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Hoosiers encouraged to walk or bike to school on May 4

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Community service organizations are encouraging Hoosiers walk or bike to school and work on May 4 to promote healthy transportation options. Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Health by Design want schools and parents to participate in the National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 45 schools […]

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Nominations open for environmental excellence award

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nominations are open for Hoosiers who positively impact the environment. “Indiana businesses have demonstrated that determination and ingenuity can benefit the environment while boosting the bottom line,” Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Carol S. Comer said in a statement. IDEM, the state agency that implements federal and state environmental regulations, […]

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Hoosiers urged to prepare for flooding

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— Hoosiers are urged to prepare for the upcoming flood season and might want to consider flood insurance. According to the Indiana Department of Insurance, the state had record rainfall last year in June and above average precipitation in July that led to many flash flood watches and warnings across […]

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Rules limiting state environmental department’s power vetoed

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Concerns about safe drinking water guided Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill Thursday. House Bill 1082 would have prevented the standards and rules by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management from going into effect, if they were tougher than federal law, until after the end of the next […]

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High-fenced hunting regulations await the governor’s approval

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After years of debate, regulations for high-fenced hunting is headed to the governor’s desk. “I think it’s time that we pass a bill. Address the concerns we have. Put in some commonsense regulations. And finally put this issue to bed,” said Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville. Senate Bill 109 would […]

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Argument breaks out over odd amendment

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate crushed an amendment about a state historic site Thursday. House Bill 1246 deals with various natural resources matters and the debate intensified when Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, proposed an amendment to establish a First State Capital Commission that would employ five people at the Corydon Capitol State […]

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While fenced hunting regulations advance, debate continues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A decade of discussion about high fenced deer hunting preserves is advancing as a House committee passed new regulations. “If we don’t pass this bill, then I will tell you that once again we are going to go through another calendar year where we don’t have any regulation at […]

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Bill would prevent sales of ivory

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill aims to stop the killing of elephants, rhinoceros and walrus for their ivory tusks. House Bill 1052 would ban all ivory sales within Indiana with a few exceptions. The bill was created in response to the growing ivory trade in Africa and Asia Minor that is […]

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Students hope to catch firefly bill at the Statehouse

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A second grade class project is giving students a life lesson in politics. Kayla Xu, 8, was gathering information about Indiana to complete her assignment on the state last year when one fact would not stop bugging her: Indiana is one of the only states in the country […]

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State encourages citizens to find alternative ways to dispose of leaves

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says when it comes to leaves the key words are crush them or pack them, but don’t burn them. “Many local communities have yard waste collection,” Carol Comer, IDEM commissioner, said in a statement. “This allows homeowners to have their leaves and brush composted […]

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