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30 Laws in 30 Days: More opportunities to register to vote at the BMV

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute,­ argues Indiana has a problem with voter turnout. For the 2014 midterm election, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout or among […]

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Senate committee votes to appoint, not elect state’s chief educator

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has moved one step closer to making the superintendent for public instruction an appointed rather than an elected position. The Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted 8-4 Monday to advance legislation that would give the governor the power to appoint the state’s top educator in 2025. Senate […]

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Will Gov. Holcomb prove to be an effective leader?

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers generally like Gov. Eric Holcomb more than they liked his predecessor Mike Pence, but the big question is whether his likeability will translate into legislative success. So far, the General Assembly has stalled on several cornerstones of Holcomb’s agenda, pumping the brakes on issues like pre-kindergarten funding, needle […]

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Superintendent bill needs major changes to survive in the Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House bill which would make the state school chief position appointed needs “substantial changes” before the Senate will hear it, according to Sen. Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne. The bill authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the superintendent’s position and replace it with a […]

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Supporters for redistricting reform continue to fight despite the halt in committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Bill 1014 may have failed this year, but supporters say their fight for redistricting reform in Indiana isn’t over. The House Elections and Apportionment Committee heard testimony on a bill to establish an independent redistricting commission, but the chairman, Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, did not to call for […]

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Lawmakers hold redistricting bill days before committee deadline

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday. Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry Torr, […]

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Speaker’s bill would eliminate state superintendent position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House version of a bill to remove the superintendent of public instruction position from Indiana ballots passed another hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the position of the superintendent of public instruction following the 2020 election, which is also the […]

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Hupfer named new Republican Party chairman

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Republican Party State Central Committee unanimously picked Kyle Hupfer Wednesday to serve as state chairman. Gov. Eric Holcomb recommended Hupfner for the job. Traditionally governors select a party chair to work with. “Chairman Hupfer will be a focused and passionate advocate for Republican candidates at every level of […]

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Legislators under fire after Facebook posts

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A sister rally of Women’s March on Washington took place on Saturday, drawing in thousands, and a meme posted by an Indiana state senator is drawing more attention. Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, shared a meme that read, “In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking, than Michelle […]

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Purdue research students surprised by inauguration turnout

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON – A group of Purdue University students traveled to Washington D.C. to observe and study the inauguration and the women’s march. To their surprise, the findings did not line up with their expectations. “I think they really enjoyed seeing history being made,” Nadia Brown, associate professor of political science at […]

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