Kevin Mahan

House lawmakers rejected an effort Thursday to allow voters in small townships to have their own say on consolidation.

The underlying bill would force townships of 1,200 people or less to consolidate with an adjacent unit by 2023.


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.

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Legislation aimed at making it a little easier for the public to access police body camera footage stalled in the House after Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) expressed concerns about the bill.  But, the measure’s author is confident about its chances to advance.

Current law doesn’t mention police body camera footage, so it’s mostly classified as what’s called “investigatory record,” meaning the police don’t ever have to release it. 

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Legislation regulating people who manufacture and sell liquids used in e-cigarettes took a step closer to the governor’s desk Tuesday. Its Senate sponsor says the bill tries to find a middle ground in regulating a new industry.

The manufacturing of e-liquids, also called vaping liquids, is largely unregulated by the state.

Legislation approved by the Senate would impose bottling and labeling requirements, including the use of child-proof safety caps, create a licensing system, and require stringent security measures.

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Business owners in Indiana’s vaping industry – making and selling liquids for e-cigarettes – say despite all the work that’s gone into legislation regulating e-liquids, proposed requirements are still too strict.

A Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved the requirements.

State lawmakers are exploring whether Hoosier schools should be covered by the state’s Castle Doctrine – the law allowing people to use deadly force if their home is invaded.  The statute says a person is allowed to use force – including deadly force – to protect themselves and their property if they believe they’re in danger.