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Minority Leader Pelath: Civil rights discussions are not over

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— House Democratic Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is ready to bring the LGBT civil rights debate back to the Statehouse this year. “This issue is not over, just because they decide not to bring a bill down on a calendar in one house doesn’t mean that we stop talking about […]

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DraftKings, FanDuel legislation heads to the House

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­ – Fantasy sports games participants are one step closer to consumer protection. Senate Bill 339, a bill that would provide basic consumer protection and transparency to Hoosiers who take part in fantasy sports games, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, passed the Senate. “Daily fantasy sports are becoming increasingly popular across […]

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Rogers’ final bill passes with applause: “There’s no one better”

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, presented her final bill before the Senate, she received a standing ovation. “Her dedication to her community, to the people that she serves, there’s no one better,” said Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, “and I just want to thank you for all your years of […]

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World-traveling Hoosiers warned about the Zika virus

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Health officials are asking Hoosiers, especially pregnant women, to be careful when traveling to countries where the Zika virus has been detected. The Zika virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been isolated cases of spread through sexual contact […]

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State Board of Education approves 2015 school accountability grades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school accountability grades Wednesday. From 2014 to 2015, schools receiving A’s remained unchanged at 46 percent, B’s went down 33 percent to 32 percent, C’s unchanged at 19 percent, D’s dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent, and F’s unchanged at […]

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Senate unanimously advances Pence’s road plan

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­­­­ ‑ Gov. Mike Pence’s road funding plan unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 333 would transfer funds from the state reserve fund to the state highway fund, if the reserves are more than 11.5 percent at the end of the state fiscal year. “I think this is a win […]

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Pharmacists could be allowed to deny sales of cold medicine

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that would allow a pharmacist to deny the sale of certain types of cold medicine used in making meth passed the House of Representatives Monday. A pharmacist would be allowed to use his or her professional judgment to prevent the sales ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The bill also provides […]

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Proposal to repeal and rescore ISTEP moves to the Senate

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ISTEP could become a thing of the past if a bill that has passed the House also finds success in the Senate. Under the proposal, 2016-17 would be the final year to administer ISTEP. House Bill 1395 would also create a commission to determine what the future of assessment […]

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House Republicans expect changes to their road funding plan

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican road plan has passed the House, but leaders expect changes to be made in the Senate. “This is a part of the process,” said Pelath. “This is the beginning and this is an opportunity for us to lay out some of the differences.” The GOP plan would […]

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LGBT civil rights bill dies for this session, expected to return next

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The LGBT community will have to wait to find out if the state will extend protections to them. “After several, several, several months of honest, good-faith discussion, it has become apparent that Senate Bill 344 lacks the support in our Senate to advance any further. And as a result, […]

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