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Governor vetoes SB 5, but Senate returns Monday and could override his veto

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—On Tuesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed Senate Bill 5, which would add more steps and regulations before health departments could implement their own health mandates. This makes the third vetoed bill from the 2021 legislative session, alongside House Bill 1123 and SB 303. However, legislators are set to reconvene Monday […]

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Governor has not taken action on bill regarding health mandates

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Governor has not taken action on bill regarding health mandates

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Legislators are waiting on the governor to take action on Senate Bill 5, a bill to require approval for Indiana counties before implementing their own health mandates, impacting how the state handles the ongoing pandemic.  At the moment, health officials have the power to change mandates as they see fit. […]

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End of legislative session kills bill aimed at changing absentee voting rules

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Among the bills that died in the last hours before lawmakers temporarily adjourned their 2021 legislative session Thursday was Senate Bill 353, a bill that at one point was likened to controversial Georgia legislation aimed at absentee voting procedures. Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, confirmed during Thursday’s post-session […]

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Senate makes big changes to bill that would fire county officers who don’t show up for work

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Senate makes big changes to bill that would fire county officers who don’t show up for work

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Elected county officers may soon be removed for neglecting their duties, including not getting correct certification, moving out of the county they’re elected in and “charging illegal fees.” Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, sponsored House Bill 1030 as it went through the Senate. The bill was amended March 18 in the Senate […]

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Elected county officers may be fired for not showing up to work

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Elected county officers in Indiana could be fired for ceasing to go to their office if a bill outlining the process to do so passes through the Senate and final review in the House. House Bill 1030 says a county’s auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and assessor can be removed from office […]

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Indy Eleven and Indianapolis will have more time to finalize plans for stadium after governor signs bill into law

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Indy Eleven and Indianapolis will have more time to finalize plans for stadium after governor signs bill into law

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill extending the date for Indy Eleven and the city of Indianapolis to finalize plans to build a new soccer stadium has just one final step to become law. Since Senate Bill 385 passed through both chambers without any amendments, it will be heading straight to Gov. Eric Holcomb to […]

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Bill looks at cutting funds for IndyGo, potentially leaving some students without a ride to school

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—While the future of IndyGo projects is up for debate in the Indiana General Assembly, students are starting to rely more on public transportation to get to school. IndyGo partnered with Indianapolis Public Schools in 2019 to provide all high school students an IndyGo MyKey, which gives students free access to […]

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Graphics: How to reach Indiana lawmakers

By Sydney Byerly TheStatehouseFile.com Sydney Byerly is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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Senate passes bill jeopardizing the future of IndyGo bus projects

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An Indiana Senate bill that would jeopardize funding for the expansion of the IndyGo public transit system will now face review in the Indiana House. Senate Bill 141 passed 32-17 in the Senate Tuesday amid an ongoing debate. The bill would withhold funding from the IndyGo bus system that could prevent […]

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IndyGo transit system sees future threatened in Senate

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IndyGo transit system sees future threatened in Senate

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com A bill that would limit funding for Indianapolis’ IndyGo transit system passed a Senate committee Thursday and will now go to the full Senate for further consideration. Senate Bill 141 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee in a 7-5 vote. The vote was originally tied, 6-6, when Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, changed […]

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