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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, […]

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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 […]

Gun bill heads to summer study committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would relax Indiana’s concealed carry guns laws will go to a summer study committee. The Indiana House and Senate voted Friday to study whether a person who has a civil protection order, which stems from domestic violence, should be allowed to temporarily obtain a gun without […]

Animal rescue bill passes General Assembly

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Good Samaritans will soon have the go-ahead to rescue animals from locked, hot vehicles. But the catch is they’ll have to pay half the cost of a broken car window. House Bill 1085, which passed Friday, requires the person to reasonably believe that the animal is in true danger, […]

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Cannabidiol bill heads to the governor

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would make Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, oil legal passed the Indiana House unanimously Friday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, would grant immunity to individuals who use CBD oil to treat specific forms of epilepsy that don’t respond to traditional treatment. The […]