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Bill to raise the smoking age, cigarette tax advances

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are looking into a bill that would raise the cigarette tax and legal smoking age as a way to curb the state’s tobacco habit.   The author of House Bill 1578, Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, said the measure aims to: Raise the cigarette tax up to $2.49 depending […]

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Wrongly convicted could receive monetary compensation

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would provide monetary compensation to wrongly convicted Hoosiers is advancing. Under House Bill 1062, individuals sentenced for a crime they did not commit could apply to receive a $25,000 compensation for every year they spent in the Department of Corrections. However, the money would be available […]

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Proposed Terre Haute casino aims to stop Illinois market expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow a new casino in Terre Haute is designed to block the expansion of Illinois gaming market. Alex Stolyar of Full House Resorts said the new casino would be a “timely opportunity” for Indiana to build its gambling market in an area previously left out […]

Commentary: A few words could say a lot right now

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Commentary: A few words could say a lot right now

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The messages conveyed the same thing. Fear. I was on the radio, talking about how people were feeling in these anxious first days of a new presidency. A woman named Sarah called in. British by birth, she married an American man. They came here to help family members deal […]

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Hupfer named new Republican Party chairman

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Republican Party State Central Committee unanimously picked Kyle Hupfer Wednesday to serve as state chairman. Gov. Eric Holcomb recommended Hupfner for the job. Traditionally governors select a party chair to work with. “Chairman Hupfer will be a focused and passionate advocate for Republican candidates at every level of […]

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Bill requiring helmets for kids riding ATVs advances

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require those 18 and younger to wear a helmet while riding an ATV is one step closer to becoming a law. House Bill 1200 passed out of Roads and Transportation committee Wednesday with a 12-1 vote. The author of the bill, Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, […]