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Solar bill advances to governor to sign or veto

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill that would reduce reimbursement rates for rooftop solar users passed its last hurdle in the General Assembly and now advances to the governor for his signature. Senate Bill 309 passed the Senate floor for the final time with a 37-11 vote Monday. Author Sen. Brandt Hershman, […]

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House and Senate have big differences on budget bill to resolve

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers still have sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding to resolve within the next two weeks before presenting a final biennial budget to Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Senate version of the biennial budget passed the Senate Thursday 39-9. The $32.1 billion budget slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax […]

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Fiercely debated solar bill passes through the House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would eventually reduce the reimbursements solar panel users receive for the extra energy they generate passed the Indiana House Tuesday. Senate Bill 309, a controversial energy bill that addresses net metering, a billing mechanism that credits individuals who generate more solar power than they need back […]

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INDOT encourages safe driving through highway work zones

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation has launched its annual Work Zone Awareness campaign with the theme, “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.” Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week across Indiana. The weeklong campaign is intended to focus attention on both motorist and worker […]

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Both sides make sacrifices on solar energy bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who invest in solar energy and big utilities that hold the energy industry’s reins will each have to make sacrifices with the version of the solar bill that passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Committee chairman, Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, said he found virtue on both sides […]

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Indy tech firm grows with app connecting students with colleges

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An app that connects college students with their schools and the surrounding community has translated into big growth for a local technology company. ClearScholar, a student engagement platform, was founded last year and originally had 11 full-time associates. On Wednesday, the company announced that it is expanding by moving […]

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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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