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House Adopts Resolution To Study Medical Marijuana

Jan 25, 2018

The Indiana House voted Thursday to urge the federal government to loosen its grip on marijuana so the drug can be more effectively studied.

A unanimously-adopted resolution also pushes for a state legislative study committee to examine medical marijuana legalization.

Simpler CBD Legalization Bill Clears House Committee

Jan 24, 2018

A House committee passed legislation Wednesday to legalize cannabidiol, or CBD. The unanimously-approved bill takes a simpler approach to authorizing its use.

Committee Scales Back Bill To Eliminate Gun Permits

Jan 24, 2018

A bill that would have removed Indiana’s permit to carry a handgun was scaled back Wednesday.

A House Public Policy Committee approved the bill that keeps the handgun carry permit system but lifts some barriers. It extends a permit from four to five years and eliminates a fee for a lifetime permit.

Beth Sprunger with Moms Demand Action says since the permit stays, it’s a win.

“We feel pretty positive that they are not going to move forward with removing the permitting systems which was what our goal was here today,” says Sprunger.

A Senate committee moved forward Wednesday with Statehouse Republican’s annual effort to impose further regulations on abortion.

House Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

Jan 23, 2018

 

Legalized Sunday alcohol carryout sales in Indiana seem a near certainty after the House approved legislation to make that change Tuesday.

That comes just one day after the Senate passed its own, identical version of the bill.

 

Legislation that would force about 300 small townships to consolidate with larger ones took its first step forward in the Indiana House Tuesday.

A House committee advanced the bill  by a 10-0 vote after making some changes to the measure.

Senate Committee Approves Bill To Expand Feticide Law

Jan 23, 2018

Indiana could join more than 20 other states in allowing prosecutors to file murder charges if a person kills an unborn fetus regardless of its viability.

Current law says a person commits murder if they knowingly or intentionally kill a viable fetus. But when Jennifer Lee’s daughter was shot and killed last year, she lost her unborn child. And Lee says for the death of that fetus, prosecutors could only file aggravated battery charges against the killer.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) was one of a bipartisan group of senators that brokered the deal to re-open the government after a three-day shutdown.

Non-essential operations were suspended Saturday when Congress failed to pass a budget to keep the federal government moving. The deadlock ended Monday after the Senate passed a short-term spending bill after Republicans promised a future vote on immigration policies.

Senate Committee Begins Debate On Hate Crimes Bill

Jan 23, 2018

Debate on a hate crimes bill was emotional and, at times, heated Tuesday as a Senate committee kicked off conversation on the issue.

Indiana is one of five states without a hate, or bias crimes, law. The legislation would allow judges to impose harsher sentences if a crime was committed in part because of a victim’s characteristics – such as race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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West Lafayette representatives are condemning hate speech posted at a local church over the weekend.

Racial slurs and threatening language were displayed on posters tacked outside of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) says she’s shocked and concerned, especially since the incident happened at night.

“They are doing this behind everyone’s back and will not admit that they’re doing it because they know most of the people in our area do not agree with this and certainly are not on their side,” Klinker says.

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