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Witnesses support CBD oil but skeptical of Senate bills

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Four years ago, Brandy Barrett’s 11-year-old son could only spend his day in bed with just one activity. Any more than that would result in a seizure until they discovered CBD oil, or cannabidiol. Barrett’s son Noah suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Since using CBD oil, he […]

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Baby box bill heads to the House

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers across the state may soon see more baby boxes at local fire departments after one lawmaker’s repeated attempt to pass legislation. Senate Bill 123, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed the Senate unanimously 47-0. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, […]

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House bill would hike cigarette taxes by $2 a pack

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, is proposing legislation to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes as well as raising the age at which Hoosiers can buy tobacco products. If passed, House Bill 1380 would raise the state’s cigarette tax by as much as $2 per pack and would […]

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Airbnb bill advances in House committee

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One lawmaker is making a second attempt to stop local municipalities from banning short-term Airbnb-style rentals. The House Government and Regulatory Reform committee unanimously passed House Bill 1035 Tuesday by a 12-0 vote. Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, said he authored the bill with the hope of keeping money in […]

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Holcomb brings computer-training program for inmates to Indiana

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With a 25-years-to-life prison sentence ahead of him in 1994, Kenyatta Leal didn’t think he’d ever be free again. “Up until about four and a half years ago, I was commonly referred to as Inmate H10983,” Leal said. “When I initially entered the prison system, I was in deep […]

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Committee passes bill to exempt Internet software from sales tax

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For CEOs like Mike Langellier of Indianapolis’ TechPoint, removing Indiana’s sales tax on service-based software is a step in the right direction for the state’s growing technology industry. “The majority of the companies in our tech ecosystem here are smaller companies, younger companies that are in the process of growing right […]

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House committee approves bill that would allow students to advance at own pace

By Amari Thompson  The StatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Timothy Brown, R-Crawfordsville, is proposing legislation to allow high school students to complete Core 40 diploma requirements at their own pace.  House Bill 1264, which passed 9-2 in the House Education Committee, allows students who meet standard course requirements quicker than their classmates to move ahead through their school’s course curriculums.   Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, drafted a similar […]