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Governor taps surplus to improve DCS

By Janet Williams and Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb is tapping the state’s surplus to immediately implement some of the changes to the state’s Department of Child Services recommended by an outside assessment of the agency. The $25 million will go toward increasing the pay of employees of the troubled state agency as well […]

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Indiana’s gas tax set to go up again on July 1

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As Hoosiers deal with the highest gasoline prices in several years, Indiana is adding another penny in taxes to every gallon starting July 1. The 2017 law that added 10 cents in taxes to every gallon of gas purchased is the same one that allows the tax to continue to rise […]

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Savannah’s Law provides for carbon monoxide testing in older vehicles

Editor’s note: This is one story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When buying a used car it is common to examine the brakes, the tires and lights, but a test for carbon monoxide leaks should be added to the checklist. The deadly gas is […]

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Holcomb gets waiver for new workforce cabinet

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Holcomb gets waiver for new workforce cabinet

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Labor so that the new Governor’s Workforce Cabinet can fill the role of the federally-mandated workforce development board. The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, which was created during the 2018 legislative session, replaces the Workforce Innovation Council. It consists of 13 appointments […]

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Eyeball tattooing ban takes effect July 1

Editor’s note: This is a story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, knows the struggles of having eye problems. Ruckelshaus is a glaucoma patient who has had 10 surgeries on his eyes. His two children, also glaucoma patients, have […]

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Corporate tax revenues down

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For the fifth straight month, Indiana’s corporate tax revenues are below forecast and the prior’s year’s collections, the state Department of Revenue reported Friday. December 2017 was the last time monthly corporate tax collections exceeded the forecast and even then, they were down by 28 percent from December 2016. Overall, the state’s […]

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Law to create new tracking system for rape kits changes labs, victim support

Editor’s note: This is one story in an occasional series on the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —Law enforcement, hospitals and victim advocacy organizations will work this summer to create a stronger, more transparent system to track Indiana’s rape kits. Rape kits are containers that hold DNA specimens, like […]

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2018 Tech Plan Survey shows progress for Indiana schools

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Education released results from the 2018 Tech Plan Survey showing progress has been made in areas of digital learning and cybersecurity. “There is much to celebrate in this data, as our schools are making substantial progress,” Dr. Jennifer McCormick, state Superintendent of Public Instruction,said in a press release. […]

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Indiana House Democrats propose school safety study commission

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Following the Noblesville West Middle School shooting in late May, Indiana legislators began questioning what they should be doing to keep schools safe. Wednesday, Indiana House Minority Leader Terry Goodin, D-Austin, wrote a letter to Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma asking to add a permanent school safety commission to the roster […]

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Opioid deaths continue to rise across Indiana

Editor’s note: This is another in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — While Indiana has seen its number of opioid treatment centers increase in recent years, the number of opioid-related deaths continue to rise across the state. In 2016, almost 800 people died of […]

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