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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.

A Senate committee unanimously recommended creation of a special legislative study commission to investigate the Department of Child Services Monday.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) authored the resolution. He says his proposed two-year commission is not meant to interfere with an ongoing, independent review of the embattled state agency.

A new analysis finds the combined rates of drug, alcohol and suicide deaths is higher than predicted. In Indiana there was a 12 percent increase in these fatalities.

The report from Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit policy organization, finds in the category of drug deaths, Indiana’s rate rose 20 percent from 2015-2016. That’s more than 1,500 Hoosiers, a record high.

Baby Boxes Expansion Added Into Abortion Measure

Feb 23, 2018

A bill to expand access in Indiana to baby boxes won’t advance any further this session. Baby boxes are meant to be a more anonymous way for people to drop off unwanted newborns.

Still, the expansion effort is alive and well – in a separate piece of legislation.

A 2017 measure allowed hospitals to house the devices. Last year’s law also grandfathered-in the state’s two existing baby boxes, which are in volunteer firehouses.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says he has doubts about a measure to eliminate background checks at all gun purchases for some Indiana gun license holders.

His comments come amid renewed debate over gun regulations in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Lawmakers in the House made a few small changes to a controversial sex education bill Thursday, but debate in the chamber also took an unexpected turn.

The stroke of a pen is all that separates Indiana from legal Sunday alcohol retail sales.

The state Senate voted one last time Thursday to send to the governor a measure eliminating a Sunday sales ban that’s stood since Prohibition.

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