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Anti-abortion bills advance in Indiana House and Senate

By Taylor Brown and Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Both the House and the Senate are advancing bills that reignite debate over the limits that can be placed on abortion. In the House, legislators passed a bill that would make doctors provide a form containing information that a chemical abortion might be reversible. House Bill 1128 […]

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‘Smoker’s bill of rights’ repeal clears the House

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would repeal the “Smoker’s Bill of Rights” passed the House Monday and now moves onto the Senate. The Smoker’s Bill of Rights prevents companies from screening potential hires for tobacco use, which has been linked to illness and decreased productivity. The bill of rights also prevents […]

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Hate crimes bill dies on the Senate floor

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will continue to be one of five states without a law addressing hate crimes after a bill that would have changed that was killed on the Senate floor Monday.   If passed into law, Senate Bill 439 would have allowed Hoosier judges to consider enhancing criminal sentences based […]

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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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Senate bill would require DNA samples for all felony arrests

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – A bill that would require every person arrested for a felony crime after Dec. 31 to submit a DNA sample passed another hurdle Monday in the Senate. Senate Bill 322 was amended to require arrestees to submit a written request to get their DNA removed from the database, if […]

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Protection for prayer in school passes the House

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill designed to protect students’ rights to voluntarily pray during school hours passed the House Monday. Although the House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing and aloud without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers […]

Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

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Commentary: Fuel for fights that don’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Moments after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his campaign to become Democratic National Committee chair, the Indiana Republican Party let loose with an email blast. Under the headline “WANTED,” it read: “The Indiana Republican Party is seeking a job focused, purposeful conservative from South Bend who will put […]

Commentary: A little conversation goes a long way


Commentary: A little conversation goes a long way

By Bryan Ault TheStatehouseFile.com   CARMEL, Indiana — A short story to hopefully lift up your spirits in one of our country’s most polarizing times.   I was walking toward the restroom in the library on the day after the 2016 election when I passed by two librarians talking about the previous night’s events. Their conversation […]

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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Child abuse, teen violence higher in Indiana than other states

By Ashley Steeb and Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Children in Indiana are surviving, but they may not be thriving, according to new data released Monday. The Indiana Youth Institute released their annual KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book, which provides information on how Hoosier children are managing. The numbers show the state’s child abuse and […]