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Senator proposes study committee to examine Department of Child Services issues

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, is urging his Senate colleagues to create a study committee to look into recent allegations against the Department of Child Services. Senate Resolution 14, which was heard in the Family and Children Services Committee Monday, calls for a two-year committee to study issues related to […]

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High percentage of Hoosier children end up in state care

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Children in Indiana end up in out-of-home care at more than twice the rate of children in other states, an independent agency investigating conditions in the state’s Department of Child Services found. That and an antiquated data system are two of the issues called out by the Child Welfare Policy and […]

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Sunday alcohol sales approved 12-1 in House committee

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana House committee said yes to Sunday alcohol sales, making it likely the popular measure will become law in the current legislative session. House Bill 1051 passed the House Public Policy Committee Wednesday by a 12-1 vote. A week earlier, a similar piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1, […]

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Baby box bill heads to the House

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers across the state may soon see more baby boxes at local fire departments after one lawmaker’s repeated attempt to pass legislation. Senate Bill 123, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed the Senate unanimously 47-0. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, […]

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Senate bill would expand use of baby boxes

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, wants to expand the availability of “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender an infant. Senate Bill 123 would expand availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as baby boxes. There are currently two in Indiana and the proposed legislation would […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

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Poll finds majority of Hoosiers support looser alcohol laws

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fight over Indiana’s alcohol laws continued Monday when the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association revealed results of a poll indicating most Hoosiers favor looser alcohol laws. Between May 8-11 pollster Fabrizio, Lee & Associates surveyed 600 Hoosiers. The survey asked people their opinions on various alcohol related topics such as […]

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Indiana Black Legislative Caucus to hold meetings around the state

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus will host a series of meetings in different communities across the state to give Hoosiers a chance to voice feedback about this year’s legislative session and talk about priorities for next year. “One thing that we try to do, at the very core of […]

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Summer study committee to take a closer look at alcohol laws

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unworkable, unpredictable and unreasonable is how Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, described Indiana’s alcohol laws Thursday in a legislative council meeting. The council met to discuss and approve the upcoming summer study committees. The committees meet to take an in-depth look at different topics that were discussed […]

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School prayer bill heading to governor’s desk

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — A bill extending religious expression rights in schools is headed to the governor’s desk, despite concerns of the legislation stepping on or merely repeating First Amendment rights. Although House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing […]

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