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Commentary: Good roads and bridges benefit all of us, so we all should pay

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Commentary: Good roads and bridges benefit all of us, so we all should pay

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Drive more than five minutes on Indiana’s roads and bridges you’ll know that Indiana needs to invest serious dollars in repairs and maintenance. You’ll rumble over crumbling asphalt and dodge potholes, and when you cross a bridge with a truck hauling a full load of freight, you’ll hope that this isn’t […]

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Johnson County launches pilot program to help with opioid withdrawal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Johnson County law enforcement officials announced Tuesday the launching of a pilot program aimed at battling the state’s heroin epidemic. The Bridge Treatment Program is a device that aims to help drug users treat pain associated with heroin withdrawal symptoms.  “The pains are so immense that they can’t make […]

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Potential new penalties for criminal misuse of drones

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working to develop specific  language in a bill that would create penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.” “What is a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy?” Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, asked. “To one person their privacy means one thing, […]

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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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Q&A: Meet Rep. Joe Taylor, union president turned lawmaker

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS — While Rep. Joe Taylor, D-South Bend, is a freshman in the House, he’s a veteran auto worker, celebrating 21 years in the business. The third-generation auto worker is currently serving his […]

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Bill allowing lawmakers to perform weddings advances

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would allow the governor, lieutenant governor and members of the General Assembly to perform marriage ceremonies is on its way to the Senate floor. “In the past, we’ve been asked to do it and there’s really no reason elected officials can’t do it,” Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, […]

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Bill to raise state officer salaries heads to summer study committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would have raised the governor’s and other statewide office holders’ annual salary by nearly $30,000 by 2021 is on its way to a summer study committee. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said he originally filed Senate Bill 60 without Gov. Eric Holcomb’s knowledge because it was not intended […]

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Tesla bill gets hearing Wednesday

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would prohibit auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public will get its first committee hearing on Wednesday. House Bill 1592 is similar to legislation proposed last year by Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, that would have compelled manufacturers to sell their vehicles through a dealership. “For […]

Commentary: Hard times and opportunity

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Commentary: Hard times and opportunity

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather, a lifelong Republican, offered some good advice. “It is when things are hard that you have the opportunity to show that you have character,” he told me when I was a boy. I’ve been thinking about Grandpa’s words an awful lot over these past few days. We […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Jack Jordan, focusing on education and economic development

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, plans to partner with his colleagues to work on a balanced budget, infrastructure needs and education during […]

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