Erin Houchin

INSPECT Integration Aims To Better Track Opiates

Aug 24, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced an effort to rein in the number of opioid prescriptions given out in the state. Indiana is the eighth highest prescribing state in the country.

The new initiative will integrate the state’s online prescription tracking program with health care systems across Indiana.

Indiana Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) says the improvement can aid in prevention.

“We have to stop the problem at its source really, to stop addicts before they become addicts,” Houchin says.

After operating for four years without a full-time leader, Indiana’s children’s commission finally has an executive director.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana was established in 2013, but has never had a person whose entire job was dedicated to the commission.

Julie Whitman leaves the Indiana Youth Institute to become the executive director of the commission.

Lawmakers want to make it easier for domestic violence victims to keep their cell phones away from their abusers. A proposed bill would provide that option after a victim gets a restraining order.

Under current law, only the owner of a cell phone account may see the full account and make changes. Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Laura Berry says that creates real problems for domestic violence victims.

 

The Indiana Senate made changes to a parental consent for abortion bill that supporters say they hope the changes fix the bill’s issues.

The bill requires parents or guardians be notified if their underage daughter goes to court to get consent for an abortion.

Current law already requires parental consent for anyone under 18 to get an abortion. If a child doesn’t want to get their parents’ permission, they can go to court to get a waiver.

courtesy Dan Coats

Indiana's primary was notable for its domino effect, which went something like this:

1. A sitting senator decides to retire.

2. Two sitting congressmen run to replace him.

3. Those two seats need filling, sparking hotly-contested races in the northeast and south-central parts of the state.

Young Wins Senate Contest

Representative Todd Young (R-9th) Tuesday easily defeated fellow U.S. House member Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) to secure the Republican nomination for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

Lauren Clark / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace Ninth District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says as Attorney General he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

Indiana Senate Republicans

Congressman Todd Young's (R-9th) announcement he‘ll run for the Senate creates a second open U.S. House race in Indiana next year. Senator Erin Houchin (R-Salem) says she‘s considering a bid for Young‘s seat. She was U.S. Senator Dan Coats‘ regional director before running for office herself last year, and was Ninth District Republican Party chair when Young wrested the seat away from Democrat Baron Hill.

Houchin says she doesn‘t have a timeline in mind for a decision, but says constituents have been encouraging her to make the race.