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Fenced hunting bill dies in Senate – again

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, a bill to set restrictions and regulations for fenced hunting operations has been stopped in its tracks on the Senate floor. On Tuesday, senators voted 27-23 against House Bill 1453 – a bill that would have legalized and regulated an industry that […]

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Story & video: National Guard opens new headquarters building in Indy

Indiana National Guard unveils new headquarters facility from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana National Guard is opening the doors to a new joint force headquarters in Indianapolis. The facility is meant to provide workspace to more than 900 civilian and military personnel. Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger said that […]

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Fenced hunting bill now eligible for Senate vote

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment to a fenced deer hunting bill being considered in the Indiana General Assembly would make breaking the new hunting rules a Class D felony. House Bill 1453 sets in place new regulations that would legalize fenced-deer hunting, but only for hunting businesses that were already operational in […]

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IUPUI stadium overhaul would replace proposed soccer project

By Andi TenBarge TheStathouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Tuesday approved a $20 million proposal to renovate an IUPUI track stadium into a permanent home for the Indy Eleven soccer team. The plan replaces legislation backed by the minor league soccer team and passed by the House that would have helped fund a new […]

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State appeals fenced hunting case; Zoeller appeals for legislative action

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The attorney general has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says the state can’t regulate fenced deer hunting under current law. But Republican Greg Zoeller said his first choice is for lawmakers to step in and resolve a long-running dispute over whether the operations are […]

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Construction on Bicentennial Plaza could be underway this fall

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A $2 million project to beautify the plaza west of the Indiana Statehouse could start as soon as September if it’s approved by the General Assembly. The Bicentennial Plaza will include a fountain, an “enduring flame” sculpture, and upright columns that represent Indiana’s 92 counties. Funding for the project […]

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House passes stadium bill; Long says not a priority for Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Wednesday to help fund a stadium for the Indy Eleven soccer team, but the leader of the Senate said the legislation will not be a priority for that chamber. “I think it’s a little difficult to talk about helping getting a soccer stadium built when […]

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House sends fenced hunting bill to Senate

By Aubrey Helms & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a controversial bill Tuesday that will legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting preserves, despite concern among opponents that hunting captive animals is unethical. House Bill 1453 now moves to the Senate. The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, called the proposal “common […]

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Regulators nix cost recovery for BlueIndy electric car program

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied a petition from Indiana Power and Light, which sought to recover $12.3 million to install charging stations for electric vehicles as part of the BlueIndy electric vehicle project. The decision could put the controversial project in jeopardy. In a meeting on Wednesday, the […]

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House committee approves fenced deer hunting bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill 8-4 Monday that would legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting – but only for those operations already in business. House Bill 1453 – approved 8-4 – now moves to the full House for consideration. If passed into law, the bill would end a […]

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