Statehouse News

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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Statehouse services set for longtime state Rep. Crawford

September 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Longtime Indiana state Rep. William Crawford will lie in state in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda ahead of his funeral this week.
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Local efforts to limit Fourth of July festivities fizzle

July 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
Not everyone is having a blast over the explosion of fireworks use in Indiana in recent years. But local attempts so far to curb the concussions have bombed.
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Most new Indiana laws effective July 1

July 1, 2015
IL Staff
Read about the new laws passed during the 2015 session.
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Immunity laws flourishing in Indiana

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
ITLA task force examines number of protections in the Indiana Code.
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  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

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