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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who was among numerous patients unknowingly impregnated by their Indiana fertility doctor's own sperm says she's pleased with state lawmakers backing a proposal that would make such actions a felony criminal offense.

Ethics Panel Dismisses Complaint Against Speaker Bosma

Apr 8, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint against Speaker Brian Bosma who was accused of illegally using campaign funds to collect unflattering information about a former intern.

The committee said Monday that "reasonable cause does not exist to support the alleged violation." The committee had hired a lawyer to review the matter.

Bosma, a Republican, says he's pleased with the ethics committee's "unanimous and bipartisan decision."

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Two bills penalizing those who share intimate or pornographic images without a person’s consent cleared the Indiana House.

The two measures create penalties in both criminal and civil court.

Lawmakers Pass Amended Indy Eleven Stadium Legislation

Apr 8, 2019

State lawmakers changed the conditions Monday for the Indy Eleven soccer team’s ability to build a new stadium and collect tax revenue from the area around it.

House Amends Hemp Bill, Restructures Advisory Committee

Apr 5, 2019

A House committee has restructured the membership of a hemp advisory committee – if growing the crop is legalized in the state.

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Republicans in a House committee this week voted to largely halt new power plants in Indiana for the next two years.

The moratorium’s architect says he wants to ensure the state’s energy future is balanced.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed hate crimes legislation into law. Two anti-abortion bills are headed to the governor’s desk. And the Senate approved a measure allowing pregnant minors to make their own health care decisions.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are aiming to close what they call a loophole in the state's online sales and hotel tax collection.

The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation Wednesday requiring so-called "marketplace facilitators" that sell goods or services online on behalf of other entities to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the legislation is in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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Senate lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that ensures Indiana law deals with how volunteer coaches at high schools are disciplined.

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Indiana Senate Republicans gave their final approval Tuesday to legislation they say creates hate crimes protections in state law.

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A bill allowing pharmacists to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing drugs is one step away from becoming law.

Senate lawmakers sent the measure to the governor amid heated debate.

House Republicans quickly approve their preferred hate crimes language. Dramatic changes made to a major gaming bill. And the House unanimously passes a bill to improve school bus traffic safety.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes

Legislation to fund water infrastructure improvements in the state is headed to Governor Holcomb’s desk.

It would create a $20-million annual loan and financial assistance program to help communities replace things like aging pipes.

The Indiana Finance Authority estimates the state needs more than two billion dollars in infrastructure improvements.

To be eligible for financial help, cities must try to collaborate with other towns on projects and create a plan for how they’ll use the dollars.

The bill passed unanimously in the state Senate today

House Approves Expanded Abortion Ethical Exemption

Mar 15, 2019
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Legislation to allow Indiana pharmacists to refuse to provide abortion-inducing drugs is a step away from the governor’s desk.

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