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Bill providing protections for businesses hiring ex-criminals moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers want to ensure one particular question stays on job applications: “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?” Senate Bill 312 is their method. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, and Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg, has two main parts related to “Ban the […]

Parental rights versus child safety debated in abortion bill

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 10 times a year, Marilyn Moores sees young girls expelled from their home or abused by their parents after telling them of their decision to seek an abortion. Moores, presiding judge of the Marion County Juvenile Court, fears a Senate bill moving through the House Public Policy Committee […]

State distributing all-hazard radios through county emergency agencies

Staff Report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will be distributing more than 2,200 all-hazard weather radios to Hoosiers. IDHS has partnered with all 92 counties in the state and the radios will be distributed on local level by each county’s emergency management agency. The distribution focuses on citizens who are […]

Pharmacists would have power to dispense vaccines under proposed law

By Taylor Brown TheStateouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping a bill that would give pharmacist the authority to dispense certain drugs will increase the rate of immunizations and decrease the number of smokers in Indiana. House Bill 1540 would allow the state health commissioner or designated public health authority to issues a statewide standing order, […]

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Eiteljorg’s new exhibit features man’s best friend

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eiteljorg Museum’s new exhibit has something to offer for dog lovers and people of all ages. “Dogs: Faithful and True” features different paintings, photographs, and other various artworks and artifacts that explore the role of dogs and their connection with humans. The exhibit opened March 4, and is already […]


Funding for spay and neuter services moves forward in House

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Board of Animal Health may soon be able to provide grants to veterinarians and local shelters to provide spay and neuter services. Under current law, all facilities that rescue or are an animal shelter must spay and neuter the animals before adopting them out. The only exception is […]

Airbnb bill limiting local control advances in Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Local municipalities may lose control over short-term rentals in their communities as legislation limiting their authority advances in the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1133 came before the Senate Local Government Committee Wednesday and passed 7-2 with a few changes. It covers homes rented out temporarily through website platforms […]

Gas tax plan generates back-and-forth debate in Senate

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When gas prices are down, cars snake around the block. When they’re up, they make their way from town to town just to save a few pennies. Indiana currently ranks in the middle of the pack in state gas prices nationally. But Scot Imus, executive director for the Indiana […]

Bill protects schools that provide emergency medication

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill moving through the Statehouse would protect school employees from liability if they administer life-saving medications to their students. Senate Bill 392 was heard by the House Education Committee Thursday and it would allow schools to provide, store and fill epinephrine, albuterol and naloxone, which are used in […]

Bill to change definition of armor-piercing bullets advances

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s law enforcement agencies would be allowed to use ammunition currently banned if a bill to change the state’s definition of armor-piercing bullets becomes law. Under House Bill 1095, the state would adopt the federal definition of armor-piercing bullets, which covers those made entirely of metal. Indiana has banned the use […]