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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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Lawmakers try to address the irksome road funding issues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— A Senate committee took the House Republican’s road plan and merged the legislation with a significant portion of Gov. Mike Pence’s plan. The Appropriations Committee removed the tax hikes on gas and cigarettes from House Bill 1001 Thursday. Instead, members amended the bill to transfer funds from the state reserve […]

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Extra funding for Regional Cities is up in the air

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative is under debate due the need for an additional $42 million. The law creates a grant program that enables neighboring communities to work together as a region to promote economic development, quality of life and help attract talent and investment. Originally, the Regional […]

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Former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb remembered as a “Hoosier hero” and more

By Max Bomber TheStatehousFile.com INDIANPOLIS— Former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb will be remembered as a Hoosier hero. His funeral service was held in the rotunda of the Statehouse Friday for family, friends and citizens to pay their last respects. “Today all of Indiana mourns the passing of this great man whose life encouraged service and inspired generations […]

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