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Senate superintendent bill voted down, House bill passes but in jeopardy

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Two versions of legislation eliminating the election of the state’s superintendent of public instruction saw mixed results Monday. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, would have allowed the governor to appoint a superintendent, beginning in the year 2021. The bill failed to pass out of the […]

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ISTEP replacement test passes House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that proposes a replacement for the standardized test, ISTEP, passed the Indiana House with a vote of 67-31. House Bill 1003 would require students in grades 3 through 8 to complete the new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same […]

Advocates rally for public education at Statehouse

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for public education from across the state gathered at the Statehouse Monday to celebrate Indiana’s public schools. Proposed legislation such as Senate Bill 422, which would change the position of superintendent of public instruction from elected to appointed, inspired the leaders of public education to make their voices […]

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Activists rally to protect old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers wearing green and carrying signs with sayings like “Let the forest be forest” rallied at the Statehouse in support of protecting old growth trees. Participants at Monday’s Stand Up for Your Forests rally ranged from preschoolers to Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington. They advocated for Senate Bill 420, […]

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Patient access to opioid prescriptions could be limited

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some patients who need Oxycodone or Vicodin may find that their doctor can only prescribe the medication for a week if bill continues to advance through the General Assembly. Minors and first-time users would be limited under Senate Bill 226 with the hopes of preventing opioid addiction. With only […]

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Bill allowing prayer in schools met with fervent discussion in committee

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Carmel High School senior Mary Carmen Zakrajsek is the president of a pro-life club and during adoption month in November last year, her club put up a handmade sign with 300 hearts drawn on it. Each heart represented 10 lives and the message was that 3,000 children die each […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Jack Sandlin, with a law enforcement background

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, may be a new face to the Indiana Senate, but he is a lifelong Hoosier with a background in law enforcement, fraud investigation and military service. […]

Commentary: Close to America’s divided heart

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Commentary: Close to America’s divided heart

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WOOSTER, Ohio – It’s a quiet night here in the cradle of the presidents. That’s what Ohio used to be called. Between 1868 and 1920 – years when America made the slow, unsteady march from the cataclysm of the Civil War to an emergence as an industrial, economic and political power […]