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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.

Diploma, Grad Pathways Focus Of New House Bill

Jan 23, 2018

A heated debate broke out during a House committee’s discussion of a new graduation pathways bill Tuesday, as one lawmaker tried to make a big change to the legislation.

CBD Bill Advances To Senate Floor

Jan 23, 2018

Lawmakers voted in favor of a bill to legalize the hemp extract CBD oil for all Hoosiers. Recent amendments ease a number of restrictions on the substance. The original bill would have only legalized CBD oil with no THC, but a change now places that level at 0.3 percent, the federal industry standard.

It would also allow the sale of CBD oil by any retailer – eliminating a registry set up last year, when the oil was only legalized for use by some epilepsy patients.

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.

Indiana’s unemployment rate went down in December, the second consecutive month it’s fallen.

The rate fell to 3.4 percent last month. That represents a drop of half of a percent since October.

Helping that drop in December: the private sector added 6,000 jobs, led by the manufacturing industry.

Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Organize In Indianapolis

Jan 22, 2018

People on both sides of the abortion issue made their voices heard at the Indiana Statehouse today and young Hoosiers were well represented.

Hundreds of pro-life supporters from around the state attended a march and rally event in Indianapolis Monday. While a national rally has been held in Washington for many years, this was the first time the event was organized in Indiana.

Anna Allgaier, regional coordinator for Students for Life of America, says Hoosier youth are pro-life.

Senator Young Applauds End To Filibuster

Jan 22, 2018

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) applauded the 81 senators who approved a move Monday to re-open the government – this vote ended the filibuster, making way for a short-term spending bill through Feb. 8.

Young also expressed his frustration saying the shutdown was “an indictment” on senators who sought protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA recipients.

“Now I think, all parties, including the Democratic leaders, are prepared to negotiate in the coming weeks,” Young says.

He says this is a call to action for Congress.

Senate, House Pass School Funding Measures

Jan 22, 2018

Late last year, the state revealed a surprise uptick of public school student enrollment, which led to a multi-million dollar gap in funding. Now, two bills to fix the nearly $16 million funding shortfall for this year has been approved – one in the House, and one in the Senate.

Lawmakers estimate enrollment numbers to figure out how much to set aside for school funding during budget sessions, but last year’s numbers turned out to be off the mark due to an unexpected surge of students enrolling in public schools.

 

The Indiana House easily approved legislation Monday to ensure local governments can’t ban short-term rentals through platforms such as Airbnb.

The overwhelmingly approval comes just one year after similar legislation couldn’t muster enough votes in that chamber.

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), the bill’s author in both 2017 and this year, says he believes he’s found a good compromise.

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