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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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Hupfer named new Republican Party chairman

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Republican Party State Central Committee unanimously picked Kyle Hupfer Wednesday to serve as state chairman. Gov. Eric Holcomb recommended Hupfner for the job. Traditionally governors select a party chair to work with. “Chairman Hupfer will be a focused and passionate advocate for Republican candidates at every level of […]

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Bill allowing lawmakers to perform weddings advances

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would allow the governor, lieutenant governor and members of the General Assembly to perform marriage ceremonies is on its way to the Senate floor. “In the past, we’ve been asked to do it and there’s really no reason elected officials can’t do it,” Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, […]

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Traffic violations would send young drivers back to school

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill aims to send drivers under the age of 21 with two or more traffic violations back to driver’s school.  Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, and Sen. James Tomes, R-Wadesville, co-authored the bill that would implement a driver safety program that must be approved by the Bureau of […]

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Slight rise in 2016 Indiana high school graduation rates

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana high school graduation rates are up less than 1 percent point in 2016 compared to 2015, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education Thursday. The department reported a high school graduation rate of 89.07 percent in 2016. In 2015, the state saw a high school graduation […]

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“Indianans” no more: federal government to call us “Hoosiers”

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —The name Hoosiers is officially on the books in the new federal government style guide. “I’m pleased the federal government has granted our request and will now call us what we call ourselves: Hoosiers,” Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly said. “This is a welcome and long overdue change.” This comes after Donnelly […]

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Holcomb’s Hanover roots celebrated by college’s choir at his inauguration

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover College Choir sang their support for fellow Hanover Panther, Gov. Eric Holcomb, during his inauguration Monday. The choir performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds before the swearing-in ceremony for the state’s 51st governor.  Privately before the event, the choir […]

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