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Indianapolis to spend CARES Act funds on countering homelessness

By LaMonte Richardson Jr. TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and housing advocates announced Tuesday a new effort to help those currently experiencing homeless find stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hogsett said $7.1 million in CARES Act funding will be used towards a rapid re-housing program. Partners at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and […]

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Change to Indiana voting records raises concerns about suppression and fraud

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Indiana never held membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC. Senate Enrolled Act 334 creates a new system for the state to monitor voter registration data called the Indiana Data Enhancement Association, or IDEA, but did not remove Indiana from ERIC because it was […]

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Marion County joins three other Indiana counties by mandating masks

By Taylor DixonTheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County became one of four counties in Indiana to begin mandating that residents wear masks Thursday, moving to enforce a practice experts argue limits the spread of the COVID-19 virus and one that some citizens oppose.   Last week, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Marion County Health Department issued […]

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Indianapolis police department will launch $9.2M body camera program

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Leaders with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, or IMPD, announced Thursday they have signed a multi-million-dollar contract to equip officers with body cameras. The $9.2 million contract with Utility, a company that provides police with body worn cameras, will equip more than 1,000 IMPD officers with body cameras for the next […]

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ACLU of Indiana files lawsuit against new panhandling restrictions

By Lacey WattTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–New panhandling restrictions in Indiana are being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which has filed suit arguing that asking for money is a protected form of free speech. The class-action lawsuit, filed Thursday in the the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, says the restrictions […]

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Kokomo lawmaker honored for work to benefit local communities

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An association of Indiana municipalities has named Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, as its legislator of the year at its annual conference in French Lick. Karickhoff was named the Aim Legislator of the Year for his work as an ally of local government and his efforts to improve the efficiencies of municipalities. Aim, […]

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Cities and towns across the nation face common issues

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Nearly 300 mayors, council members and other local leaders from across the United States are meeting in Indianapolis this week to discuss issues facing cities and towns. “The significance of our work is that no matter if you are a large town like New York City or if you are a […]

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Bill regulating e-scooters zips out of House

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— When Rep. Sean Eberhart went to the podium Wednesday to present his bill regulating scooters, he went in style: Riding a scooter, of course. The Shelbyville Republican had rented a Bird electric foot scooter – or e-scooter – for the occasion. E-scooters by Bird and competitor Lime started appearing in […]

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Commentary: Legislature sends valentine to township government

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–In 1935, an Indiana commission proposed streamlining government. It went nowhere. Not until 2007 was there another major effort. Gov. Mitch Daniels put together a bipartisan commission that unanimously backed 27 proposals, including the elimination of township government. Twelve years later, the chances of achieving that have gone from remote […]

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Carmel fights to keep Airbnb regulations

Editor’s note: This is the first story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The wealthy suburb of Carmel is fighting the Indiana General Assembly on whether the city’s strict regulations are exempt from the state law overriding local control of short-term rentals. Last […]

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