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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

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Video & story: Miller says she’s open to needle exchange legislation as So. Indiana HIV epidemic worsens

Mom talks about the importance of needle exchange from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A key Republican senator says she’s open to needle exchange legislation but needs the go-ahead from her GOP caucus to sign on. Public Health Chairman Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, said after two hours of sometimes-emotional testimony on the proposal that […]

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Pence signs bill to expand use of heroin overdose antidote

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that’s meant to help save drug users who’ve overdosed on heroin or other narcotic. Senate Bill 406 allows individuals to obtain and administer an overdose antidote known as Nalaxone or Narcan to have on hand in case a friend or family member […]

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Final budget negotiations underway with less than 2 weeks left in session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative fiscal leaders launched final budget negotiations Friday with a somber tone, a reflection of this week’s downward revision in the state’s revenue projections. “There will have to be spending reductions” in the $31.5 billion proposals approved by both the House and Senate, said House Ways & Means Chairman […]

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Controversial vaping bill headed to Pence for consideration

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The makers and sellers of e-liquids used for vaping and electronic cigarettes would face licensing and new regulations under legislation moving to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. House Bill 1432 bans the sale of e-liquids to minors and requires manufacturers to get a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco […]

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Governor gets bill offering immunity to volunteer doctors, nurses

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent Gov. Mike Pence a bill that provides civil immunity to volunteer healthcare workers. House Bill 1145, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, is meant to encourage doctors, nurses and other providers to volunteer their services. The bill does not give civil immunity for events that may occur […]

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EMS workers would get death benefit under bill headed to governor

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that provides payments to the families of emergency medical responders who die in the line of the duty is headed to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. The House approved the bill 85-0 on Thursday. The bill by Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, establishes the Public Safety Officer Special Death Benefit […]

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Hundreds more seats opening up for pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds more seats are opening up for low-income children to attend Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K program thanks to grants totally nearly $500,000. Gov. Mike Pence announced the grants on Thursday alongside leaders from the United Way of Central Indiana, Early Learning Indiana and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out […]

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Projections: Tax revenue will be $213 million less for next budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers will have about $213 million less to spend during the next two years than they thought when they started working on the 2016-2017 budget. That’s a drop of less than 1 percent each year, according to a revenue forecast the State Budget Committee received Thursday morning. So […]

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Infant mortality plan passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce the infant mortality rate in Indiana passed the Senate on Wednesday. HB 1004 creates the Safety Protecting Indiana’s Newborns grant program, which lawmakers call Safety PIN. The grant funds would be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health to local healthcare providers […]

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