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Health departments speak about COVID-19 challenges amid possible override of SEA 5

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Health departments speak about COVID-19 challenges amid possible override of SEA 5

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana county health department officials this week described the uncertainty the past year has brought to their work as they prepare for the possible override of the governor’s veto of Senate Enrolled Act 5. The bill, authored by Sen. Chris Garten, R-Charlestown, would prohibit county health departments from issuing emergency […]

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Federal judge says CDC cannot legally extend eviction moratorium

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not legally allowed to issue a nationwide eviction moratorium. She agreed to temporarily pause the decision as the Biden administration appeals the ruling, which could affect over a quarter million Indiana residents. The national eviction moratorium is […]

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Government officials give conflicting statements over pending lawsuits

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Conflicting statements by government officials about pending lawsuits have led to confusion about whether the Indiana General Assembly is working with the Office of the Attorney General. Gov. Eric Holcomb and a private citizen, John Whitaker, have filed separate lawsuits against the General Assembly over the constitutionality of House Enrolled Act […]

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Governor vetoes SB 5, but Senate returns Monday and could override his veto

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—On Tuesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed Senate Bill 5, which would add more steps and regulations before health departments could implement their own health mandates. This makes the third vetoed bill from the 2021 legislative session, alongside House Bill 1123 and SB 303. However, legislators are set to reconvene Monday […]

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Hoosier joins governor in suing Indiana General Assembly

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—While Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed a motion for the Marion County Superior Court to strike down Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit against the General Assembly Friday, a private Indiana citizen was filing his own lawsuit against the General Assembly. That Hoosier, John Whitaker—a former Indianapolis attorney and special counsel to […]

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Governor has not taken action on bill regarding health mandates

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Governor has not taken action on bill regarding health mandates

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Legislators are waiting on the governor to take action on Senate Bill 5, a bill to require approval for Indiana counties before implementing their own health mandates, impacting how the state handles the ongoing pandemic.  At the moment, health officials have the power to change mandates as they see fit. […]

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Attorney general motions for court to strike governor’s lawsuit

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed a motion for the Marion County Superior Court to strike down Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit against the Indiana General Assembly over HEA 1123. Rokita, a Republican, issued a statement April 27 saying the governor could not go to the courts because only the Office […]

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Opposition floods in for wetlands bill just signed into law

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Opposition floods in for wetlands bill just signed into law

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb drew sharp criticism Friday after signing legislation to remove state protections from Indiana’s wetlands, a measure opposed by businesses and environmental groups as well as a fifth-grader from Carmel.  Senate Enrolled Act 389 repeals the requirement of a permit for development or other impacts on wetlands and creates […]

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Local cats are clawing their way into the hearts of Indiana neighborhoods

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com Sully, a young black cat, was brought to Indianapolis Animal Care Services because her owner could no longer care for her. The owner told Taylor Robey, the community cat coordinator there, that Sully enjoyed being outside. Sully was then adopted by a new owner and placed in the Working Cats Program, […]

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La falta de esfuerzo para ayudar a la comunidad hispana y latina es solo una de las razones por la cual menos personas se vacunan

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La falta de esfuerzo para ayudar a la comunidad hispana y latina es solo una de las razones por la cual menos personas se vacunan

This is part of a series about how Black, Hispanic/Latinx and Asian Hoosiers have responded to the COVID-19 vaccine. Look for a graphic breaking down the numbers for all the groups here. Por Carolina Puga Mendoza y Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—La comunidad hispana y latinx de Indiana enfrenta una variedad de obstáculos y está llena […]

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