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Later school start date fails with a tie vote

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Hoosier students will continue to go back to school as early as July after an effort to push the school start back date to the end of August failed.  “Ten years ago school started starting earlier. Now there are schools that are starting in July,” Sen. Jean Leising, […]

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‘Smoker’s bill of rights’ repeal clears the House

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would repeal the “Smoker’s Bill of Rights” passed the House Monday and now moves onto the Senate. The Smoker’s Bill of Rights prevents companies from screening potential hires for tobacco use, which has been linked to illness and decreased productivity. The bill of rights also prevents […]

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Levementum brings new technology jobs to Indianapolis

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A new tech company expanding to Indianapolis next month is expected to bring dozens of new high paying jobs to Hoosiers. Levementum is an Arizona-based tech based company that teaches its employees how to use different digital tools, like Salesforce, so they are able to help their partners better […]

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Terre Haute casino bill dies after split vote

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow a new casino to open in Terre Haute was killed in committee after a split vote Wednesday. Half of the public policy committee voted against the bill, splitting the vote 5-5. Bills need a majority vote to advance out of committee. Senate Bill 354 […]

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Sales tax proposed for out-of-state merchants

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Out-of-state retailers who do business in Indiana will be required to collect a tax from their customers making online purchases from them. Senate Bill 545 passed the Senate by a 42-1 vote, with only Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, dissenting. Specifically, the bill requires retail merchants outside of Indiana to […]

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Rexnord petition asks governor to help save jobs

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rexnord employees met at the Statehouse Thursday to turn in a petition to Gov. Eric Holcomb in hopes of trying to keep jobs in the city. Employee Gary Canter has worked with Rexnord for about eight years and hopes the petition will change his life. “This is my second […]

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Tesla bill moves forward after compromise

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers reached a compromise that will keep Tesla Motors in the Indiana auto industry. The legislation in its original form would have prevented auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public. Tesla owners came out in full force to testify against the legislation, because Tesla Motors sells its electric […]

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Hoosier veteran finds community in local food initiative

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After returning from serving as a surgical nurse in the Air Force, veteran Sara Creech’s life didn’t get any easier. “I had a lot of problems with PTSD and reintegrating,” she said. “It was very isolating at that time.” Then after about five years at home, her husband died from […]

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Bill to raise state officer salaries heads to summer study committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would have raised the governor’s and other statewide office holders’ annual salary by nearly $30,000 by 2021 is on its way to a summer study committee. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said he originally filed Senate Bill 60 without Gov. Eric Holcomb’s knowledge because it was not intended […]

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Tesla bill gets hearing Wednesday

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would prohibit auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public will get its first committee hearing on Wednesday. House Bill 1592 is similar to legislation proposed last year by Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, that would have compelled manufacturers to sell their vehicles through a dealership. “For […]

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