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After Republican sweep, both parties prepare for work

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One day after the Trump train roared through Indiana, both Republicans and Democrats in Indiana are assessing the impact. “What an unexpected night,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. In the national spotlight, Gov. Mike Pence became the country’s vice president-elect. In the statewide election, Republicans swept by winning […]

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Scholarship focused on teacher shortage opens for applications

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Applications are now being accepted for a new college scholarship designed to encourage top high school students to stay and teach in Indiana. The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides up to $7,500 each year of college for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning […]

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With Pence out, top Republicans push for open governor’s spot on the ballot

By Adrianna Pitrelli, Jackson Hughes and Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With Gov. Mike Pence out of the gubernatorial race and on the GOP presidential ticket, several top Republicans scrambled to enter the race before a Friday deadline. Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita dropped out of their […]

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Several prominent issues head to summer study committees

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, Sunday alcohol sales, sexual misconduct in schools, and bettering the roads of Indiana will all high priority topics of discussion in the Indiana Statehouse this summer. The Legislative Council – a group of top lawmakers from both chambers – […]

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Commentary: Teacher scholarships bill bi-partisan success story

By House Speaker Brian Bosma TheStatehouseFile.com Teachers are one of Indiana’s most critical resources, touching the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state. Unfortunately, we know from recent teacher licensing data that fewer and fewer Hoosiers are choosing the teaching profession. This session we seized the opportunity to incentivize the […]

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New teacher scholarship aims to improve Indiana education

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new college scholarship is designed to encourage top high school students to stay and teach in Indiana. At Plainfield High School Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed the bill that will provide up to $7,500 a year to cover tuition for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for […]

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The search for ISTEP’s replacement

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Now that lawmakers have ditched ISTEP, education leaders are searching for an alternative. “This is the beginning of a new day in testing in our schools,” Gov. Mike Pence said when he signed the bill eliminating ISTEP into law on March 22. The end of exam came after 2015 […]

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Road funding passes with no tax increases and no long term solution

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers came to a compromise on a short-term road funding plan, but it fell short of Gov. Mike Pence’s original request for $1 billion dollars for state roads. About $1 billion total will be used to fund road improvements over the next two years, with roughly a third of […]

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Several pro-life women vote against abortion legislation

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a dozen House Republicans joined Democrats in a vote against a ban on abortions based on disability or gender, but it wasn’t enough to stop the stipulations from advancing. After about an hour of discussion, primarily by the female legislators, the House voted 60-40 to concur Wednesday on […]

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Truitt retires from the Statehouse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette, is retiring from life at the Statehouse. “I have focused my efforts in Indianapolis on serving families, local businesses and organizations in our community,” Truitt said in a statement. “I regard serving in the Indiana General Assembly as a privilege and an honor, and I […]

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