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Holcomb’s first law: Providing transportation options for students with disabilities

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed his first bill into law, surrounded by Special Olympians Thursday. House Bill 1507 allows Special Olympics groups to rent school buses for the kids to travel to their events. “This bill moved to my desk quickly with bipartisan support, because it is a common-sense, […]

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Old growth forest legislation dies in committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Activists who supported legislation protecting old growth trees in Indiana are saddened to hear it will not pass committee. Senate Bill 420 would have required the Department of Natural Resources to designate at least 10 percent of each state forest as an old growth forest. The bill also required […]

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Easier access to Cannabidiol advances to Senate

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would create easier access to Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the House unanimously Tuesday. House Bill 1148, authored by Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, would make parents of a child with epileptic seizures immune from prosecution or arrest if the CBD oil is being used […]

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Activists rally to protect old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers wearing green and carrying signs with sayings like “Let the forest be forest” rallied at the Statehouse in support of protecting old growth trees. Participants at Monday’s Stand Up for Your Forests rally ranged from preschoolers to Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington. They advocated for Senate Bill 420, […]

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Coalition delivers valentines to lawmakers

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition gave out over 2,000 valentines to lawmakers Tuesday to raise awareness for some the bills they support and oppose dealing with reproductive health and food security. Elizabeth Prout, a mother and member of Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition helped pass out valentines and […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Pet rescue bill passes Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation that would allow good Samaritans to rescue pets locked in hot cars passed through the House Monday with an 80-14 vote. Author of House Bill 1085, Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, said that the bill could prevent many needless injuries and deaths of domestic pets by giving rescuers […]

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ISTEP replacement bill passes House committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to replace the ISTEP exam with a new test called ILEARN passed out of the House Education Committee by a 10-2 margin. Author of House Bill 1003, Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he believes ISTEP has been a failure and that it is important to find an […]

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Taste of Hoosier Hospitality showcases Indiana food scene

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Dani Council enjoyed watching from behind her tray of steaming Angus meatballs in a smoky marinara sauce as legislators and the media in the Indiana Statehouse sampled her food Wednesday. Council, sales manager of Charblue in downtown Indianapolis, saw the annual Taste of Hoosier Hospitality as a great way […]

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Hill announces support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced his support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday. Hill is one of 20 state attorneys to sign the letter of support. Each of those attorney generals are Republicans. “Judge Gorsuch is an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the U.S. […]

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