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Delph shares Puerto Rico experiences with Senate colleagues

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – While most lawmakers were home with loved ones for the holidays, state Sen. Mike Delph was in Puerto Rico helping the island recover from September’s devastating hurricane. Delph is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and was called for active duty in Puerto Rico beginning Dec. 8. The […]

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Cursive writing bill passes Senate committee

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— One Indiana senator is making a repeated attempt to include cursive writing in the state’s school curriculum and won the support of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee. Senate Bill 8, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, passed 9-0 and would require school corporations and charter schools to […]

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House approves additional funding to meet public school growth

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—When more than 6,000 extra students showed up in Indiana’s public schools, there wasn’t enough money in local school budgets to handle them. Wednesday, the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee addressed that funding shortfall by approving House Bill 1001, which would allow the state to transfer up to $25 million […]

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Senate OKs Sunday alcohol sales, House bill pending

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday alcohol sales may soon be in Indiana’s future after the Senate Public Policy committee Wednesday passed a bill 9-0 to permit sales at select stores across the state. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, would permit packaged liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell […]

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CASA and opioid crisis focus of the State of the Judiciary

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush used her State of the Judiciary address to focus attention on the toll of the opioid crisis on Hoosier children. In her fourth State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, Rush touched on issues revolving around the opioid epidemic, children in need of child […]

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Holcomb’s State of the State Address sparks positive reactions

By Bryan Wells and Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com Hoosiers who attended Gov. Eric Holcomb’s second State of the State address gave the speech positive reviews. Eva Kor was one of Holcomb’s special guests. Kor is a Holocaust survivor and the 2017 recipient of the Sachem Award, one of Indiana’s highest honors. Most of her family died […]

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Fourth grade lobbyist pushes for state bug

By John Ward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fourth grader Kayla Xu has been lobbying for years to make the firefly Indiana’s state bug. On Tuesday, she got a little closer to her goal. As she sat in the Indiana House listening to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address, she heard the state’s highest elected […]

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GOP and Democrats respond to the State of the State

By Emily Ketterer and Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—As Gov. Eric Holcomb presented his second State of the State address, Republicans applauded his words while Democrats criticized him for not recognizing the issues affecting Hoosiers. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Holcomb “nailed” the theme of expressing the needs of Hoosiers while House […]

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Holcomb keeps focus on improving Hoosier job skills

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb sharpened his focus on workforce development as he touted Indiana’s record-breaking job growth in his second State of the State address Tuesday. Even as he celebrated the state’s successes in attracting new business and jobs, he highlighted plans to create opportunities for Hoosiers who lack the training or […]

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Candidate filing for primary election begins Jan. 10

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — It’s that time of the year again—election season. On Wednesday, candidates may begin the application process for the 2018 primary election with the Secretary of State or Election Division. Filing to run for political office candidacy will remain open until 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Secretary of State Connie Lawson […]