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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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Minors seeking abortion will need parental consent in writing

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that places new hurdles in front of a minor seeking an abortion passed out of the Indiana Senate Wednesday after a review of changes made in the House. Senate Bill 404 would require that before a minor can have an abortion her parent, legal guardian or custodian […]

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Parental rights versus child safety debated in abortion bill

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 10 times a year, Marilyn Moores sees young girls expelled from their home or abused by their parents after telling them of their decision to seek an abortion. Moores, presiding judge of the Marion County Juvenile Court, fears a Senate bill moving through the House Public Policy Committee […]

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Bill would send adoption notice to grandparents

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Some Indiana grandparents could soon receive notification of a child’s adoption if one lawmaker’s bill continues to make strides. The idea for House Bill 1245 came to Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, after what he calls a tragic case. “There was a positive relationship between grandparents and the parent remarried […]

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Thousands donate to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s name

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has seen a huge surge of donations since November and they’re thanking Vice President Mike Pence. The controversy began last year when Pence signed a bill into law that prohibits women getting an abortion on the basis of ethnicity, sex or disability. The […]

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Candidates focus on veterans as election nears

By Adrianna Pitrelli and Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As Indiana celebrated the dedication of the new Bicentennial Plaza Saturday, candidates from both parties took advantage of the extra traffic in downtown Indianapolis. Candidates for governor, John Gregg and Eric Holcomb, as well as those in the Senate race, Evan Bayh and Todd Young, appeared […]

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New online tool lets parents find quality child care

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new website is designed to give families an easy way to find safe and affordable child care around Indiana. ChildCareFinder.IN.gov lets parents perform detailed searches including by location, type of provider or hours. The website also has an “on-my-route” search to find child care options on the way to work […]

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