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An Indiana Court of Appeals decision on rules surrounding gender changes in legal documents could make transitioning more private – and arguably much safer – for transgender Hoosiers.

 

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.

Hate Crimes Bill Dies On Senate Floor Without Vote

Feb 27, 2017

Indiana is one of five states without a hate crimes law. That will continue for at least another year.

Monday morning, Indianapolis’ Jewish Community Center was evacuated after a bomb threat, making Indiana one of 11 states to experience such threats at Jewish centers in the last 24 hours.

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Small Indiana cities struggling to fight back against blight and deadbeat landlords may get another tool this legislative session.

Last year, lawmakers allowed the use of so-called “land banks” for medium-size, or Class II, cities. But smaller Class III cities were not afforded the same right. A similar bill this year would change that.

Land banking lets cities scoop up delinquent properties in hopes of selling them to developers who will take care of the land and make it profitable again.

Holcomb: "The State Of Our State Is Sound"

Jan 17, 2017

 

 

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb used his State of the State address to make another pitch for creating a long-term, sustainable road funding plan. But he also continues to avoid specifics on how to pay for that plan.

Legislative leaders have said they want the governor to be a strong voice for the tax increases that are likely to be part of the road funding plan. Holcomb only says that if the state asks Hoosiers to invest more in their infrastructure, the return will be worth it.

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State Democrats say they’re surprised by the nomination of a new lieutenant governor.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says he was taken aback by Sue Ellspermann’s intention to resign. Lanane calls it “a blow for diversity.”

Her announcement came right after Governor Pence said he would nominate Eric Holcomb, the former state Republican Party chairman and - until earlier this week - candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Republican legislative leaders say Governor Mike Pence Tuesday was clear in his State of the State about the necessity of protecting religious freedom when it comes to the debate over LGBT rights, but Democratic leaders say Pence failed to provide any leadership.

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Senate Republicans are proposing what they call an “alternative” to their original legislation protecting the LGBT community from discrimination.

The new bill leaves out transgender Hoosiers as a protected class.

GOP Senator Travis Holdman’s first proposed LGBT bill added sexual orientation and gender identity to Indiana’s civil rights statute, while ensuring certain religious freedom protections. 

Neither side of the debate was happy about the measure. 

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Senate Democrats want to provide local communities with a variety of long-term options for funding road maintenance and improvements. 

The bulk of the Senate Democrats’ proposal focuses on long-term solutions -- and involves tax increases.

One provision would allow locals to expand their public safety local option income tax to include road safety improvements. 

Another would decouple the wheel and excise taxes – allowing counties to enact one or the other, instead of both (as current law requires). 

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A discussion of how to bring Indiana's meth trade under control will include not only a long-running prescription debate, but consideration of harsher sentences for meth cooks.

Meth dealers currently face anywhere from 1-30 years in prison, with the specific range depending on how much of the drug they sell or manufacture.

The top range is reserved for meth cooks who make more than 10 grams of the drug -- about a third of an ounce -- or whose meth labs explode, regardless of how much of the drug they make.

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