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Senate to pregnant workers: You’ll have to wait

By Victoria RatliffTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Indiana businesses will not be required to accommodate pregnant employees, as the Senate voted Monday to essentially gut the bill that Gov. Eric Holcomb had said was a priority. An amendment to Senate Bill 342, which passed 34-15, simply urges legislative leaders to send this issue to an interim study committee, […]

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Bills covering school testing, pharmacies and grandparents advance in House

By Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill to protect schools from being penalized by low test scores heads to the desk of Gov. Eric Holcomb after sailing through the House and Senate. As lawmakers wrap up their work from the first half of the legislative session, these are among the bills that advanced Monday at the Statehouse: […]

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New health caucus will address maternal mortality

By Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, announced that she is launching the Maternal Health Caucus to raise awareness and promote policies to reverse Indiana’s relatively high maternal mortality rate . Summers, at a Statehouse press conference Thursday, said that some of the goals of the bipartisan caucus include collecting data, proposing legislation, funding community […]

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Pregnancy accommodation bill heads to full Senate for action

Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant or breastfeeding women in the workplace advances to the full Senate after a committee approved the bill Monday. Senate Bill 342, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, passed the Family and Child Services Committee by a 7-2 vote over the objections of […]

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Senate bill would require reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers

By Haley Pritchett TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Destiny Faceson needed time off during her first pregnancy for her prenatal appointment, she couldn’t get anyone to change shifts with her and she ended up losing her job. With her second pregnancy she had to take unpaid leave and when she returned, there was no accommodation so she could […]

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Senate votes to raise the age to buy tobacco, vaping products

By Thomas Samuel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Teenagers will have to wait until they are 21 to buy tobacco and vaping products under a bill approved Thursday by the Indiana Senate. Senate Bill 1, which puts the burden and penalties on retailers to not sell the products to underaged customers, 39-8 and now heads to the House of […]

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Legislative committees consider health and education bills

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As the 2020 session of the Indiana General gets closer to the midpoint, committees Wednesday advanced legislation on health issues, including surprise medical bills, and education among others: House Bill 1341: Requires the state to reach out to students with disabilities to inform them of training opportunities. What it does: Graduates of […]

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GOP rejects Senate Democrat attempts to steer dollars to teachers, maternal care

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Senate Democrats tried and failed Tuesday to fund teacher pay and other needs, as Republicans insisted such issues should wait until a new budget is crafted next year. The attempt is the latest by Democrats in the House and Senate to amend House Bill 1007, which allows six university construction […]

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Bill to raise smoking age undergoes small changes in House

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill to raise the smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21 underwent minor changes on the floor of the Indiana House Thursday to add penalties for those who are caught with tobacco products. House Bill 1006 follows the federal government’s Dec. 20 law which raises the legal smoking and […]

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House, Senate bills to prevent surprise medical charges get support of health providers

By Annah Elliott and Zach Roberts TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Doctors, businesses and medical consultants turned out Wednesday in support of legislation that would bar hospitals and other health care providers from springing surprise bills on patients. House Bill 1004 and Senate Bill 3 would prevent hospitals and other health care providers from charging patients for services that […]

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