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Airbnb bill limiting local control advances in Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Local municipalities may lose control over short-term rentals in their communities as legislation limiting their authority advances in the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1133 came before the Senate Local Government Committee Wednesday and passed 7-2 with a few changes. It covers homes rented out temporarily through website platforms […]

Video: IDs for veterans’ surviving spouses would make it easier to provide benefits

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IDs for veterans’ surviving spouses would make it easier to provide benefits

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to make it easier to identify the spouses of deceased veterans passed out of a House committee Wednesday by a unanimous vote. Sen. Michael Crider, R- Greenfield, said that Senate Bill 382 would allow a surviving spouse of a veteran to request veteran status on his or her […]

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Stripped-down pre-K bill advances in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers stripped a pre-kindergarten bill of its original language Wednesday, removing a provision for school vouchers and providing fewer dollars to expand the state’s pre-K pilot program. In its previous form, House Bill 1004 would not only expand the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program, but also allow […]

Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

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Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, it turns out that solving America’s health coverage problem isn’t easy, after all. For nearly a decade, Republicans across the country have descried former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and vowed they would “repeal and replace” it as soon as possible. Again and again, they asserted that […]

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Mother battling cervical cancer asks lawmakers for help

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the young age of 27, Erica Frazier’s life was changed forever. That is when she found out she had cervical cancer — a painful experience no woman ever wants to go through. “I have a 7-year-old son at home and I’ve had cancer more than half of his […]