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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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Lt. Gov. candidate for president of Ivy Tech

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence is “strongly” encouraging Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann to consider a job outside the Indiana Statehouse. Pence spokespeople say an Ivy Tech board member approached Ellsperman during the summer about applying for the president’s position at Ivy Tech Community College. “Governor Pence believes Lt. Governor Ellspermann is uniquely […]

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State employees eligible for raises in 2016

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State employees could see a boost in pay next year. Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday state employees who meet expectations will receive a 3 percent raise. Employees who exceed expectations will receive a 4 percent raise.  Those who are considered outstanding will receive a 6 percent raise. In a […]

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Pence announces funding for regional development projects

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana regions are awaiting legislative approval, following Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors’ agreement to award the regions with up to $42 million in state matching funds to implement regional development plans. Seven regions, representing 70 percent of the state’s population, […]

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Pence announces $1 billion to go toward improving state’s infrastructure

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday announced a plan to make $1 billion in road funding available over the next four years. It received mixed reactions from Indiana legislative leaders. The plan is called 21st Century Crossroads. It does not include raising taxes but would result in the repairing of 16,000 miles of […]

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Gov. Mike Pence filed an appeal with FEMA for disaster assistance

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence filed an appeal Wednesday for federal disaster assistance for government and non-profit organizations in 19 Indiana counties that sustained significant damage during storms in June and July. The storms occurred between June 7 and July 20. At least 10 deaths and more than $11 million in damage […]

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