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Identification cards for Hoosiers with behavioral disorders proposed

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Drew Dietrick, diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at 11 years old, testified for a bill that would allow Hoosiers with an autism spectrum disorder to get an identification card from the Indiana State Department of Health. “House Bill 1012 provides a clear path to understanding me and those I might […]

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New test proposed to replace ISTEP

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Amid recent issues with ISTEP testing, a new bill wants to get rid of the exam altogether. “ISTEP as a means of testing student performance and teacher accountability is a complete disaster,” Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute, said. House Bill 1114, authored by Kersey, would replace the test with the […]

Q&A: Rep. Randall Lyness looks forward to helping the people of his district

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The newly-elected state representative for District 68 is excited to learn the ins and outs of the General Assembly. Rep. Randall Lyness, R-West Harrison, replaced former Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, after he stepped down. Lyness was selected for the position during a Republican caucus this past October. Lyness started […]

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Bicentennial medal reveals Indiana’s past & present

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial, a commemorative medal, depicting famous scenes from Indiana, is for sale. The Indiana Arts Commission held a contest where Hoosiers could submit a design to appear on one of the sides of the Bicentennial Medal. Perry Hammock, the executive director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, […]

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Effort to install more smoke detectors leads to drop in fire deaths

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fire officials say more homes with smoke detectors saved lives in 2015. The number of fire-related deaths in Indiana dropped 14 percent last year. “We applaud the first responders throughout the state who have worked tirelessly, day and night, to not only protect those in danger, but also to […]

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Homeowner fears losing house if bill isn’t passed

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman is advocating for a program that would help struggling homeowners pay property taxes in revitalized neighborhoods. “I want to put a face to a person that this bill will serve,” said Peggy Gamlin, 65. Gamlin is referring to House Bill 1026, a bill that would allow […]

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GOP House agenda: Roads, education & drug prevention

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Although this year’s session is just 10 weeks long, the House Republicans are determined to accomplish their top four priorities. “You won’t see too much that will shock you because we have been talking about these things since October,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said. “Our top priorities are roads […]

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Bill to reduce food deserts cruises to the Senate

Anastasia Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would bring fresh and unprocessed foods to food deserts is moving forward in the legislature. “This bill is designed to find an efficient way to get fresh and unprocessed food in areas where there is poor access to these people,” said the bill’s author Sen. Randy Head, […]

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Alternative civil rights bill doesn’t include transgender protections

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An alternative civil rights bill defines sexual orientation as “actual or perceived bisexuality, heterosexuality, or homosexuality” but does not extend rights to transgender individuals. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said Senate Bill 344 has not been created to replace a separate civil rights bill, Senate Bill 100. He said the […]

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Grants give $127K to pay for Narcan kits & first responder training

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New grants will provide the funding to train and equip more first responders with naloxone, the fast-acting antidote for drug overdoses. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Thursday three nonprofit organizations received a total of $127,000 through a newly created grant program. “Indiana is in crisis mode as it responds […]