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Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a bill to impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Legislation signed into law this week will impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs.

Proponents argue it sends a tough message to drug dealers in the state. But some lawmakers question its unintended consequences.

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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.

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Indiana judges will no longer be able to reduce sentences for serious heroin or meth dealers.  The General Assembly made this change in the law this past session -- but some lawmakers say the change begins to unravel the recent overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code.

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Indiana prosecutors say they need help combatting the state’s drug crisis. The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Association is asking the legislature to increase penalties for drug dealers by creating a new crime: aggravated drug dealing.