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Pharmacies that supply execution drugs will be kept secret

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Buried in the state’s massive 168-page budget bill is a provision that keeps secret the names of the pharmaceutical companies that would supply the drugs in Indiana’s lethal injection executions. Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the state’s $32 billion biennial budget this week with the provision on […]

Holcomb plans to sign law banning “ban the box” legislation

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Even as Gov. Eric Holcomb is banning the box for applicants for employment with the executive branch, he said he plans to sign into law legislation that stops local municipalities from taking similar action. Banning the box refers to laws that bar employers from asking potential employees about past […]

Convenience store owners happy with no cigarette tax hike

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— A convenience store executive is relieved that the Indiana General Assembly rejected a $1 a pack tax on cigarettes that would have hurt business at his company’s chain of stores. But the failure to raise the cigarette tax was a missed opportunity to reduce smoking rates in Indiana, the American […]

Hoosier tech leaders urge Holcomb to veto solar bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– More than a dozen technology and finance CEOs from across the state signed a letter urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto a controversial solar energy bill. Signatures ranged from founders of ExactTarget and LifeOmic, to company presidents and CEOs from Omicron Biochemicals Inc., Octiv and Salesvue. Donald E. Brown, […]


Minors now required to wear helmets on ATVs

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that will now require minors to wear helmets while operating off-road vehicles like ATVs. House Bill 1200 will require everyone under the age of 18, both drivers and passengers, to wear a helmet. This law is also applied while operating on […]

What died in the 2017 legislative session

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The battles on hate crimes and minimum wage were just two hot topics in the legislature this session that failed to gain traction. While lawmakers focused their attention on key issues involving the budget and road funding, more than 200 bills died, including a few that were no newcomers […]

Holcomb says no to charging public for access to records

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed a measure Monday — his first as governor —that would allow state and local public agencies to charge up to $20 an hour for public records searches. House Enrolled Act 1523 would have enacted these fees when government officials spent more than two hours searching […]

Donnelly and Young team up to treat mental health issues in law enforcement

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Police officers put their lives on the line every day to help protect their communities but often the public forgets that behind the badge, they are human beings, too. From homicides to rape cases, police officers witness crimes and atrocities that nobody wants to see. That is why post traumatic […]

Ricker’s cold-beer bill awaits governor’s signature

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The bill restricting who can sell cold beer needs only the governor’s signature to become law. The final version of House Bill 1496, authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed both the House and the Senate Friday following changes made by members of both chambers. The bill was originally […]

Airbnb-style rentals safe from state control, for now

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would have prohibited local municipalities from banning Airbnb style-rentals died in the final hours of the legislative session. House Bill 1133, which ultimately failed to garner enough support from legislators in both the Senate and House, would have allowed state government to prohibit local municipalities from […]