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Lawmakers still looking for deal on gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An always-evolving gambling bill at the Indiana Statehouse could undergo more changes after a conference committee met Wednesday and then recessed to come up with a deal behind closed doors. Lawmakers are still trying to decide whether to authorize live dealers at the state’s two horse track casinos – […]

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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

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House approves abortion remains bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Women who have chosen to have an abortion could have the authority to decide what happens to the fetus’ remains under a bill approved by the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 329 would give women the option to have a burial or cremate the remains after having an abortion. The […]

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Gambling bill headed to study committee for work on compromise

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A key lawmaker says he’ll seek a compromise on a gambling bill before he puts it up for a final vote. Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, said lawmakers “need a little more time” to make sure the legislation is in the right shape before it goes to Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Pence says RFRA debacle is in the past

House could take up anti-discrimination language By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s confident the state is past the worst of the uproar over the passage of a religious freedom bill that critics say authorized discrimination against people who are gay or lesbians. Indiana became the focus of national attention when […]

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Bill to let women bury aborted remains remains under discussion

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee postponed a vote Tuesday on a bill that that would give women getting abortions more control over the remains of the fetus. Senate Bill 329, authored by Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, would allow women that get an abortion to bury the remains. decide […]

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Senate sends e-liquids bill back to House, legislation is just steps from law

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that places new security requirements on e-liquid producers and bans retailers from selling them to minors. House Bill 1432, authored by Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, defines e-liquid as a substance that is vaporized and inhaled by vapor pens. The bill would […]

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Religious freedom ‘fix’ gets mixed reaction

Here are a sampling of reactions to Thursday’s action by Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to approve what supporters say is a “fix” to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana Chamber of Commerce “The legislative amendment spells out that Indiana will not permit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s […]

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Pence signs RFRA ‘fix’ that says law doesn’t authorize retailers to refuse service to LGBT

Business leaders say change is good first step By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill supporters say will “fix” Indiana’s divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act – but it stops far short of banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Pence signed the new language behind closed doors after he said […]

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“Potential vehicle” named for RFRA clarification legislation

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Just hours after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked for supplementary legislation to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Senate leaders say they have a “potential vehicle” to create the additional bill. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Senate Bill 50 could eventually contain the legislation the […]

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