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GOP rejects bid by Democrats to give teachers pay bonus now

By Taylor Dixon TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee on Thursday rejected the latest Democrat attempts to give teachers a one-time pay bonus this year. Both Sen. Karen Tallian, D-OgdenDunes, and Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, sought to amend House Bill 1007 in the Senate Appropriations Committee to get teachers more money this year, instead of […]

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Bill to raise smoking age undergoes small changes in House

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill to raise the smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21 underwent minor changes on the floor of the Indiana House Thursday to add penalties for those who are caught with tobacco products. House Bill 1006 follows the federal government’s Dec. 20 law which raises the legal smoking and […]

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Driving, misdemeanor and cancer screening bills considered by House committees

By LaMonte Richardson and Jesse Crebbe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers heard testimony and had discussion Wednesday on legislation affecting drunk driving suspensions, misdemeanor arrests and colon cancer screenings. Those bills are: Bill: House Bill 1157 requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to expunge any record of a driver’s license suspension if the individual has been cleared of drunk […]

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House, Senate bills to prevent surprise medical charges get support of health providers

By Annah Elliott and Zach Roberts TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Doctors, businesses and medical consultants turned out Wednesday in support of legislation that would bar hospitals and other health care providers from springing surprise bills on patients. House Bill 1004 and Senate Bill 3 would prevent hospitals and other health care providers from charging patients for services that […]

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Court documents provide details of what led to former college president’s arrest

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Franklin College’s former president arranged to meet what he thought was a 15-year old boy at a fast food restaurant in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, saying he was attracted to younger men. Minar used a dating app called Grindr to exchange messages with an undercover police officer whom he understood to be […]

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Problem-solving courts address issues underlying criminal acts, says Indiana’s chief justice

By Haley Pritchett TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday how problem-solving courts are addressing the underlying problems of drug addictions and mental illnesses that lead to many crimes. “These courts work because judges get out from behind the bench, convene community partners, and truly connect with those standing before them […]

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Vaping and smoking bill passes Senate committee

By Andrea Rahman TheStatehouseFile.com Legislation to make it harder for young people to smoke or vape easily passed a Senate committee Wednesday even as lawmakers raised concerns about the proposed penalties. Senate Bill 1, approved 11-0 by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, would follow the federal lead in raising the smoking age to […]

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Hoosier Action brings HOPE to Indiana Statehouse

By Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Hoosier Action, a community organization advocating for rural and small town Indiana, gathered at the Statehouse on Wednesday to lobby for an array of bills they say would improve lives. The group said they are pushing for HOPE: Health, Opportunity to Thrive, Prosperity and Environment. Some of the bills supported […]

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Assessors, guns and driving laws advance in the legislature

By Jesse Crebbe and Andrea Rahman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation eliminating township assessors, revising the state’s gun laws and updating driving regulations saw action in the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday. Here is a rundown of the legislation: Bill: House Bill 1027, eliminating township assessors What it does: Eliminates the state’s remaining 13 township assessors in nine counties […]

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Senate committee passes school mental health bill

By Madeline Alexander TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Students would get better access to mental health services under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. Senate Bill 246, which was passed 8-0 by the Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee, requires schools to contract with a licensed community health provider that provides mental health services. That agreement […]

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