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State’s finances safe from market fluctuations

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­–The recent stock market plunges has instilled fear in investors nationwide, but Hoosiers can breathe easier knowing Indiana’s investments have not been affected by the fluctuations. That’s because the state doesn’t invest in stocks. Instead, the state invests in government bonds, U.S. agency bonds, and banks deposits with a maturity […]

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Updated voter website offers new features, access

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana voters will now have more access to features such as ballot previews and election night results with the newly updated IndianaVoters.com. Secretary of State Connie Lawson encouraged voters to use the website to see where and who they would be voting for. “An informed electorate is the key to […]

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New senator brings her experiences to General Assembly

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Victoria Spartz is an accountant, farmer, small business owner, teacher, immigrant, and now the Republican state legislator from Noblesville with a belief in the value of freedom. Spartz, 40, is one of Indiana’s newest state senators after being appointed last January to serve the remaining three years of […]

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Say’s Firefly is closer to becoming the official state insect

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– After four years, Cumberland Elementary students in West Lafayette have finally made progress in their quest to make Say’s Firefly Indiana’s official state insect. Senate Bill 236, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, passed out of the Senate Tuesday by a unanimous vote. He said every member of the […]

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Bill permitting guns on church school grounds passes out of Senate

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would permit a licensed gun owner to carry a firearm onto church property that also has a school. Current law bars guns on school property but Senate Bill 33 aims to change that, allowing the gun owner to carry the weapon when attending worship, […]

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GOP lawmakers satisfied, Democrats critical at mid-point in legislative session

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—At the halfway point of the 2018 Indiana legislative session, Republicans in the House and Senate applauded legislation to fund schools, fight opioid addiction and begin addressing workforce development. “At the halfway mark, the House Republicans are very satisfied with where we are right now,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said […]

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Student press freedom bill fails in close House vote

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that would have extended First Amendment press freedoms to Indiana middle and high school students died in the House Monday. The vote was 47-45 in favor of House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, but failed because it didn’t get the required 51 votes […]

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Redistricting reform bill passes Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would create standards to draw state and federal legislative district boundaries across Indiana passed the Senate by a 42-6 vote Monday. Senate Bill 326 allows the General Assembly to modify congressional and state district plans if they fail to comply with the standards in the bill—as long […]

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Senate bill would legalize CBD oil

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate has approved its version of legislation that would legalize the sale of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, for use by all Hoosiers. Senate Bill 52, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, was approved by a 35-13 vote Monday. Similar legislation passed the House last week. SB 52 legalizes CBD oil […]

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House drops fees for lifetime gun permits

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would eliminate the fee for a lifetime gun permit passed the Indiana House Monday in spite of concerns that it would affect funding for police training. House Bill 1424, which passed 70-20, also changes a four-year handgun license to five years. In its original form, the bill proposed eliminating […]