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Cursive writing would be required under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Education and Career Development Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would require school districts to teach cursive writing. Senate Bill 83 now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, said she authored the bill after her constituents said cursive should […]

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Bill will impose new abortion regulations

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled Health and Provider Services Committee passed a bill 5-4 Wednesday that impose new requirements on abortion clinics and women are seeking the service. Senate Bill 72, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would require doctors to prescribe medicine only for the practices approved by the […]

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House passes right-to-work bill as protests cheered outside

Democrats open Indiana House chamber doors for right-to-work debate from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a right-to-work bill 54-44 Wednesday after a chaotic debate that included union workers yelling through the chamber’s door to try to drown out Republicans who support the legislation. House […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Tim Lanane talking about the regulation of outdoor stages

See what Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, told The Statehouse File about his legislation to regulate outdoor stages in the wake of the collapse at the Indiana State Fair last August. 1-on-1: Sen. Lanane talks about making outdoor stages safer from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Committee passes bill to permit fenced deer hunting

By Alec Gray and Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday approved a measure that would license new high-fence hunting preserves and provide legal protection for preserves already in existence. A lawsuit provided the impetus for House Bill 1265. Rodney Bruce, who owns the hunting preserve […]

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Chairman kills township reform bill and blames RTW boycott

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — House Local Government Chairman Kevin Mahan killed a bill Tuesday that would have overhauled township government. Mahan, R-Hartford City, said the Democrats’ walkout had disrupted the committee schedule to the point that the bill could not receive an appropriate hearing and vote. His decision prompted a cheer […]

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Senate passes bill to encourage young drinkers to call for help

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will grant immunity to minors who are drinking but call 911 to help a friend passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 274 now moves to the House for consideration. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said the idea came from student government officials at four […]

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Senate passes bill to offer more help to military families

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier military families may be eligible to receive more monetary assistance in the future under a bill that would extend one-year grants from the military family relief fund to three years. Senate Bill 31 passed 50-0 in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill also specifies that members […]

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Lawmakers to consider changes to voucher law

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Two senators are seeking to change the voucher program that allows low-income families to send their children to private schools. Currently, students must attend a public school for two semesters before transferring to a private school on a voucher. However, Senate Bill 198 would eliminate that requirement. […]

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Senate passes bill to cut maximum age for child support payments

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would generally allow parents to stop paying support when their children turn 19 passed the Senate 49-1 on Tuesday. Senate Bill 18 would lower the age at which parents can cease making payments to 19, from 21 in current law. The bill would exempt […]

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