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Superintendent bill overcomes major overhaul, Senate rules

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would remove the state’s education chief position from Indiana ballots passed through one more major hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, originally called for the elected-position of superintendent of public instruction to be replaced by a governor-appointed secretary of education […]

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Five Republicans buck party line on road funding

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Five Republicans voted against the Senate Republican version of the state’s road funding plan that will likely leave Hoosiers paying more in taxes to sustain Indiana roads. The highly-debated transportation bill passed the full Senate Tuesday 34-13. The Senate Republican version includes a 10 cent increase in the gasoline […]

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Ricker hands out free food to fight cold-beer ban

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The owner of Ricker’s gas stations has responded to legislation that would limit his ability to sell cold beer at two sites by handing out free food and blasting lawmakers. “I believe that we’re being singled out here,” said Jay Ricker, head of the chain of convenience stores that […]

Taking a drug test? Use your own urine

Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Using someone else’s urine to pass a drug test might have crossed some Hoosiers minds in the past. State lawmakers are about to make that illegal. House Bill 1104, sponsored by Sen. James Merritt R-Indianapolis, will make it a misdemeanor for the use and selling of another person’s urine or synthetic […]

Fiercely debated solar bill passes through the House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would eventually reduce the reimbursements solar panel users receive for the extra energy they generate passed the Indiana House Tuesday. Senate Bill 309, a controversial energy bill that addresses net metering, a billing mechanism that credits individuals who generate more solar power than they need back […]

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Bill strengthening parental rights in child’s abortion advances

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change the process of a minor getting an abortion passed out of the House on Tuesday.   “I think at the end of the day, this is solid. It’s good public policy. And keep in mind, we are talking about 13, 14 and 15-year-old girls,” […]

Video: Ricker’s food truck visits Statehouse amid debate

INDOT encourages safe driving through highway work zones

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation has launched its annual Work Zone Awareness campaign with the theme, “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.” Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week across Indiana. The weeklong campaign is intended to focus attention on both motorist and worker […]