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INDOT encourages safe driving through highway work zones

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation has launched its annual Work Zone Awareness campaign with the theme, “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.” Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week across Indiana. The weeklong campaign is intended to focus attention on both motorist and worker […]

Ricker’s cold beer amendment moves forward in House

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – An amendment that would allow Ricker’s and other stores to continue to sell cold beer moved through the House Public Policy Committee Monday. An amendment to Senate Bill 358 offered by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, would permit stores like Ricker’s to continue to sell cold carry-out liquor until their […]

Permits might be required for Airbnb-style rentals

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Local municipalities would be able to exercise some control over short-term rentals in their communities under an amendment approved in the Senate Monday. House Bill 1133, which would prevent local government from banning the Airbnb-style businesses, would give municipalities the ability to require short-term rental hosts to pay for […]

Artwork created by Hoosier women is showcased at the Statehouse

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A painting that shows a family relaxing in their backyard garden decorating a wall of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s office was among the winners of last year’s Hoosier Women Artists contest. But they forgot to tell one of the winners. “I hadn’t heard from them and I knew it […]

House committee OKs bill to collect DNA samples in felony arrests

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill allowing law enforcement to collect DNA samples from people at the time they are arrested on felony charges advanced to the full House. On Thursday, Senate Bill 322 passed the House Judicial Committee by a 9-1 vote. The bill’s author, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, told the committee […]

Both sides make sacrifices on solar energy bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who invest in solar energy and big utilities that hold the energy industry’s reins will each have to make sacrifices with the version of the solar bill that passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Committee chairman, Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, said he found virtue on both sides […]

Indy tech firm grows with app connecting students with colleges

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An app that connects college students with their schools and the surrounding community has translated into big growth for a local technology company. ClearScholar, a student engagement platform, was founded last year and originally had 11 full-time associates. On Wednesday, the company announced that it is expanding by moving […]

Young Indiana legislators join the Millennial Action Project

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some of state’s youngest legislators have created the Indiana Future Caucus to organize millennial lawmakers like themselves across party lines to address issues affecting their generation. “The people gathered today are young legislators committed to building our state to be a healthier, stronger, with greater opportunity, and to be […]

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Fear keeps students quiet about learning disabilities

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As a teenager with a learning disability, Hannah Harding relied heavily on teachers to help guide her through school. But now as a college student, she’s on her own.  Harding was diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disability in middle school, after years of struggling in the classroom. “I would […]

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Cannabidiol bill advances to full Senate for action

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation to make it easier for parents whose children have medical conditions like epilepsy get access to cannabidiol passed a Senate committee Wednesday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, cleared the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 7-2 despite objections from prosecutors. Cannabidiol, also known […]