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Senate exempts voucher schools from bill requiring cursive instruction

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate amended a bill Friday that would require schools to teach cursive writing by exempting private schools that accept students with state-funded vouchers. Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, offered the amendment, which passed 27-23. Schneider said his goal is to keep the cursive writing requirements consistent with […]

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Senate overhauls creation-science education bill

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate amended a bill Monday that would let school boards decide whether creation science belongs in the classroom in an effort to make the legislation less controversial. SB 89 is now eligible for a vote by the full Senate. Minority Leader Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, proposed a […]

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Senate committee passes right to work as Democrats boycott

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats left a committee meeting Monday morning as testimony began on a controversial right-to-work bill that already has passed the House. But because Republicans have such a big majority in the chamber, the GOP members were able to pass the bill to the full Senate, even […]

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Daniels signs human trafficking bill into law

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill into law Monday that would make it easier to prosecute and punish people who force others into the sex trade. The move comes less than one week before the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, an event expected to attract those in the […]

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Timeline: The right-to-work debate in the 2012 session

The right-to-work bill could become law soon in Indiana. Here’s the path it has traveled so far this year:   The right to work issue in Indiana – 2012 on Dipity.

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Indiana Supreme Court to consider House fining dispute

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — A dispute over the Republican speaker of the Indiana House’s ability to collect fines from Democrats who boycott the chamber is headed to the Indiana Supreme Court. See the Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to take up the Indiana House fining case. Click here. The court decided to […]

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Bill would make superintendent salaries more transparent

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House amended a bill Friday that would allow for more transparency of superintendents’ salaries at public districts. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, authored House Bill 1205 in response to concerns about superintendent pay at Wayne Township Schools in Indianapolis. The bill would require school districts to notify […]

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House exempts bars from smoking ban bill – but only for next 18 months

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House on Friday added bars and taverns to the list of exemptions in a statewide smoking ban bill – but only for 18 months. House Bill 1149 would now ban smoking in nearly every workplace, except casinos, bars, some private clubs, and cigar manufacturers. Rep. Eric […]

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Human trafficking bill headed to the governor in time for the Super Bowl

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a bill Friday to boost the penalties for human trafficking, making it the first bill approved by the General Assembly this year. Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to sign the bill into law before the Super Bowl, which authorities say will draw a […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Brent Steele on child support

Today, The Statehouse File goes One-on-One with Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, about his bill to lower the maximum age for child support payments from 21 to 19 years old. Watch to learn more: 1-on-1: Sen. Steele talks about Indiana’s child support system from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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