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Bill to fund 211 referral service headed to the House floor

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A service that helps Hoosiers connect to critical health and safety resources could receive state funding if lawmakers support a bill heading to the House floor. House Bill 1010, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would appropriate $2 million annually to the 211 phone service. The service is currently […]

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Prison inmates will no longer make license plates

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana prison inmates will no longer be a part of the license plate production process as of May 1. The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles ended its contract with a company earlier this month that had worked with Prison Enterprises Network, which employed the state prison inmates. PEN is […]

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Pence seeks money for bicentennial projects, programs

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Bicentennial Commission requested an additional $32.85 million – including a significant jump in general fund-operating dollars – to pay for Indiana’s 200th anniversary celebration, as outlined in Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed budget. Overall, the proposed bicentennial projects and events exceed $56 million – a number the House Ways […]

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Department of Corrections seeks prison expansions to house more inmates

Department of Corrections proposes prison expansion on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Corrections presented a budget proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday that included additional funds to expand housing units at two of the state’s prisons. The DOC is seeking to build two housing units – […]

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Bill would provide more money to adult high schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adult high schools are one step closer to becoming available to more Hoosiers after a bill that would provide additional funding to the programs passed the Indiana House on Monday. House Bill 1438 would require the Department of Education to distribute funding to adult high schools through the adult […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Ethics issues, the gov’s budget and more

This week hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener talk about the latest ethics questions in Indiana government plus reporters Chris Arnold, Hannah Troyer and Ben Brown join us with updates about several bills. As always, we have our Pence Watch – or what there is of it. You may also like Pence administration defends, explains efforts to […]

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Lawson seeks funding for voting programs

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a presentation to the House Ways and Means Committee, Secretary of State Connie Lawson requested an increase in funding for the state’s electronic voting system. Lawson said the General Assembly has funded a voter system technical oversight program that is currently administered by the Bowen Center at Ball […]

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INDOT officials say they need more cash to keep up

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation told the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday it simply needs more money. INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and Chief Financial Officer Dan Brassard discussed the department’s direction for the next two years and it will be focusing on its priorities. This year, INDOT will […]

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Video & story: Bill would help fund treatment for patients with brain, spinal cord injuries

Indiana Man Advocates For Spinal Chord and Brain Injury Fund from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Leeuw was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after breaking his neck in a swimming accident in 2010. He spent the standard number of insurance-assisted weeks in rehabilitation, was discharged, but still required constant […]

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Democrats chide Pence’s budget priorities

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats called into question Tuesday the way Gov. Mike Pence wants to distribute education funding in the two-year budget he’s given to the House Ways & Means Committee. Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, took issue with the amount of money the governor is seeking to allocate to charter schools and […]

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