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Early treatments seem to be keeping invasive plant at bay

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Department of Natural Resources is testing out an herbicide treatment in LaGrange County in an attempt to stop an invasive plant that can ruin a boating or fishing trip. Most natural lakes in Indiana have Eurasian watermilfoil. It starts growing early in the season and often starves native species forming […]

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Study makes recommendations to grow the state’s food hub network

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– A study conducted by the Indiana Department of Agriculture is looking at ways to bring more specialty crops to the state and bridge the gap between growers and consumers. Food hubs bring consumers closer to the source of their food. It’s a system for collecting, processing and distributing local foods that […]

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Energy efficient bill headed to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would change the energy efficiency landscape in the state. Senate Bill 412, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the General Assembly canceled last year over the objections of environmental groups. […]

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Bill to ban microbeads headed to governor’s office

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com House Bill 1185, which would prevent the sale of any products containing microbeads, is headed to the governor’s office for final approval. HB 1185 defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object that is five millimeters or less in diameter and not biodegradable. The beads are common in beauty products […]

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Bill to ban micro-beads used in beauty products close to becoming law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tiny pieces of plastic used to exfoliate skin are creating big problems for the environment and so legislation to ban the beauty product ingredient is moving through the General Assembly. House Bill 1185, authored by Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object […]

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DNR stocked a record number of fish in 2014

By Adam Lee                                                                                                         […]

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Speaker kills bill criticized as detrimental to solar, wind energy usage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana House has killed a bill that critics say would have depressed the use of solar and other alternative energies. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, pulled the bill off the calendar Tuesday, a key deadline for action. “There are a whole variety of issues that […]

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Senate committee passes right-to-farm amendment even as some farmers say no

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday meant to protect the rights of farmers – but it was farmers who came out to oppose the legislation. The right-to-farm and ranch amendment is meant to protect property rights for farmers and guarantee that Hoosiers can “engage in diverse […]

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Energy conservation bill moves to House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Tuesday meant to boost energy efficiency efforts that could result in a spike in utility bills for customers. Senate Bill 412 now moves to the House for consideration. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the […]

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Controversial energy conservation bill moves to full Senate

Lawmaker talk energy conservation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed legislation along party lines Wednesday that could mean higher utility bills for customers in an effort to promote conservation. Senate Bill 412, authored by the committee’s chairman, Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana […]

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