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“Partners in justice” honored in State of the Judiciary

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Justice Loretta Rush dedicated her third State of the Judiciary address to “partners in justice” across Indiana Wednesday. “Our courts carried out our constitutional mission in the 1,396,362 cases that came before us last year,” Rush said. “But we do not fulfill our mission alone.” Dozens of judges […]

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Bill aims to protect pets of abuse victims

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Victims of domestic violence often leave behind their animals when they escape abusive relationships and getting these animals back can be difficult and dangerous. A bill authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, would help victims of domestic abuse more easily retrieve their animals with help from law enforcement. It […]

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GOP, Democratic leaders find common ground in Holcomb’s address

By Shelby Mullis and Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Both Democratic and Republican leaders found optimism in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, thought the governor did well in his address Tuesday night. “He really hit on a […]

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Designated tweeters deliver running commentary for State of the State

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In addition to print, TV and radio reporters covering Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address Tuesday night, five people sat in the audience with their fingers flying. Those five individuals — including talk radio host Tony Katz and Gina Leckron, state director for Habitat for Humanity […]

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State of the State: Holcomb lays out vision for first year

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Eric Holcomb called for a pay raise for the Indiana State Police Tuesday at his first State of the State address, which got him a standing ovation from his audience of lawmakers, state officials, and friends and family. “One fundamental obligation of government is to take care of those […]

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Senate is next stop for balanced budget amendment

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— A committee Tuesday advanced a key piece of the of Senate Republicans’ legislative agenda, amending the state constitution to prevent lawmakers from passing a budget that spends more than the state’s projected revenue. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 with a 10-3 vote, […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars could become legal

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would be allowed to smash a car window in order to rescue dog from a hot car if a proposed bill becomes law. Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, and Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, are working on a bill to provide immunity to people who save pets from locked hot […]

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Donnelly to introduce legislation to protect U.S. jobs

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Brian Reed started working at Rexnord, an industrial supplier 24 years ago when he was 21 years old. Aiming for the American dream, the Indianapolis father said he dedicated himself to his duties at the plant. Now, Reed is one of thousands of Hoosiers expected to lose their jobs. Reed […]

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Legislator’s trip abroad inspires security observations

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few blocks from the place in Berlin where Rep. David Ober and his sister spent part of their Christmas holiday, a terrorist had rammed a truck into a scenic market killing and injuring dozens. But when Ober, R-Albion, visited the market just days after the attack, there were […]

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