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Minors now required to wear helmets on ATVs

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that will now require minors to wear helmets while operating off-road vehicles like ATVs. House Bill 1200 will require everyone under the age of 18, both drivers and passengers, to wear a helmet. This law is also applied while operating on […]

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Animal rescue bill passes General Assembly

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Good Samaritans will soon have the go-ahead to rescue animals from locked, hot vehicles. But the catch is they’ll have to pay half the cost of a broken car window. House Bill 1085, which passed Friday, requires the person to reasonably believe that the animal is in true danger, […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars approved by the Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who have the urge to save pets from hot cars are on the way to getting that privilege. The Senate voted 39-9 Thursday to approve giving immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person who breaks into a vehicle to rescue a hot pet. However, for the […]

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Vaping regulation overhaul clears the House

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s vaping bill that will overhaul the state’s e-liquid rules passed out of the House Thursday with modifications.  “This session I’m glad we’ve been able to work through the concerns raised by businesses, health care advocates and individual Hoosiers,” author of the original bill the General Assembly is […]

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Video: Gov. Holcomb discusses legislative session priorities

Indy tech firm grows with app connecting students with colleges

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An app that connects college students with their schools and the surrounding community has translated into big growth for a local technology company. ClearScholar, a student engagement platform, was founded last year and originally had 11 full-time associates. On Wednesday, the company announced that it is expanding by moving […]

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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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