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Senate will aim to finish right to work before Super Bowl

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled Senate is pushing to pass the right-to-work bill next Wednesday, in time for Gov. Mitch Daniels to sign it into law before the Super Bowl. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he planned to have a Senate committee hearing on House Bill […]

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Video: One-on-One with Rep. Peggy Welch on a utility break for poor families

Today The Statehouse File goes One-on-One with Rep. Peggy Welch, D-Bloomington, who talks about her legislation to eliminate the sales taxes on utility bills for poor families. Watch now: 1-on-1: Rep. Peggy Welch talks a tax exemption for the home energy assistance program from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Central Indiana mass transit bill voted down

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means Committee defeated a bill Thursday that would have expanded a public mass transportation system in Indianapolis and surrounding counties after a controversy about labor issues. The committee voted 11-10 against the legislation, which had been pushed by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and […]

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Signs of the upcoming Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis

The Super Bowl is more than one week away but signs if it are all over downtown Indianapolis. See our slide show with photos by Abigail Godwin of The Statehouse File.

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Video: Bill is meant to help minors who need help after drinking

A bill that would grant immunity to minors who are drinking but call the police for friends in need has passed the Indiana Senate and is headed to the House for consideration. See our story about the issue.   Alcohol immunity bill passes Indiana Senate from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Bill would let schools teach creation science

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill is headed to the Senate floor that would allow school boards to decide if they want creation science taught in their classrooms. Senate Bill 89 provoked heated opposition as it was considered in the Senate Education and Career Development Committee Wednesday. Among those opposed were […]

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Cursive writing would be required under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Education and Career Development Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would require school districts to teach cursive writing. Senate Bill 83 now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, said she authored the bill after her constituents said cursive should […]

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House passes right-to-work bill as protests cheered outside

Democrats open Indiana House chamber doors for right-to-work debate from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a right-to-work bill 54-44 Wednesday after a chaotic debate that included union workers yelling through the chamber’s door to try to drown out Republicans who support the legislation. House […]

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Partisan tensions make for tough working environment

By Krista Chittum and Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, has served in the Indiana House for 14 years and said he’s never felt such tension. Republican Rep. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse is in just her second year and said there must be a better way. And Bob Kuzman, […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Tim Lanane talking about the regulation of outdoor stages

See what Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, told The Statehouse File about his legislation to regulate outdoor stages in the wake of the collapse at the Indiana State Fair last August. 1-on-1: Sen. Lanane talks about making outdoor stages safer from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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