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Bill to protect student journalists officially dies

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Student journalists have no chance of gaining stronger First Amendment rights now that a bill that would have protected them is dead. A student journalists protections bill, previously known as House Bill 1130, would have prohibited public schools and school corporations from punishing student journalists for exercising their freedom […]

Candidates for Supreme Court vacancy announced

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected three nominees to fill the Indiana Supreme Court justice vacancy. Justice Robert Rucker is retiring on May 12 after serving for 26 years. The commission narrowed down the field from 21 applicants to the final three: Vicki Carmichael, Christopher Goff and Matthew Kincaid. […]

Video: House and Senate reach deal to increase funding for Indiana’s infrastructure

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Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the Senate on Thursday. House Bill 1148, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would make the use of CBD oil legal for the treatment of specific forms of epilepsy […]

House and Senate reach deal to increase funding for Indiana’s infrastructure

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers have finally found a “sweet spot” in the state’s road funding plan, something House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, calls the “strongest road investment in our state’s history.” Bosma joined Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and other key budget leaders Thursday afternoon to announce the details […]

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Ricker: ‘Targeted’ by legislative compromise on cold-beer sales

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have come to a conclusion on the proposed “cold-beer sales” bill, but not everyone is relieved to see the finish line. “It looks very targeted to us when you look at all the exceptions,” said Jay Ricker, owner of Ricker’s convenience stores. House Bill 1496, authored by Ben […]

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Celebration for legislation that will help people with disabilities get jobs

Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— Lyrics from the song “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang were heard at the Statehouse on Thursday, heralding legislation that will help people with disabilities obtain jobs. The Indiana Chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First celebrated the legislation law that creates more jobs for people with disabilities by […]

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

Commentary: Legislature, what will your verse be?

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Oh Me! Oh Life! is one of Walt Whitman’s classic poems about one of life’s most commonly recurring questions: why are we here? Public officials often ask themselves this question in a more limited scope, and often out of exhaustion or frustration. Public service can be a draining experience and is […]

Video: Airbnb bill in limbo after falling one vote short