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More than a dozen new laws aim to make Indiana more “veteran-friendly”

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are working to make the state more welcoming to veterans. Gov. Mike Pence signed multiple bills into law Tuesday that honor and accommodate Hoosier veterans. During his speech, Pence compared the packed stage below the Statehouse rotunda where legislators stood shoulder-to-shoulder, to the state’s support for active […]

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Foster children find adoptive homes through photography exhibit

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A traveling photo exhibit aimed at finding homes for Indiana foster kids is making a stop in Indianapolis. “My heart has always been with kids, and as a photographer, I knew I wanted to give back in the best way I could, which is through photographs,” said Lydia Lee, […]

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Pence to appeal after court blocks ban on Syrian refugee aid

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A judge ruled Monday the State of Indiana cannot stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In November, Gov. Mike Pence directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures” had been met to prevent terrorists from sneaking into the state. The American Civil Liberties Union […]

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Former IMPD Chief Rick Hite now Exec. Dir. of civil rights commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has named Rick Hite as the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Hite served 32 years with the Baltimore City Police Department in Maryland before moving to Indianapolis where he most recently served as Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and previously worked as […]

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Committee combines abortion measures

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee changed legislation regarding the handling of fetal remains to add stipulations on when a woman can have an abortion. House Bill 1337 is already a hotly contested piece of legislation, as it would require a miscarried or aborted fetus to be interred or cremated. “What if […]

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Efforts to ensure all veterans receive a proper burial

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators are working on a bill that would ensure Indiana veterans receive a proper military burial. Senate Bill 145, authored by Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, establishes a process for non-profit organizations that specialize in locating, identifying, and providing a proper military burial for unclaimed veterans remains in a […]

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Indiana business coalition asking lawmakers to extend LGBT rights

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After the full Senate refused to hear a bill extending civil rights to the LGBT community, a coalition of Indiana businesses is asking lawmakers to repeal the existing bill and extend the rights of LGBT population. Indiana Competes, which is made up of more than 475 Indiana businesses and associations, […]

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Democrats attempt to restart the LGBT rights debate

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As promised, Democrats are trying to restart the discussion about LGBT rights. During Thursday’s House Education Committee, Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, attempted to propose an amendment providing protections to LGBT school employees and students. “What it simply says – that in charter schools that there is no discrimination based […]

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House Democrats still fighting for LGBT rights this session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, hasn’t given up on up on adding LGBT rights to Indiana legislation this year. “You do not want to be caught up on the wrong side of this debate in the coming years,” said Pelath Monday during House session. “You will regret […]

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Minority Leader Pelath: Civil rights discussions are not over

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— House Democratic Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is ready to bring the LGBT civil rights debate back to the Statehouse this year. “This issue is not over, just because they decide not to bring a bill down on a calendar in one house doesn’t mean that we stop talking about […]

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