Public Safety

Experts tell state panel marijuana prohibition has failed

July 28, 2011
Associated Press
A state panel heard from a parade of experts Thursday as it began studying whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana or reduce criminal penalties on small amounts of the drug.
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City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

July 12, 2011
The owners of the Traveler's Inn on Bluff Road face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, according to a lawsuit filed by the city on Monday.
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Can't stand the heat? Get off the job site

July 11, 2011
Andrew Smith
The combination of rising temperatures and humid air have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for central Indiana through 8 p.m., but some area workers can’t stay out of the elements.
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Indiana first to require drug tests for job training

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Labor says Indiana is the first state to require drug testing of people seeking job training. But at least 30 states have considered requiring drug tests for those receiving government assistance.
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Indiana fireworks tax raises millions for training

July 7, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials said Indiana took in $2.5 million from the special 5-percent public safety tax on fireworks during the 2011 fiscal year that ended June 30. That indicates about $51 million in retail fireworks sales around the state during that time.
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Judge grills attorney for state over immigration law

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge grilled an attorney for the state of Indiana on Monday about the state's new immigration law, questioning how police would enforce the law and saying one of its provisions conflicts with federal law.
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Critics: City's effort to help ex-offenders ineffectiveRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Three years after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard launched a city office designed to help ex-offenders avoid a repeat prison visit, some of those original supporters say the city’s Office of Re-Entry Initiatives not only has fallen short of that goal but has accomplished little else.
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Straub: Funding cut poses no threat to Super Bowl security

May 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among 33 nationwide that have been eliminated from a federal Homeland Security grant program for 2011.
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City proceeding with public safety complex at Eastgate

May 18, 2011
Scott Olson
City-County Council grants approval for the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the owner of the former Eastgate mall to take 76,000 square feet for a Regional Operations Center.
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Common sense might not keep you from being carded

May 15, 2011
Associated Press
The revised law that takes effect July 1 requires that only those who appear to be younger than 40 show ID when buying alcohol. But some retailers who embraced the stricter provisions say they're not ready to give customers the benefit of the doubt.
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Indiana poised to cut Planned Parenthood funding

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 66-32 Wednesday to approve a bill cutting the $3 million in federal money the state distributes to the organization for family planning and health programs. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.
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State's top anti-smoking agency could be abolished

April 20, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, formed in 2001 and funded by money from a settlement with the tobacco industry, may be consolidated into the state Department of Health as a budget-cutting measure.
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State Senate OKs bill to cut Planned Parenthood aid

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and give the state some of the country's tightest abortion restrictions.
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Indiana Senate backs pulling Planned Parenthood money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Monday to prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.
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Indiana's anti-tobacco agency's first decade mixed

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation officials acknowledge they still have work to do in a state that in 2008 had the nation's highest smoking rate and still has more than 1 million smokers.
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House panel backs weakened immigration bill

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a watered-down immigration proposal a day after removing a contentious provision that would have given police officers more latitude to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.
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Arizona-style provision removed from immigration bill

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
The House Public Policy Committee made several changes Thursday to the bill proposed by Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel and could vote on it Friday. The legislation includes tax penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
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Daniels' plan on sentencing changes appears dead

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels had made revamping of the criminal sentencing laws one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session, but lawmakers handling the bill said Tuesday they hadn't been able to reach a compromise and didn't expect more action before the General Assembly's April 29 adjournment deadline.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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Compromise elusive on Indiana sentencing changes

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislator trying to find a compromise on a plan that Gov. Mitch Daniels originally pushed to help stem the state's prison costs seems to still have work ahead.
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Indiana Senate panel votes down proposed smoking ban

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill that had exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Fate up in air for proposed Indiana smoking ban

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The fate of a proposed statewide smoking ban in the state Legislature is uncertain, with anti-smoking advocates keeping up their push for restrictions that are tougher than some lawmakers think can win approval.
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Indiana Senate panel sets vote on smoking ban

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. Amendments won't be allowed to the bill that currently includes exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Indiana Senate panel may vote on smoking ban after all

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, the chairman of an Indiana Senate committee, said he might call for a vote on the proposal at the Senate Public Policy Committee's April 6 meeting, but that he likely wouldn't allow any amendments.
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Illinois House votes to lift smoking ban at casinos

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Tom Swoik, executive director of Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said gambling revenue has dropped 32 percent since the state's smoking ban was approved. He said the ban has cost state government about $800 million in taxes.
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