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Want to throw a chair at IU’s Assembly Hall? Try this game

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— No Indiana University basketball coach has ever recreated coach Bobby Knight’s infamous act of throwing a chair across Assembly Hall. But thanks to one Indiana University senior, lawmakers got that opportunity Tuesday at the Statehouse. Katherine Onofrey created a virtual reality (VR) program that puts players at center court in […]

School principals, Department of Education fight student journalist bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Language from a bill that would have protected the rights of student journalists has been inserted into another education bill working its way through the Statehouse. Previously known as House Bill 1130, the protections for students journalists bill would have prohibited public schools and school corporations from disciplining student […]

Legislators working on compromise to new ISTEP replacement

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House and Senate members came together Wednesday to discuss how to develop a more effective replacement for ISTEP. House Bill 1003 would require third through eighth graders to complete a new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same as ISTEP — just […]

Chinese delegates get a taste of rural Indiana

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A half dozen Chinese delegates are spending a week among Hoosiers gaining a greater understanding of Indiana culture and the open landscape. “Indiana is a place where you can feel peace as you gaze at the vastness and openness of a corn field, which is something that is ideal […]

Minors seeking abortion will need parental consent in writing

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that places new hurdles in front of a minor seeking an abortion passed out of the Indiana Senate Wednesday after a review of changes made in the House. Senate Bill 404 would require that before a minor can have an abortion her parent, legal guardian or custodian […]

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Indiana has $200 million more coming in than originally estimated

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An unanticipated surplus in the state’s estimated revenue could be what Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, calls an “appropriate cushion” for Indiana’s two-year budget. The revenue forecast, presented to the State Budget Committee Wednesday by a bipartisan group of analysts, revealed nearly $200 million in additional revenues in fiscal years […]

Statehouse message: Young black males matter

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — “Young black males matter, young black males matter” was the chant heard on the second floor of the Statehouse from over two-dozen black youth led by Rep. Vernon Smith D-Gary. “Our goal is to motivate them and to let them know that they can be anything that they want […]

‘Sanctuary campus’ legislation heads to governor’s desk

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges and universities could soon be prohibited from declaring themselves a “sanctuary campus” if Gov. Eric Holcomb signs one Senate bill into law. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011 that prohibits sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is one […]

Issues with vaping bill unresolved

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – House and Senate members are hashing out differences over a bill that will overhaul the state’s current vaping law, which created a monopoly in the industry. “In general the bill is in the form I like it in. There may be some minor tweaks,” Sen. Randy Head, R- Logansport, […]

Emergency contact database bill moves to the governor

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to create and maintain an emergency contact database for Hoosiers. House Bill 1084 would require law enforcement to reach out to the emergency contacts of a person injured in a car accident within a […]