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Is RFRA in the rearview?

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the national attention surrounding the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during last year’s the NCAA men’s Final Four, many visitors during this year’s women’s tournament felt comfortable in the city. Nearly 30,000 people came to Indianapolis for the tournament, including Steven Van Fleet who traveled from Connecticut to see […]

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Will traditional marriage remain a part of the state GOP platform?

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. — A new push in the state Republican Party would drop traditional marriage from the state party platform. The current platform says, “We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society.” But when the Indiana Republican Party Platform Committee met at […]

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Decades after RFK’s Indianapolis speech, his message of hope is spread

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­– Hoosiers joined together at the Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Park Monday to pay tribute to a historic speech given in Indianapolis. On April 4, 1968—the night that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated—Robert F. Kennedy gave a speech at the corner of 17th and Broadway. Kennedy was campaigning […]

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Vanity license plates return, but with limitations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosier drivers will now have more of a say in what goes on their license plate after the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced they are bringing back the Personal License Plate Program. “I am pleased that we are able to return this very popular program to the public,” Kent Abernathy, […]

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“He” replaced with gender-neutral pronouns in statewide office descriptions

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana law describing the roles and responsibilities of statewide officeholders will soon use gender-neutral pronouns. The Indiana code currently uses male pronouns, but Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1173 into law Thursday, changing the language. “As a father, I cannot help but think about my daughters when I see references […]

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More than a dozen new laws aim to make Indiana more “veteran-friendly”

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are working to make the state more welcoming to veterans. Gov. Mike Pence signed multiple bills into law Tuesday that honor and accommodate Hoosier veterans. During his speech, Pence compared the packed stage below the Statehouse rotunda where legislators stood shoulder-to-shoulder, to the state’s support for active […]

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Foster children find adoptive homes through photography exhibit

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A traveling photo exhibit aimed at finding homes for Indiana foster kids is making a stop in Indianapolis. “My heart has always been with kids, and as a photographer, I knew I wanted to give back in the best way I could, which is through photographs,” said Lydia Lee, […]

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Pence to appeal after court blocks ban on Syrian refugee aid

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A judge ruled Monday the State of Indiana cannot stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In November, Gov. Mike Pence directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures” had been met to prevent terrorists from sneaking into the state. The American Civil Liberties Union […]

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Former IMPD Chief Rick Hite now Exec. Dir. of civil rights commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has named Rick Hite as the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Hite served 32 years with the Baltimore City Police Department in Maryland before moving to Indianapolis where he most recently served as Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and previously worked as […]

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Committee combines abortion measures

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee changed legislation regarding the handling of fetal remains to add stipulations on when a woman can have an abortion. House Bill 1337 is already a hotly contested piece of legislation, as it would require a miscarried or aborted fetus to be interred or cremated. “What if […]

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