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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Ed Charbonneau on Sunday motorcycle sales

Today, The Statehouse File goes On-on-One with Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, about his bill to allow motorcycle sales on Sunday. 1-on-1: Sen. Charbonneau talks about his motorcycle bill from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Governor’s bicentennial conservation program to get first legislative hearing

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee is set to take up legislation Monday that would create the Bicentennial Conservation Fund, a new initiative from Gov. Mitch Daniels to boost the amount of protected land throughout Indiana. Daniels first announced the program in his State of the State address earlier this […]

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Audio: Committee passes bill that requires drug tests of welfare recipients

A House committee passed legislation Friday that would create a pilot program for drug testing recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Listen to the story:

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Hairstylists battle de-licensing bill

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of hairstylists came to the Statehouse Friday to fight a bill that would deregulate their profession.  Lawmakers said later there voices were heard. The cosmetologists oppose House Bill 1006, authored by Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake. The legislation will eliminate their professional licensing boards as well as […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Jim Arnold on his animal fighting legislation

In this One-on-One video, Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, tells The Statehouse File about his bill to boost penalties for people arrested for attending dog fights. Watch now: 1-on-1: Sen. Arnold talks about his animal fighting bill from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Senate defeats RTW referendum, House to consider Monday

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – After nearly two weeks of inaction, the Republican-controlled Senate approved only minor changes to a right-to-work bill Friday, making it eligible for a vote of the full chamber next week. In the House, though, work remained at a standstill. Although Democrats said they had perfected language to […]

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Another day, another delay – maybe not another dollar

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats skipped a session of the Indiana House floor again Thursday but worked on two tracks. They won a ruling late Thursday from a Marion County judge who blocked the collection of fines for three of their members, a decision that could impact the fines for the […]

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Lawmakers look to trim inheritance tax

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering a plan to phase-out a tax that Hoosiers have to pay when they inherit from a friend or loved one. Rep. Eric Turner, R-Marion, presented a bill that would phase out the state inheritance tax over a 10-year period. The phase-out would begin with […]

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Senate passes bill to boost sentences for attending animal fights

Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would boost penalties for attending an animal fight passed the Senate on Thursday, despite concern about increasing the number of felony crimes. Senate Bill 11 now moves to the full House. “It is time we take steps to end this heinous thing,” said Sen. Jim […]

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Cosmetologists raise questions about bill to eliminate their licenses

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Cosmetologists frustrated by a bill that would deregulate their profession plan to testify Friday at the Statehouse when a House committee will take public testimony on the legislation. House Bill 1006 eliminates the professional licensing boards for cosmetologists and barbers, dieticians, hearing aid dealers, private investigator firms and […]

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