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Indiana Debate Commission announces Senate debate

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The primary election is a little more than three months away, and the Indiana Debate Commission announced Wednesday it plans to host a televised debate for the U.S. Senate race. “We are looking forward to another election year in which we help voters throughout the state decide for themselves […]

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Senate committee approves tougher abortion regulations

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would that would add more reporting and tracking requirements to Indiana’s abortion regulations passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Among the provisions in the 12 pages of Senate Bill 340 are more inspections of abortion clinics, additions to informed consent forms patients must review and sign, and the reporting of […]

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Bill to remove handgun licensing gets last-minute changes

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Law enforcement and community representatives packed a House Public Policy Committee Wednesday to testify on a bill to lessen restrictions on handgun ownership. Instead, author Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, told the room to “forget the bill.” Soon after the hearing convened, Wesco proposed an amendment that retracted his original […]

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Senate committee approves sex education permission slips

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would require parents to grant permission to teach their children about human sexuality passed 9-1 in an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 65, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, amends a more than two-decade old statute on how Hoosiers students are taught about sex. In the 1995 bill, […]

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and homework as a line of defense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the window just over the right shoulder of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, the Washington Monument stands, straight as truth itself. Lugar and I talk in a meeting room at the Lugar Center, which is housed in the Willard Hotel, home to much U.S. history. Ghosts […]