Statehouse News

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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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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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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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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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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A look at bills proposed in the 2016 General Assembly

January 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Proposals addressing everything from civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to requiring a prescription for a common cold medicine used to make methamphetamine will be debated when lawmakers gather for the 2016 session, which begins Tuesday.
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Bill pushes to replace administrative law judges

December 31, 2015
Dave Stafford
The chairman of the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced Senate Bill 1, a 119-page proposal that would replace administrative law judges with an administrative court made up of nine judges appointed by the governor.
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Indiana adoption advocates to push again to open up records

December 31, 2015
 Associated Press
The leader of an advocacy group for Indiana adoptees says she's optimistic state lawmakers will endorse a bill to expand adoptees' access to sealed records.
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Some police, prosecutors back tougher cold-medicine law

December 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Some Indiana police agencies say their fight against methamphetamine production would be helped by a proposed state law change to require a doctor’s prescription for a common cold medicine that is used to make the illegal drug.
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Bill would allow recovery of attorney fees in all wrongful death actions

December 28, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A northern Indiana senator has introduced legislation to amend Indiana’s wrongful death statute to allow for surviving families to collect attorney fees.
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Indiana may consider regulating daily fantasy sports sites

December 17, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are considering the possibility of regulating daily fantasy sports sites.
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Lawmakers offer alternative to cold medicine sales crackdown

December 15, 2015
 Associated Press
Republican Sens. Randy Head of Logansport and Jim Merritt of Indianapolis said pharmacists should have the authority to approve or disapprove sales for medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which is a decongestant used to treat colds and allergies. A rival measure backed by Indiana prosecutors and GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma would require a prescription for such medicines.
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Prosecutors want ban on over-the-counter pseudoephedrine

December 9, 2015
 Associated Press
Prosecutors urged Indiana legislators Wednesday to ban over-the-counter sales of a common cold medicine used to make methamphetamines and stiffen sentences for convicted drug dealers.
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DNA collection bill filed in Legislature

November 18, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Once again, the Indiana General Assembly is being asked to expand law enforcement’s ability to collect DNA.
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Indiana House leader backing tighter cold medicine law

November 18, 2015
 Associated Press
The top Republican in the Indiana House on Tuesday endorsed tightening state law to require a doctor's prescription for cold and allergy medications that can be used to make methamphetamine.
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GOP bill on Indiana LGBT rights has religious exemptions

November 18, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana Senate Republicans released a proposal Tuesday that would extend state civil rights protections to LGBT people while also carving out broad exemptions for religious institutions and some small businesses that object to working with gay people.
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Talks continue toward compromise med-mal reform deal

November 4, 2015
Dave Stafford
With medical errors on the rise in Indiana and many states ruling caps on malpractice damages unconstitutional, plaintiff and defense lawyers and state officials continued to negotiate behind the scenes toward compromise legislation that could increase Indiana’s $1.25 million cap on medical malpractice awards.
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Expanding smoking ban would hurt casinos, study committee chair says

October 23, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a brief hearing Thursday, members of the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy voted to leave the state’s smoking ban alone.
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Steele: Deal close on medical malpractice reform bill

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
Plaintiff and defense lawyers and state officials are close to an agreement on legislation to reform Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, a key state senator said Tuesday.
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Study panel recommends opening adoption records

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
A legislative study committee Tuesday recommended opening records to thousands of Hoosiers born before 1994 who cannot access their own birth certificates.
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New law part of effort to block school-to-prison pipeline

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
National statistics show Indiana is the wrong kind of leader in school discipline.
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Lawmakers may spoil fantasy sports party

October 12, 2015
Anthony Schoettle, IBJ Staff
The biggest showdown looming for fantasy football goliaths DraftKings and FanDuel has nothing to do with which one can nab the biggest share of the exploding daily fantasy sports market. Instead, state and federal lawmakers are taking a serious look at the legality of their services – a move that could put them out of business in Indiana and other states.
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Lines being drawn for Indiana's next fight over LGBT rights

October 12, 2015
 Associated Press
Months after a divisive religious objections law thrust Indiana into an unwanted national spotlight, gay rights supporters and religious conservatives are preparing for another potentially bitter debate – this time over enshrining LGBT protections into state law.
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