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5th annual Kings Feast Symposium set for Aug. 1

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Young Hoosier men are the focus of an annual event meant to help them prosper in their communities. The 5th Annual Kings Feast Symposium begins on Aug. 1 at the Indiana Government Center Auditorium. Bloom Project Inc., the Indiana Commission on the Status of Black Males and the Indiana Civil […]

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House Republicans pen letter of support for Planned Parenthood investigations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Speaker Brian Bosma is just one of 59 House Republican Caucus members who sent a letter of support to Gov. Mike Pence amidst the call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities. The letter reads, in part, “We are writing to express our concerns regarding the recent revelations surrounding […]

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Pence orders investigation of state Planned Parenthood clinics amid uproar over video

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­— Planned Parenthood facilities across the state are going under the microscope. On Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence ordered the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate Planned Parenthood clinics in cooperation with the attorney general’s office. The move comes after the emergence of a video released by anti-abortion activists who say […]

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Abortion rate continues decline

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s abortion rate has now fallen for six consecutive years. Data released by the Indiana Department of Health shows that in 2014, there were 8,118 abortions – 61 fewer than in 2013. That’s down from the high number of 16,505 in 1980, according to Indiana Right to Life. The […]

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Zoeller urges Congress not to pass e-cig legislation

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Federal legislation being proposed could weaken the Tobacco Control Act in relation to e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products. Attorney General Greg Zoeller, along with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, are urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations to oppose the legislation. “The federal government continues […]

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Church of Cannabis files lawsuit, cites RFRA

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The recently formed Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday fighting for protections to use marijuana during services under the name of religious freedom. Bill Levin held a press conference Wednesday at the Statehouse where he announced the filing of the lawsuit. The Church of Cannabis said the Religious Freedom […]

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Democrats want more info, documents in canceled state PR deal

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Democratic Party sent a formal request asking Gov. Mike Pence to release all documents relating to a $2 million dollar taxpayer funded contract he canceled last week. “Mike Pence wasn’t being transparent with Hoosiers when he terminated the taxpayer-funded contract with Porter Novelli the day before a […]

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ACLU: RFRA violates law that keeps sex offenders from attending some churches

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the law that bans sex offenders from attending church services in facilities that also houses a school. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of two men from Allen and Elkhart counties. The group said this ban violates […]

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Small group of LGBT activists speak out as RFRA goes into effect

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A handful of people showed up in the Statehouse rotunda on Wednesday to continue protesting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a law that went into effect the same day. Their message? That the fight for equality for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender groups will still carry on. Members […]

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Lawmakers seek AG investigation into Humane Society of US fundraising

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of six lawmakers wants the state to investigate the Humane Society of the United States, accusing the group of deceptive fundraising tactics. The lawmakers – led by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford – wrote to Attorney General Greg Zoeller to ask him to look into the society, which […]

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