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Hoosiers to choose new state license plate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers will pick the state’s next license plate. Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kent Abernathy unveiled three license plate designs at the Indiana State Fair Friday to replace the outgoing bicentennial plate. Now Hoosiers get to vote for their favorite. “We have three interesting designs and I hope all state residents […]

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New transit center aims to put Indy en route to “world class” status

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Rain or shine, snow or sleet – nothing keeps Indy-native Dixie Lawyer, 57, away from her local IndyGo bus stop. Since July 2011, Lawyer has used the public transit system to travel to and from her office at the Chase Tower in the heart of Indianapolis. “I truly enjoy the […]

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Members appointed to Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow task force

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced appointments Thursday to the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) task force. The committee was created by the passage of House Bill 1001. The law includes $1.2 billion in new funding for roads and bridges. The task force’s job is to develop a […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Drivers required to move vehicles after accidents

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Drivers involved in an accident will once again be required to move their vehicle from the road and out of traffic in order to improve […]

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Road funding now being given to cities, towns and counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Money is now being distributed to cities, towns and counties to help improve their roads and bridges as a part of the state’s road funding plan from this year’s legislative session. Money for Roads and Bridges The governor’s office announced Wednesday county auditors have distributed $435 million to local governments […]

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Several prominent issues head to summer study committees

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, Sunday alcohol sales, sexual misconduct in schools, and bettering the roads of Indiana will all high priority topics of discussion in the Indiana Statehouse this summer. The Legislative Council – a group of top lawmakers from both chambers – […]

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SR 37 recommended to connect I-69 to Indianapolis

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Using State Road 37 between Martinsville and Indianapolis to build I-69 is the “logical choice,” according to transportation officials. “This route offers the strongest opportunities for economic growth, most significant safety improvements, and greatest reduction in congestion of all route alternatives evaluated,” Brandye Hendrickson, the Indiana Department of Transportation commissioner, […]

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Pence approves short-term road funding plan

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  WESTFIELD, Ind. — Hoosiers can expect to see changes to Indiana roads over the next two years now that Gov. Mike Pence has signed a new road funding plan into law. The plan is expected to use more than $1 billion in state funds to repair Indiana’s crumbling infrastructure. “We have a […]

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Road funding plan encourages local solutions

By Max Bomber 
and Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new road funding plan puts more power in the hands of local government to raise taxes to pay for improvements. About $1 billion will be used to fund road improvements over the next two years, with roughly a third of the money going to state […]

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Road funding passes with no tax increases and no long term solution

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers came to a compromise on a short-term road funding plan, but it fell short of Gov. Mike Pence’s original request for $1 billion dollars for state roads. About $1 billion total will be used to fund road improvements over the next two years, with roughly a third of […]

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