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Bill to promote urban fresh food options passes House

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill aimed at bringing fresh food to urban areas – often referred to as “food deserts” – passed the House on Thursday evening. House Bill 1248 would require the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to develop and promote urban farming programs, food cooperatives and farmers’ markets. It would seek […]

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Bill to help low-income Hoosiers with child care moves to Senate

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana families struggling to make ends meet, even as their incomes rise, could get some extra help when it comes to one of the most burdensome expenses of raising children: childcare. House Bill 1616, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, unanimously passed the House 94-0 on Tuesday. The […]

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No vote on bill to eliminate asset test for food help

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee debated a bill Monday that has the potential to provide food assistance to more than 1,000 additional Hoosier families. The Children and Family Services Committee did not vote on Senate Bill 549, which would eliminate a requirement that the state consider a family’s assets in determining […]

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Lawmakers hear concerns about ‘cliff’ effect for child care program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower income Hoosiers could keep their child care aid even as their incomes increased modestly under legislation a Senate committee considered Monday. Senate Bill 129 would eliminate a benefits cliff that supporters say leads some parents to turn down promotions or better jobs to avoid losing up to $8,000 […]

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Bill to fund 211 referral service headed to the House floor

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A service that helps Hoosiers connect to critical health and safety resources could receive state funding if lawmakers support a bill heading to the House floor. House Bill 1010, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would appropriate $2 million annually to the 211 phone service. The service is currently […]

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How the safety net cuts poverty rates across the country

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Without Social Security, the poverty rate among senior citizens in the U.S. would be more than 50 percent; instead, it’s just 14.6 percent. For people of all ages, food stamps cut the poverty rate by about 10 percent, and they reduce poverty among those under 18 by even more than that. […]

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30 Laws: New rules lets credit unions encourage savings with cash prizes

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30 Laws: New rules lets credit unions encourage savings with cash prizes

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some credit unions will be allowed to offer programs that help Hoosiers learn how to be financially responsibility – and possibly win cash prizes – under a new law approved this year. House Bill 1235, authored by Rep. Gail Riecken, D-Evansville, allows state-authorized credit unions to offer prize-linked savings […]

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Bill to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Welfare recipients would be subject to random drug testing under a bill passed Tuesday in the Indiana House. House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. […]

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House acts to expand nutrition requirements to all food stamp recipients

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require SNAP food stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program. As approved by a committee last week, House Bill 1351 – authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville – would have created a pilot program to […]

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Committee moves bill to drug-test welfare recipients

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee on Wednesday amended and passed a bill that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing. House Bill 1351 would also limit the food that recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could purchase. The bill’s author, Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, introduced the controversial […]

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