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Commentary: To the NRA, from Russia with love

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Commentary: To the NRA, from Russia with love

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The FBI, it seems, is investigating the National Rifle Association for using Russian money to illegally influence the 2016 election. McClatchy reports that the NRA may have taken money from a Russian banker of dubious reputation to spend on behalf of President Donald Trump. The sum could be staggering. […]

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Bathroom bill opens new doors as it passes in the Senate

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate passed legislation Thursday to ensure that people with medical conditions can use employee restrooms when public ones are not available. Senate Bill 137 passed with a vote of 34-15. Supporters of the bill say that having this assurance for people with diseases such as irritable bowel […]

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Speaker applauds legislators for K-12 support bill

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers in the House passed a “top priority” measure to provide additional funding to K-12 schools Thursday. Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, celebrated House Bill 1001’s passage as a victory for House Republicans. “Our top priority for the House Republicans passed unanimously today with House Bill 1001, fully-funding local public […]

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Senate bill would require locks on prescription bottles

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Teenagers are two times more likely to access pills out of their parents medicine cabinets than they are to go to the streets to get illegal drugs. “Pilfering is the number one way that teenagers initiate drug abuse in our country today,” Amy Levander, chair of Krieg Devault said. […]

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New initiative aims to prepare, propel Democratic women into public service

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers, mayors and business leaders are joining forces to train Indiana’s next generation of Democratic female leaders. Hoosier Women Forward, a group comprised of more than 20 statewide leaders, aims to prepare Democratic women for a future leadership position in office, the community or business. The group announced its […]

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January recognized as Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness Month

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–When Erica Frazier discovered her cervical cancer was incurable in 2015, the things that typically seemed important to a normal 32-year-old were put in the background. Frazier was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012, and through her battle she became an advocate for cervical cancer awareness and prevention. “Having cervical […]

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Senate committee says no to cold beer

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Hoosiers should expect to wait just a little longer before they can purchase cold beer outside of liquor stores. The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-1 against Senate Bill 26, which would have permitted retailers to sell cold beer. Under current Indiana state law, convenience stores can sell warm beer but […]

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Computer science bill passes Senate committee

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee unanimous approved legislation that would require that all school districts in Indiana add computer science to their curriculum. The 11-0 vote in the Education and Career Development committee came a week after the panel heard testimony from educators and policy leaders on the importance of requiring Hoosier […]

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Senate committee approves bill to reduce opioid deaths

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee unanimously approved legislation that would require doctors to use INSPECT, the state’s prescription-monitoring website, before prescribing opioids to a patient. “Senate Bill 221 is part of our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic at its source,” said Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, author of the bill. […]

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Sunday alcohol sales approved 12-1 in House committee

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana House committee said yes to Sunday alcohol sales, making it likely the popular measure will become law in the current legislative session. House Bill 1051 passed the House Public Policy Committee Wednesday by a 12-1 vote. A week earlier, a similar piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1, […]

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