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Locals losing control of Airbnb-style rentals

By Katie Stancomb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would prevent local governments from regulating short-term rental businesses passed out of the Senate Thursday. House Bill 1133, which passed with a 27-20 vote, would keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating Airbnb-style rentals in their communities. “The question I think everyone needs to ask themselves is, […]

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Young Indiana legislators join the Millennial Action Project

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some of state’s youngest legislators have created the Indiana Future Caucus to organize millennial lawmakers like themselves across party lines to address issues affecting their generation. “The people gathered today are young legislators committed to building our state to be a healthier, stronger, with greater opportunity, and to be […]

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Airbnb-style rental bill resurrected in Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Over the past 17 years, Shannon Minnaar has grown comfortable in her Carmel neighborhood, surrounded by a community of families. But when she bought her home, Minnaar did not expect the revolving door of newcomers that would move in every weekend, just steps away from her front lawn.    A […]

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Greensburg looks to crowdfunding to beautify downtown

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Greensburg is turning to a crowdfunding campaign to beautify its downtown. Main Street Greensburg is working with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to encourage the public to contribute $32,500 to the campaign. The IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program will match that money if they reach the goal by […]

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Candidates for governor discuss pre-K, infrastructure

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All three candidates for governor met Tuesday to discuss issues facing Indiana, including expanding pre-K, improving the state’s infrastructure and the effect of civic leadership. The Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted the gubernatorial forum after gathering data about what Hoosiers want from the next governor. The data, complied […]

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South lawn of Statehouse hosts protest and rally against ALEC

By Ashley Steeb & Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An anti-coalition rally that included members from labor unions, Planned Parenthood and teacher unions from across the state gathered to protest the three-day American Legislative Exchange Council meeting. “It’s a secret organization that pretends they are a nonprofit charity, when in truth they are a very […]

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Redistricting committee takes a look at Iowa’s process

By Ashley Steeb and Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An emissary from Iowa’s renowned non-partisan approach to legislative redistricting spoke to an Indiana General Assembly study committee Thursday. Ed Cook, the senior legal counsel for Iowa Legislative Services Agency, addressed the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting at the Statehouse. Cook said Iowa’s current redistricting […]

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ACLU files lawsuit over Facebook censorship on behalf of Beech Grove residents

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two Beech Grove residents are suing the City of Beech Grove for removing residents’ posts from the city’s Facebook pages and blocking them from posting future comments. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Kymberly Quick and Deborah Mays-Miller. Both Quick and Mays-Miller […]

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Road funding plan encourages local solutions

By Max Bomber 
and Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new road funding plan puts more power in the hands of local government to raise taxes to pay for improvements. About $1 billion will be used to fund road improvements over the next two years, with roughly a third of the money going to state […]

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Bill restricts local governments from creating alternative employer schedules

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill introduced into legislation could prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances surrounding employer schedules for private businesses. “I just want to make certain there’s not multiple codes out there,” author Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, stated. “That if we do anything, we do it at state level and so everybody […]

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