractice attorneys say the measure may not be necessary in light of existing rules of conduct.
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Indiana Senate votes to override 2 Pence vetoes

February 15, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has followed the House's lead and voted to override two bills that former Gov. Mike Pence vetoed last year.
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Bill would allow lawmakers, staff to carry guns in Capitol

February 13, 2017
IL Staff
Lawmakers and legislative staff would be permitted to carry guns in the Statehouse and Indiana’s Capitol complex under a bill that will be heard by a Senate committee this week.
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Arrestee DNA collection bill clears House panel

February 13, 2017
IL Staff
The House Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 11-0 in favor of a proposal to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested and charged with a felony.
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  1. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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