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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 […]

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Indiana’s version of Medicaid get federal approval

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will continue to provide health coverage for low income Hoosiers under the Healthy Indiana Plan.  In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Alex Azar, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, announced the Trump administration’s approval of a three-year extension to HIP.  “The new demonstration includes […]

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High percentage of Hoosier children end up in state care

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Children in Indiana end up in out-of-home care at more than twice the rate of children in other states, an independent agency investigating conditions in the state’s Department of Child Services found. That and an antiquated data system are two of the issues called out by the Child Welfare Policy and […]