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A Senate committee revamped a bill that caps interest rates on many types of consumer credit after pushback from advocates and several lawmakers. However, with the changes, some committee members still feel the bill doesn’t go far enough.

The original language called for interest rates on all loans to be capped at 36 percent – that’s an increase for some loans.

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More districts are hiring law enforcement to increase security in schools and can use state funding to do so, but lawmakers are debating what sort of training officers need before working around students. 

Indiana requires school resource officers (SROs), to have 40 hours of specific training, but director of the Indiana School Resource Officers Association, Chase Lyday, says not every law enforcement officer in schools has had it. 

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A Senate committee Wednesday passed its own version of a bill to raise the legal smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21.

The Senate bill differs slightly from its House counterpart. Both measures create harsher penalties on retailers who sell tobacco products to underage buyers – something Indiana State Medical Association President Lisa Hatcher says is vital.

County Councilwoman Picked For Indiana Senate Seat

Sep 10, 2019

PERU, Ind. (AP) — A county council member has been picked as the new state senator for a northern Indiana district.

Republican precinct committee members selected Cass County Councilwoman Stacey Donato on Monday night to replace Sen. Randy Head of Logansport. Head resigned after 11 years in the Senate to become chief deputy prosecutor for Pulaski County.

Head endorsed Donato for the seat. She's in her second term on the Cass County Council and will complete Head's Senate term, which runs until the November 2020 election.

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Senate lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to make their own decisions about pregnancy care.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A measure advancing in the Indiana Senate would compensate residents found to have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee made minor revisions to the House-approved legislation Tuesday before voting 7-0 in favor of it. The measure now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further analysis of its financial impact on the state.

Indiana is one of 17 states that provide no compensation for people exonerated of crimes.

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Time is running out for Indiana to enact comprehensive redistricting reform before state lawmakers are due to redraw legislative districts in 2021.