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Ricker’s cold-beer bill awaits governor’s signature

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The bill restricting who can sell cold beer needs only the governor’s signature to become law. The final version of House Bill 1496, authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed both the House and the Senate Friday following changes made by members of both chambers. The bill was originally […]

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Vaping law overhaul sent to the governor

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s vaping regulation overhaul is on its way to the governor’s desk after passing out of both chambers. “All in all we got a product here that will open up competition in the state of Indiana, bring in jobs add value and undue bad and overburdens of regulations,” […]

Airbnb-style rentals safe from state control, for now

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would have prohibited local municipalities from banning Airbnb style-rentals died in the final hours of the legislative session. House Bill 1133, which ultimately failed to garner enough support from legislators in both the Senate and House, would have allowed state government to prohibit local municipalities from […]

Video: Gun bill heads to summer study committee

Gun bill heads to summer study committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would relax Indiana’s concealed carry guns laws will go to a summer study committee. The Indiana House and Senate voted Friday to study whether a person who has a civil protection order, which stems from domestic violence, should be allowed to temporarily obtain a gun without […]

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Governor gets money he wants for pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is getting the additional funding he wanted to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The state’s two-year budget allots $22 million, $12 million more than currently given to the state’s publicly funded pre-K programs. Nearly all of that money will go into On My Way Pre-K classrooms, […]

Animal rescue bill passes General Assembly

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Good Samaritans will soon have the go-ahead to rescue animals from locked, hot vehicles. But the catch is they’ll have to pay half the cost of a broken car window. House Bill 1085, which passed Friday, requires the person to reasonably believe that the animal is in true danger, […]

Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

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Commentary: They came, they saw, they did very little

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s legislators managed to make it through this session of the Indiana General Assembly without putting Hoosiers at each others’ throats or turning the state into a national joke. This is progress. The 2017 legislative session has been a quiet one. There haven’t been any mass protests that […]

Video: Hershman asks ‘who let the dogs out’ in animal rescue bill

Video: House approves pre-K expansion

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