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Indiana wineries, breweries to be featured at State Fair

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana beers and wines will be served at the State Fair this year under legislation Gov. Mike Pence signed into law last week. Indiana State Fair Public Relations Director Andy Klotz said there is no concrete plan yet for how the alcohol sales will work, but there will be […]

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Hemp bill passes House, waits for approval by Senate

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Indiana passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation Thursday. Senate Bill 357 would require farmers growing industrial hemp to obtain a license and be subject to inspections and audits to […]

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Lawmakers find compromise on hemp farming bill

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative conference committee has reached a compromise on a bill geared towards legalizing the production of hemp but the deal must now get approval from both the House and Senate. The House of Representatives had previously amended the bill to cover a broader spectrum of hemp production and […]

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Constitutional hunting and fishing measure passes House; waits for action in 2015 or 2016

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed amendment meant to protect the rights of Hoosiers to hunt and fish has passed the General Assembly this year but still has a long road before it’s put into the Indiana Constitution. The resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, said the proposal is meant to “protect well-funded anti-hunting […]

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House sends industrial hemp bill back to Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow hemp – a non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana – if the federal government lifts restrictions on the crop. Senate Bill 357 passed 93-4 and moves back to the Senate where it has already passed. The Senate can now […]

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Webcast episode 8: TheStatehouseFile weekly roundup

Anchors Erika Brock and Jess Seabolt host our eight legislative webcast with stories about road funding, industrial hemp, Indiana Grown, trespassing penalties, biosimilars and more. TheStatehouseFile TV – Episode 8: State Fair and Alcohol, Minor Tanning and Lifeline Law Expansion from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Reporters Deron Molen, Jess Seabolt, John Sittler and Jesse Wilson have […]


Hemp legalization bill moves to full House

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The legalization of the production of industrial hemp is a step closer to reality after the House Agricultural Committee passed an amended bill Tuesday. Industrial hemp can be used in a variety of ways, including the production of fuel. This is becoming a major issue in light of the […]

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Senate approves tax breaks for historic barns

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation intended to protect historical barns across the state passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. The bill, authored by Sen. John Waterman, R- Shelburn, would allow the owners of heritage barns to receive a 100 percent deduction from property taxes. In order to receive the deduction, the barns must […]

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Senate sends hemp production bill to House for debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana. Senate Bill 357 – authored by Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown – now moves to the House for consideration. The bill does not affect the state’s marijuana laws. Instead, it […]

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House sends winery bill to Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Wineries could sell their products directly to retailors instead of through a third party source if a bill approved by the House becomes law. HB 1387 – authored by Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper – would allow wineries to sell 5,000 gallons per year to retailers located within the same […]

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