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Pence lets casino bill become law; vetoes online horse wagering bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboats could rebuild on land and horse-track casinos could get live dealers in five years under a bill Gov. Mike Pence will allow to become law without his signature. But the Republican governor vetoed legislation that would have legalized betting on horse racing from gamblers’ computers and phones. Pence […]

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Arc training hotel to be named after Carl Erskine, Steve Green

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A hospitality training institute for people with disabilities will open next January in Muncie with a new name. The Erskine Green Training Institute will provide vocational training for jobs in the hotel, food service and healthcare industries. The Arc of Indiana Foundation, a group that advocates for people with development […]

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Commission to study “baby boxes”

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – By the start of next year the General Assembly will have a better idea of how to better care for Hoosier children – especially those at risk of being hurt or abandoned by their parents. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, […]

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Pence said he’ll give gambling bill a ‘fair look,’ doesn’t know if he’ll sign it

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence says he hasn’t decided whether to sign a gambling bill into law even though legislators took steps to try to avoid a veto. “I going to take a very serious look at the legislation,” Pence said. “I have a sense there was a good faith effort […]

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Congress considers a bill to curb drug abuse

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in Indiana has been re-introduced in Congress. Sen. Joe Donelly, D-Indiana, said he is resurrecting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education and Enforcement Act because abuse of opioids and heroin continues to rise nationwide. “Sadly, prescription […]

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Video & story: Pastors protest RFRA ‘fix,’ say they’ll vote out leaders who don’t support stronger law

Pastors Rally Against RFRA “Fix” from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a month after Gov. Mike Pence signed a “fix” into law to modify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, some faith leaders are crying foul. Members of the Indiana Pastor’s Alliance said Pence and other Republican leaders betrayed the religious […]

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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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