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Syringe Exchange Programs

Mar 9, 2020

The HIV outbreak in Scott County five years ago prompted Indiana lawmakers to allow for the creation of these programs. They provide clean needles to IV drug users in an effort to stop the spread of infections. 

Syringe Exchange Extension Sent To Governor

Mar 5, 2020

Indiana’s syringe exchange programs will get “another year of certainty” after a bill extending them was sent to the governor Thursday. 

Indiana House leaders say they’ll try to extend – by at least one year – local syringe exchange programs that are set to expire in 2021.

Hoosiers gathered from across the state for the first LGBTQ Statehouse Day. A group from the ACLU of Indiana, who organized the event, spent the day speaking to lawmakers about trans issues.

A bill to modernize Indiana laws related to HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, was heard by lawmakers Wednesday. The proposal would update laws to reflect current science and medicine.

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The Indiana House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to ensure recipients of the federal immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, can receive job licenses.

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Indiana House lawmakers took steps Tuesday to ensure recipients of the federal immigration program known as DACA will be able to receive and renew professional licenses.

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency recently changed its applications to better comply with a 2011 state immigration law. The move meant thousands of DACA recipients were barred from professional licenses.

Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) says PLA is only following state law – but that law has serious consequences.

A state plan for the support needs of Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities will get an update soon for the first time in 20 years. A new state task force aimed at helping the estimated 100,000 Indiana residents with such disabilities met in Indianapolis Monday.

Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) authored a bill last session to update the state’s plan to provide community-based services.

“Unfortunately, some people are not being served well or as well as they could be served,” Clere says.

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The Indiana State Fair sold alcohol for the first time since the 1940s in 2014 – but only at a beer and wine exhibition closed to anyone under 21. And patrons couldn’t carry alcohol out.

The second year, the Fair added sales at concerts in the Coliseum.

This year, alcohol is sold at Free Stage concerts. Representative Ed Clere (R-New Albany) co-sponsored the 2014 bill and says he trusts Fair officials to balance higher revenue with the right atmosphere.

“The balance is making sure that it stays family-friendly," Clere says.

Sunday Alcohol Bill Kicks The Suds-Bucket In Committee

Jan 28, 2016
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Hoosiers won’t be able to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays anytime soon.

A bill that would have allowed for Sunday sales quickly died in committee Wednesday.

The bill met the same fate as many Sunday sales bills before it — the measure was quickly voted down five to eight in the House public policy committee.

Several members of the committee including Republican Representative Ed Clere cited concerns about access to alcohol in pharmacies and grocery stores.

“I especially have concerns about the placement and display and access to hard liquor,” he says.

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