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Buchanan fills Senate seat vacated by Brandt Hershman

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The newest member of the Indiana Senate was sworn in on Monday, almost six weeks after the post was vacated. Brian Buchanan, R-Lebanon, will now take over for former Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, who resigned effective Jan. 1. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oath.  […]

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Long reshuffles state Senate committee posts

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has reshuffled leadership posts in the aftermath of the retirement of Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek. Hershman, who served as the Senate majority floor leader under Long, announced a week ago that he is leaving the legislature effective at the beginning of the […]

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State senator quits to take job in Washington D.C.

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Brandt Hershman announced Friday that he is quitting the Indiana General Assembly mid-way through his fifth term to take a position with a law firm in Washington D.C. The Buck Creek Republican’s resignation is effective Jan. 2, one day before the start of the new legislative session. Hershman, […]

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Workforce development emerges as number one legislative issue

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s legislative leaders from both parties and the governor share one big objective for the 2018 legislative session – workforce development. “We will work closely with the governor and I know our Senate colleagues have been looking at this all summer,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, at the […]

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Bill requiring DNA collection with a felony arrest on final step

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample is headed to the governor’s desk for his final decision. Senate Bill 322 requires the sample to be taken by a cheek swab along with fingerprints, photographs during the arrest. The DNA will go to through […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars approved by the Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who have the urge to save pets from hot cars are on the way to getting that privilege. The Senate voted 39-9 Thursday to approve giving immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person who breaks into a vehicle to rescue a hot pet. However, for the […]

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‘Tesla bill’ passes Senate with zero changes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would prevent Hoosiers from buying cars directly from auto manufacturers passed the Senate Thursday with no changes. With the exception of Tesla, House Bill 1592 specifically bars direct customer sales by auto manufacturers if more than 1,000 vehicles are sold or six years after the initial […]

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Senate changes the combination of taxes in road funding plan

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A road funding plan that would cost drivers more money at the pump and could add tolls to Indiana roadways moves forward in the Senate with a new combination of tax increases. The House Republican plan included a 10-cent increase on both diesel and gas taxes. However, the Senate […]

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Significant changes coming to solar bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A House committee is expected to make significant changes to a solar bill before voting on it Wednesday. Nearly 60 people testified on the controversial bill last week, which could decrease the amount of money credited to rooftop solar generators through net metering. Over the past three months, the […]

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Bill could make investing in solar energy less desirable for Hoosiers

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three years ago, Phil Teague made the decision to quit his job, relocate from California to Indiana, and build his own solar business in hopes that the state’s clean energy market might flourish. To his delight, it did. “The thought process was if we started in Indiana and became […]

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