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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

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Commentary: Fight still on for nonpartisan redistricting bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com A map that has been floating around on the internet sites shows how the country in less than two decades has devolved into a sharply divided nation where legislative districts are either overwhelmingly red or blue. No purple. Just mostly red and some blue. You might think that map, which is […]

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Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]

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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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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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