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Human sexuality bill raises concerns about parental rights, impact on LGBTQ students

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A Fort Wayne high school student told a House committee that she was surprised to find a speech class she was taking included lessons on gender neutral pronouns. “My parents were not informed of this material before I took the class and were shocked to see it in my […]

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Industrial hemp might be the crop of Indiana’s future

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are continuing to advance a bill that would allow Hoosier farmers to market hemp and CBD oil. House Bill 1137 clearly defines that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are not marijuana and therefore are not regulated by the state’s drug laws. The Senate […]

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One in seven baby umbilical cords tested positive for opiates, study finds

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has a higher number of babies’ umbilical cords testing positive for opiates than the national average. Through a program in which nearly 3,000 cords from 21 hospitals were examined, data showed that one in seven—or 14.37 percent—tested positive for opiates. The national average is 10.8 percent. In January […]

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Sunday sales, CO2 testing bills pass out of House committees

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation to approve Sunday alcohol sales is moving swiftly through the Indiana General Assembly as one version of the bill passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 1, heard by the House Public Policy Committee, would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. But […]

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Commentary: David Long’s closed-door legacy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When David Long announced his retirement as president pro tempore of the Indiana Senate, most tributes focused on his part in the battles and public policy decisions that have made the state a laboratory for conservative governance. In his retirement announcement, the Fort Wayne Republican touted his role in […]

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Proposed law would increase charges for drug dealing resulting in death

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that increases punitive measures for drug dealing that results in death passed a Senate committee Tuesday by a wide margin. Only Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, voted against House Bill 1359, which was heard by the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee. He voiced concerns that the bill could […]

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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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Hate crimes bill defeat remains the big disappointment of 2018 session

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus see the apparent defeat of bias crimes legislation as one of the biggest setbacks so far. “I think probably a lot of people in the state of Indiana are disappointed that the bias […]

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Buchanan fills Senate seat vacated by Brandt Hershman

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The newest member of the Indiana Senate was sworn in on Monday, almost six weeks after the post was vacated. Brian Buchanan, R-Lebanon, will now take over for former Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, who resigned effective Jan. 1. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oath.  […]

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Senator proposes study committee to examine Department of Child Services issues

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, is urging his Senate colleagues to create a study committee to look into recent allegations against the Department of Child Services. Senate Resolution 14, which was heard in the Family and Children Services Committee Monday, calls for a two-year committee to study issues related to […]

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