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Unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in February

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate ticked down to 5.9 percent in February, the result in part of a growth in private sector jobs. Indiana’s jobless rate is now 2.4 percentage points lower than it was two years ago. During that time, the state’s labor force has grown by 82,000 people. […]

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Live dealers would be postponed under proposed change to gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Racetrack casinos would have to wait until 2021 to get live dealers at table games under a proposed Senate amendment to a gambling bill that has already passed the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered but didn’t vote on the proposal Thursday. If amended, the bill would still let […]

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Yoder wants more changes before vaping bill ready for vote

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to regulate the liquids used in vaping and e-cigarettes took a step back on Thursday as senators plan to take another look at possible changes in the legislation. The bill’s author, Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, says the controversial proposal still needs tweaks before it’s ready for a final […]

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Video & story: Pence orders limited needle exchange to stem Scott County HIV outbreak

Scott County has the green light to administer a needle exchange program from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Scott County officials now have the authority to administer a needle exchange program to help fight the recent HIV outbreak in Southern Indiana. “I do not enter into this lightly,” Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill in private event

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill into law Thursday that supporters say protects residents’ rights to adhere to their religious principles but critics claim legalizes discrimination, particularly against gay Hoosiers. Pence’s decision to say yes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes despite threats from some business leaders […]

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Pence set to declare emergency in Scott County HIV cases

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All eyes are on Scott County as Gov. Mike Pence is set to declare a public health emergency to battle a recent HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users there. The move could give the Pence administration more power to take action in Southern Indiana, which now has 72 confirmed […]

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Bill to ban taxes on Internet access moves to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana took another step toward becoming the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access after a bill that would implement a permanent ban passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. Senate Bill 80 might be largely meaningless. The federal Tax Freedom Act has put a moratorium on […]

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Bill lets Sun King, other small brewers produce more beer

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sun King and other Indiana beer makers could produce more barrels while remaining small breweries under a bill the House Public Policy Committee passed on Wednesday. Senate Bill 297, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, changes the maximum number of barrels that a small brewery can produce in a […]

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Bill makes changes to abortion clinic definitions

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that further defines abortion clinics, grants waivers for clinics on certain issues, and requires reports from clinics. Senate Bill 546, authored by Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, defines an abortion clinic as a “healthcare provider” rather than the currently used “freestanding entity.” The […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent the governor a bill on Tuesday aims to prevent human trafficking and take care of its victims. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund and allows law enforcement agencies to seize property, including vehicles, that […]

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