Statehouse News: Proposal Would Toughen Abortion Rules; Panel Dumps Gun License Repeal Idea


 —(AP) — An anti-abortion bill that would require Indiana medical providers to report more patient information to the state was advanced by a Senate panel.

 Supporters say the bill by Republican Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle is necessary to make sure abortions are being provided safely.

But opponents argue it amounts to big-government meddling in deeply personal affairs. They say it could lead to the state using the information to crack down on abortion providers.

 The bill includes a detailed list of what it calls “complications” that could arise from an abortion that must be reported.

Those include serious side effects like infection, blood clots and hemorrhaging. But it also includes issues such as depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders.

 The committee voted 6-1 Wednesday to send the bill to the full Senate



—-(AP) — An Indiana House panel has dumped a proposal that would’ve repealed the state law requiring licenses to carry handguns in public.

The House Public Policy Committee voted 12-1 Wednesday in favor of an overhauled bill that keeps the current handgun licensing process while eliminating what is now a $100 fee for a lifetime permit.

Several police organizations have supported keeping the current licensing and bill sponsor Republican Rep. Timothy Wesco of Osceola (o-see-O’-la) says a full repeal of the permits faced some opposition among lawmakers.

Supporters of the repeal argue the current license requirement infringes on the Second Amendment by forcing gun owners to submit to a police background check and pay a licensing fee.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.