legislation

House education panel backs school prayer bill

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Students’ right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a measure a House education committee has approved.
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‘Abortion reversal’ bill clears Indiana panel for 2nd time

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana House panel on Tuesday approved an amended version of a measure that would require abortion providers to give women considering drug-induced abortions information on stopping the procedure midway through — even though that process is scientifically disputed.
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House passes $20 hourly fee for public records searches

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana House on Thursday passed a measure that would bill journalists and the public a $20-per-hour rate for records requests under open government laws if the requests take more than two hours to complete.
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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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Bills dealing with sex crime punishments move to full Senate

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Two bills dealing with the punishment of sex crimes are moving to the full Indiana Senate for consideration.
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Senate passes anti-indemnification clause bill

February 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana House of Representatives will soon consider a bill that, if passed, would prohibit attorneys from including malpractice indemnification clauses in their attorney-client agreements.
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Hate crime bill advances in Indiana Legislature

February 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislation targeting hate crimes is advancing in Indiana, one of five states without such a law.
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Panel backs bill for appointing state school chief

February 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana state schools superintendent would no longer be an elected position under a change being considered by lawmakers.
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JRAC presents 2 criminal reform bills to House committee

February 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
As Indiana’s criminal justice system continues to roll out legislatively mandated reforms, members of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council are working with legislators to implement changes that will benefit both law enforcement and offenders.
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Senate committee considers vacating trafficking victims’ convictions

February 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Victims of human trafficking in Indiana could soon have a new mechanism for relief from charges brought against them while they were under the control of a trafficker if a new bill designed to vacate those charges is passed.
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Indiana Senate panel considers adding drone-related crimes

February 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Some Indiana lawmakers concerned that operators with nefarious intentions could turn peeping drones into peeping Toms are pushing to criminalize using the high-tech flying gadgets for voyeurism.
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7th Circuit strikes down portions of Indiana vaping law

January 30, 2017
Olivia Covington, IBJ Staff
A federal court has struck down portions of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, holding that the “astoundingly specific provisions” related to regulations of security, cleanliness and other physical requirements imposed on out-of-state manufacturers violates federal law and seems to imply a state attempt to create a monopoly for an Indiana security firm.
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State lawmakers discuss expanding screening for teachers

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will help strengthen Indiana’s system for running background checks for teachers.
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Abortion ban bill won't be heard in Indiana House committee

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A key Indiana House panel won’t consider a contentious attempt to ban abortions, its chairman said Thursday, meaning the measure likely is dead this session.
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Senate to hear bill banning attorney indemnification clauses

January 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prevent attorneys from prohibiting clients from filing legal malpractice claims will soon be heard by the full Indiana Senate.
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House panel advances Marion County judicial selection bill

January 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
Despite public concerns that a bill for choosing Indianapolis judges would reduce diversity on the bench, deprive Marion County residents of the right to directly elect jurists and elevate political considerations, a House committee Wednesday advanced a merit-selection measure supported by lawyers, judges and the business community.
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Lawmakers consider funding for lead crisis in East Chicago

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
State lawmakers are considering two plans allocating a total of $15 million in state funds for the lead crisis in East Chicago.
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House panel OKs needle exchange bill despite AG’s opposition

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press
A proposal that would give counties and municipalities control over creating needle-exchange programs in their communities advanced through a legislative committee Wednesday, despite opposition from new Attorney General Curtis Hill.
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College savings plan benefits could expand

January 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
As 529 plans hit 20-year milestone in Indiana, new state and federal contribution incentives have been proposed.
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Lawmakers consider bill prohibiting misdemeanor sex-crime expungement

January 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a high school teacher in Bedford was convicted of a felony for maintaining a sexual relationship with his 17-year-old student, the teacher received alternative misdemeanor sentencing and, upon, successful completion of probation, had the sexual offense expunged from his criminal record.
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House hearing set for Marion County judicial selection bill

January 24, 2017
IL Staff
An Indiana House committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would institute a new system for selecting the 36 judges of Marion Superior Court but would retain the partisan balance on the court that was a key element of the former system invalidated by a federal court.
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Indiana bill would keep pets with domestic violence victims

January 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Victims of domestic violence could take their pets with them after leaving the relationship under an Indiana lawmaker's measure that seeks to remove an impediment to reporting abuse.
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GOP lawmaker targets protesters obstructing traffic

January 19, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker says disturbing newscasts of chaotic and sometimes violent protests across the U.S. helped lead him to propose a bill that would direct police to use "any means necessary" to breakup mass gatherings that block traffic.
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GOP leaders pledge vape law overhaul, subject of FBI probe

January 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Republican legislative leaders say they want to unwind stiff regulations they imposed on Indiana’s vaping industry, which created a stranglehold on the burgeoning market for one company and prompted an FBI investigation.
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