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Legislators working on compromise to new ISTEP replacement

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House and Senate members came together Wednesday to discuss how to develop a more effective replacement for ISTEP. House Bill 1003 would require third through eighth graders to complete a new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same as ISTEP — just […]

Chinese delegates get a taste of rural Indiana

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A half dozen Chinese delegates are spending a week among Hoosiers gaining a greater understanding of Indiana culture and the open landscape. “Indiana is a place where you can feel peace as you gaze at the vastness and openness of a corn field, which is something that is ideal […]

Minors seeking abortion will need parental consent in writing

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that places new hurdles in front of a minor seeking an abortion passed out of the Indiana Senate Wednesday after a review of changes made in the House. Senate Bill 404 would require that before a minor can have an abortion her parent, legal guardian or custodian […]

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Lawmakers searching for agreement on pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are still trying to find common ground on how to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The pre-K bill, House Bill 1004, is now a stripped-down version of the original House legislation. The legislation deals the state’s publicly funded On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends 4-year-olds from […]

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Airbnb-style rentals bill could face more changes

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A short-term rentals bill faces potential changes after members of both the House and Senate tried to come to a compromise on the legislation Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which has passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly, would keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating Airbnb-style rentals in their […]

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Indiana has $200 million more coming in than originally estimated

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An unanticipated surplus in the state’s estimated revenue could be what Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, calls an “appropriate cushion” for Indiana’s two-year budget. The revenue forecast, presented to the State Budget Committee Wednesday by a bipartisan group of analysts, revealed nearly $200 million in additional revenues in fiscal years […]

Statehouse message: Young black males matter

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — “Young black males matter, young black males matter” was the chant heard on the second floor of the Statehouse from over two-dozen black youth led by Rep. Vernon Smith D-Gary. “Our goal is to motivate them and to let them know that they can be anything that they want […]

Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

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Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I am a homeowner in Indianapolis and I followed the debate over whether my local government or the state should have the final say on Airbnb-style rentals in my neighborhood with interest.  On one hand, I have a great set-up in my basement — quiet room, sleeper sofa, cable and internet […]

Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

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Commentary: United Airlines, and what Aretha said

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The skies of United, it turns out, aren’t so friendly, after all. United Airlines has become the butt of a million jokes, the focus of intense criticism and even the subject of congressional inquiry after employees for the airline ordered a 69-year-old man to surrender his seat on a […]