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Rep. Earl Harris dies after extended illness

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic Rep. Earl Harris of East Chicago, who served in the Indiana House more than three decades, died on Monday after missing much of the 2015 session with an illness. He was 73. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Harris was a “respected colleague and friend.” “Earl Harris was a gentleman […]

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Right-to-try bill headed to Pence, provides dying patients access to experimental drugs

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Legislation to provide terminally ill patients with access to experimental drugs heads to the governor after it received final approval in the House on Thursday. Authored by state Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, House Bill 1065 would let patients with limited time to live obtain medicines that have not yet reached […]

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Lawmakers honor Umbarger for 45 years of Indiana National Guard service

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers recognized Adjutant General Martin Umbarger for his 45 years of service to the Indiana National Guard, describing him as a devoted and caring leader. Umbarger, who is retiring this spring, began his career as an enlisted soldier in the Indiana Army National Guard in 1969 and moved up […]

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Speaker kills bill criticized as detrimental to solar, wind energy usage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana House has killed a bill that critics say would have depressed the use of solar and other alternative energies. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, pulled the bill off the calendar Tuesday, a key deadline for action. “There are a whole variety of issues that […]

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Locals get to keep casino revenue under changes approved by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has stripped language out of a controversial gambling bill that would have cut millions of dollars in funding that goes to communities where casinos are located. House Bill 1540 would send the questions about money to a study committee for review after the General Assembly adjourns in […]

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Bosma: Gambling bill needs work, local communities shouldn’t be ‘overly’ penalized

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma on gambling legislation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Speaker Brian Bosma pulled a controversial gambling bill off the House calendar on Monday in part as an attempt to reduce the financial hit communities with casinos would suffer under the proposal. “I thought the bill needed […]

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House approves ethics bill requiring more financial disclosure

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housed passed ethics legislation Monday that would require lawmakers to be more transparent about their finances and strengthen laws meant to keep elected officials from using state resources for political gain. House Bill 1002 – which is now headed to the Senate – is a reaction in […]

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Analysis: Five things to expect in the House budget plan

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After weeks of budget hearings and behind-the-scenes debates, House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown is about to unveil a two-year state spending plan likely to mean roughly $35 billion for schools, Medicaid and more. So far, Brown – a Republican from Crawfordsville – has been mum about the […]

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Long, Bosma say they’ll do what’s needed to shorten ISTEP exam

By Alec Gray & Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders said Thursday they’re prepared to ram through legislation if needed to make the state’s ISTEP test shorter – but won’t consider Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s proposal to pause the school grading system for one year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said lawmakers […]

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Ethics bill moves to full House for consideration

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill Tuesday that House Speaker Brian Bosma said will help “safeguard the public trust.” Authored by Bosma, R-Indianapolis and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, House Bill 1002 is intended to offer more transparency to Hoosiers and limit conflicts of interest among lawmakers. […]

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