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Student journalists bill killed, but could be resurrected

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: TheStatehouseFile.com is a publication of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. The Indiana High School Press Association, which lobbied in support for House Bill 1130, is headquartered at Franklin College. INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate refused to vote on a bill that would protect student journalists’ free speech rights […]

Cannabidiol bill for epileptic seizures moves closer to becoming law

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Separate bills to legalize the use of cannabidiol to treat epileptic seizures passed the Indiana House and Senate Thursday. The House passed Senate Bill 15 by a 94-0 margin while House Bill 1148 cleared the Senate by a 35-13 vote after some members expressed concern about whether the drug […]

Syringe exchange bill passes Senate after spirited debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would shorten the process for a county to open up its own needle exchange program passed the Senate Thursday after a lively debate over whether it promotes drug use. The debate centered on whether the kits provided through needle exchange programs supplies drug users with some […]

House and Senate have big differences on budget bill to resolve

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers still have sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding to resolve within the next two weeks before presenting a final biennial budget to Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Senate version of the biennial budget passed the Senate Thursday 39-9. The $32.1 billion budget slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax […]

Bill calls for giving up DNA with a felony arrest

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all those who are arrested on felony charges to submit a DNA sample passed the House by an 84-14 vote on Wednesday. Senate Bill 322 would require that the DNA sample be gathered by a buccal, or cheek, swab. The DNA sample would not […]

Locals losing control of Airbnb-style rentals

By Katie Stancomb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would prevent local governments from regulating short-term rental businesses passed out of the Senate Thursday. House Bill 1133, which passed with a 27-20 vote, would keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating Airbnb-style rentals in their communities. “The question I think everyone needs to ask themselves is, […]

Domestic violence gun bill moved to summer study committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed people with a civil protection order to carry a handgun without a license has been pushed to a study committee. The Senate voted 42-5 to have the committee to consider whether people aged 18 and up and have a civil protection order against […]

Ricker’s cold-beer bills amended in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills which would restrict the sale of cold carry-out liquor in the future moved forward with amendments Wednesday. Senate Bill 358 authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, was originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. The […]

Fate of Airbnb-style rentals bill up in the air

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Changes made to a short-term rentals bill earlier in the week were erased in the Senate Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which would prevent local governments from banning the Airbnb-style businesses, was amended to require short-term rental hosts to obtain and pay for a permit in order to operate their business. […]

Senate Democrats try and fail to push their agenda on budget votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats tried to use the budget Wednesday to force votes on some of the issues they championed this legislative session. They failed. The Senate version of the two-year budget totals $32.1 billion, leaving $1.8 billion in reserves. The plan slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax hike, provides […]