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The Statehouse goes to the dogs — and cats

By Nicole Hernandez, Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After a long day of making tough decisions, researching legislation and working with constituents, there’s always one creature happy to see a lawmaker — their pet. From the new first dog to a chinchilla, get to know some of the Statehouse pets. Gov. Eric Holcomb The governor’s Schnauzer, […]

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House Republican road funding plan heads to the Senate

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed the Republicans’ $1.2 billion road funding plan Thursday with no support from Democrats. House Bill 1002, which passed by a 61-36 vote, calls for Hoosiers to pay an additional 10 cents per gallon in gas taxes,  $15 more to register vehicles and a new $150 […]

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Student journalists protection bill passes committee unanimously

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If a bill that would protect student journalists and their media advisors from censorship by school administrators had been in law 13 years ago, one Hoosier teacher might not have lost his job. Chad Tuley served as the student newspaper advisor for the Franklin Central High School student paper […]

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Speaker’s bill would eliminate state superintendent position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House version of a bill to remove the superintendent of public instruction position from Indiana ballots passed another hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the position of the superintendent of public instruction following the 2020 election, which is also the […]

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Senate passes school bus bill through committee unanimously

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly is fast tracking a bill that will make public school transportation services available to Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. House Bill 1507 amends a current law and has passed the committee on Family and Children Services unanimously Monday. The Porter County Special Olympics program previously used […]

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Parliamentarians, preserving Indiana Senate traditions

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When named the first female Senate parliamentarian in Indiana history in November 1982, Kristi Hill didn’t give the accomplishment much thought. “It’s not a job most people ever have any reason to know exists,” Hill, 66, said. “It’s a pretty low-profile job and I really didn’t think that much […]

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ISTEP replacement bill passes House committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to replace the ISTEP exam with a new test called ILEARN passed out of the House Education Committee by a 10-2 margin. Author of House Bill 1003, Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he believes ISTEP has been a failure and that it is important to find an […]

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Hate crimes legislation moves to Senate for consideration

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Judges would have the right to consider bias motivation when deciding a perpetrator’s punishment if a hate crimes bill becomes law. “This is an attempt, if you will, to allow judges, that we elect that the people elect, prosecutors, which the people elect, to apply factors in closing sentence […]

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Bill proposing teens be tried as adults in pharmacy robberies advances

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require 16- and 17-year-olds who rob a pharmacy to be tried as adults passed the Senate Monday despite concerns about race and the treatment of juveniles. Senate Bill 170, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed the Senate with a 36-12 vote. Young wrote the […]

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Hoosier veteran finds community in local food initiative

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After returning from serving as a surgical nurse in the Air Force, veteran Sara Creech’s life didn’t get any easier. “I had a lot of problems with PTSD and reintegrating,” she said. “It was very isolating at that time.” Then after about five years at home, her husband died from […]

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