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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 […]

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Sunday alcohol sales move closer to reality

By Erica Irish and Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate passed legislation to extend the business week for alcohol sales in a 39-10 vote Monday. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, would permit Hoosiers to buy alcohol between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays. Alting said the measure will help Indiana’s […]

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Sunday alcohol sales approved 12-1 in House committee

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana House committee said yes to Sunday alcohol sales, making it likely the popular measure will become law in the current legislative session. House Bill 1051 passed the House Public Policy Committee Wednesday by a 12-1 vote. A week earlier, a similar piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1, […]

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Senate OKs Sunday alcohol sales, House bill pending

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday alcohol sales may soon be in Indiana’s future after the Senate Public Policy committee Wednesday passed a bill 9-0 to permit sales at select stores across the state. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, would permit packaged liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell […]

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Ricker: ‘Targeted’ by legislative compromise on cold-beer sales

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have come to a conclusion on the proposed “cold-beer sales” bill, but not everyone is relieved to see the finish line. “It looks very targeted to us when you look at all the exceptions,” said Jay Ricker, owner of Ricker’s convenience stores. House Bill 1496, authored by Ben […]

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Anti-abortion bills advance in Indiana House and Senate

By Taylor Brown and Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Both the House and the Senate are advancing bills that reignite debate over the limits that can be placed on abortion. In the House, legislators passed a bill that would make doctors provide a form containing information that a chemical abortion might be reversible. House Bill 1128 […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill passes out of committee again

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial bill regarding a possible reversal of a chemical abortion passed out of committee for the second time on Tuesday. House Bill 1128 would require the Department of Health to develop a form that provides women information about a possible reversal of an abortion-inducing drug.  However, the reversal […]

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Lawmakers look for the right place to regulate daily fantasy sports

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are looking into whether daily fantasy sports games should be considered gambling in Indiana. Senate Bill 339, authored by Sen. Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, would legitimize fantasy sports games, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, and aims to provide basic consumer protection and transparency to Hoosiers who participate. The […]

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Pharmacists could be allowed to deny sales of cold medicine

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that would allow a pharmacist to deny the sale of certain types of cold medicine used in making meth passed the House of Representatives Monday. A pharmacist would be allowed to use his or her professional judgment to prevent the sales ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The bill also provides […]

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Republicans avoid bump in the road-funding plan

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– House Republicans avoided a push Wednesday by Democrats to change the GOP’s plan to fund road improvements. House Bill 1001, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, would transfer Indiana’s excess reserves into funds relating to bridge and highway maintenance. This bill would also increase the gasoline tax and […]

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