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Domestic violence gun bill moved to summer study committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed people with a civil protection order to carry a handgun without a license has been pushed to a study committee. The Senate voted 42-5 to have the committee to consider whether people aged 18 and up and have a civil protection order against […]

Ricker’s cold-beer bills amended in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills which would restrict the sale of cold carry-out liquor in the future moved forward with amendments Wednesday. Senate Bill 358 authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, was originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. The […]

Fate of Airbnb-style rentals bill up in the air

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Changes made to a short-term rentals bill earlier in the week were erased in the Senate Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which would prevent local governments from banning the Airbnb-style businesses, was amended to require short-term rental hosts to obtain and pay for a permit in order to operate their business. […]

Senate Democrats try and fail to push their agenda on budget votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats tried to use the budget Wednesday to force votes on some of the issues they championed this legislative session. They failed. The Senate version of the two-year budget totals $32.1 billion, leaving $1.8 billion in reserves. The plan slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax hike, provides […]

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Ricker hands out free food to fight cold-beer ban

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The owner of Ricker’s gas stations has responded to legislation that would limit his ability to sell cold beer at two sites by handing out free food and blasting lawmakers. “I believe that we’re being singled out here,” said Jay Ricker, head of the chain of convenience stores that […]

Taking a drug test? Use your own urine

Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Using someone else’s urine to pass a drug test might have crossed some Hoosiers minds in the past. State lawmakers are about to make that illegal. House Bill 1104, sponsored by Sen. James Merritt R-Indianapolis, will make it a misdemeanor for the use and selling of another person’s urine or synthetic […]

Fiercely debated solar bill passes through the House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would eventually reduce the reimbursements solar panel users receive for the extra energy they generate passed the Indiana House Tuesday. Senate Bill 309, a controversial energy bill that addresses net metering, a billing mechanism that credits individuals who generate more solar power than they need back […]

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 […]