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Central Indiana county debates continuing needle exchange

July 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials in Madison County are divided over whether to continue a program that provides clean needles to intravenous drug users.
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Indiana appeals ruling blocking part of abortion law

July 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said Friday he will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocks parts of a new state law that would make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge.
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Ex-lawmaker Gard to chair Alcohol Code Revision Commission

July 11, 2017
IL Staff
Former Indiana State Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, has been tapped to lead a review of the state’s alcohol laws, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday.
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Influential lawmaker Kenley retiring from Indiana Senate

July 5, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal
State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, on Wednesday announced that he will retire on Sept. 30 after serving Senate District 20 since 1992.
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Sheriff starts group to deal with overcrowded county jails

July 5, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana sheriff says state lawmakers must address the issue of overcrowded and understaffed county jails.
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Treatment seen as antidote for opioid crisis

June 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Legislature approved several measures to expand recovery programs and prevent spread of opioid epidemic.
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Rewrite of business organization laws provides uniformity, clarity

June 28, 2017
Dave Stafford
All it took to simplify Indiana’s business organization laws was a 149-page bill.
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New laws for 2017

June 28, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s legislators passed more than250 new laws on topics including e-liquid reform, inheritance tax repeals, and overhaul of uniform business organization laws.
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Judge to hear challenge to new Indiana abortion restrictions

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit seeking to block a new Indiana law that makes it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky say portions of the new law are unconstitutional.
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Indiana domestic violence law addresses phone plans, pets

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
A new Indiana law taking effect July 1 aims to help those affected by domestic violence leave abusive relationships.
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Prosecutors hail new DNA, anti-drug laws

June 2, 2017
Indiana prosecutors joined Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday as he signed two bills prosecutors said are essential to law enforcement’s ability to build criminal cases.
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ACLU, solicitor general argue to justices over DCS caseloads

June 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Opposing counsel and the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court were agreed on one issue during oral arguments Thursday in a case involving the Department of Child Services – family case managers are the “backbone” of the work DCS does for Hoosier children.
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Senate Republicans appoint new chief legal counsel, chief of staff

June 1, 2017
IL Staff
A longtime member of the Indiana Senate Republicans legal staff has been appointed chief legal counsel for the Senate majority, which also announced a new chief of staff.
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Legislature appoints special alcohol commission

May 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Cold beer could be available in Indiana convenience stores’ coolers within two years.
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Indiana governor: New law will aid lead-tainted region

May 19, 2017
 Associated Press
Gov. Eric Holcomb is praising a new state law that will help a northwestern Indiana city deal with lead and arsenic contamination that's forcing residents in a public housing complex from their homes.
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Young lawmakers form caucus to advocate for millennials

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
As millennial lawyers continue to grow in both number and influence throughout the state, millennial lawmakers are seeking to follow suit through a new initiative launched at the Indiana Statehouse.
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Senate Republicans chief of staff, legal counsel leaving for law firm

April 26, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Senate Majority Caucus Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel Jeff Papa is leaving his legislative work to take a position with Barnes & Thornburg LLP later this summer, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday.
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Lawmakers' push to avoid social issues draws ire from some

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A push from GOP leaders in the Indiana Legislature to set aside divisive social issues this session has frustrated some social conservative groups who suggest Republican lawmakers ignored what their constituents care about.
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Indiana governor says he will sign several contested bills

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
Statehouse employees will be able to carry guns at the Statehouse, people with epilepsy will be able to use marijuana-derived oil as medicine and parents will see a modest increase in abortion notification rights when it comes to their minor children, under measures Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday said he will sign into law.
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Legislature passes vaping overhaul that removes controversial security firm scheme

April 24, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
The Indiana General Assembly — on the last day of the session — put its final stamp of approval on a proposal to overhaul the rules for Indiana’s vaping industry after two years of controversial actions.
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Indy judges to have closed-door interviews before retention nod

April 24, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges would appear behind closed doors before a committee comprised mainly of political appointees who would recommend whether jurists should or should not be retained in office, according to a bill that passed the General Assembly.
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Lawmakers nearing new deal on Ricker's beer carryout issue

April 21, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
Two Ricker's convenience stores in Indiana would be able to continue sellling cold beer for carryout, but only for another year, under the latest version of a bill being considered by state lawmakers.
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Crack open a lukewarm one: Indiana's quirky rules about beer

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana law allows someone to walk out of a convenience store and crack open a beer purchased there, but it can't be a cold one.
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Nurse-attorney Barbra Bachmeier removes obstacles to helping victims

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The philosophy of empowering her patients transfers into Barbra Bachmeier’s practice as an attorney. Working solely in the area of adult guardianships, she gives her clients the freedom to make their own choices.
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Domestic violence bill joined to study of ‘constitutional carry’ effort

April 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
Supporters of a bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence to carry handguns without a license say a broader effort to eliminate all carry permit requirements delayed needed protections for a vulnerable population and could muddle the issues.
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  1. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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