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Lawmakers hold redistricting bill days before committee deadline

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday. Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry Torr, […]

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Lawmaker: Cannabidiol offers desperate parents option for sick kids

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers want to provide new hope for children with epileptic seizures by creating easier to access Cannabidiol. Under current law possessing Cannabidiol, also called CBD oil, is illegal. Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, said with his bill parents of a child with epileptic seizures and doctors would be immune from […]

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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Terre Haute casino bill dies after split vote

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow a new casino to open in Terre Haute was killed in committee after a split vote Wednesday. Half of the public policy committee voted against the bill, splitting the vote 5-5. Bills need a majority vote to advance out of committee. Senate Bill 354 […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill advances with amendments

By Taylor Brown TheStatehousefile.com INDIANPOLIS—Doctors are one step closer to being required to tell those who receive an abortion-inducing drug that the procedure may be reversed. House Bill 1128 would require the Department of Health to develop a form that provides women information about an abortion reversal procedure. There was controversy in a previous committee […]

Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

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Commentary: Mike Pence and a lack of appreciation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence deserves better. The news dominating much of America at present involves former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Before President Donald Trump took office, Flynn, still a private citizen, apparently talked with the Russian ambassador about the sanctions Barack Obama imposed during the waning days of his presidency […]