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Student journalists bill killed, but could be resurrected

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: TheStatehouseFile.com is a publication of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. The Indiana High School Press Association, which lobbied in support for House Bill 1130, is headquartered at Franklin College. INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate refused to vote on a bill that would protect student journalists’ free speech rights […]

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Cold-beer bills see varied results in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The two versions of legislation regarding cold-beer sales saw mixed results in the House and Senate Thursday. Both the Senate and the House were scheduled to heard bills originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. Those bills […]

Cannabidiol bill for epileptic seizures moves closer to becoming law

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Separate bills to legalize the use of cannabidiol to treat epileptic seizures passed the Indiana House and Senate Thursday. The House passed Senate Bill 15 by a 94-0 margin while House Bill 1148 cleared the Senate by a 35-13 vote after some members expressed concern about whether the drug […]

Video: Ceremony honors World War I centennial year

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Rescuing pets from hot cars approved by the Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who have the urge to save pets from hot cars are on the way to getting that privilege. The Senate voted 39-9 Thursday to approve giving immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person who breaks into a vehicle to rescue a hot pet. However, for the […]

Syringe exchange bill passes Senate after spirited debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would shorten the process for a county to open up its own needle exchange program passed the Senate Thursday after a lively debate over whether it promotes drug use. The debate centered on whether the kits provided through needle exchange programs supplies drug users with some […]

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‘Tesla bill’ passes Senate with zero changes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would prevent Hoosiers from buying cars directly from auto manufacturers passed the Senate Thursday with no changes. With the exception of Tesla, House Bill 1592 specifically bars direct customer sales by auto manufacturers if more than 1,000 vehicles are sold or six years after the initial […]

House and Senate have big differences on budget bill to resolve

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers still have sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding to resolve within the next two weeks before presenting a final biennial budget to Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Senate version of the biennial budget passed the Senate Thursday 39-9. The $32.1 billion budget slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax […]

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Lawmakers hope ‘baby boxes’ will aid distressed mothers

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Distressed mothers soon could have the option of anonymously dropping off their newborns in box designed to shelter the child until help can arrive. “Often times the little children are in a basket wrapped in blankets on steps of a church or a local fire station. The mothers care […]

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Giving state police the ability to dispose of firearms

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State police could soon have procedure for returning or disposing of firearms confiscated for criminal reasons without further court order. Senate Bill 191 passed the House on Wednesday, with a vote of 94-2. State police would be required to hold onto the gun for 180 days and the agency […]

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