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House approves bill that could slow the closing of coal-fired energy plants

Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that could slow the closing of the state’s coal-fired power plants now advances to the Senate after clearing the House by a relatively close 52-41 vote. Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, authored House Bill 1414, which requires the state’s utilities to notify the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission if they plan to […]

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Coal industry bill advances over objections of House Democrats

By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –– A bill that would pause the phasing out of Indiana’s coal industry advanced in the House Thursday, but without amendments that addressed campaign contributions and whale oil.  House Bill 1414 was authored by Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and would allow the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to be able to block […]

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Holcomb names Homeland Security leader to defense development position

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Holcomb names Homeland Security leader to defense development position

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has named the executive director of the state’s Department of Homeland Security to a new post as the senior vice president of defense development at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Bryan Langley will work with retired Major Gen. Omer C. Tooley, IEDC’s president of defense development, and Indiana […]

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Next Level Broadband project awarded additional funding

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More than 11,000 underserved homes and commercial locations will now have broadband coverage in Indiana because of an additional $6.3 million dollars being awarded to the Next Level Broadband program. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s $100 million program is the largest single state investment in broadband. The first round total is now at $28.4 […]

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State Lawmakers roll out session plans at Indiana Chamber luncheon

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana legislative leaders agree on at least one thing as they head into the 2020 legislative session: passage of a bill to prevent the state’s teachers and school districts from being punished for poor results on Indiana’s new standardized test. That’s just one of the demands, though, that an estimated 14,000 […]

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Governor names first CEO of state’s new tourism department

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed the first head of the newly established Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) that will replace the Department of Tourism Development. Elaine Bedel will serve as secretary and CEO of the new corporation alongside Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who was also appointed by Holcomb to a seven-member board […]

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Indiana businesses adapt to lack of skilled job applicants, survey shows

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Businesses across the state are hiring under-qualified people or reassigning work duties to make up for the lack of applicants for their open jobs, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has reported. Those are the strategies businesses are using to adapt to the ongoing shortage of qualified applicants, the chamber reported as […]

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Governor opens applications to fellowship program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Monday that applications for the Governor’s Fellowship are now being accepted through next February. The Governor’s Fellowship is a selective program which provides college students interested in politics experience in the state’s government by placing fellows in different state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. […]

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Census Bureau launches nationwide recruitment campaign

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The United States Census Bureau has begun gearing up for the 2020 Census by launching a nationwide recruitment campaign to fill about 500,000 temporary jobs. The bureau has hosted nearly 3,500 hiring events across the country in order to provide information about census jobs and to answer any questions applicants may […]

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Tax vaping and tobacco products to curb youth smoking, committee told

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Health officials and business owners told a legislative committee the only way to curb Indiana’s increase in smokeless tobacco usage is to tax and regulate vaping products like Juul. With a smoking rate that’s 50 percent higher than the U.S. average and 327 percent increase in the number of youth using […]

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