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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 […]

Commentary: Donald, Steve and the end of the bromance

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Commentary: Donald, Steve and the end of the bromance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Bannon may not be much of a human being, but at least he seems to have taught President Donald Trump something. White nationalists aren’t such fine people, after all. The tiff the president is having with his former chief strategist, campaign guru and deputy chief of staff would […]

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Bill to Raise Age of Consent Proposed Again

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, is proposing a bill for the second time to raise the age of consent in Indiana from 16 to 18 years old. Macer said her goal with this proposal is to protect young women and men from exploitation. “I know there are other legislators around […]

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Proposed death with dignity law would allow assisted suicide in limited cases

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Instead of enjoying time with his three children, his “sweetheart” of a wife and living out his passion for coaching sports, Corey Polen travels a difficult road with limited options. What Polen now describes as “torture” started small. While hiking with his wife in an Arizona park in 2015, […]

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DCS evaluation, redistricting reform dominate legislature

By Shelby Mullis and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he will name a special legislative council Thursday—the second day of the legislative session—to undertake a review of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration called for a review of the agency last month after former DCS […]

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Senate bill would expand use of baby boxes

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, wants to expand the availability of “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender an infant. Senate Bill 123 would expand availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as baby boxes. There are currently two in Indiana and the proposed legislation would […]

Commentary: Why discipline matters

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Commentary: Why discipline matters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans have plans. And Indiana Democrats have concerns. That was the big takeaway from interviews I did with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (a Republican), Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and House Democratic […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

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Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WEST BRANCH, Iowa – The falling snow quiets everything. My wife and I tromp through the snow covering the Herbert Hoover presidential site. Our boots make little crunches as we walk. Winter storm warnings have prompted the National Park Service to close the white wooden buildings that recreate this little village […]