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Mishler selected to chair Senate Committee on Appropriations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced Monday Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, will replace retiring Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Nobelsville, as the chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “Ryan’s excellent work on the school funding formula in the last several state budgets has proven he has the acumen, skills […]

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Rallygoers call for new district lines

By Abrahm Hurt       TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for redistricting reform gathered to commemorate the birthday of “the father of gerrymandering”, former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry. About 100 people showed up on the steps of the south lawn at the Statehouse Monday for the rally, many carrying handmade posters in support of drawing new district lines […]

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Attorney General advises to be on the lookout for IRS scams

Staff Report   TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers need to be on the lookout for potential scammers posing as the Internal Revenue Service. The Office of the Attorney General and the Consumer Protection Division said the office is still receiving complaints of IRS phone scams even after the conclusion of tax season. Potential scammers will pose as […]

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Hoosiers urged to exercise caution when using fireworks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Independence Day is traditionally one of the loudest holidays of the year across the nation but it can also be one of the most dangerous. “Hoosiers using fireworks this summer need to be both safe and legal when doing so,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a statement. […]

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Bus law serves Special Olympics athletes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For 47 years the Porter County Special Olympics team has utilized the Valparaiso Community School district’s buses to get to and from events. This year that almost changed because of a law many people were unaware of. Lorrie Woycik, a retired Special Olympics co-coordinator, followed her usual routine but […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Veterans and spouses to receive preference for employment, training

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is using a new law to thank veterans for their service by giving service members and their spouses preferential treatment for employment and training. […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Victims to be notified of offender’s changed release date

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The state is aiming to keep victims out of the dark when it comes to the release date of their perpetrator. Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, and […]

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Hoosiers remember ‘The King’ on 40th anniversary of final performance

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty years ago, one 16-year-old girl stood among 18,000 other people in the presence of Elvis Presley at Market Square Arena – a day she remembers as one of the best days of her life. Just feet away from the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Jeanne Drews of Indianapolis […]

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Legislators hand over keys to Habitat for Humanity home

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eight years after becoming interested in a Habitat for Humanity house, Ebony Duffy and her 8-year-old daughter received the keys to their new home on Friday morning. “This house had a special beginning on the grounds of the Statehouse, but this outstanding young family is who will leave the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Pawnshops allowed to accept additional firearms for loans

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For years gun owners could secure a loan at a pawnshop with a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, but handguns were a different […]

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