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Ricker’s cold beer amendment moves forward in House

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – An amendment that would allow Ricker’s and other stores to continue to sell cold beer moved through the House Public Policy Committee Monday. An amendment to Senate Bill 358 offered by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, would permit stores like Ricker’s to continue to sell cold carry-out liquor until their […]

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Democrat hopes to make Senate road plan into “Indiana jobs” bill fail

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Attempts by Senate Democrats to make changes to the Senate Republican road funding plan failed Monday. Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, spoke on behalf of the Senate Democrats for her giant amendment, which would have raised the cigarette tax, phased out a moratorium on corporate income taxes, and mandated Hoosiers […]

Permits might be required for Airbnb-style rentals

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Local municipalities would be able to exercise some control over short-term rentals in their communities under an amendment approved in the Senate Monday. House Bill 1133, which would prevent local government from banning the Airbnb-style businesses, would give municipalities the ability to require short-term rental hosts to pay for […]

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Lawmakers push for the use of baby boxes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is looking to provide more protections for mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns. Senate Bill 246 would extend immunity to mothers who leave their child in a newborn safety device or a baby box. It also provides civil immunity to hospitals who […]

Artwork created by Hoosier women is showcased at the Statehouse

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A painting that shows a family relaxing in their backyard garden decorating a wall of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s office was among the winners of last year’s Hoosier Women Artists contest. But they forgot to tell one of the winners. “I hadn’t heard from them and I knew it […]

Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

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Commentary: Kurt Vonnegut and original virtue

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So it goes. April 11 marks the 10th anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death. He and I were friends – actually, “pals” was the term he used – during the last years of his life. Whenever I traveled to New York, generally four or five times a year, we would […]

Commentary: The road to compromise

Commentary: The road to compromise

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding. Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to […]