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House committee debates Amazon.com deal

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of a key House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would reinforce a deal the state made with Amazon.com officials to collect sales taxes starting in 2014. Ways and Means Chair Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, presented his House Bill 1119, addresses the online sales tax […]

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Bill would give parents more authority to make school a charter

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Parents could vote to convert traditional schools to charters under a bill an Indiana House committee passed Wednesday. But several lawmakers said they might not vote for House Bill 1219 when it moves to the House floor unless the bill is amended. The bill would convert schools […]

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Democrats say Daniels’ speech fell short

By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats said they were disappointed Tuesday after hearing Gov. Mitch Daniels’ final State of the State Address. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said all of Daniels’ speeches have been the same, but he always falls short and that he was disappointed by this year’s effort. […]

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Democrats cry foul, restart boycott after Republicans push RTW through House committee

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Republican-led vote on a divisive right-to-work bill refueled a Democrat boycott Tuesday that left the House unable to take action for a fourth day since the session began last week. In less than 10 minutes early Tuesday, an Indiana House committee passed the right-to-work bill 8-5 […]

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Senate passes human trafficking legislation; bill moves to House

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would strengthen Indiana’s law against human trafficking, keeping the legislation on track to pass before the Super Bowl. Senate Bill 4 broadens the definition of human trafficking so that it can include the recruiting, harboring or selling of a […]

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Video: Hoosiers on the state smoking ban

A proposed state smoking ban could mean that Hoosiers will have fewer places they can smoke indoors. Here’s what some folks have to say about the issue: Smoking Ban from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Attempt to stiffen state’s open door law stalls

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday took testimony on and debated a measure that would stiffen penalties for public officials who defy Indiana’s open door law. The House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, though, put off a vote on House Bill 1093. The bill’s […]

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Child support bill moves to full Senate

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change Indiana law so that parents don’t have to pay child support after a child turns 19 passed a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 18 moved out of the Senate Correction, Criminal, and Civil Matters Committee on 7-2 vote. The bill would require […]

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Senator proposes cursive writing bill

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator is seeking to make sure that Indiana’s elementary school students learn cursive writing after all. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has authored Senate Bill 83, which would require school corporations to include cursive writing in their curriculum. It would overturn an Indiana Department of Education […]

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Bill would make attending an animal fight a felony

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is trying to crack down on animal fighting by going after people who attend the events. Senate Bill 11, which would make simply attending an animal fighting contest a Class D felony, moved Tuesday out of the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee. […]

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