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Live dealers would be postponed under proposed change to gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Racetrack casinos would have to wait until 2021 to get live dealers at table games under a proposed Senate amendment to a gambling bill that has already passed the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered but didn’t vote on the proposal Thursday. If amended, the bill would still let […]

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Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill in private event

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill into law Thursday that supporters say protects residents’ rights to adhere to their religious principles but critics claim legalizes discrimination, particularly against gay Hoosiers. Pence’s decision to say yes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes despite threats from some business leaders […]

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Bill lets Sun King, other small brewers produce more beer

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sun King and other Indiana beer makers could produce more barrels while remaining small breweries under a bill the House Public Policy Committee passed on Wednesday. Senate Bill 297, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, changes the maximum number of barrels that a small brewery can produce in a […]

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Bill makes changes to abortion clinic definitions

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that further defines abortion clinics, grants waivers for clinics on certain issues, and requires reports from clinics. Senate Bill 546, authored by Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, defines an abortion clinic as a “healthcare provider” rather than the currently used “freestanding entity.” The […]

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Religious freedom bill headed to governor’s desk

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that sparked heated discussion throughout the 2015 session is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence, who plans to sign into law. The Senate gave the Religious Freedom Restoration Act final approval on Tuesday, just a day after the measure passed the House, which had made small […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill passes House largely on party lines

Religious Freedom Bill Passes House, Just Steps From Governors Office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House Monday and needs just one final vote before heading to the governor to be signed into law. Supporters say the bill will provide Indiana courts with […]

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Religious rights bill now eligible for final House vote

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that – depending on who describes it – either promotes discrimination or protects business owners’ religious beliefs moved forward Thursday in the Indiana House with no changes. Senate Bill 101 is now eligible for a full vote by the House. Supporters say it’s meant to give the […]

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Powdered alcohol bill ban moves to full House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that bans powdered alcohol use and distribution in the state. Less than an hour after the committee met last time to discuss the bill, the federal government approved the distribution of the first powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol. Senate […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill moves to full House

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to Full House from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill meant to protect private storeowners from being forced to take part in business transactions that violate their religious beliefs passed a House committee along party lines on Monday. The vote came after more than 100 […]

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Committee passes bill to OK online gambling on horse racing

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Internet gambling is one step closer to becoming a reality in Indiana after a bill meant to allow Hoosiers to place horse racing bets online passed a Senate committee. House Bill 1270 passed the Public Policy Committee on Wednesday, but Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the bill is still […]

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