Government & Politics

A bill to legalize Sunday alcohol sales took a step closer to passage in the House Wednesday as a committee approved the measure 12-1.

The bill is simple – any retailer that sells alcohol Monday through Saturday could now sell it on Sunday, but only from 12 p.m to 8 p.m. Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) drafted an amendment to expand those hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Health and business leaders called on the legislature Tuesday to support House Bill 1380 at a rally.

The bill would increase the age for buying cigarettes to 21 and add a $1.50 tax per pack of cigarettes.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar spoke at the Raise It For Health rally. He says the state’s smoking habit costs employers three weeks a year in lost productivity for smoke breaks and nearly $3 billion in health care expenses.

Advocates Call For Hate Crimes Legislation, Again

Jan 16, 2018

The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate asked state lawmakers for a hate crime law Tuesday. Similar legislation has failed to pass, each year, for nearly a decade.

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So far, in this legislative session, two bills would include bias as a consideration for sentencing.

Indiana Youth Group’s Kyle Casteel expressed his frustration with the state’s lack of progress.

Lawmakers Hear Testimony On CBD Access Issues

Jan 16, 2018

State lawmakers are again weighing in on CBD oil. It was sold in many stores – over the counter – but the hemp extract is only legal for those with treatment resistant epilepsy. Legislators are considering a number of bills to increase access to the substance.

Indiana senators heard testimony for two measures concerning CBD or cannabidiol oil. Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis) says one bill clarifies sale of the oil and the other legalizes its use more broadly.

Senate Approves Bill To Expand Baby Box Locations

Jan 16, 2018

 

The Indiana Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday to expand locations where baby boxes can be used, even as some senators express concerns surrounding the devices.

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