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Legislators will seek to broaden Indiana‘s three-year-old smoking ban in the upcoming legislative session that kicks off today.

The smoke-free law includes two big exceptions, for bars and casinos, which sparked heated debate when it was passed.

A bill House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere, R-New Albany, is authoring leaves intact the exemption for bars but would extend the ban to casinos. He reasons that a server who does not want to inhale smoke on the job can find a comparable job relatively easily, but a dealer at a casino would face a significant pay cut.

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The Indiana attorney general is proposing legislation he says would close legal loopholes and better protect Hoosiers from data breaches and identity theft.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says notable data breaches, such as those on Sony, Target and Home Depot, have consumers worried about ID theft, so he wants to bring some peace of mind to Hoosiers with legislation he’s pushing that would require companies that store consumer data to regularly review and delete that information.

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A federal judge has struck down portions of Indiana laws that regulate abortion clinics.

In a preliminary ruling, U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson writes that part of the law attempting to regulate Planned Parenthood centers that provide non-surgical abortions more strictly than regular doctor‘s offices who provide the same services violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana legal director Ken Falk represents Planned Parenthood in the case.

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Governor Mike Pence Wednesday directed Attorney General Greg Zoeller to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. 

President Obama’s executive action, announced last month, could allow millions of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.   

16 states have joined a lawsuit challenging the move, and Governor Mike Pence wants Indiana to become the 17th. 

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The Indiana Attorney General’s office is warning same sex couples who got married in a narrow window in June that their marriages may not be valid.

On June 25, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional -- and didn’t stay the effects of his ruling. 

Two days later, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals did halt the ruling.  And in those two days, hundreds of same sex couples across the state got marriage licenses. 

But the Attorney General’s office says some of those marriages could be invalid. 

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller plans to tackle some of Indiana’s top consumer complaints with his legislative proposals for the 2015 session. 

The Attorney General’s office received nearly 1,000 complaints about home repair or construction scams last year, the third-largest consumer complaint category. 

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’s proposing legislation that would establish a voluntary registration system for what he calls the “good actors” – contractors who put up a bond with the AG’s office.

Part Of One Gay Marriage Suit Against Indiana Reinstated

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The federal judge who declared Indiana‘s gay marriage ban unconstitutional has reinstated part of a separate marriage lawsuit against the state.

In an order filed on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Young restored a suit from four same-sex couples who were married outside Indiana.

The couples sued Governor Pence in an effort to get the state to recognize their marriages as legal. Attorney General Greg Zoeller‘s office asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, saying the governor did not have the authority to affirm the legality of marriages.

Pharmacies To Start Disposing Of Unwanted Drugs

Sep 16, 2014
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In three weeks, Hoosiers will be able to return unused prescription drugs to pharmacies year-round, instead of waiting for periodic "drug takeback days."   

President Obama signed a law four years ago repealing Drug Enforcement Administration requirements that only police or DEA agents could receive and dispose of leftover medication. But it‘s taken the DEA until now to finalize rules to let drugstores handle it themselves.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday the state is appealing the Seventh Circuit Court’s ruling that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

People on both sides of the issue say they're ready for the nation’s highest court to provide clarity on the definition of marriage.

Four other states are filing federal court appeals to reverse decisions that struck down their traditional marriage laws. Wisconsin also filed its appeal Tuesday.

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Senator Joe Donnelly is working with groups such as AARP and the Indiana Attorney General to help seniors identify scams aimed at stealing their savings and identities. 

Donnelly serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging and Tuesday he took a hearing on the road, holding a meeting at the Indiana State Fair. 

Several organizations, including the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Attorney General and the Secret Service participated, with a goal of helping empower seniors to identify financial predators. 

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