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 At least two Syrian families are being redirected to other states after Governor Mike Pence’s decision to temporarily bar them from entering Indiana.

According to letters the director of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration sent to Exodus Refugee Immigration and Catholic Charities Indianapolis, a Syrian couple and their 5-year-old was scheduled to arrive in Indiana on Thursday. That family’s now in Connecticut.

The other family was supposed to come to Indiana next month.

Senate Republicans Unveil GOP Anti-Discrimination Bill

Nov 18, 2015
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Senate Republicans Tuesday unveiled the details of legislation they say strikes a balance between protecting the LGBT community from discrimination and ensuring Hoosiers’ religious freedom.  

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 Senate Republican Leader David Long Monday pledged that LGBT non-discrimination legislation will begin next session in the Senate and will get a hearing. Long also says the measure will balance equal protection with religious freedom.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he won’t yet talk about the specifics of an LGBT rights bill, insisting that he wants the Senate GOP caucus to examine the measure first.  Still, he stresses that religious freedom cannot be discounted in the discussion.

IN Supreme Court

Governor Mike Pence will have an opportunity for the first time in his administration to appoint a Supreme Court Justice after Brent Dickson announced his plans Monday to retire.  

Dickson, who’s served on the State Supreme Court since 1986, says jokingly he doesn’t know why Governor Robert Orr appointed him nearly 30 years ago.  But he says he’s proud of the focus he’s had on ensuring lawyer civility during his time on the bench…and says collegiality should be a priority for the next justice.

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Hoosiers going to the polls next month will be able to take a photo of their ballot after a federal judge halted a new state law banning so-called “ballot selfies.” 

The state said its law banning people from taking pictures of their ballot – whether filled out or not – in the voting booth was to help prevent voter coercion and vote buying and selling.  But federal judge Sarah Evans Barker says the state didn’t show any evidence that those problems exist.