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Student press freedom bill fails in close House vote

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that would have extended First Amendment press freedoms to Indiana middle and high school students died in the House Monday. The vote was 47-45 in favor of House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, but failed because it didn’t get the required 51 votes […]

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Redistricting reform bill passes Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would create standards to draw state and federal legislative district boundaries across Indiana passed the Senate by a 42-6 vote Monday. Senate Bill 326 allows the General Assembly to modify congressional and state district plans if they fail to comply with the standards in the bill—as long […]

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Senate bill would legalize CBD oil

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate has approved its version of legislation that would legalize the sale of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, for use by all Hoosiers. Senate Bill 52, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, was approved by a 35-13 vote Monday. Similar legislation passed the House last week. SB 52 legalizes CBD oil […]

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House drops fees for lifetime gun permits

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would eliminate the fee for a lifetime gun permit passed the Indiana House Monday in spite of concerns that it would affect funding for police training. House Bill 1424, which passed 70-20, also changes a four-year handgun license to five years. In its original form, the bill proposed eliminating […]

Commentary: Presidents’ lives matter

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Commentary: Presidents’ lives matter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe Donald Trump just should have knelt during the National Anthem. That probably would have been more effective than releasing classified information in a strange and sloppily written congressional memo. Because the president’s complaint isn’t that different from those of the NFL players and Black Lives Matter activists he […]