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State revenue collections come in below forecast

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com Indiana’s year-to-date revenue collections of nearly $5.8 billion have come in nearly $150 million below what was forecast by the State Budget Agency last spring. The agency on Monday issued its revenue report for November, which found that although actual collections for the current fiscal year are below forecast, they are above […]

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Lawmakers honored for public safety work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has recognized state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, and Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, for their work in getting a felony DNA law enacted. Bauer and Houchin received the Legislative Excellence Awards for their work on the bill in the 2017 legislative session which requires […]

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Republicans Senate candidates will hold first joint forum

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican candidates competing to run against Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly will make their joint first election-year public appearance on Jan. 13. Hundreds of grassroots Republican activists will meet in Indianapolis as part of a two-day training event for local Republican Party leaders, candidates and volunteers. Each U.S. senate candidate […]

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Rep. Kathy Richardson will not seek re-election

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After 25 years of service in the Indiana General Assembly, Rep. Kathy Richardson announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election. “I have been honored and humbled to serve the communities I love in the 29th district,” the Noblesville Republican said. “We have accomplished a great deal that has […]

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5 times Henry Holcomb’s beard was better than Santa’s

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Who’s got a beard that’s long and white? Must be Santa Claus, right? Yes, Santa has one of the most iconic long, white beards of all time, but there’s a new man in town: First Dog Henry Holcomb. With a hint of grey in his long, white beard, the […]

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Support for cold beer sales falls short

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted 8-7 in favor of cold beer sales on Friday, but that wasn’t good enough. The committee, which has been reviewing the state’s alcohol laws since late summer, needed a majority of the 17 members or nine votes. Because two members were absent the […]

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2,500 rape exam kits never processed statewide

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms across Indiana, a review of the untested kits has revealed. The statewide county-by-county count of the number of untested rape kits took place over the summer and early fall through the combined […]

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Crowdfunding campaign dedicated to food justice

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A crowdfunding campaign sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will bring a new community space dedicated to food justice and resident empowerment to Indianapolis. “Access to quality, fresh foods is a necessity for communities throughout our state,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a statement. The crowdfunding […]

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Governor echoes need for workforce development

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than a million people in Indiana alone have unfinished high school and college diplomas, an issue Gov. Eric Holcomb is tackling head on. “We have 350,000 Hoosiers who are 18-to-64 years old who don’t have a high school diploma,” Holcomb said. “Prime working age Hoosiers who don’t have […]

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Long-time lawmaker Charlie Brown won’t run again

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After holding a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives for more than 35 years, Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election. His political career, however, isn’t over. He said he will seek local office in Lake County. “As a state legislator representing Gary, Hobart, Lake […]

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