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Suits and sneakers raise cancer awareness

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – On a regular day at the Statehouse, Rep. Shelia Klinker, D-Lafayette, wears professional shoes but Tuesday, she could be seen walking the halls in blue sneakers with red and white stripes. That’s because it was Suits and Sneakers Day where lawmakers and government employees are encouraged to wear tennis […]

Bill would streamline senior services

Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As Indiana General Assembly resumed work Monday, legislators tackled a bill to modernize a state senior citizen’s assistance program. The Senate Family and Children Services Committee discussed House Bill 1287 and the changes it would bring to the current system. The proposed legislation would shift the focus to identifying the […]

Bill to curb heroin epidemic heads to the House

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would allow emergency medical service providers to hold drug users in the emergency room after receiving a dose of Narcan is on its way to the Indiana House. “I don’t want to hold someone against their will, but I also don’t want to see someone die,” Sen. […]

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ISTEP replacement test passes House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that proposes a replacement for the standardized test, ISTEP, passed the Indiana House with a vote of 67-31. House Bill 1003 would require students in grades 3 through 8 to complete the new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same […]

Advocates rally for public education at Statehouse

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for public education from across the state gathered at the Statehouse Monday to celebrate Indiana’s public schools. Proposed legislation such as Senate Bill 422, which would change the position of superintendent of public instruction from elected to appointed, inspired the leaders of public education to make their voices […]

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Bill allowing prayer in schools met with fervent discussion in committee

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Carmel High School senior Mary Carmen Zakrajsek is the president of a pro-life club and during adoption month in November last year, her club put up a handmade sign with 300 hearts drawn on it. Each heart represented 10 lives and the message was that 3,000 children die each […]

Special Olympics bus bill passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Thursday passed House Bill 1507 that will allow Special Olympics organizations to use school buses for transportation to their events. The bill was introduced because the Porter County Special Olympics program was using the Valparaiso School District buses to transport children. However, an insurance company determined that […]

Immigrant rights advocates march from Garfield Park to Statehouse

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Adrian Gutierrez works at a restaurant on the east side of Indianapolis Monday through Friday. But on Thursday, he didn’t go to work. Instead, he marched four miles from Garfield Park to the Statehouse steps as part of a nationwide movement known as “A Day Without Immigrants.” While holding […]

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Student journalists protection bill passes committee unanimously

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If a bill that would protect student journalists and their media advisors from censorship by school administrators had been in law 13 years ago, one Hoosier teacher might not have lost his job. Chad Tuley served as the student newspaper advisor for the Franklin Central High School student paper […]

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Lawmakers hold redistricting bill days before committee deadline

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday. Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry Torr, […]