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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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Zoeller, other AGs seek federal help in protecting consumers from unwanted calls

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Nearly 40 state and territorial attorneys general have signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission requesting that phone companies be able to take extra steps to protect customers from unwanted calls or phone scams. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed the official comments – co-sponsored by Missouri Attorney General […]

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Attorney General urges Hoosiers to register for Do Not Call list

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –After a recent increase in reported phone scams, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is urging Hoosiers to sign up for the state’s Do Not Call list. Complaints have surged recently against telephone credit scams – also known as “Rachel Calls” – which claim to offer lower interest rates and various […]

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Secretary of State expands financial literacy program

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Secretary of State Connie Lawson launched a program Wednesday that expands on the state’s already existing financial literacy program. Indiana MoneyWise – formerly known as Indiana Investment Watch – focuses on improving Hoosiers’ financial literacy and protecting investors from scams. The newly enhanced program will expand its focus and […]

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