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ILEARN could be one step closer to classrooms

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A new test could hit Indiana classrooms in 2018, replacing the current ISTEP test program. ILEARN, which stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network, would take ISTEP’s place, and is what Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, is calling an alternative approach. Through House Bill 1003, authored by Behning, students […]

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Bill would allow domestic violence victims to get a temporary gun permit

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Domestic violence victims may be allowed to carry guns legally without a permit, at least temporarily. House Bill 1071 would allow those who have been granted a protective order to use that order to obtain a temporary permit to carry a gun. Those wishing to use the order as […]

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Hate crimes legislation moves to Senate for consideration

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Judges would have the right to consider bias motivation when deciding a perpetrator’s punishment if a hate crimes bill becomes law. “This is an attempt, if you will, to allow judges, that we elect that the people elect, prosecutors, which the people elect, to apply factors in closing sentence […]

Video: Former foster kids say easier access to driver’s licenses is needed


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Bill would make hair braiding without a license legal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A House bill would change requirements for professional hair braiding by allowing individuals to braid hair and get paid for it without a license. “This is predominantly an issue in the African American community of those who have learned this craft from someone who they have inherited, from basically […]

Video: Lawmakers consider gun rights for domestic violence victims


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Airbnb-style rental bill resurrected in Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Over the past 17 years, Shannon Minnaar has grown comfortable in her Carmel neighborhood, surrounded by a community of families. But when she bought her home, Minnaar did not expect the revolving door of newcomers that would move in every weekend, just steps away from her front lawn.    A […]

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Easier access to driver’s licenses could improve lives of foster teens

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Breann Delaney is passionate about bettering the lives of teenage foster children, especially those who are seeking employment or have a desire to better their education. “Foster children who went through traumatic experiences at no fault of their own deserve normalcy,” Delaney said. The passion for a normal life […]

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Youth suicide training bill moves forward after change to frequency

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill requiring teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed committee unanimously Tuesday. Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, who authored House Bill 1430, met with the Department of Education after education committee members voiced their concerns […]