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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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Bill would name Evansville-based P-47 the official state warbird

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could have another state symbol added to its list after Senate Bill 370 passed the Veterans Affairs & the Military committee on Tuesday. SB 370, authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, makes the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt the official warbird of Indiana. The P-47 was the only war aircraft […]

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Unemployment rate increases slightly in December

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Unemployment rate increases slightly in December

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate saw a slight increase in the month of December – the first time in two months the number has fluctuated. During October and November, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent, but an influx of private sector job seekers bumped the percentage to 5.8, […]

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Measure to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing moves to full Senate

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Hoosiers’ right to hunt and fish is one step closer to becoming etched in the state’s constitution. The same proposed constitutional amendment passed the General Assembly last year. But because the resolution would change the constitution, it must pass two, separately-elected legislatures. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, author of […]

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Pence seeks money for bicentennial projects, programs

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Bicentennial Commission requested an additional $32.85 million – including a significant jump in general fund-operating dollars – to pay for Indiana’s 200th anniversary celebration, as outlined in Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed budget. Overall, the proposed bicentennial projects and events exceed $56 million – a number the House Ways […]

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Video & story: First lady visits moms, babies at Indiana Women’s Prison

First Lady visits Indiana State Women’s Prison on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to protect the bond children have with their mothers, the Indiana Women’s Prison has taken steps to continue that bond while mothers are incarcerated. First Lady Karen Pence visited the Indiana Women’s Prison on Wednesday to get […]

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