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Pharmacists would have power to dispense vaccines under proposed law

By Taylor Brown TheStateouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping a bill that would give pharmacist the authority to dispense certain drugs will increase the rate of immunizations and decrease the number of smokers in Indiana. House Bill 1540 would allow the state health commissioner or designated public health authority to issues a statewide standing order, […]

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STEM students will compete for statewide honors

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new competition is seeking the top four high school students in science, technology, engineering and math in Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced the competition to recognize the top STEM students who go above and beyond in demonstrating innovation and entrepreneurship. […]

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What’s a service animal? Nobody knows

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The broadness of service dog regulations is letting some Hoosiers have their uncertified loyal companion with them at all times.  The misuse of emotional support animals and service dogs is a problem facing the state, and even the country. The misrepresentation of service dogs has led to many untrained […]

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Business coalition: Federal tax could raise prices 20 percent

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­­­­­­­­­ — A coalition of business owners is concerned that a proposed tax could force them to raise prices. The group, called Americans for Affordable Products, is asking the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the border adjustment tax being discussed by House Republicans. The tax would penalize American companies that import […]

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Funding for spay and neuter services moves forward in House

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Board of Animal Health may soon be able to provide grants to veterinarians and local shelters to provide spay and neuter services. Under current law, all facilities that rescue or are an animal shelter must spay and neuter the animals before adopting them out. The only exception is […]

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FAFSA college financial aid deadline extended to April 15

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is extending the Free Application for Federal Student Aid deadline for college students to April 15 because of issues with one of the application’s tools. The extension comes after recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for students and families attempting to submit […]

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Airbnb bill limiting local control advances in Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Local municipalities may lose control over short-term rentals in their communities as legislation limiting their authority advances in the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1133 came before the Senate Local Government Committee Wednesday and passed 7-2 with a few changes. It covers homes rented out temporarily through website platforms […]

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IDs for veterans’ surviving spouses would make it easier to provide benefits

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to make it easier to identify the spouses of deceased veterans passed out of a House committee Wednesday by a unanimous vote. Sen. Michael Crider, R- Greenfield, said that Senate Bill 382 would allow a surviving spouse of a veteran to request veteran status on his or her […]

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Stripped-down pre-K bill advances in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers stripped a pre-kindergarten bill of its original language Wednesday, removing a provision for school vouchers and providing fewer dollars to expand the state’s pre-K pilot program. In its previous form, House Bill 1004 would not only expand the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program, but also allow […]

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Mother battling cervical cancer asks lawmakers for help

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the young age of 27, Erica Frazier’s life was changed forever. That is when she found out she had cervical cancer — a painful experience no woman ever wants to go through. “I have a 7-year-old son at home and I’ve had cancer more than half of his […]

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