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Bill for 211 services sails through Statehouse

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators are hoping to improve the 211 telephone system with a change in overseers. Indiana 211 offers information to Hoosiers who need help with emotional or physical abuse, public health, housing, veteran’s aid, and other health and human services. The line is accessible in all 92 counties, 24/7, […]

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Some lawmakers fear Hoosier health care threatened by GOP plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Republicans support the GOP health care plan that could replace 7-year-old Obamacare, but Democrats fear the policy could be disastrous for Hoosiers. The U.S. House of Representatives delayed an expected vote Thursday on their version of a health care plan, the American Health Care Act. If enacted, the […]

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Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]

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Bill providing protections for businesses hiring ex-criminals moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers want to ensure one particular question stays on job applications: “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?” Senate Bill 312 is their method. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, and Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg, has two main parts related to “Ban the […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

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Parental rights versus child safety debated in abortion bill

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 10 times a year, Marilyn Moores sees young girls expelled from their home or abused by their parents after telling them of their decision to seek an abortion. Moores, presiding judge of the Marion County Juvenile Court, fears a Senate bill moving through the House Public Policy Committee […]

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Rally to encourage lawmakers to improve access to healthy food

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — Advocates held a rally Tuesday to push lawmakers to consider legislation that would improve access to healthy food. The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition supports Senate Bill 277, which would provide grants for businesses that want to offer fresh foods in the areas that desperately need them. Retailers could […]

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Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees. “We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage […]

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