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Lobbyists, public would have to take oath to testify under bill

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lobbyists and the public might be required to take an oath when testifying in front of lawmakers, under a bill a House committee considered Monday. House Bill 1208, authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, calls for witnesses to verbally speak an oath or provide the oath in writing. […]

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Advocates for RTW outspending opponents in Indy ad battle

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for right to work have spent four times as much money as labor supporters over the past three weeks in an Indianapolis broadcast advertising war. Tuesday night, after Gov. Mitch Daniels delivers the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the stakes […]

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Schools couldn’t charge for busing under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education Committee approved a bill unanimously on Monday that would ban school corporations for charging fees for bus transportation. Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, said he authored House Bill 1134 in response to the transportation issues in Franklin Township Schools in Indianapolis. But he said it […]

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Bill would give break on utility bills to poor families

Listen to the radio version of our story: By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Poor Indiana families could get a little extra help on their utility bills under a bill the House Ways and Means Committee considered Monday. The committee debated but did not vote on House Bill 1141, which would exempt those […]

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Update: Senator pulls conservation bill from consideration

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, pulled a bill from consideration at a committee Monday that would establish the Bicentennial Conservation Fund. Senate Bill 394 would make an appropriation to fund major conservation projects to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial and was part of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ agenda for this year’s […]

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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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