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Daughter’s death by suicide spurs mother to action

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lana Swoape, a single mom of three kids, was perhaps closest to her middle child, her daughter, Tori. Tori was a fair-skinned, biracial girl with light eyes and light hair — light enough to turn blonde in the summer. She had a bubbly personality and found something in common […]

A closeted childhood: The long-lasting impact of Riley’s Child Protection Program on one child abuse victim

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An emaciated 2-year-old looks at the camera with fear in eyes wet with tears. Ribs show. A notecard with her name, Brandi Zachary, written in pencil covers her naked body. “That was me,” Brandi said. The photo was taken on May 4, 1995, when Brandi showed up to Riley […]

Education chief will be appointed, not elected in eight years

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A decades-long debate over how the state’s top education official should be picked came to an end Thursday. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law which would remove the state superintendent of public instruction post from Indiana ballots. Beginning in 2025, the governor will select a secretary of […]

Parkway renamed to honor Mel Simon

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mel Simon did much to promote the development of Indianapolis, and today Indianapolis found a way to give back to him and his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Simon served in the U.S. Army, which led him to being stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis in 1953. After leaving the military, […]

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Pharmacies that supply execution drugs will be kept secret

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Buried in the state’s massive 168-page budget bill is a provision that keeps secret the names of the pharmaceutical companies that would supply the drugs in Indiana’s lethal injection executions. Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the state’s $32 billion biennial budget this week with the provision on […]

Holcomb plans to sign law banning “ban the box” legislation

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Even as Gov. Eric Holcomb is banning the box for applicants for employment with the executive branch, he said he plans to sign into law legislation that stops local municipalities from taking similar action. Banning the box refers to laws that bar employers from asking potential employees about past […]

Convenience store owners happy with no cigarette tax hike

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— A convenience store executive is relieved that the Indiana General Assembly rejected a $1 a pack tax on cigarettes that would have hurt business at his company’s chain of stores. But the failure to raise the cigarette tax was a missed opportunity to reduce smoking rates in Indiana, the American […]

Hoosier tech leaders urge Holcomb to veto solar bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– More than a dozen technology and finance CEOs from across the state signed a letter urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto a controversial solar energy bill. Signatures ranged from founders of ExactTarget and LifeOmic, to company presidents and CEOs from Omicron Biochemicals Inc., Octiv and Salesvue. Donald E. Brown, […]

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Minors now required to wear helmets on ATVs

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that will now require minors to wear helmets while operating off-road vehicles like ATVs. House Bill 1200 will require everyone under the age of 18, both drivers and passengers, to wear a helmet. This law is also applied while operating on […]

What died in the 2017 legislative session

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The battles on hate crimes and minimum wage were just two hot topics in the legislature this session that failed to gain traction. While lawmakers focused their attention on key issues involving the budget and road funding, more than 200 bills died, including a few that were no newcomers […]

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