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Bill to shift reading test to 2nd grade moves to full Senate

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would move Indiana’s third grade reading test, IREAD-3, to the second grade is one step closer to becoming law. Senate Bill 169 is now heading to the full senate for consideration after it unanimously passed the Senate Education and Career Development Committee on Wednesday. The bill, […]

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INDOT officials say they need more cash to keep up

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation told the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday it simply needs more money. INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and Chief Financial Officer Dan Brassard discussed the department’s direction for the next two years and it will be focusing on its priorities. This year, INDOT will […]

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Bill aims to help kids who’ve been trafficked into sex trade

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Parents of missing children could receive additional help if a bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the House Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee becomes law. House Bill 1216, authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R- West Lafayette, would require the Indiana State Police superintendent to create a pamphlet to be […]

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Video & story: Veterans visit Statehouse for Military and Legislative Day

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 200 people filled the Statehouse on Tuesday for Indiana’s inaugural Military and Legislative Day. Prior to the Gov. Mike Pence’s speech, many veterans testified at meetings, including the Veteran Affairs and Military Committee. Senate Bill 298, authored by Sen. Amanda Banks, R-Columbia City, would allow private employers […]

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Video & story: Committee postpones vote on bill to require civics test for graduation

Students may have to take civics exam to graduate on Vimeo. By Dyala Akermawi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Only half of U.S. adults can name all three branches of government, according to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute – and state Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, finds that troubling. To help combat the issue, Wesco authored House Bill 1296, […]

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Video & story: Rush focuses first address on modernizing court operations

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The first female chief justice in Indiana’s history, Loretta Rush, delivered the 2015 State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, focusing on modernizing court operations with a new cross-county filing system. Rush rounded out last year’s successes and outlined her initiatives for the upcoming year, including a statewide electronic filing […]

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Bill would extend statute of limitation in rape cases

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana lawmaker is pushing a bill that would increase the statute of limitations from five to 10 years in rape cases when an offender confesses or is identified. The bill is part of a package outlined Wednesday by five Central Indiana senators who are concerned about crime in […]

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Democrats pan Pence proposal for balanced budget amendment

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, called the governor’s plan for a balanced budget constitutional amendment “a solution in search of a problem.” Just minutes after Republican Gov. Mike Pence finished his third State of the State address, Pelath and other Democrats all but dismissed his idea. “We’ve […]

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Pence calls for balanced budget amendment, federal HIP 2.0 approval in third State of the State address

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In his third State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called for a balanced budget amendment that he says will protect Indiana from a possible economic downturn and will show Hoosiers their tax dollars are being spent wisely. The proposed amendment – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck […]

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Leising tries again with bill to let firefighters be elected officials

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Five hundred public officeholders across Indiana could be granted the ability to maintain their positions as volunteer firefighters if proposed legislation becomes law. Senate Bill 131, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would alter current law prohibiting volunteer firefighters from holding elected office if the position has influence over […]

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