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Long-time Senate leader David Long is retiring

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—After 22 years in the Indiana Senate, the last dozen as its leader, David Long announced that he is retiring effective Nov. 6, Election Day. The Fort Wayne Republican spent eight years as a councilman in his hometown before joining the state Senate in 1996. Ten years later he became president […]

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New senator brings her experiences to General Assembly

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Victoria Spartz is an accountant, farmer, small business owner, teacher, immigrant, and now the Republican state legislator from Noblesville with a belief in the value of freedom. Spartz, 40, is one of Indiana’s newest state senators after being appointed last January to serve the remaining three years of […]

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GOP lawmakers satisfied, Democrats critical at mid-point in legislative session

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—At the halfway point of the 2018 Indiana legislative session, Republicans in the House and Senate applauded legislation to fund schools, fight opioid addiction and begin addressing workforce development. “At the halfway mark, the House Republicans are very satisfied with where we are right now,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said […]

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House training bill to require sexual harassment training

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House approved an amendment to add yearly sexual assault training to a bill requiring training for elected officials. House Bill 1309 would require newly elected officials to complete training courses before taking their seat in office. This amendment adds at least one hour of yearly sexual harassment training […]

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Indiana Debate Commission announces Senate debate

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The primary election is a little more than three months away, and the Indiana Debate Commission announced Wednesday it plans to host a televised debate for the U.S. Senate race. “We are looking forward to another election year in which we help voters throughout the state decide for themselves […]

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New initiative aims to prepare, propel Democratic women into public service

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers, mayors and business leaders are joining forces to train Indiana’s next generation of Democratic female leaders. Hoosier Women Forward, a group comprised of more than 20 statewide leaders, aims to prepare Democratic women for a future leadership position in office, the community or business. The group announced its […]

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Delph shares Puerto Rico experiences with Senate colleagues

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – While most lawmakers were home with loved ones for the holidays, state Sen. Mike Delph was in Puerto Rico helping the island recover from September’s devastating hurricane. Delph is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and was called for active duty in Puerto Rico beginning Dec. 8. The […]

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GOP and Democrats respond to the State of the State

By Emily Ketterer and Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—As Gov. Eric Holcomb presented his second State of the State address, Republicans applauded his words while Democrats criticized him for not recognizing the issues affecting Hoosiers. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Holcomb “nailed” the theme of expressing the needs of Hoosiers while House […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

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Long reshuffles state Senate committee posts

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has reshuffled leadership posts in the aftermath of the retirement of Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek. Hershman, who served as the Senate majority floor leader under Long, announced a week ago that he is leaving the legislature effective at the beginning of the […]

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