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Cannabidiol bill heads to the governor

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would make Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, oil legal passed the Indiana House unanimously Friday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, would grant immunity to individuals who use CBD oil to treat specific forms of epilepsy that don’t respond to traditional treatment. The […]


Bill to protect student journalists officially dies

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Student journalists have no chance of gaining stronger First Amendment rights now that a bill that would have protected them is dead. A student journalists protections bill, previously known as House Bill 1130, would have prohibited public schools and school corporations from punishing student journalists for exercising their freedom […]

Candidates for Supreme Court vacancy announced

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected three nominees to fill the Indiana Supreme Court justice vacancy. Justice Robert Rucker is retiring on May 12 after serving for 26 years. The commission narrowed down the field from 21 applicants to the final three: Vicki Carmichael, Christopher Goff and Matthew Kincaid. […]

House and Senate reach deal to increase funding for Indiana’s infrastructure

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers have finally found a “sweet spot” in the state’s road funding plan, something House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, calls the “strongest road investment in our state’s history.” Bosma joined Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and other key budget leaders Thursday afternoon to announce the details […]


Celebration for legislation that will help people with disabilities get jobs

Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— Lyrics from the song “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang were heard at the Statehouse on Thursday, heralding legislation that will help people with disabilities obtain jobs. The Indiana Chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First celebrated the legislation law that creates more jobs for people with disabilities by […]

Audit of all untested rape kits to start this fall

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate adopted a resolution on Wednesday that encourages the Indiana State Police audit of all untested sexual assault examination kits that exist across the state. Senate Resolution 55 looks to find out why there are sexual assault examination, or rape, kits that have DNA samples but have not […]

Airbnb bill back in limbo

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fate of a short-term rentals bill hangs in the balance after legislators clashed over the legislation Wednesday. House Representatives voted on the measure, but progress was halted with a vote of 50-46. In order to pass, the bill would have needed just one more vote. If passed, House […]

STEM schools recognized by state Department of Education

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education has recognized 10 schools across the state that have exemplary programs to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They are among 32 Indiana schools that have received STEM certifications, which means they have gone through a rigorous review process. Their programs demonstrate a […]


Direct flights from Indy would boost economy, say business leaders

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Business leaders across the state are urging lawmakers to approve incentives for more direct international flights to Indianapolis, saying these flights will boost the region’s economy. In a letter to Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, Hillenbrand, Eli Lilly, Cummins Inc. and 25 other Indiana businesses asked him in his role as […]

Future school chiefs will be picked by governor, not voters

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House took the final step to make the state’s top education official an appointed position and not an elected one. House Bill 1005, authored by Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would remove the superintendent of public instruction from Indiana ballots and replace it with a governor-appointed secretary of […]