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Central Indiana to add 463 area code; 10 digit dialing will be required

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana will get a second area code in 2016, which means callers will have to dial 10 digits even to reach someone across the street. The new number will be 463, which spells IND on the telephone keypad. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved an order Wednesday that […]

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Bill to ban taxes on Internet access moves to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana took another step toward becoming the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access after a bill that would implement a permanent ban passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. Senate Bill 80 might be largely meaningless. The federal Tax Freedom Act has put a moratorium on […]

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Indiana could take Internet taxation issue into its own hands

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could soon become the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access – a move supporters say is necessary given an unstable environment in the nation’s capitol. But with technology changing quickly, a ban could eventually mean less state revenue. The federal Internet Tax Freedom […]

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Bill that riles solar industry passes House committee

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – A controversial bill to change the guidelines governing Hoosiers using alternative energy sources – including solar and wind power – passed a House Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 1320, authored by Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, would establish a fixed rate to be paid by all alternative energy users and […]

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Vaping retailers would be regulated under bill passed by House committee

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is one step closer to placing regulations on e-liquids used in electronic cigarettes and vapor pens after a House committee passed a bill on Wednesday, sending it to the full chamber for debate. The vote came one day after the committee heard testimony from retailers who said the […]

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Bill to require insurance for shared ride services passes House

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would specify the financial responsibility for a car used to transport passengers for pay passed the House of Representatives and is moving to the full Senate. House Bill 1278 says that companies like Uber and Lyft – which use apps to connect riders to drivers using […]

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Bill to regulate ride-sharing services heads to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For-profit ride-sharing services and traditional taxi cab companies would be required to do background checks on all drivers under legislation approved Tuesday by a House committee. House Bill 1090 means companies like Uber – which offers an app to connect riders with largely part-time drivers who use their own […]

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AG, legislators announce bill to regulate, tax e-cigarettes

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller introduced a legislative proposal Friday aimed at regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes and limiting their accessibility to young Hoosiers. The bill would allow “vape shops” – which currently have little regulation or governmental oversight– to be regulated and licensed by the state’s Alcohol […]

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State’s website claims prize

By Hannah Troyer Thestatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The state’s website, IN.gov, and its mobile app companion have been named one of the top websites in the nation by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. The announcement came Friday. The state’s new website and app launched in May and emphasize mobile use ease. The app is compatible with both […]

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Indiana’s use of renewable energy up over past decade

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers are using significantly more energy from renewable sources – including biofuels and wind – than they were just 10 years ago, a Purdue University expert told lawmakers Tuesday. But the total amount of energy coming from those sources in the state remains small and less than the national […]

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