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Bill to drug test welfare recipients, lawmakers fails in Senate committee

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File The House version of a bill that would force drug testing on welfare recipients in three counties failed in a Senate committee by a 5-5 vote on Wednesday, although the language could be revived later this session. House Bill 1007, which also calls for drug testing of lawmakers, passed […]

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House passes bill to require drug tests of welfare recipients, lawmakers

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Tuesday that will impose drug testing requirements on the poorest Hoosiers in three counties who receive assistance from a state welfare program. House Bill 1007 – which passed 72-23 and moves to the Senate for consideration – also creates a drug testing […]

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Video: One-on-One with Rep. Peggy Welch on a utility break for poor families

Today The Statehouse File goes One-on-One with Rep. Peggy Welch, D-Bloomington, who talks about her legislation to eliminate the sales taxes on utility bills for poor families. Watch now: 1-on-1: Rep. Peggy Welch talks a tax exemption for the home energy assistance program from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Committee passes sales tax exemption for poor Hoosiers

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would help low-income Hoosier families better afford their utility services. House Bill 1141 makes families who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to be exempt from paying the 7 percent sales tax on […]

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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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