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Video: Gov. Holcomb discusses legislative session priorities

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Road funding: Gov. against cigarette tax hike, tolls still on the table

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference in the 2017 legislative session came with revealing details about where he stands on pre-K funding, the cigarette tax and toll roads. This comes after the Indiana House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets for the next two fiscal years. The House budget called […]

Commentary: Time and tide, two great teachers

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Commentary: Time and tide, two great teachers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  ELBOW BEACH, Bermuda – The ocean is a great teacher. I stand chest deep in the Atlantic Ocean, just out from a pristine beach of off-white sand. Both the tide and the winds are high. The waves pound. The air temperature is about 70 degrees, the water about 65. The locals […]

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Senate budget slashes cigarette tax, pre-K

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate leaders unveiled their version of the state’s budget Thursday without a cigarette tax hike, but including the possibility for toll roads and less funding than the House for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The Senate’s version totals $32.1 billion over two years, leaving $1.8 billion in […]

House committee OKs bill to collect DNA samples in felony arrests

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill allowing law enforcement to collect DNA samples from people at the time they are arrested on felony charges advanced to the full House. On Thursday, Senate Bill 322 passed the House Judicial Committee by a 9-1 vote. The bill’s author, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, told the committee […]

Commentary: A healthier America after defeat

Commentary: A healthier America after defeat

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Legislative strategy is not rocket science. But do me a favor and keep that between us since that’s what I do for a living. Editorial writing doesn’t pay like it used to. For those of you who have never been involved with a legislative initiative, let’s cover the basics. First, getting […]

Commentary: Embracing a system that cannot work

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Commentary: Embracing a system that cannot work

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Standardized test scores (ISTEP) are not useful in measuring teacher performance, according to Indiana’s school superintendent in recent testimony.    A surprise is that this statement came from a Republican whose party has advocated standardized testing for decades. Her principle is self-evident:  using test scores to measure teachers, and, by extension, […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill stalls in committee

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial bill that would have required doctors to tell those who receive an abortion-inducing drug that the procedure may be reversed is likely dead for this legislative session. The legislation passed the House 54-41, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, confirmed Thursday that the bill […]

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Ricker’s cold beer sales sends lawmakers scurrying

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Hoosiers may be happy to see a convenience store selling cold beer, but lawmakers are scrambling to fix that just days before the committee deadline. Under Indiana state law, convenience stores can sell warm beer but selling the beverage cold has long been left to the liquor stores. […]

Both sides make sacrifices on solar energy bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who invest in solar energy and big utilities that hold the energy industry’s reins will each have to make sacrifices with the version of the solar bill that passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Committee chairman, Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, said he found virtue on both sides […]

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