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Applications now open for scholarship encouraging teaching careers

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When Meghan Yencer found out she had been awarded the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, she was filled with gratitude. “It is a lifted weight to know that you don’t have to be responsible for paying that amount of money to go to school,” said Yencer, a secondary English […]

Racism has only one side — hate

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Racism has only one side — hate

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Nothing says “hate crime” like the chilling events of last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Why else would a self-described white supremacist turn his vehicle into a deadly weapon and slam into a crowd of people protesting Nazis, the Klan and the other hate-mongers who congregated in that bucolic college town? One […]

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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Superintendent bill overcomes major overhaul, Senate rules

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would remove the state’s education chief position from Indiana ballots passed through one more major hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, originally called for the elected-position of superintendent of public instruction to be replaced by a governor-appointed secretary of education […]

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Hoosier mom receives help from Habitat for Humanity, lawmakers

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One single mother from Indianapolis never expected that the bones of a home would be built on the Statehouse lawn, by Hoosier lawmakers – just for her.   Eight years ago, Ebony Duffy applied for housing help through Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families build […]

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Photo gallery: Statehouse becomes Habitat for Humanity construction zone

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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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Superintendent bill needs major changes to survive in the Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House bill which would make the state school chief position appointed needs “substantial changes” before the Senate will hear it, according to Sen. Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne. The bill authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the superintendent’s position and replace it with a […]

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Supporters for redistricting reform continue to fight despite the halt in committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Bill 1014 may have failed this year, but supporters say their fight for redistricting reform in Indiana isn’t over. The House Elections and Apportionment Committee heard testimony on a bill to establish an independent redistricting commission, but the chairman, Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, did not to call for […]

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Senate superintendent bill voted down, House bill passes but in jeopardy

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Two versions of legislation eliminating the election of the state’s superintendent of public instruction saw mixed results Monday. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, would have allowed the governor to appoint a superintendent, beginning in the year 2021. The bill failed to pass out of the […]

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