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Domestic violence gun bill moved to summer study committee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed people with a civil protection order to carry a handgun without a license has been pushed to a study committee. The Senate voted 42-5 to have the committee to consider whether people aged 18 and up and have a civil protection order against […]

Ricker’s cold-beer bills amended in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills which would restrict the sale of cold carry-out liquor in the future moved forward with amendments Wednesday. Senate Bill 358 authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, was originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. The […]

Fate of Airbnb-style rentals bill up in the air

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Changes made to a short-term rentals bill earlier in the week were erased in the Senate Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which would prevent local governments from banning the Airbnb-style businesses, was amended to require short-term rental hosts to obtain and pay for a permit in order to operate their business. […]

Senate Democrats try and fail to push their agenda on budget votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats tried to use the budget Wednesday to force votes on some of the issues they championed this legislative session. They failed. The Senate version of the two-year budget totals $32.1 billion, leaving $1.8 billion in reserves. The plan slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax hike, provides […]

Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

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Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Like so many other pitched conflicts, Indiana’s education wars have created a great deal of fog and dust. That’s made it hard for Hoosiers to see what’s really going on. The unseemly battles between former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, and the members of the […]