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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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State’s finances safe from market fluctuations

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­–The recent stock market plunges has instilled fear in investors nationwide, but Hoosiers can breathe easier knowing Indiana’s investments have not been affected by the fluctuations. That’s because the state doesn’t invest in stocks. Instead, the state invests in government bonds, U.S. agency bonds, and banks deposits with a maturity […]

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Updated voter website offers new features, access

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana voters will now have more access to features such as ballot previews and election night results with the newly updated IndianaVoters.com. Secretary of State Connie Lawson encouraged voters to use the website to see where and who they would be voting for. “An informed electorate is the key to […]

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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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