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Democrats want more info, documents in canceled state PR deal

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Democratic Party sent a formal request asking Gov. Mike Pence to release all documents relating to a $2 million dollar taxpayer funded contract he canceled last week. “Mike Pence wasn’t being transparent with Hoosiers when he terminated the taxpayer-funded contract with Porter Novelli the day before a […]

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State to join suit against EPA’s water rule

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will join a multistate lawsuit against the federal government, accusing the EPA of overreach in its water rule. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Monday that his office will soon join the more than 12 state suit filed June 30 against the Environmental Protection Agency, which challenges as […]

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State ends contract with company enlisted to repair state’s image

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has decided to put an end to the contract with Porter Novelli and instead “focus resources on enhancing existing marketing efforts.” Porter Novelli was hired to help restore the state’s image after fallout from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The state cites a strong economy […]

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ACLU: RFRA violates law that keeps sex offenders from attending some churches

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the law that bans sex offenders from attending church services in facilities that also houses a school. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of two men from Allen and Elkhart counties. The group said this ban violates […]

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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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Pence visits farmers to survey flood damage

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence visited northern Indiana Wednesday to survey damage caused by the recent heavy rainfall. He met with Hoosier farmers in Cass and Jasper counties to see how much damage has been done and to gauge the potential economic impact for farmers across Indiana. “Our farmers and agriculture industry […]

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Small group of LGBT activists speak out as RFRA goes into effect

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A handful of people showed up in the Statehouse rotunda on Wednesday to continue protesting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a law that went into effect the same day. Their message? That the fight for equality for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender groups will still carry on. Members […]

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Lawmakers seek AG investigation into Humane Society of US fundraising

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of six lawmakers wants the state to investigate the Humane Society of the United States, accusing the group of deceptive fundraising tactics. The lawmakers – led by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford – wrote to Attorney General Greg Zoeller to ask him to look into the society, which […]

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New law: Motorists can be ticketed for slow left-lane driving

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Motorists who stay in the left lane when driving may be facing a class C infraction – unless they’re passing another car. House Bill 1305, which will be effective Wednesday, contains a number of new requirements for motorists on the road. One section, however, is catching more attention. “That […]

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Supreme Court: EPA goes too far with clear air regulations

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overruled a federal agency’s plan to control emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power-company smokestacks – siding with states who argued the EPA had gone too far. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called the ruling a “victory for Indiana.” The state was one […]

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