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Indianapolis, IN - During the 2018 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed more than 200 bills to improve the Hoosier state. Most of these bills either went into effect when signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb or will go into effect July 1, 2018.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid epidemic by improving access to non-opioid pain treatments. The Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Improvement Act (H.R. 5722), named for the South Bend doctor shot to death after refusing to write a prescription for opioid painkillers, aims to reduce overprescribing of opioids by examining ways to expand the use of non-opioid alternatives in Medicare. Walorski was joined by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) in introducing the bill.

“Opioid abuse is devastating families and communities across the country, and the senseless murder of my dear friend Dr. Todd Graham was a tragic reminder of how serious this crisis is,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We have already taken steps to reduce overprescribing of opioids, but we must do more to ensure patients have access to non-addictive pain management options. As we continue working toward commonsense solutions to the opioid epidemic, this bipartisan bill will help break down barriers to non-opioid treatments and give doctors better tools to prevent addiction.”

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Two recent cases resolved by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) serve as timely reminders to all Hoosiers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing used vehicles. In both scenarios, used car dealers failed to deliver titles and/or provide promised warranties to customers who paid for vehicles.

In Delaware County, Capitol Motors LLC failed to procure warranties for 185 consumers. The business -- owned and operated by Naim Mahmoud -- advertised that each vehicle it sold came with a 3 month/3,000 mile warranty. Upon selling vehicles, however, the business regularly failed to forward payments to a third-party warranty provider, leaving buyers without warranty coverage. In addition, Capitol Motors failed to deliver valid vehicle titles within 31 days from the date of sale to 22 consumers, leaving those consumers unable to register or legally drive their newly-purchased cars and trucks.

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today welcomed a $10.9 million federal grant to Indiana aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic. The grant comes in the second round of funding from the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which Donnelly pushed for and helped pass into law. Last year, Indiana also received $10.9 million in grant funding from this legislation. The Department of Health and Human Services grant will be administered by the State of Indiana, which will make the determinations on funding for specific programs.

Donnelly said, “This grant funding is another infusion of much-needed resources to help fund prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in Indiana as we attack the opioid epidemic from every angle. I’m proud to have pushed for and helped pass the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act that facilitated this grant and will continue fighting for our state to have the resources we need to address this public health crisis.”

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INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is joining the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18 to file electronically. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Indiana freefile. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) continues to partner with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to share the top tax filing season concerns referred to as the “IRS Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018.

Asserting frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes is the final installment in this 12-part series. This includes making unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying taxes. While taxpayers have the right to contest any tax liabilities, individuals must still follow the law and acknowledge their responsibility to pay taxes.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Governor Eric Holcomb has proclaimed April 9-13 as Work Zone Safety Awareness Week across Indiana. This year's National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week theme is "Work Zone Safety: Everyone’s Responsibility." The Indiana Department of Transportation, in coordination with Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Labor, other state agencies, and industry partners, intend to raise motorists' awareness about personal responsibility in work zones or face the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors.

This year, motorists will encounter more work zones in Indiana than in previous years as INDOT and cities, towns, and counties across Indiana begin implementing ramped up road construction programs as part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Roads plan. As the state and local communities make record-setting investments in road construction, it is vital that motorists use safe driving habits when traveling through work zones.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is reminding taxpayers that the tax filing deadline for 2018 is April 17. With seven days left until the deadline, there is still time for taxpayers to file both electronically and through paper forms.

Paper forms will require a postmarked date of April 17, 2018, to be considered timely. Electronic filing can be submitted online any time before April 18.

Some taxpayers will qualify to file their both their state and federal taxes electronically for free with Indiana freefile (INfreefile). INfreefile offers individuals with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less in 2017 several options for filing.