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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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House committee passes RTW as Democrats shout objections

Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – In less than 10 minutes, an Indiana House committee passed a right-to-work bill 8-5 in a raucous hearing that included no discussion or amendments from Democrats. Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville, said the committee would not accept amendments on the controversial bill because they […]

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Bill would boost state liability cap to $22 million

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, filed a bill Monday that would mean more money for victims of last summer’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. House Bill 1234 would increase the state’s liability cap to $1.3 million per person or $22 million per incident. In current law, the […]

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Democrats return to House floor; chamber has quorum for first time in 2012

By Timothy Cox 
The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats returned to the Indiana House on Monday, ending what had been a three-day boycott over divisive right-to-work legislation. It was a one-day-only decision, said a defiant House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, who urged Republicans for time to educate the public about right to work. […]

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Lawmakers debate smoking bill exemptions

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Health care advocates and religious leaders urged state lawmakers Monday to resist adding exemptions to a proposed statewide smoking ban. They were among more than 30 people who testified for and against House Bill 1149 at a meeting of the House Public Health Committee. Lawmakers did not […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. John Broden on internet sales taxes

Sen. Broden, D-South Bend, authored a bill that would require Amazon.com and other online retailers to collect the Indiana sales tax. 1-on-1: Sen. John Broden on internet sales taxes from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Amazon will pay sales taxes in Indiana; Simon gives up lawsuit

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Starting in 2014, Hoosiers may be surprised to see an increase in their Amazon.com shopping cart total. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Monday that the state and Amazon.com have reached an agreement for the leading web retailer to begin collecting taxes on online sales. Taxpayers are supposed to […]

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Lawmakers to consider illegal entry issues

By Shelby Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are divided about whether a measure that would allow people to use force to prevent police officers from illegally entering their homes will become law. Senate Bill 1 is a response to an Indiana Supreme Court decision last year in Barnes v. State. The court ruled […]

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