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30 students earn scholarships for anti-texting and driving messages

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann honored 30 Indiana high school and college students who earned $5,000 scholarships by creating social media messages to discourage texting and driving. The students competed for prizes by urging their social media followers to “Drive Now. TXT L8R.” The result: the hashtag #TXTL8RIN appeared in […]

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Empire State Building, RCA Dome photos are no accident, state says

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Featured pictures on the state’s upgraded website are not “an accident” even though they showcase landmarks like the Empire State Building and the demolished RCA Dome. Graig Lubson, a spokesman for the Office of Technology, says “we’ve been doing historical photos, background photos on the website for the thirteenth […]

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BMV audit finds lack of centralized oversight caused fee errors, other problems

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An external audit of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles blames a lack of “centralized authority or oversight” for recent problems that have forced the agency to refund millions of dollars to Hoosiers. In a 40-page report, the auditing group BKD listed eight key areas in which the BMV […]

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State unveils new website design; highlights picture of NYC, RCA Dome

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has revamped its website with features meant to make mobile browsing easier, improve search functions and personalize content. State officials announced the site’s facelift on Thursday. But those who went to the site right away found a photo of New York and one of Indianapolis that still included […]

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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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