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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Pet rescue bill passes Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation that would allow good Samaritans to rescue pets locked in hot cars passed through the House Monday with an 80-14 vote. Author of House Bill 1085, Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, said that the bill could prevent many needless injuries and deaths of domestic pets by giving rescuers […]

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Lobbyist love: Davey and Heather Neal’s Statehouse romance

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Davey Neal met Heather Willis on his first day on the job. It was the summer of 2001. He was fresh out of college. A Wabash graduate. He was getting the grand tour of Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy’s office where he’d be working. He got introduced to […]

Video: Rep. Bacon’s bacon office

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Indiana State Museum program brings paper to life

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum’s latest exhibit explores the world of paper as it comes alive through the stroke of a paint brush, a pencil and other mediums. “Pulp: Works on Paper” features 26 Hoosier artists. Each of the featured artists’ works are completed on what most people know as […]

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Senate passes school bus bill through committee unanimously

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly is fast tracking a bill that will make public school transportation services available to Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. House Bill 1507 amends a current law and has passed the committee on Family and Children Services unanimously Monday. The Porter County Special Olympics program previously used […]

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Measure to collect DNA upon arrest returns to the Statehouse

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After several years of debate, lawmakers are once again discussing allowing police to collect a DNA sample from people arrested for a felony. “Which will enable us to hopefully catch more felons and serial rapist and murders,” the bill’s author, Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said. Under current Indiana law […]

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Bill would restrict management of old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill designed to protect older areas of state forests set off passionate debate between those who say forests need to be managed and those who argue they need to be left alone. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources on Monday heard Senate Bill 420, which requires the Department of […]

Video: Indiana State Museum brings paper to life

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