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Senate bill would still count absentee ballot if voter dies before Election Day

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Voters who die between the time they cast an absentee ballot and the day of the election may soon be sure their vote will be counted if a bill pending in the state Senate becomes law. “What we have to do now is, if we’re notified before Election Day that the […]

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Students take a stand for retired research animals

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Freezing temperatures, icy roads and a little snow couldn’t keep Eastwood Middle School students away from the Statehouse Monday morning to testify in favor of adoption of retired research animals. Senate Bill 16 would require universities and facilities across the state that use dogs or cats in experiments of […]

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Sunday alcohol sales, opioid crisis among Senate GOP’s top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers may be one step closer to purchasing alcohol on Sundays if Senate Republicans can convince the General Assembly to pass a bill permitting carryout sales this session. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, introduced Senate Bill 1 Monday as one of five major items on the Senate Republicans’ agenda. The […]

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Push for more baby boxes moves forward

By Tanner Nicholson The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One lawmaker is advocating for more “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender a newborn. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, introduced Senate Bill 123 Monday. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, across the state. Only two departments […]

Commentary: A cipher in a pit of vipers

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Commentary: A cipher in a pit of vipers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The book isn’t a bombshell. For all the furor it produced across the country and the panic it provoked in the Oval Office, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” doesn’t contain many revelations for those who have paid attention. The book tells the story of […]

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Bathroom bill would allow access to employee restroom

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A state Senate committee approved legislation Monday that would require businesses to allow customers with medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease to access employee restrooms if a public restroom is not available. Senate Bill 137, authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, passed the Civil Law Committee with a […]