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Senate passes bill to offer more help to military families

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier military families may be eligible to receive more monetary assistance in the future under a bill that would extend one-year grants from the military family relief fund to three years. Senate Bill 31 passed 50-0 in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill also specifies that members […]

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Video: Lawmakers consider bill to expand historic tax credit

A House committee is considering legislation that would expand a tax credit program for historic preservation projects. Here’s a video about the issue: Indiana historic preservation tax credit from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Democrats boycott as right-to-work bill becomes eligible for vote

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – One day after Democrats walked out of the Indiana House of Representatives frustrated again over right to work, they boycotted the chamber again Tuesday, blocking a vote on the legislation as well as work on dozens of bills that aren’t related to the controversial issue. Democrats are […]

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Committee passes bath salts bill; pot legislation likely to die

Listen to the radio version of this story: By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee passed legislation Tuesday that is meant to help police crack down on a synthetic drug known as “bath salts,” sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration. But members of the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters […]

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Video: One-on-One with Rep. Kevin Mahan on local government nepotism

In today’s One-on-One video, listen to Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, talk about his local government conflict of interest and nepotism bill. 1-on-1: Rep. Mahan discusses his nepotism bill from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Senate passes right-to-work bill 28-22

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed the contentious right-to-work bill 28-22 on Monday as a large crowd of union members protested just outside. The bill’s author, Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, said he understood the reasons some people oppose the bill. But he said that he started working on the legislation […]

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Lobbyists, public would have to take oath to testify under bill

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lobbyists and the public might be required to take an oath when testifying in front of lawmakers, under a bill a House committee considered Monday. House Bill 1208, authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, calls for witnesses to verbally speak an oath or provide the oath in writing. […]

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Advocates for RTW outspending opponents in Indy ad battle

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for right to work have spent four times as much money as labor supporters over the past three weeks in an Indianapolis broadcast advertising war. Tuesday night, after Gov. Mitch Daniels delivers the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the stakes […]

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Schools couldn’t charge for busing under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education Committee approved a bill unanimously on Monday that would ban school corporations for charging fees for bus transportation. Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, said he authored House Bill 1134 in response to the transportation issues in Franklin Township Schools in Indianapolis. But he said it […]

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Update: Senator pulls conservation bill from consideration

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, pulled a bill from consideration at a committee Monday that would establish the Bicentennial Conservation Fund. Senate Bill 394 would make an appropriation to fund major conservation projects to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial and was part of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ agenda for this year’s […]

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