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Lawmakers debate rescuing pets from hot cars

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Legislators considering a bill that would give immunity to good Samaritans who rescue pets locked in hot cars could be walking a fine line. Pet owner Arial Burrus thinks rescuing pets is a good idea, but is worried about how a Hoosier would know it was a dangerous situation […]

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Lawmakers to study invoking parental privilege in court

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are taking a closer look at a bill that would allow parents to invoke parental privilege in court. If enacted, Senate Bill 99 would allow parents to not testify against their child in court. Monica Kelsey, a medic and firefighter from Woodburn, said she was on duty when […]

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Vinatieri kicks his way into Hoosier history

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb presented beloved Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri with the state’s highest civilian award Monday at the Statehouse. While Holcomb has awarded several Hoosiers the Sagamore of the Wabash, he said he knows that he will never award it to a more “clutch” teammate. During his presentation […]

Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

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Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a question: Why is it that the people who rant and rave the most about “political correctness” are the ones most upset when others criticize their positions? We have seen this curious dynamic play itself out in the past few days. The University of California at Berkeley had […]

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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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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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House Democrats release ‘no new taxes’ road plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats are proposing a road funding plan that would use existing state funds while prioritizing local and preexisting road projects.   The “No New Taxes Indiana Road Plan” is an alternative to the House GOP’s proposal to increase the Hoosier gas tax by 10 cents a gallon […]