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Human sexuality bill raises concerns about parental rights, impact on LGBTQ students

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A Fort Wayne high school student told a House committee that she was surprised to find a speech class she was taking included lessons on gender neutral pronouns. “My parents were not informed of this material before I took the class and were shocked to see it in my […]

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Industrial hemp might be the crop of Indiana’s future

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are continuing to advance a bill that would allow Hoosier farmers to market hemp and CBD oil. House Bill 1137 clearly defines that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are not marijuana and therefore are not regulated by the state’s drug laws. The Senate […]

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One in seven baby umbilical cords tested positive for opiates, study finds

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has a higher number of babies’ umbilical cords testing positive for opiates than the national average. Through a program in which nearly 3,000 cords from 21 hospitals were examined, data showed that one in seven—or 14.37 percent—tested positive for opiates. The national average is 10.8 percent. In January […]

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Sunday sales, CO2 testing bills pass out of House committees

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation to approve Sunday alcohol sales is moving swiftly through the Indiana General Assembly as one version of the bill passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 1, heard by the House Public Policy Committee, would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. But […]

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Proposed law would increase charges for drug dealing resulting in death

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that increases punitive measures for drug dealing that results in death passed a Senate committee Tuesday by a wide margin. Only Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, voted against House Bill 1359, which was heard by the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee. He voiced concerns that the bill could […]

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Hate crimes bill defeat remains the big disappointment of 2018 session

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus see the apparent defeat of bias crimes legislation as one of the biggest setbacks so far. “I think probably a lot of people in the state of Indiana are disappointed that the bias […]

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Senator proposes study committee to examine Department of Child Services issues

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, is urging his Senate colleagues to create a study committee to look into recent allegations against the Department of Child Services. Senate Resolution 14, which was heard in the Family and Children Services Committee Monday, calls for a two-year committee to study issues related to […]

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FSSA unveils programs to fight drug epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration has unveiled two new programs as part of its effort to combat the state’s drug epidemic. One initiative will help Hoosiers find treatment providers that have been certified by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction through a recovery website, www.in.gov/recovery. The second is the opening […]

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State’s finances safe from market fluctuations

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­–The recent stock market plunges has instilled fear in investors nationwide, but Hoosiers can breathe easier knowing Indiana’s investments have not been affected by the fluctuations. That’s because the state doesn’t invest in stocks. Instead, the state invests in government bonds, U.S. agency bonds, and banks deposits with a maturity […]

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Say’s Firefly is closer to becoming the official state insect

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– After four years, Cumberland Elementary students in West Lafayette have finally made progress in their quest to make Say’s Firefly Indiana’s official state insect. Senate Bill 236, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, passed out of the Senate Tuesday by a unanimous vote. He said every member of the […]

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