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Independent consultants investigating the Department of Child Services have identified significant potential shortages in the agency.

The consultants’ second public update shows possible challenges in legal representation, worker qualifications, and services.

A multi-state study to examine early on-set Alzheimer’s will launch soon, and it’s based at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. The Longitudinal Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease or LEADS, is the first, large scale clinical trial to research the disease.

Dr. Liana Apostolova was joined by co-researchers in Indianapolis this week as the study gets underway. The National Institutes of Health awarded the group $7.6 million to research early onset Alzheimer’s.

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to get rid of proposed alcohol regulations that would have governed where alcohol is housed in stores and who’s legally allowed to ring it up.

Some advocates decry the elimination of what they call safeguards the same day the governor signed a bill expanding alcohol sales to Sundays.

The proposed bill would have required all cashiers conducting alcohol sales to be at least 21-years-old. But a Senate committee stripped out that provision.

Health care providers across the state will be subject to new reporting requirements when it comes to complications from abortions.

That’s under legislation approved by the House Wednesday.

The bill creates a long list of potential abortion complications physicians, hospitals, and clinics must report to the state. It includes everything from blood clots and cardiac arrest to anxiety and sleeping disorders.

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says the bill aims to help ensure public health.

Another possible change to education law in Indiana addresses a unique need for some students with disabilities; one piece of a bill moving through the general assembly would allow private school students to attend the Indiana School for the Deaf.

Students with disabilities in non-pulbic schools have something called Individualized Service Plans, or ISPs, and public school students with disabilities have something similar, called Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. The Indiana School for the Deaf only accepts IEPs.

Sunday Alcohol Sales Signed Into Law

Feb 28, 2018

As expected, Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays, starting this weekend.

In front of media, staffers and legislators, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law. Holcomb says the bill is giving the consumers what they want.

“This is just yet another example where the State of Indiana has sought to, and indeed modernized, our laws to meet consumer expectation,” Holcomb says.

As expected, Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays, starting this weekend.

Drug Dealing Resulting In Death Bill Goes To Governor

Feb 27, 2018

Legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday creates a new crime to charge drug dealers with higher penalties if the person they deliver those drugs to overdoses and dies. But some lawmakers worry the measure will ensnare otherwise innocent people.

A recently published study from Indiana researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and IUPUI identifies what conditions patients may face based on their social situations. The look “upstream” to try to predict and prevent illness.

The study focused on the conditions that most impact health including the physical, economic, behavioral and social environments where people are born, live and die.

Sweeping Changes Made To Teacher Licensing Bill

Feb 27, 2018

Lawmakers are looking for ways to address the state teacher shortage, and a House committee amended a bill Tuesday, to allow more people to work before they pass their licensing exam.

A Conversation With DNC Chair Tom Perez

Feb 27, 2018
Photo Courtesy Indiana Democrats

  

The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that Indiana is one of 11 new states getting money through a competitive grant program.

DNC Chair Tom Perez says it will fund grassroots efforts across the state – a response to what he saw as the party’s failed hands-off approach in past elections. WFYI’s Drew Daudelin sat down with Perez to talk about what Democrats hope to achieve.

Senate Committee Changes Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Feb 27, 2018

A Senate committee made changes Tuesday to a bill regulating autonomous vehicles. The bill’s Senate sponsor says the amendment seeks to find a middle ground between self-driving car manufacturers and those who want tighter controls on the industry.

Indiana House lawmakers took steps Tuesday to ensure recipients of the federal immigration program known as DACA will be able to receive and renew professional licenses.

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency recently changed its applications to better comply with a 2011 state immigration law. The move meant thousands of DACA recipients were barred from professional licenses.

Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) says PLA is only following state law – but that law has serious consequences.

Bill Would Develop Plan To Reduce Diabetes Rate

Feb 26, 2018

More than 11 percent of Hoosiers have diabetes and a proposal to outline the impact of the disease is making its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

The bill would require the state health department and Indiana Family and Social Services Agency to develop a strategy to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in the state.

Diabetes educator Jasmine Gonzalvo says Indiana Medicaid spent more than $10 billion addressing diabetes in one five-year period.

Senate lawmakers Monday defeated legislation aimed at keeping unsafe tires off the road.

The measure would bar retailers and suppliers from installing unsafe tires – and defines what “unsafe” means. The definition includes tires that have any punctures, cuts, scrapes, or cracks, a recalled tire, or one with significantly worn-down tread.

The bill passed 80 to 15 out of the House – but some in the Senate, including Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville), thought it was unnecessary.

House Committee Approves Bill To Ban Eyeball Tattooing

Feb 26, 2018

A House panel Monday unanimously approved legislation its author calls “the grossest bill of the session.” The measure would ban the practice of eyeball tattooing.

Gene Helveston is a longtime Indiana ophthalmologist. He supports the bill to ban the practice of tattooing an eyeball – though he acknowledges he doesn’t know of anyone who does it or has had it done.

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